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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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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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Scottish income tax changes unveiled

That's all from Holyrood Live on 14 December, better known as draft budget day. Today the Scottish government announced income tax changes that will see higher earners pay more than elsewhere in the UK - and lower earners pay less. The country's finance secretary, Derek Mackay, announced a new tax band of 21p for those earning more than £24,000. The higher rate of tax will be increased from 40p to 41p and the top rate from 45p to 46p. But a starter rate of 19p in the pound will also be intro
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Harry Potter translated into Scots

The first book in the Harry Potter series has had a Scottish treatment and has been translated into Scots. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stane marks the 20th anniversary of the first publication of the boy wizard's adventures. Harry Potter has a strong Scottish connection. Author JK Rowling wrote the books in Edinburgh and the wizarding school Hogwarts is set in Scotland. Scots is the 80th language Harry Potter has been translated into. The first book in the series follows Harry as he l
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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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'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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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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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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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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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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