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Scotland's papers: Brexit delays and Clooneys visit Edinburgh

Image caption The Scottish Daily Express brands the UK's politicians "failures" after MPs voted by 413 to 202 - a majority of 211 - for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit. It means the UK may not leave on 29 March as previously planned. The Express says the decision is a "damning indictment of our democracy".
Image caption The PM may have enjoyed a minor victory on Thursday, but the Daily Telegraph says she now has just "one last roll of the dice". The paper says "huge pressure" is now being put on the DUP and Tory Brexiteers to "fall in behind the prime minister's deal" in the so-called third meaningful vote.
Image caption The Herald warns this could be the PM's "last chance" to get her Brexit deal through "after she saw off, by just two votes, a dramatic attempt by MPs to seize control of the whole withdrawal process".
Image caption The i leads with the rather minimalist headline: "Brexit delayed". It says the attorney general will "issue new legal advice" in an attempt to sway the DUP over the potential permanence of the Irish backstop - the insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border in Ireland - which has been a sticking point for the party.
Image caption The Times' Scottish edition is also split by Brexit and the Clooneys' visit. George and Amal Clooney visited Edinburgh to collect an award for their international humanitarian work at the People's Postcode Lottery Charity Gala in the McEwan Hall.
Image caption As well as the Commons vote on Brexit, The Scotsman front page also features the Clooney's visit to Edinburgh. About 200 well-wishers waited to greet the celebrity couple outside the event.
Image caption Alesha MacPhail's mother tells the Daily Record she was kept “in the dark” throughout the investigation into her daughter’s rape and murder. She claims she only learned important information about the case at the same time as the public.
Image caption The Daily Mail reports that David Steel has been suspended by the Liberal Democrats over remarks he made to a child abuse inquiry about the late MP Cyril Smith. Lord Steel said he asked Smith in 1979 about claims he abused boys at a Rochdale hostel in the 1960s. He said he came away from the conversation "assuming" that Smith had committed the offences.
Image caption The National reports that the SNP's deputy leader Keith Brown and Westminster leader Ian Blackford have accused the BBC of deliberately demoting the status of the third party at Westminster in two formal complaints made to the broadcaster.
Image caption Police are investigating after a man was found dead in a padlocked flat, according to the Press and Journal. The paper reports that the 32-year-old had not been seen for weeks before officers visited his Aberdeen.
Image caption The Dundee edition of the Courier reports that a builder is to stand trial accused of scamming over £60,000 from a series of customers by carrying out shoddy work and failing to complete all of the work he promised. According to the paper, prosecutors say Noman Hughes promised to carry out extensive work at numerous properties and "induced" customers to hand over large sums of money "in the knowledge that said work had not been completed at all or had been completed in a grossly negligent manner".
Image caption The Sun reports that Felicite Tomlinson - sister of One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson - has died at the age of 18. It is the "second tragedy" to befall the singer, the paper reports, after his mother Johannah died of cancer in 2016.
Image caption A "desperate TV star" is looking for a "stranger to have a baby with", according to the Daily Star, which says the anonymous "household name" is "broody but sick of men".

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