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Scotland's papers: Sturgeon's EU 'snub' and airport attack

The National quotes SNP MEP Alyn Smith on its front page, who received a standing ovation in Brussels on Tuesday after he delivered a "barnstorming speech" calling on Europe "not to let Scotland down" following the Brexit vote.

However, The Herald says Scotland's first minister has suffered an early setback in her bid to win international backing for her drive to preserve Scotland's EU status, after she was snubbed by Donald Tusk and European governments refused to commit to meetings with SNP ministers.

Nicola Sturgeon's planned "charm offensive" has faltered, says the Scottish Daily Mail, after an aide for Mr Tusk said it was not the "appropriate moment" to meet her.

The Scottish Daily Express carries the same line and adds that the first minister is set to meet European Parliament President Martin Schulz to press for continued inclusion in the EU following the 23 June referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon embarks on her diplomatic mission to Brussels with the backing of the Scottish Parliament after an overwhelming majority of MSPs backed her efforts, says The Scotsman.

The Times claims David Cameron has warned EU leaders that they must allow migration to be curbed if they want a future deal with Britain over the single market.

Under the headline 'Massacre at Airport', the Daily Record reports how three suicide bombers have killed 36 people in two explosions at Istanbul's Ataturk airport.

The Scottish Sun reports how "killer paedophiles" Charles O'Neill and William Lauchlan have been awarded legal costs after a Euro court ruled their right to a fair trial was breached by prosecutors.

The Daily Star of Scotland leads with a report from a British father who describes an attempt by a stranger to abduct his four-year-old son from a hotel in Spain.

Community groups have hit out at plans by Argyll and Bute Council to cut general waste collections to once every three weeks, according to the Press and Journal.

The Courier says Angus Council has refused to rule out cuts to teaching staff after plans to bring in a four-and-a-half day week at secondary schools in the area.

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