Scotland

Scotland's newspapers on Friday

Almost all the papers lead with news of Nelson Mandela's death.

The Herald quotes South African President Jacob Zuma who announced the death and said: "Our nation has lost it's greatest son. Our people have lost their father."

Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first black president after spending 27 years in prison, has died, reports the Scotsman.

"Father of Freedom" is the Daily Record's headline. The paper says freedom fighter Nelson Mandela has "lost his final battle".

The Scottish Sun says "the Lion sleeps tonight" and reports that Mr Mandela's "courageous fight for life" has finally ended.

"Death of a Colossus" is the headline on the Scottish Daily Mail's front page. The paper talks of Mr Mandela's "dignity and courage in the face of persecution".

The Courier also leads with the former South African president's death.

Ferries were cancelled, roads were blocked by trees and debris, and thousands of homes were left without power as hurricane-force winds battered the Highlands and islands, says the Press and Journal.

The Scottish Daily Express reports that a lorry driver was killed and thousands of people were left without power as winds of up to 142mph battered Scotland.

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