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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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  1. Goodbye

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Referendum - Get Involved

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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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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    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.

  9. 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?

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    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 here.

  10. 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.

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    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,"

  11. Referendum - Get Involved

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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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Referendum - Your Views

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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!

  17. 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.

  18. Talk of the town

    The Courier

    @thecourieruk tweets: Crieff folk asked to examine town masterplan

    You can read the full story here.

  19. 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."

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

  20. 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.

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    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.

  21. 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.

  22. Welcome back

    Pauline McLean

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: Still Game after all these years. Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill @BBCNewsdrive and Reporting Scotland later.

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  23. 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.

  24. 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 here.

  25. Referendum - Your Views

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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.

  26. Your Pictures - Get Involved

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

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  27. Reporting Scotland

    @bbcscotlandnews using #ScotlandLive

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

    You will be able to watch the programme live here.

  28. 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.

    Marco Reus

    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.

  29. 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.

  30. Referendum - Your Views

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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."

  32. Post update

    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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  33. Get involved - Your photos

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

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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".

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    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.

  37. Island proposal

    @TheScotsman Ex-Buzzcocks drummer among group exploring possible community buy-out of Bays of Harris estate.

    Read the full story here.

  38. Hit-and-run arrest

    A man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run incident in East Renfrewshire which police are treating as attempted murder.

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    Four people were hurt after a Vauxhall car was driven at them on Crossmill Avenue, Barrhead on Saturday.

    Police previously said the incident followed an altercation with the group.

    A 38 year-old man is due to appear in at Paisley Sheriff Court.

  39. Highlands festival starts

    The 10th annual Blas Festival gets under way in the Highlands today.

    Organisers bill the event as a celebration of Highland and Gaelic life and culture.

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    This year's performers will include singer-songwriter Dougie Maclean, who played at Glasgow's Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, and the band Manran.

  40. Not so smiley Miley

    The Commonwealth Games. Remember them? They seem like a million years ago now.

    Hannah Miley, one of Scotland's golden girls at Glasgow 2014, tweeted this picture with the message: Aw man getting back into the swing of things in the gym, doms of doom inevitable! #NoPainNoGain #sweatitout

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  41. The day we beat the Germans

    BBC Scotland's Tom English reflects on that wonderful night in 1957 when Scotland, featuring a certain Tommy Docherty, played the world champions West Germany... and won.

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  42. BBC Scotland Live - Get Involved

    What do you think of BBC Scotland Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

    We've introduced the rolling live text service to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

    Tell us what you think.

  43. Referendum - Your Views

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    Stevie, Glasgow: We're going to prove all the naysayers wrong using our people, our resources and our will, a free Scotland will be an asset to the world.

    Mike, Edinburgh: The rest of the country has shown precious little interest in the negative effects of the union on Scotland, so why should the Scots have such huge concerns for them now?

    Dani, Tillicoultry: If the vote is for independence (God forbid) there will a lot more British Scots in England and beyond, including me and my family.

  44. Torpedo attack victims remembered

    Relatives of one of the victims of a torpedo attack which claimed 250 lives have provided a wreath to be laid by divers to mark its 100th anniversary.

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    HMS Pathfinder went down off St Abbs Head in the Scottish Borders on 5 September, 1914.

    The family had planned to lay a wreath nearby but now hope a team of divers can place it on the wreck of the vessel this week.

  45. Post update

    @pressjournal tweets: 'Secret Dolphin' unveiled for Aberdeen trail

    Read the full story here.

  46. Referendum - Get Involved

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    Fiona, Blanefield: I think the majority would have voted for devo max but Westminster said no. Even now when asked what additional powers the Scottish parliament would get, they still won't say what and when. False promises yet again. I would have preferred devo max but alas no, so now it's a Yes vote. It's not against England but rather against the powers that be, Westminster and the eternal London chant time and time again.

    Bill, Perth: Who says we would get the Government we vote for if we get independence? We do not have the Scottish Government we voted for. Only 22.9% of those eligible to vote, voted for the SNP at the last Scottish election, the other 77.1% did not.

  47. Referendum - Your views

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    Claire, Carnoustie: I will be voting No. Why? Because I feel Scottish and British and proud of both. If independence happens I will be prepared to shut down my self-employed business of 10 years and I will be putting my house on the market and move out of Scotland. This has caused division between not only my family but a nation and for what? We are so much better off than so many other countries in this world, so is it all down to greed?

    Steve: I have a postal vote and voted YES. Scotland is country in its own right. Not at the mercy of Tories in London.

    Linda, Cowdenbeath: I want to live in a Scotland where after the vote we all come together and work towards a better future that we obviously want, no matter what the result is.

  48. Legia fined over banner

    Legia Warsaw have been fined 80,000 euros after fans displayed a banner criticising UEFA, during their Europa League play off against Aktobe last week

    The club's official website says that UEFA's disciplinary panel imposed the sanction after a hearing on Thursday.

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    Legia were eliminated from the Champions League third qualifying round after fielding a suspended player against Celtic during their 6-1 aggregate win.

    UEFA awarded the Scottish champions a 3-0 second leg win that saw them advance into the next round.

  49. Morning Call

    Morning Call's referendum special with Kaye Adams and Nicky Campbell is on air, you can listen live here.

  50. Tudur Jones signs for Bairns

    Falkirk have signed Owain Tudur Jones following his release by Championship rivals Hibernian.

    The 29-year-old midfielder has signed a two-year contract with Peter Houston's side.

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    Tudur Jones, who has been capped by Wales, signed for Hibs in May 2013 following two successful years at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

    He played 19 times for the Easter Road outfit but had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

  51. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    There's heavy congestion on the Erskine Bridge after an accident on the M8 Greenock exit slip which has closed one lane.

    In Edinburgh, traffic is slow in Morrison Street and Lothian Road with one lane blocked while police deal with an abandoned car.

  52. Latest weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Largely cloudy with a rain band gradually spreading south eastwards today. Brightest across the south this morning, and the north-west this afternoon with temperatures ranging between 16 and 20C.

    It will become drier overnight, with some showers further north.

  53. Referendum - Get Involved

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    I Wilson: If there is independence I would feel that I have emigrated to a foreign land without even moving. I never wanted to leave this country and will be a sad individual if this ever happened.

    Rex, Cardiff: My wife's family are Scottish and we've just returned from there. We believe it should be a YES vote, it's about people living, working and governing from Holyrood, not Westminster.

  54. Morning Call

    Today sees a dual broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and 5 live - a special referendum edition of Morning Call and Your Call, presented by Kaye Adams and Nicky Campbell.

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    This is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to share their thoughts about the referendum.

    We're asking: how do you feel about Scottish independence?

    Tell us what you think by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or via email.

  55. Ibrox, Germany & a bit of Berget

    The Mike Ashley/Ibrox row rolls on, all the build up for Scotland's game against Germany, and Jo Inge Berget vows to fight for a first-team place at Celtic following the arrival of Scepovic and Guidetti.

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    It must be all the latest gossip.

  56. Making the news

    Following yesterday's edition of the Daily Record being edited by Alistair Darling, today sees First Minister Alex Salmond given the chance.

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    The ongoing debate over independence continues to dominate, with The Herald leading on Labour leader's Ed Miliband visit to Scotland.

    You can read more in our daily review.

  57. Imams plead for hostage's release

    Imams across Scotland will use Friday prayers to reiterate their opposition to extremism and call for all hostages to be released.

    They will urge young Muslims not to travel to Syria or Iraq or to support extremist groups.


    It follows threats by IS towards aid worker David Haines, 44, from Perth, who was kidnapped in northern Syria last year and is being held hostage.

    Two American journalists have been beheaded by the terrorist group.

  58. Campaigns focus on welfare

    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will claim later that independence is an "opportunity for all sectors of Scottish society".

    Her campaign schedule is to include talks with members of Glasgow's Asian community.

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    Pro-Union campaigners plan to challenge the affordability of welfare provision in an independent Scotland.

    Labour spokeswoman Jackie Baillie will argue nationalists are making claims on welfare which "simply don't add up".

  59. Friday Feeling

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning. It is Friday, and it is time for another Scotland Live. Keep across all the latest news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day. You can get involved with your thoughts on today's news by emailing us, texting us on 80295, or by using the #ScotlandLive on Twitter.

    Now go and make a cup of tea and get your day started!