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Elderly woman robbed in break-in at home

A 75-year-old woman has been left distressed after she was confronted by thieves who broke into her Glasgow home as she slept. Three men broke into the house in Southbrae Drive, Jordanhill, at about 17:30 on Saturday 14 October. The men, who had Scottish accents and had covered their faces, demanded money and jewellery from the pensioner. The woman was not injured during the robbery and police are appealing for witnesses. All three men were wearing dark clothing and are believed to be white.
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Fall in 'bed-blocking' patients

The number of patients kept in hospitals after they are clinically able to leave has fallen by 9.6% over the last year, official figures showed. In September 2017 there were 1,378 cases of delayed discharge in Scotland, down from 1,524 in September 2016. These delays mean some hospital beds are not free for others who need them. Most often, patients were unable to leave because they were waiting for care services or for a space in a home to become available. The majority of patients stuck in
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The wrestler getting 'hit like the boys'

Viper has been a professional wrestler for a decade but the past year has seen her career take off with an appearance in a WWE tournament. She has also lived and worked in Japan and appeared on a UK television wrestling revival show, sporting a Saltire singlet. The 26-year-old wrestler, whose real name is Kimberly Benson, says she first discovered the sport when she stumbled on a wrestling programme on TV when she was nine. "I went past something that was, for a split second, flashing lights
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Homeless Jesus statue arrives in city

A sculpture depicting Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a bench has been installed in Glasgow city centre. Castings of the life-size statue have been placed in cities worldwide since 2013, although some churches have refused to display it. Church and homeless charity representatives hope the sculpture will help raise awareness of homelessness. Scottish artist Peter Howson has made a painting of a homeless Jesus that will be shown alongside the statue. The world-famous sculpture, created by
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Man pushed onto Glasgow subway tracks

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was pushed onto the tracks by a fellow passenger at Buchanan Street subway station in Glasgow. The 23-year-old victim was then punched after climbing back onto the platform. The suspect was a white male in his 40s or 50s, who was thought to have been chanting football songs before he left the subway on Saturday evening. British Transport police said the incident was an "extremely dangerous and violent assault". Police said the suspect had "delib
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Your pictures: Scotland's cold snap

Scotland has been hit by a very cold spell. Snow has fallen across the country, and on Sunday night temperatures plunged as low as -11.3 degrees at Dalwhinnie in the Highlands. Here are a selection of your photos of the wintry weekend. Temperatures of -7 degrees could not stop Katie O'Donnell and her partner Ruari from their morning climb of The Cobbler No snow, but it was still a chilly -7 degrees in Glasgow Tibetan terrier Ellie spent her Sunday at the highest point on Dungavel Hill near St
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'Glasgow effect' photographer wins award

A photographer has won an award for her project exploring life in Glasgow. Glasgow-born Kirsty Mackay has been awarded the Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award, which was set up to honour the late photojournalist. Ms Mackay won the prize for her project exploring the Glasgow effect, a term often used to describe the disparity in health and life expectancy in the city. The project is titled The Fish that Never Swam, in reference to Glasgow's coat of arms. Ms Mackay's narrative photography project ca
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HIV positive man unable to become pilot

Campaigners are calling for a change in regulations after a Glasgow man was unable to become a commercial airline pilot because he is HIV positive. The man, who wants to remain anonymous, had been offered a place on an airline's training programme. But the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) refused him the medical certificate needed to gain a commercial licence. The CAA said European regulations prevented it granting the certificate to someone who was HIV positive. The European Aviation Safety A
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ScotRail reveals poppy appeal trains

ScotRail has joined forces with Poppyscotland to unveil specially-branded Poppy Appeal trains. Ahead of Remembrance Day, five trains in the ScotRail fleet have become the first to have their normal logos replaced with a special poppy design. The "poppy trains" will be used on routes between the seven cities within Scotland. The redesigned logo will remain displayed on the carriages after the end of the remembrance period. Soldiers from the Royal Highland Fusiliers and the Highlanders, two in
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Type 2 diabetes 'lowers life expectancy'

Type 2 diabetes has been associated with a shorter life expectancy across Scotland, according to new research. The study, led by the University of Edinburgh, found that the condition reduced lifespans across all levels of society. Having type 2 diabetes lowered life expectancy by five and a half years for some people with the condition. The health records of three million people in Scotland were used to generate estimated life expectancies. About 5% of people in Scotland have diabetes, with
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Child bereavement service launched

A support service has been introduced at a Glasgow children's hospital to help family members deal with the death of a child. It is the first time the Royal Hospital for Children has had a dedicated bereavement service for families coping with the loss of a baby or child. Staff are also to receive training and support from the scheme, which will cost £110,000 a year. The charity Child Bereavement UK will provide the service under contract. Families whose children are patients at the Glasgow
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Pledge over schoolgirl passport case

The UK government has said it will look into the case of a 14-year-old girl from the Western Isles who has been refused a British passport. The unnamed schoolgirl has been unable to find the birth certificates the Home Office needs for passport applications. She cannot trace her mother, who she has not seen since 2005. Her father died in 2015. Immigration minister Brandon Lewis said he was aware of the case after SNP MP Angus MacNeil raised it in parliament. Mr Lewis added: "We do have to ma
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'I pulled out my own hair for nine years'

"There isn't, at the very early start, anything that's noticeable." But after a while bald patches are visible, often around the crown of a person's head. Depression and anxiety follow. That happened to Katie Hawthorne, who started pulling her hair out when she was 15. She's one of 840,000 British women who suffer from the hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania (TTM). It is often caused by stress and anxiety. Katie, an artist from Livingston, West Lothian, has documented her condition by tak
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ScotRail electric train makes first trip

The first journey on the new electric ScotRail route took place early on Wednesday morning. The Class 385 train travelled between Edinburgh and Linlithgow, the first trip on the electrified line. It is one of 70 trains being introduced to Scotland's busiest route, from Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk. The project has been hit by delays and risings costs. Further testing is needed before a launch date will be decided "at the turn of the year". The train completed the journey at 02:00 on Wedn
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'Tracking device' led to Amazon evacuation

A suspicious package that led to a Royal Navy bomb disposal team being called to an Amazon depot in Inverclyde was not a viable device. Police Scotland said that the package appeared to have been "some sort of tracking device". It has been removed and will undergo further forensic examination. Staff members were evacuated from the building in Gourock as a precaution after the alarm was raised at 05:15 on Friday morning. The bomb squad were called, and an officer in protective gear was seen w
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Glasgow artist wins international prize

A Glasgow-based artist is the first winner of a new international award. Cathy Wilkes, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008, has been awarded the Maria Lassnig Prize for mid-career artists at a ceremony in New York. As part of her prize her work will be on display in New York until March, in a solo exhibition at PS1, a satellite gallery of the Museum of Modern Art. The 50,000 Euro (£45,000) award is named after the late Austrian artist Maria Lassnig. Ms Wilkes, who was born in Belf
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