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  1. Referendum campaigns focus on welfare
  2. Imams plead for hostage's release
  3. Imran Ahmed wins case; some Rangers assets 'should be ring-fenced'
  4. Germany wary of threat posed by Scotland

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By Graham Fraser, Bryan Quinn and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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Bryan Quinn

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. On Sunday, our colleagues on BBC Scotland Sport will have a Euro 2016 live page bringing you all of the action from

Scotland's opening qualifier against Germany.

Have a great weekend.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


The Forth Road is much slower than usual tonight northbound with delays of 30 minutes.

In Aberdeen, a fuel spillage on the A90 North Anderson Drive is causing congestion for drivers in both directions.

On the A9 near Auchterarder, roadworks are causing delays in both directions.

Referendum - Your Views

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Mark, Fife: No = betrayal? Now that's the sort of Braveheart nonsense the referendum is NOT about. Just how many of us actually know the real history of our own country? Shameful.

Al: If 50 million can support 50 million then surely 5 million can support 5 million.

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Gordon, Livingston: For Johann Lamont - why not 'take a punt'? The alternative is another 50 years of erosion of living standards and being ignored by one of the major Westminster and taken for granted by the other and the trend is growing as the UK economy is more 'London centric' than ever - what has Scottish Labour delivered for Scotland?

Richard: In the event of a Yes vote, would some parts of UK government currently serving Scotland, such as the Scottish Office, be inherited by the Scottish Government?

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


Early Saturday will see some showers in the north but a dry start for most. However, these showers will move across Lothian and the Borders by afternoon with a risk of thunder.

Glasgow and the Southwest should remain largely dry with sunny spells and the odd shower.

There will be a fresher feel with highs of 14 to 15C in the north and 16-17C across the Central belt and south.

Rangers court verdict

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Scotland

Lord Stewart has found in favour of Imran Ahmed and that some of the assets of Rangers should be ring-fenced. Rangers QC Alan Summers has asked for leave to appeal saying there has been an "error of law". Decision on appeal to be made on Tuesday morning. Rangers FC currently have £1.2m in the bank.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


A fuel spillage on the A95 is affecting the flow of traffic in both directions around Cromdale and Bridge of Avon.

In Glasgow, there are queues on Crow Road at Southbrae Road in both directions, but it's especially slow northbound.

There's also congestion on the A8 leaving Glasgow at Edinburgh Road with a broken down van blocking a lane near Uddingston.

Give it some welly!

A bid to set a record for the world's largest welly boot race has failed. More than 2,000 school children took part in the 1km run in Stirling this lunchtime.

Wellington boots

Despite being appropriately clad for the weather, they couldn't match the current record of almost 3,200 welly runners. The organisers, the charity Kidney Kids Scotland, say they'll try and break the record again soon.

Sporting inspiration

Did you watch any of the sports featured at Glasgow's Commonwealth Games and feel inspired to get off the sofa and give one a go?

Generation 2014

Three members of BBC's Generation 2014 made that first leap over the hurdle and tried something new.

You can find out how they got on


Malpas keen on Staggies

Maurice Malpas has revealed

he would be interested in becoming the new manager of Ross County.

The 52-year-old is out of work after being sacked by Hibernian in June.

Maurice Malpas

Malpas, who was assistant manager to Terry Butcher, also spent five years as the Englishman's number two at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

He said "I'm out of a job and I want to work again. I love football and if that [Ross County] job came up I'd be interested,"

Oil platform death man named

A man who died after

falling on BP's Unity platform in the North Sea has been named.

BP Unity platform

Sean Anderson, 43, from the Tyne and Wear area, was an employee of Cape.

The incident happened early on Thursday, 97 miles off Aberdeen.

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James, Malmö: To Craig McDonald: Who knows? But that's not the question in this debate, is it?

Anonymous: No = betrayal and what is right for self-interest and the people in Westminster. Yes = a better future for Scotland.

Hibs net Malonga

Scottish Championship outfit

Hibernian have signed striker Dominique Malonga.

The 25-year-old joins the Easter Road club outside of the transfer window as a free agent.

Malonga previously played in Italy's Serie A with Cesena.

Aircraft carrier

Glenn Campbell

BBC Scotland news

The prime minister, David Cameron, has confirmed that Britain's second new aircraft carrier - HMS Prince of Wales - will be brought into service by the Royal Navy. The £3bn ship is under construction at yards across the UK and will be assembled at Rosyth.

Until now, the Ministry of Defence has only committed to put its sister vessel HMS Queen Elizabeth into service. But Mr Cameron has now made clear that both will be used, which means that one carrier will always be available to deploy.

Referendum - Get Involved

Craig McDonald: To the "No" camp in the debate: if the question was reversed to ask about voting into the union? I can guess what the majority of self-respecting Scots would say...

James Martin: Folk who pin a decision to vote No based on a dislike of Alex Salmond, or those who blame Salmond for "splitting" a country cannot be expected to be taken seriously. Huge numbers of Scots have been wanting Indy/greater autonomy for centuries. To blame the SNP for giving you the choice is to blame the million+ people likely to vote Yes. It is people like YOU on either side who are splitting the country by lambasting over a million people for their voting intentions.

Lamont in Glasgow

Scottish Labour politicians are stepping up their efforts

to persuade the party's supporters to reject Scottish independence.

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The party's Scottish leader Johann Lamont urged voters not to "take a punt" on independence.

But First Minister Alex Salmond said the referendum ground was shifting under Labour's feet.

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Anonymous: If after a Yes vote will the Yes voters feel sorry for their friends or family that lose their jobs in defence or finance industries?

Anonymous: I'm really interested to know what the capabilities of an independent Scotland could do to both protect and bring back to Scotland anyone taken hostage?

Anonymous: The Yes campaign are fairly vocal and I'm sure are well intentioned but I fear many are being led by the pied piper: Beware of the false promises!

Road rage assault

A man suffered a broken jaw

in an attack following a road rage incident in West Lothian.

The 20-year-old man was driving his silver car on Tippethill Road, Armadale at 19:30 on Wednesday when a black car stopped in front.

The driver got out of his car and assaulted the man by punching him several times.

The attacker then drove off towards Armadale. Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses.

Talk of the town

The Courier

@thecourieruk tweets: Crieff folk asked to examine town masterplan

You can read the full story


Townshead wants top spot

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend believes anything less than winning the league will be a failure for his side this season.

He said: "That's certainly the aim (winning the league). We were close last year but came up short. We have strength in depth throughout our squad for the campaign ahead and we certainly want to win the league."

Gregor Townshead

The Warriors

face defending champions Leinster at Scotstoun tomorrow night in a repeat of the Grand Final in May which Glasgow lost heavily.

Ebola delays trial

A trial had to be put off at Forfar Sheriff Court after the Ebola outbreak left the defendant stranded in Nigeria.

John Sharp was due to go on trial after denying seven charges including assault and threatening and abusive behaviour.

Ebola in Nigeria

But his defence lawyer advised the court that the 49-year-old offshore worker had been unable to return from Nigeria on schedule due to the outbreak of Ebola in the African state.

Sheriff Gregor Murray set a new trial date in December.

Spy plane on Culloden Battlefield

Part of the fuselage of a former RAF surveillance aircraft has been

temporarily moved to a historic battlefield near Inverness.

The front section of the Nimrod has been installed at Culloden Battlefield as part of a Homecoming Scotland 2014 event at the site this weekend.

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Gaelic's Blas Festival, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) and Highland and Moray councils are involved.

The Nimrod is owned by the Morayvia aviation tourism project.

Welcome back

Pauline McLean

BBC Scotland

tweets: Still Game after all these years. Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill

@BBCNewsdrive and Reporting Scotland later.

Still Game

Police officer cleared of assault and abduction

A police officer has been cleared of

assaulting and abducting a 16-year-old boy in an Aberdeen suburb.

Ian Ivancic had denied pushing Niall Corbett against a police van before repeatedly punching him on the head in Balmedie.

He was further accused of abducting the teenager, now 17, by putting him into the back of the vehicle then driving off.

Mr Ivancic was found not guilty of both charges at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


The rain will begin to to clear over the east coast and south east this afternoon. It will gradually become drier and brighter towards the evening, with some sunny spells developing.

Despite this it will still feel cool, with temperatures around the 16C to 18C mark.

You can watch a full forecast


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Scott, Perth: When Scotland votes Yes for independence on the 18th, how will certain newspapers change their editorial spin, when for the past year they have given us Westminster propaganda and fear? I would like them to come out and let us know.

Anonymous: We are voting Yes for a fairer society and to fix Scottish problems, not to keep having to fix Westminster's mistakes. It can only be a good thing.

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Some beautiful landscape shots, a singing child and this surfer. It is the best of

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Reporting Scotland

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On #ReportingScotland, BBC1 Scot, 1330: Lucy Adams has the latest on the #indyref campaign trail.

You will be able to watch the programme live


Rolls Reus aims to motor against Scots

Alasdair Lamont

Senior football reporter, BBC Scotland

Marco Reus has put his disappointment at missing the World Cup behind him and believes Scotland will prove difficult opposition in Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifying opener.

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The Borussia Dortmund forward, who'll be on home territory in the Signal Iduna Park, missed Brazil 2014 through injury but was back in the team that lost 4-2 to Argentina on Wednesday.

Reus believes the Scots have a good chance of challenging for second place in Group D behind the world champions.

200 jobs lost at energy firm

An energy firm is set to close its offshore wind business

with the loss of almost 200 jobs.

Technip said it had taken the decision following a review of its operations.

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More than 70 of the positions will go from its base in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, along with offshore and contractor jobs, and more than 20 in Gateshead.

Technip said it was planning to close the offshore wind division once current projects had been completed.

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Ulrich, Glasgow: What's wrong with higher taxes? If i had the choice between a Norwegian system with higher taxes, decent pensions, social equality and fantastic childcare and a Westminster system with my taxes being spent for investment in the south-east only, trillions for Trident and one of the most unequal societies, I know what I would choose.

Robert, Larkhall: If the Scottish economy is withdrawn from the Bank of England, that amounts to 10% of sterling. It only took 5% fall in sterling to cause the banking collapse in the first place! This is why there will be a currency union, isn't this correct?

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Ross, Glasgow: The UK has never represented the best interests of its own population, in the absence of democracy millions have voted with their feet, we can change that.

John, Airdrie: "Whatever the result on September 18th one thing is for sure: Scotland has changed forever. Should there be a Yes vote I, and many others like me, will not be denied my British birthright. I'm sure others on the 'Yes' side feel just as determined should there be a no vote. So thanks Mr Salmond and friends for turning Scot against Scot and ruining the greatest place on earth."

Phil Goodlad

BBC Scotland

tweets: Getting ready for first

@GlasgowWarriors pre match media conference of season. Thoughts of Gregor Townsend coming up.

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Reader Neil MacNeill shot this close-up photo of a male Peacock butterfly at Red Moss Nature Reserve near Edinburgh.

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Aberdeen OAP spared jail term

A 76-year-old man who left unwanted

guns "gathering dust" in his basement has been spared a jail sentence.

Police found a corroded sawn-off shotgun, another shotgun in poor condition and an antique pistol at Richard Watt's Aberdeen home.

Mr Watt had previously been warned he could face a five-year jail sentence.

However, Lord Burns gave him 140 hours of community service, saying he had taken into account Mr Watt's age and that he was also sole carer for his wife.

Appeal over racial abuse

British Transport Police are attempting to trace

a man who racially abused another train passenger in Glasgow.

The 32-year-old victim boarded the 18:23 Balloch to Cumbernauld train at Dalmuir on Wednesday.

During the journey, he was subjected to racial abuse by another man in his 40s. The abuse continued when both men got off the train at Anniesland station.

Officers are now reviewing CCTV images from the train and stations in an effort to identify the man.

Experimental music event in Galloway

The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

is set to play host to 24 hours of experimental music and art.

The event, which has been named Sanctuary, will include sound and light installations designed to "stimulate the senses".

Dark Sky Park

An on-site radio station will also broadcast previously unheard music from a diverse range of artists.

This new work can only be heard at the site and the sound files will be destroyed afterwards.