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  1. Glasgow City Council plans to raise Palestinian flag
  2. Celebrities call for Scots to vote 'No'
  3. Work begins on a major overhaul of Hunterston nuclear power station to extend its lifespan to 2023
  4. Scots smartphone usage exceeds UK average

Live Reporting

By Sandy Murray and Bryan Quinn

All times stated are UK

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    Bryan Quinn

    BBC Scotland News

    That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back at 8:00 tomorrow morning to bring you the latest news, sport and travel news from across Scotland. Hope to see you then.

    Have a good night.

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    Last post from the Games

    Team Scotland have posted a picture of how Glasgow 2014 closing ceremony looked from the athletes' point of view.


    There's lots of good stuff on their official supporters website.

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    Tomorrow's weather

    Christopher Blanchett

    BBC Weather presenter

    Friday is set to be a clear and bright day for central and east Scotland with plenty of sunshine.

    Some cloud in the East will bring showers with a slight risk of thunder.

    Temperatures will reach around 20C in most areas, except on Island areas where they will stay in the mid-teens.

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    Fort William set for Kingussie test

    Gary Innes

    Fort William shinty wing centre

    This weekend sees the first of shinty's Camanachd Cup semi-finals with Fort William taking on with Kingussie.

    Fort William, having dropped a division this season, have had a great start to their rebuilding campaign. Kingussie, however, have far more experience throughout their squad.

    Skye's and Glenurquhart's eyes will also be glued to this match as they prepare for their semi-final showdown at the same venue next week.

    You can watch the match live on BBC Alba.

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    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    @RichWilBBC HMRC will seek leave to appeal UTT decision in favour of Murray Group

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    Police welcome sentence

    A man who attempted to rape a young girl and raped three women has been jailed for life.

    John MacIntosh, 46, of Dingwall, must serve at least 10 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of four serious sexual offences.

    John MacIntosh

    Police Scotland has welcomed the life sentence.

    Det Insp Eddie Ross said: "I hope that this result will bring some comfort to the victims in this case and give confidence to anyone who has suffered similar experiences to come forward."

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    Tracksuit theft

    A spokesman from Scottish Gymnastics has said that Commonwealth Games silver medal winning gymnast Liam Davie's Team Scotland tracksuit may not have been stolen, as first believed.

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    Local team

    Hamilton Advertiser

    The Hamilton Advertiser is going big on local team Accies starting life in the Premiership.

    Hamilton Advertiser
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    Traffic news

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Glasgow's Clyde Tunnel is currently closed northbound while a broken down vehicle is recovered. Traffic is queuing back to Shieldhall Road in Govan.

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    Underdog tag suits Saints

    Tommy Wright hopes St Johnstone's opponents Spartak Trnava will be so confident of scoring against his team that they may leave gaps to exploit.

    Tommy Wright with Alex Clelland

    The Perth side lost 2-1 in the home leg of their Europa League third round qualifier last week and must score at least twice in Slovakia to progress.

    "They'll fancy their chances that they can score against us and that should give us opportunities," he said.

    "At 2-1 up, they probably feel the tie is over."

    You can listen to live commentary from the match here.

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    BBC Scotland Weather


    @BBCScotWeathertweets: Hi, Chris here. Our top hot-spots so far today are: Leuchars 21C, Edinburgh 21C, Tain 21C and Fyvie 20C.

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    Traffic news

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Falkirk: #M9 partially blocked by RTA southbound between J7 Kinnaird House and J6 Earlsgate. Affecting traffic heading to Edinburgh.

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    Dogs at war

    As centenary commemorations of the sacrifices of men and women in World War One get under way, efforts are also being made to mark the work of Britain's war dogs.


    Watch the video here.

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    McInnes banks on Pittodrie roar

    Derek McInnes says the home support will be crucial in his side's Europa League clash with Real Sociedad at Pittodrie tonight.

    The Dons need to over a turn a 2-0 first leg defeat against the Spaniards if they are to progress into the next round.

    Derek McInnes

    He said: "If we can get the crowd into it, you just never know, I always think at 2-0 at half-time the next goal is all important."

    You can listen to coverage on the game from 18:10 from BBC Radio Scotland.

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    Stornoway Gazette

    @Sygazettetweets: Tolsta tributes to village war heroes - Stornoway Gazette.

    Read the story here.

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    Edinburgh time

    Brian Hughes from Wishaw took this picture of the floral clock in Edinburgh.

    Floral clock

    If you've taken a picture you would like to share, email it to us on

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    @policescotlandtweets: Theft of @Glasgow2014 Clyde mascot statue from Edmiston Drive, Glasgow. Have you seen it?

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    Ben Nevis expedition

    A team of scientists are leading a three-year expedition to study wildlife on the North Face of Ben Nevis.

    The project will seek to better understand how the geology influences the distribution of plant life.

    Ben Nevis North Face

    The effort will involve Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Midland Valley Exploration and the Nevis Partnership, an organisation based at Torlundy, near Fort William.

    SNH said it expects that new locations of rare species will be found and others not previously recorded discovered.

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    Fatal crash

    A leading scientist has admitted causing a car crash which led to the death of an elderly man heading home from his wedding anniversary.

    Nathan Bailey

    St Andrews University academic Nathan Bailey, 34, was driving on the M9 near Stirling last April when he lost control and hit a car being driven by 83-year-old Ronald Highcock.

    Mr Highcock died weeks later in Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

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    Coming up on Newsdrive

    BBC Radio Scotland

    On Newsdrive we'll be asking Prof Richard Elliot from Glasgow University on his views that public health experts are discussing using experimental and untried treatments to combat the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

    We will also be debating whether a £6m new para-sports centre in North Ayrshire means that Scottish disabled sports are now getting the investment they need to produce a generation of medal-winning athletes.

    You can listen to Newsdrive live from 16:00 here.

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    Funding to cut hospital stay times

    An extra £5m is to be invested in seven health boards across Scotland to reduce the amount of time patients remain in hospital.

    The Scottish government admits £100m pounds a year is wasted on acute services for patients who could be discharged if there was enhanced social and community care.

    It will be targeted in Lothian, Grampian, Fife, Lanarkshire, Highland, Forth Valley and Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board areas.

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    Pauline McLean

    BBC Scotland

    @BBCPolliemac tweets: Angus Chan, the stolen horse sculpture is back on display @Rdysteadygallop after a public appeal for his safe return

    Angus the horse
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    Killie return for Eremenko

    Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock have resigned former player Alexei Eremenko on a one-year deal.

    Killie goal

    The 31-year-old Finnish international playmaker returned to Rugby Park in January 2014, having enjoyed a successful loan spell with the club during the 2010/11 season.

    The playmaker becomes manager Allan Johnston's seventh summer capture.

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    Friends and admirers

    @TimReidBBC tweets: Yes campaign reax to #letsstaytogether "Great to know that Scotland has so many friends and admirers"

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    Restaurant guide

    Global restaurant guide Zomato has announced plans to create new jobs in Glasgow and Edinburgh as part of a drive to strengthen its presence in Scotland.

    Web page

    The Indian firm, which uses a digital platform to provide information, opened an office in Edinburgh this year.

    It now plans to invest a further $1m (£595,000) in Scotland

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    £6m para-sports centre announced

    A new £6m dedicated para-sports centre is to be opened in North Ayrshire.

    It will be suitable for athletes at both performance and community level.

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    Tracksuit stolen

    Michael O'Donnell of Scottish Gymnastics emails: "Team Scotland Commonwealth Games silver medal winning gymnast Liam Davie has had his tracksuit stolen from his washing line today, in Carnbroe, Coatbridge.

    Frank Baines, Liam Davie, Adam Cox, Dan Keatings and Dan Purvis

    "Liam is gutted that someone could steal something with so many memories now attached to it.

    "Anything you could do to raise awareness for the safe return of the tracksuit would be much appreciated."

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    Swimming success

    Scottish swimmer Andrew Mullen claimed his second IPC Swimming European Championship title in less than 24 hours in Eindhoven.

    Andrew Mullen

    The 17-year-old Glaswegian won the SM5 200m individual medley in a personal best of three minutes 6.78 seconds.

    It followed Wednesday's European record-winning S5 50m butterfly swim.

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    Match arrests

    Four football fans were arrested as they attended Celtic's Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw at Murrayfield.


    Three men were arrested before kick-off, one for breach of the peace, one for trying to enter the stadium with alcohol and one for a warrant offence.

    During the match, another man was arrested for breach of the peace. Celtic lost 2-0 to the Polish team.

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    Let's Stay Together campaign - your views

    @JPMaguire: these people are entitled to their opinion on the future of an occasional holiday destination. Too little too late!

    @howatbob: They're not "telling you what to do", they're suggesting that culturally splitting the UK would be disastrous

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    Dunfermline Press

    @dunfermlinep tweets: New Rosyth home for bank call centre

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    Recruitment problem

    Former Celtic keeper Pat Bonner believes his old club have paid for failing to recruit new players after losing in Champions League qualifying.

    Celtic players

    Celtic face a Europa League play-off following a chastening 6-1 aggregate loss to Legia Warsaw.

    "Attracting players in may be a problem now," Bonner told BBC Scotland. "I think they've missed a trick. It should have been done before now."

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    War dogs

    As centenary commemorations of the sacrifices made by men and women in World War One get under way, efforts are also being made to mark the work of the country's war dogs.

    Airedale terriers in World War War One

    Many of the army's war dogs, who carried supplies and found injured soldiers on the front line, were trained Airedale Terriers trained in Angus.

    Read their story here.

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    An inconvenient truth

    Oban Times ‏reports: "Oban is losing out on receiving top marks from visitors because of a lack of town centre public conveniences.

    "But Argyll and Bute Council says it has not received any complaints and there are public toilets at the Corran Halls,Pulpit Hill,and Ganavan as well as the North Pier."

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    BBC Scotland Travel


    @BBCTravelScot tweets: M77 roadworks between J7 Fenwick and J6 Kingswell causing northbound - Glasgow bound delays. T.T.

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    Fears over export ban

    Scottish fisherman have warned a ban on food exports to Russia could have a devastating effect on their industry.


    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced a "full embargo", actively immediately on food imports from the EU, US and some other Western countries, in response to sanctions over Ukraine.

    Scottish exports of food and drink to Russia were worth £89m in 2010 with the country being the biggest export market for Scottish herring and mackerel.

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    Sparkling granite

    @RaeComm tweets: Aberdeen looking glorious today. Granite sparkling in the August sunshine.

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    Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It'll be a warm and pleasant afternoon with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures will range between 17C and 21C with just a light westerly or south-westerly breeze - fresher up in the far north and north west.

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    Oil sector is top earner

    The oil and gas industry is Scotland's top earning sector, according to a new report.

    Recruitment platform S1jobs found the average salary for non-management roles in the sector advertised on its website this year was £47,168.

    Oil platform worker

    The other high-paying sectors were IT and communications, financial services and engineering.

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    Fife and Gaza

    Fife Council will fly the Palestinian flag over its Fife House headquarters "to raise awareness of and protest against the suffering and death of the people of Gaza", it has said.

    Glasgow City Council has been criticised by the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council over its plan to raise the flag over the City Chambers tomorrow.

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    Celebrities endorse 'No'

    Sir Mick Jagger, Dame Judi Dench and Dan Snow are among 200 public figures who have signed a letter urging Scotland to vote "No" in the referendum.

    The list was set up by registered campaign group Let's Stay Together, whose members cannot vote in the referendum because they do not live in Scotland.

    Sir Mick Jagger, Dame Judi Dench, Dan Snow, Helena Bonham Carter

    You can read the open letter here.

    Among the high-profile campaigners for independence are writers Irvine Welsh and Alasdair Gray and actors Brian Cox and Alan Cumming.

    Will celebrity endorsements impact how you vote in September? Let us know using #ScotlandLive or email us here.

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    Slàinte mhath!

    The BenRiach Distillery Company has reported has reported record pre-tax profits in its 10th year in business.


    The Edinburgh-based maker of BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh single malts said profits shot up by 116% to £8.9m on a turnover of £34.5m.

  43. Post update


    Want to keep up with all the debate from First Minister's Questions?

    Our colleagues are across it here.

    Screen grab

    The session starts at midday.

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    Coming up....

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    On the show today we'll be asking whether a letter signed by UK celebrities urging Scotland to stay in the Union will make any difference to the way you vote in September's referendum.

    Also, following Ofcom's report into how we use technology, we want to know how digitally savvy you are.

    Text us your views to 80295.

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    Women's football - your views

    Ian Henderson in Perth writes: "Several years ago, Scotland's Ladies Team played a number of international games at McDiarmid Park, Perth.

    I was very surprised at the high quality of play. I saw Julie Fleeting receive her 100th cap for Scotland. Her total of international goals are almost a goal per game.

    How many Scotland male footballers can match that over so many internationals?

    ...From the several matches I witnessed Scottish Ladies international football team is one to be proud of."

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    The Falkirk Herald

    @falkirk_herald tweets: Larbert family stunned by mum's death in Turkey - today's Falkirk Herald page one. #scotpapers

    Falkirk Herald
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    Rapist jailed

    A man who attempted to rape a young girl and raped three women has been jailed for life.

    John MacIntosh, 46, of Dingwall, must serve at least 10 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of four serious sexual offences.

    He had previously been jailed for seven years for having sex with 13 and 14-year-old girls.

    On sentencing, judge Lord Uist said: "It is clear to me that you have no respect for women and are a sexual fiend."

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    NHS Highland overspend

    NHS Highland has forecast a £15.6m overspend just three months into the current financial year.

    At the end of the last financial year in April the health board had to ask the Scottish government for a £2m loan to balance its books.

    Hospital wards

    In a report going to board members next week, finance director Nick Kenton said the forecast gives "significant cause for concern".

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    Murray set for Gasquet test

    Andy Murray will face France's Richard Gasquet in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto this afternoon.

    Andy Murray Toronto

    The 27-year-old needed less than an hour to dispatch Australia's Nick Kyrgios in his first match of the hard-court season on Wednesday.

    If Murray beats Gasquet he will face either Novak Djokovic or Jo-Wilifred Tsonga in the quarter-finals.

    The Rogers Cup is a key preparation tournament for the US Open, which begins on 25 August.

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    Changing sides

    BBC Scotland has been following the referendum journey of 50 young voters collectively known as Generation 2014.

    While many of them have now made up their minds, others have switched their voting intentions along the way and some are reconsidering their stance with just a few weeks to go until the vote.

    Generation 2014

    Louise Sayers caught up with a group of them to see what's behind their change of heart.

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    Pensioner robbed in street

    Police are investigating after a pensioner was robbed in the street by a man in a boiler suit.

    The 66-year-old had his wallet taken at about 19:40 on Tuesday in Quarryside, Dundee.

    Coupar Angus Road

    The suspect, who made off across nearby Coupar Angus Road, was 5ft 11in tall, of slim build, wearing a light blue boiler suit and a tammy hat.

    Officers have appealed for witnesses, in particular two teenage girls who were in the area at the time.

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    Evening Telegraph

    @Evening_Tele tweets: Get your @Evening_Tele for all this and much more!

    Evening Telegraph
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    Campaign trail...part two

    Lucy Adams

    BBC News

    Earlier I posted a pic of Yes Scotland's new poster campaign. Here's the reply from the other side - Deputy Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar arrives at Bute House in Edinburgh with a giant pound coin...

    Anas Sarwar at Bute House
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    Travel news

    @trafficscotland tweets: M74 J5 (Raith) - J6 (Hamilton) - Hazard, All lanes restricted Southbound for up to 15 minutes #TSIncident

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    Campaign trail

    Lucy Adams

    BBC News

    Nicola Sturgeon and Dennis Canavan have just unveiled Yes Scotland's new poster campaign.

    Nicola Sturgeon and Dennis Canavan
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    Travel news

    @ShireMorayPol tweets: Be aware that road surfaces may be greasy due to previous dry weather and the rain today. Drive to road conditions and slow down #ABZTravel

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    Technology - your views

    Gerry in Uddingston: My iPhone has not taken over my life, it has helped me organise it more efficiently. As a 72-year-old, I use it to aid my diminishing memory!

    Steve in Argyll: One of the beauties of holidaying on the Kintyre peninsula is the number of blind spots where there is no mobile signal.

    Christopher in Norway: Technology is fabulous! I'm listening from Lødingen, Norway. I'm actually at the top of the country, above the Arctic Circle. I am able to hear you as though you were an ordinary radio station here all thanks to the internet.

    Anon: My daughter had to use my phone for a week. Not having a phone was a revelation. It was ridiculous that I actually missed an electronic device and now only have it on during work hours. I have so much more free time.

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    Top class football

    With Glasgow City the last Scottish team in Champions League action, will you be going along to support women's football?

    Fixture list

    Let us know what you think of women's football by email at or on Twitter using #ScotlandLive

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    Bryan Quinn

    BBC Scotland News

    I snapped this quick picture on my walk to BBC Scotland's headquarters next to the Clyde this morning.

    Glasgow August 7

    You can send us your pictures via email or twitter using #ScotlandLive and we'll feature the best ones online.

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    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    tweets: live commentary @BBCSportsound tonight on St Johnstone at Spartak Trnava. Can Saints do it & is it Stevie May's last game for them?

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    Deila defiant

    Celtic's 6-1 aggregate loss to Legia Warsaw dominates the back pages this morning.

    "I need to build a new team", was manager Ronny Deila's reaction as the Scottish Champions tumbled out of the Champions League qualifiers.

    Celtic beaten at Murrayfield

    Elsewhere, St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean hopes that a European victory against Sparta Trnava will convince his in-demand team-mate Stevie May to stay at the club.

    Having had a player sent off in three of their last six visits to Ibrox, Hearts have included 10-man training drills in preparation for their Championship opener on Sunday.

    You can read more about the big stories in Scottish football in our daily round-up.

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    Games tourism

    The Evening Times

    @TheEveningTimes tweets: Visit Scotland Chairman Mike Cantlay on Glasgow 2014: Yes, it was brilliant so let's build on it

    Read more here.

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    Glasgow and Palestine

    A row has broken out over Glasgow City Council's plans to raise the Palestinian flag over the city chambers on Friday.

    Palestinian flag

    Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said it would be raising the flag in solidarity with people who had been affected by the conflict in Gaza.

    But the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president said it was "angered and hurt" by the council's decision.

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    Newspaper review

    It's day two of analysis and reaction to STV's referendum debate in the Scottish papers.

    Herald masthead

    Most are critical of the first minister's performance, but there are also suggestions that he may have won over undecided voters.

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    Still game

    Scotland's biggest video games festival is set to get under way in Dundee.

    Video game

    Dare ProtoPlay will feature an appearance by Richard Lemarchand, the lead designer on the successful Uncharted PlayStation series, as well as the 15 student games created for the Dare to be Digital competition.

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    Traffic latest

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Traffic on the M8 is moving slowly eastbound towards Edinburgh from Junction 2 at Claylands.

    In Edinburgh heavy traffic on the A720 at the Edinburgh City by-pass heading eastbound between Gilmerton and the Sheriffhall roundabout is causing delays for some commuters.

    There is also some congestion on the M9 southbound at Newbridge.

    Drivers in the Inverness area are advised to leave earlier to allow for extra traffic on the roads as people head to The Black Isle Show.

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    Flag row

    @BBCGaryR tweets: Paul Morron President of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council tells #bbcgms "Jewish community not only angered but hurt and upset." #flag

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    Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    A new survey has shown that people in Scotland are spending more time on their smartphones and tablets every day than they are sleeping.

    We want to know, is technology taking over our lives?

    Also,new research by the Queen Mary University in London's centre for cancer prevention has suggested that long term use of aspirin significantly reduces the risk of developing major cancers. Scientists believe that the pros of taking aspirin far outweigh the cons.

    Louise asks: Is it good advice for everyone to take an aspirin a day?

    And there's more! Europe's Rosetta probe has arrived at a comet after a 10-year chase. We want to know about the furthest you've ever travelled?

    Tell us what you think by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or emailing. The lines are open now.

    You can listen live to the debate here.

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    Nuclear power

    Work has begun on a major overhaul of the nuclear power station at Hunterston in Ayrshire.


    It follows the decision to extend the station's working life by a further seven years.

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    Champions League

    Celtic's ambitions of a third successive Champions League campaign foundered as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat by Legia Warsaw at Murrayfield.

    They never looked like turning around the 4-1 first-leg deficit.


    It is a crushing blow for Ronny Deila, whose predecessor Neil Lennon guided the club into the last 16 two years ago and into the group stage last season.

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    Today's forecast

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A lot of dry and bright weather around to start the day with good spells of sunshine.

    Weather map

    Any cloud and rain up through the Northern Isles and in the north east clearing away.

    One or two showers will affect the West Coast during the morning, and a scattering will develop during the afternoon - most likely over the high ground of the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and the Southern Uplands.

    Feeling pleasant and warm in the sunshine this afternoon, with temperatures 17-22C.

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    Wired nation

    Scots are taking up smartphones at a faster rate than any other UK nation, according to Ofcom.


    The regulator's 2014 Communications Market Report found take-up rose by 17% in a year to 62%, just ahead of the UK average.

    It also found people in Scotland spent more time consuming media than other UK nations.

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    Good morning

    Sandy Murray

    BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland News live page on Thursday 7 August. We will have news, sport, travel and weather from across the country as it happens.

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