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  1. Scottish government plans to block poll tax collection
  2. 'It's time the poll tax was finally dead and buried in Scotland' - Alex Salmond
  3. UK government rejects Sturgeon's universal credit delay plea
  4. Peter Pan house lands funding boost
  5. Andy Murray through to last eight at China Open

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By Thomas McGuigan, Laura Cuthill and Louise Sayers

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bye for now

    Louise Sayers

    BBC Scotland

    That's all from us for today.

    Join us again tomorrow from 8.00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from around Scotland.


  2. Tonight's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Much of the country will remain dry, with some spells of brightness and sunshine to end the day.

    Temperatures will fall away for a time under clear skies for the first part of the evening.

    Southerly winds will continue to strengthen, reaching gale to severe gale-force from Tiree into the north west corner. The Met Office have issued a yellow 'Beware' weather warning for the Western Isles and the Highlands this evening and overnight.

  3. Buzzard deaths

    The death of six buzzards in Aberdeenshire is being investigated by police.

    The birds were found in a field north of Fordoun yesterday afternoon.

    Buzzard in flight

    Police Scotland said an investigation was under way into the cause of the deaths. The field was off an unclassified road leading from Fordoun to Auchenblae.

  4. Europa League action

    Richard Gordon

    Sportsound presenter

    tweets: Sportsound at 6.10pm on 810mw, online and on digital. Live commentary from 8.05pm of Celtic v Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.

  5. Poll tax pledge 'a mess'

    Local government body COSLA has described plans to stop Scotland's councils from pursuing people for unpaid poll tax as "bizarre".

    Poll Tax protest

    First Minister Alex Salmond has promised a new law preventing local authorities from taking further action on what he called "ancient" debts.

    Others who have criticised the policy pledge include Professor Richard Kerley, of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy.

    He told Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme the proposal struck him as "a complete mess".

  6. Clegg: UK help for Ashgar

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says the UK government is doing everything it can for Scot Mohammad Ashgar.

    Mohammad Asghar

    Mr Ashgar, who has paranoid schizophrenia, was shot by a prison guard in Pakistan.

    The 70 year-old is on death row for blasphemy.

    Representatives say he is at risk of further attack and his health is rapidly deteriorating.

  7. Drug-runner jailed

    Daily Record

    tweets: Scots drug-runner jailed for almost seven years for plotting to flood Scotland with cocaine.

    Read the full story here.

  8. Newcastle owner ups Rangers stake

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been confirmed as the buyer of 4.26m shares in Rangers, more than doubling his stake.

    Mike Ashley

    The shares were sold by Hargreave Hale on Tuesday to French bank BNP Paribas, but an announcement to the Stock Exchange revealed the transaction was completed on Ashley's behalf.

    The Newcastle owner now holds an 8.92% stake in the club, but is limited to owning no more than 10% by an agreement with the Scottish FA.

  9. 'Turn for the Orwellian'

    Brian Taylor

    Political editor, Scotland

    Read my latest blog where I consider whether Scottish politics is taking a turn for the Orwellian.

  10. Velux factory closure

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: The window slams shut on joinery jobs and factory in Fife.

    Read the full story here.

  11. Fife factory jobs blow

    A factory in Fife is to close with the loss of about 180 jobs under proposals announced by its Danish owners.

    The Velux Group said its Fife Joinery Manufacturing facility in Glenrothes would shut by next autumn.

    Fife Joinery Manufacturing

    The site makes energy-efficient roof windows and skylights.

    Velux, which also has its UK headquarters in Glenrothes, said the plans would see about 30 sales and marketing roles created in the town.

  12. Poll tax pledge - Your views

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    Gordon, Falkirk: I disagreed with poll tax but had to pay it, so, can SNP legislate to give me a refund please?

    David: The cost v benefit gain is not the point. The service has been used and many people, whether they agreed with it or not, paid it. It is the principle.

  13. Tories object to poll tax pledge

    Alex Salmond has said the Scottish government will bring in new laws to stop councils pursuing people for historic poll tax debts.

    Salmond at First Ministers Questions

    But Conservatives argue this will encourage the non-payment of current taxes by raising the expectation that any arrears would eventually be forgotten.

    Tory MSP Alex Johnstone claims the government is creating a "tax dodgers' charter".

    The first minister discussed the move earlier today, following the announcement earlier this week that local authorities were using the electoral register to chase outstanding bills.

  14. Tune in

    Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland. Among the stories being covered between now and 18:00 on the programme include the Scottish government's plans for new laws to stop councils pursuing people for historic poll tax debts.

    You can listen live here.

  15. Poll tax pledge: Your views

    Grant from Edinburgh: Yet again Alex Salmond does something to appease his voters without thinking that those who dodge paying their share make others have to pay more. At what point is the Scottish Government going to focus on growing the economy and attracting outside investment and creating prospects for the young? Typical Salmond bluff and bluster.

  16. Inquest adjourned

    The inquest into the death of security guard Paul McGuigan has been adjourned until tomorrow.

    Paul McGuigan, 37, originally from Peebles, and Australian Darren Hoare were shot dead by former paratrooper Danny Fitzsimons in 2009.

    Paul McGuigan

    All three men had been working for British security firm ArmorGroup, part of G4S, based in the Iraqi capital's fortified Green Zone.

    Since the killings, the Fitzsimons family have questioned whether their son was well enough to be employed by the security firm as he claimed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress.

    Fitzsimons, from Rochdale, is serving a 20-year prison sentence in Baghdad.

  17. Poll tax pledge: Your reaction

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    Margaret Hood: So, all those who came out of hiding are going to be exempt from their debts? How about the rest of us get a refund then? Why on earth should Alex Salmond protect these people? The law-abiding citizens are being punished yet again, we have to pay for all the tax dodgers!

    K Morrison: Why, when everyone else has paid, should the bad debtors not pay? We struggled but found a way to keep our bills paid. It's nothing more than stealing from the public purse.

    Tom McInally: I find it incredible that the first minister is planning to scrap the collection of non-payment by certain individuals. Surely this is against everything he stands for? Where is the fairness in the democracy when individuals decide they don't want to pay their share and have no retribution against them?

  18. Ashley increases Rangers shareholding

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Mike Ashley has almost doubled his shareholding in Rangers to a 9% stake in the Scottish Championship club.

    The Newcastle owner already has the naming rights over Ibrox stadium and his retail company, Sports Direct, has a deal in place to sell the club's shirts.

    Ashley is now the second largest shareholder at Rangers, behind investment firm Laxey Partners who have a 16% stake.

    Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

    The Scottish FA has rules in place which forbid any individual having more than a 10% stake in any two British clubs at the same time - and some fans' groups have already threatened to boycott Ashley's stores, should he take control.

    BBC Sport also understands that Ashley could now call for an Extraordinary General Meeting to force a shake-up of the Ibrox club's board.

  19. European test

    Tonight's Europa League fixture sees Celtic take on Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb.


    Kick-off is 20:05 at Celtic Park.

    Tune into BBC Radio Scotland online, 810MW, DAB digital radio, or follow live text commentary on BBC Sport website.

  20. Camping restrictions for Loch Lomond

    Camping could be severely restricted in parts of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park under new proposals from the park's board.

    Seasonal bylaws banning unauthorised camping and alcohol were introduced to parts of east Loch Lomond in 2011.

    The park's board now want to bring in bylaws at two more areas in response to littering and anti-social behaviour.

    Loch Lomond camping

    The proposals will be put before the park's board next week ahead of a public consultation.

    The bylaws, which would make it an offence to camp outside authorised sites without a permit or to cause damage to the area or wildlife, would be accompanied by investment in new facilities

    Hear more from Christopher Sleight here.

  21. Post update

    Edinburgh Evening News

    tweets: City artist will change his surname by deed poll to a company brand in return for sponsorship.

    Read the full story here.

  22. Armed robbery at Edinburgh RBS

    Police in Edinburgh have cordoned off an area around the Royal Bank of Scotland in Tolcross after an armed robbery.

    Armed robbery Tollcross

    The area around Home Street has been closed off. Officers are in attendance.

  23. Match ban for Celtic fans

    Two men who were among 13 people held by police during a march by the Green Brigade group of Celtic fans have been given one year football banning orders.


    Nicholas Diplacito, from Lanark, and Mark Glancy, from Glasgow, were arrested during the unofficial march in the Gallowgate area in March last year.

    Glasgow Sheriff Court heard they behaved in a threatening manner and struggled with police officers.

    Diplacito must also carry out 135 hours of unpaid work. Glancy was fined £630. Almost 200 officers were deployed to the march which took place before Celtic played Aberdeen.

  24. Making waves...

    HMS Edinburgh has been put on sale after Edinburgh City Council decided that preserving it as a tourist attraction would be too expensive.

    A report commissioned by the council found that the financial costs of the attraction were too great.

    The ship has been listed for sale, along with HMS York and HMS Gloucester, on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) website.

    A campaign to save the vessel was unsuccessful.

  25. Poll tax - Your views

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    Davey Wands. Methil: The poll tax was unfair in 1990, and it's still unfair in 2014. I paid it, but I think it's very unfair and reeks of Toryism to chase a 25-year-old debt.

    Anon: I want a rebate too. Why should those who don't pay always get off with it?

  26. Your pictures

    Michael Duignan: A Red Admiral butterfly enjoying the sunshine in Paisley today.

    A Red Admiral butterfly
  27. Poll tax - Your views

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    Andrew, Aberdeen: Good decision. Councils should move on instead of pursuing ancient debt on a tax that was abolished due to being unfair. Resources better spent pursuing more recent debt and on current priorities.

    Angus, Caithness: If u can afford to pay your way, but don't, u should lose voting privileges the same as other criminals.

    Craig, Cumbernauld: If everyone stuck together when Margaret Thatcher was forcing the poll tax upon us then no one would have had to pay it. Well done the people who fought the poll tax, we need to stop lying down to these Tory punishments. Scotland the Brave, what a joke.

  28. Poll tax - Your views

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    Ken, Kirkcaldy: If the debtor has been located then add the poll tax arrears to their current council tax bill. Recovery and fair.

  29. Edinburgh 'hate crime' attack

    An attack which left a Chinese man seriously injured in Edinburgh is being treated as a "hate crime," police say.

    The 37-year-old restaurant worker suffered multiple injuries including stab wounds when he was assaulted by three men in the West Pilton area on Wednesday.

    The man was assaulted in the West Pilton area

    The man is in a "serious" condition in hospital.

    One man was detained in connection with the attack and police are following a positive line of inquiry in relation to the other suspects.

  30. Sheeran & Grande strike right chord

    Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande are the first performers to be announced for the MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow.

    Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande

    The music awards will be hosted in the city's SSE Hydro on 9 November.

  31. Your views

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    Michael: Is it just me or does Andy Murray play better when his mum is away? (Doing Strictly).

  32. Poll tax - Your views

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    Moe McCann: Good for Alex Salmond. It may not be cost effective to try to recover ancient debt. It was unfair then and much more so now.

    Bill Docherty, Peterculter: Well done Alex for applying common sense on poll tax. Tories on the right wing backlash against the Scots already. You can't take blood out of a stone and, like any potential long-term debt, once it's gone it's gone.

  33. Poll tax debts

    The Scottish government will being in new laws to stop councils pursuing people for historic poll tax debts.

    First Minister Alex Salmond announced the move after it emerged local authorities were using the electoral register to chase outstanding bills.

    The poll tax, or community charge, was introduced to Scotland in April 1989 and replaced by council tax in 1993.

    Mr Salmond told MSPs it was misguided for councils to use current records to chase debts from decades ago.

  34. Universal credit response 'undermines vow'

    Referencing Nicola Sturgeon's letter, First Minister Alex Salmond says the roll=out of universal credit "undermines unionist powers vow to devolve further welfare powers".

  35. Poll tax

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    FM announced at FM questions at Holyrood that poll tax debts are to be scrapped by Scottish government.

  36. Murray serves notice...

    Sixth seed Andy Murray has breezed past Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-2 6-2, in an hour and 19 minutes, to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open.

    Andy Murray
  37. NHS funding

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson asks what the Scottish government will do to protect NHS funding in Scotland?

    Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson

    The first minister repeats that health funding will continue to rise, and alleges that the Conservatives's "lack of care towards the health service staff" in England has led to the prospect of a strike.

  38. Poll tax debts

    First Minister Alex Salmond says that the expanded electoral roll, as result of the independence referendum, should not be used to collect outstanding poll tax debts.

    First Minister Alex Salmond

    It is believed that some voters disappeared from the electoral register to avoid paying the tax in the late 1980s.

    "After 25 years it's about time that the poll tax was dead and buried in Scotland," says Mr Salmond.

  39. Armed raiders target Balloch home

    A West Dunbartonshire couple endured a "traumatic" experience after being confronted by two armed men in their Balloch home.

    The 56-year-old woman answered the door of her home in Buchanan Avenue on Tuesday evening and saw a man who appeared to have a firearm.

    The man and his accomplice forced their way inside before struggling with the woman's 63-year-old husband.

    The couple were uninjured before the suspects fled empty handed.

  40. FMQ's rumbles into action

    First minister's questions is under way at Holyrood. You can follow live text coverage here.

  41. Your Pictures

    Shelley Waugh, Dundee: Taken while driving to Skye this week, Eilean Donan Castle looked picture postcard perfect in the warm autumn sunshine.

    Eilean Donan Castle
  42. Never Miss A Beatt...

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Going to talk about parental leave, kids drinking and driving, and the "sharing economy". Anyone used these "sharing" websites?

    The Beattie Show gets under way at 12:00, you can listen live here.

  43. 'Dreams do come true'

    A centre for children's literature inspired by Peter Pan is one of several projects awarded grants by the funding body Creative Scotland.

    Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

    The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust aims to turn the house in Dumfries that JM Barrie claimed was the inspiration for his story, into a centre for children's literature and storytelling.

    The £687,000 award will help the trust develop its plans.

  44. Teeing up Europe's next captain?

    With the dust having settled on Europe's Ryder Cup win at Gleneagles, attention turns to who will succeed outgoing captain Paul McGinley.

    Darren Clarke

    BBC Scotland's Tom English donned his plus fours before delving into the thorny issue of the captain's contest, noting that Darren Clarke is the white-hot favourite.

    "In racing parlance - a language that the golfer will understand given his fondness for the sport - [Clarke] is coming into the final furlongs still on the bridle while his nearest rival, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, is under the whip," writes the bold Tom.

    Read the rest of his thoughts here.

  45. Ill wind over turbine plan

    The firm behind plans for the largest wind farm on Lewis has ended its interest.

    Wind turbine

    GDF blamed delays in laying a subsea cable needed to carry electricity generated on the isles to the mainland, and rising costs.

    The French energy giant was to invest in the planned 39-turbine scheme on Lewis's Eisgein Estate.

  46. Pilton delivery driver attacked


    Edinburgh Evening News

    tweets: A police probe has been launched into an attack in Pilton last night. Man seriously hurt.

    Read the full story here.

  47. Parkinson's disease - Your views

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    Alistair, Howwood, Renfrewshire: Guid on the Big Yin! My mum bravely coped with Parkinson's for the last 12 years of a full life. Like many of her generation they gave a grand example of coping in diversity. The Parkinson's Society was a help but she, like Billy and Margo, found that inner strength necessary for all who are afflicted with the disease.

  48. Holiday pay ruling

    CBI Scotland has warned that a recent court ruling on holiday pay could cause businesses to fold.

    The European Court of Justice said workers should receive regular overtime, commission and bonus payments during paid leave.


    Until now, only basic pay was part of the holiday entitlement.

    CBI Scotland's Andrew Palmer said the cost to employers could run into billions of pounds.

    "In Scotland and across the UK we could see job losses, we could see major infrastructure projects come to a stop, we could see the loss of overtime and really it stops confidence in Scotland and in the UK," he warned.

  49. What's on the back pages?

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila has defended his criticism of the fitness levels of the squad he inherited from Neil Lennon in the summer.

    The Norwegian contends that if the players don't want to be "24-hour athletes" they should find work outside of football.

    Celtic boss Ronny Deila and Andy Murray
    Image caption: Ronny Deila insists chips won't be served up for Andy Murray's dinner

    Deila used Cristiano Ronaldo as an example of how fit his players should be, and Andy Murray, with Deila insisting that there's no way the Scottish tennis star eats chips.

    Read the rest of the sporting headlines in our round-up here.

  50. Government rejects welfare delay call

    Glenn Campbell

    BBC Scotland news

    The UK government has rejected a call from the deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to halt the implementation of universal credit while the Smith Commission considers what new powers should be devolved to Holyrood.

    In a letter to the prime minister, Ms Sturgeon argued that pressing ahead with the new system could make it harder to give the Scottish Parliament control of housing benefit, which both the Conservatives and Labour are proposing.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Downing Street has confirmed receipt of the letter. But a UK government spokesman said they do not want to pre-empt the work of the commission and, until it has reported, government business will continue as planned.

  51. Keep on running...

    Training schedule ahead of this weekend's Great Scottish Run? Check. Suitable running shoes in anticipation of pounding Glasgow's streets? Check. Sorted out a venue for post-race meal? Check.

    Great Scottish Run route

    BBC Scotland's animated map showing the route? Check.

  52. Police firearms - Your views

    Bert in Fife: Have the advocates against armed police got nothing better to do than whinge on about the very people who put their neck on the line almost every day of the week to protect the public?

  53. Police firearms - Your views

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    Davie Rose, Grantown: What a waste of money, changing the holsters to "hide" the guns and batons. I have nothing to worry about the police having arms.

    Gordon: We wouldn't dictate to a surgeon who was going to save our life so we shouldn't dictate to officers who protect our lives. If we do, we have no right of complaint when something goes wrong.

  54. 'Realities of policing'

    Specialist armed police officers in Scotland will in future only be deployed to firearms incidents or where there is a threat to life.

    The move came following concerns from politicians about officers carrying weapons while on routine patrol.

    Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, Labour MSP Graeme Pearson, a former senior police officer, said it was a positive move.

    "It is to be welcomed, it creates a safer environment in our communities," he added

    "To try to suggest that Scotland was quite happy to see officers routinely armed and wandering about our communities is a complete mismatch with public opinion.

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    "I welcome the fact that the chief constable has realised the realities of policing in Scotland and has made the right decision."

  55. Enchanted Forest returns

    The Enchanted Forest, a sound and light show, is returning for its 12th year.

    Enchanted forest Faskally Wood near Pitlochry

    The annual event was first held in October 2002 near Dunkeld, but has been based in Faskally Wood, near Pitlochry since 2005.

    This year's show - titled Elemental - will run from 3 to 26 October.

    Prepare to be dazzled by the preview pictures of the spectacle here.

  56. Police firearms - Your views

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    Anon: Police should not be carrying guns because they are too trigger happy when handling speed guns.

    Liz: The Scottish Police Authority hasn't advertised their evidence-gathering exercise very well. How many people in Scotland know anything about it? And filling in an online questionnaire isn't acceptable, the questions are always skewed to get the answers the organisation wants. It's definitely not democracy.

  57. Arrest follows Bishopbriggs death

    Police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the death of John McFarlane in Bishopbriggs.

    Mr McFarlane, 28, was seriously injured after being attacked near his home in the town's Auchinairn Road at about 22:35 last Thursday.

    The arrested man is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday.

  58. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    tweets: M9 heading into Edinburgh - very slow from Linlithgow to J2 Philpstoun - low sun glare is the problem here.

  59. On this day...

    On this day in 1947 the paddle steamer Waverley was launched from A. & J. Inglis's yard on the Clyde. The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.

    She was in danger of being decommissioned in the early 70s, but in 1974 she was bought by enthusiasts from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.

    The paddle steamer Waverley

    Today in 1854 the pioneer of modern urban sociology, Patrick Geddes, was born in Ballater.

    Along with Adam Ferguson, Geddes founded modern sociology and urban planning.

  60. Police firearms - Your views

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    Margaret, Glasgow: I welcome the u-turn on guns on the street but, to be honest, I also think that Mr MacAskill brought them in on the quiet so that they'd be there in case of riots and other problems at the referendum.

  61. Police firearms - Your views

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    Heather, Edinburgh: You've heard of the saying 'I don't tell you how to do your job'. Police, nurses, firefighters do a great job. If anybody has a right to say whether police carry guns, it's them. They are on the frontline and should decide.

    John: The present chief constable should remember that the police are supposed to serve the public and that Scotland is not a police state.

  62. Read all about it...

    "Hands Up, I Surrender" is the headline in the Daily Record above a photo of Police Scotland's chief constable Sir Stephen House after yesterday's announcement on armed police patrols.

    Thursday morning's papers

    Both The Herald and The Scotsman describe the decision that armed officers will no longer be deployed on routine patrols as a "U-turn".

    The prime minister's promise to cut tax for millions of families if the Tories are re-elected is the main lead for the Scottish Daily Mail.

    Read the rest of our newspaper round-up here.

  63. Police firearms - Your views

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    John in Fortingall: Please be careful how you describe this change. There will not be fewer armed police officers on duty. They will still be on armed patrols. It is just that they will not be attending routine calls, even if they are the closest resource. They will be reserved for specialist armed incident and threat to life duties only.

    John, East Kilbride: Why is it always said police on the streets? Where? In their cars is more likely, not like the old days.

  64. Morning Call - Your views

    Louise White

    Presenter, Morning Call

    Campaigners have hailed a decision by police to overturn the policy of some officers carrying guns in public. We're asking: how much influence should the public have over the police?

    And, at the start of a 22 night sell-out tour of Scotland, Billy Connolly has made light of his health problems. What is it like living with Parkinson's disease?

    The lines are open now. 0500 92 95 00, or text 80295.

    You can listen live from 08:50 here.

  65. Scottish universities - Your views

    Following on from our story on Scottish universities, did you attend any of those famous seats of learning? Care to share your memories of university life? Do you ever wake up at 03:00 in a sudden panic that you've missed a tutorial/exam?

    Get in touch via text to 80295, email here or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

  66. Moving on up...

    Four Scottish universities have climbed up the Times Higher Education world rankings, despite the UK coming under pressure from overseas competition.

    Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Aberdeen universities all performed better than last year.

    However, Dundee University dropped out of the top 200.

    Glasgow University
    Image caption: Glasgow University climbed to 94th in the latest rankings

    In first place overall was the California Institute of Technology in the US, holding on to the top spot for the fourth year running.

    Glasgow was 94th and St Andrews 111th. They had shared 117th on the rankings last year.

    Aberdeen university was ranked 178th, up from 188.

  67. Your Pictures

    @bbcscotlandnews using #scotlandlive

    Douglas Sinclair tweets: Red sky in the morning in the island paradise of Orkney.

  68. Sturgeon urges welfare reform delay

    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has appealed for major UK welfare reform to be put on hold in Scotland.

    She has written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking for a delay until plans for new powers at the Scottish parliament are considered.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Universal credit is replacing six benefits and tax credits for working-age people with a single payment.

    It is being phased in across the UK by 2017 and is already available to some claimants in Inverness.

    Lord Smith's commission has been set up to seek agreement on a further devolution of powers to Holyrood.

  69. Weather forecast

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    Good morning, Kirsteen here. Mostly dry today during daylight hours, with some brightness & sunshine. S/W winds will strengthen along the west coast... reaching severe gale-force across the Western Isles, Skye & n/w coast. Gusts of up to 65mph. Rain will spread from the west later, too.

  70. Welcome

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team on Thursday 2 October as we bring you a comprehensive round up of news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18:00.