Scotland

Scotland's papers: 'Secret' talks with Russia and 'adorable' Archie

Image caption The Herald on Sunday leads with an exclusive which claims senior figures in the SNP have held talks with "Kremlin-linked organisations" in a bid to ease tensions between the UK and Russia. It reports that Jim Sillars, the party's former deputy leader, set up a group called "Edinburgh-Russian Conversations" whose members travelled to Moscow to meet institutes and think tanks. He said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was not informed.
Image caption Conflict within the Labour Party is the subject of the lead in The Sunday Times Scotland. The report describes a "civil war" in the party and says senior MPs have demanded Jeremy Corbyn sack his advisors as the row over anti-semitism and bullying claims continues. The paper suggest Mr Corbyn is in a "leadership crisis".
Image caption The Scottish Sunday Express is excited about an official photograph of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby son Archie as it exclaims "Forget that royal christening row, just look at adorable Archie!" The lead story claims Britain will "boom" under Boris Johnson. The story has Iain Duncan Smith saying trade deals are "ready to go" after Brexit.
Image caption The Scottish Mail on Sunday's top story reports on leaked confidential memos sent to Downing Street by the UK's ambassador to the US. It claims Sir Kim Darroch, one of Britain's top diplomats, described Donald Trump as "inept", "insecure" and "incompetent". The paper says the remarks risk angering the US president and causing a "diplomatic rift" between the two countries.
Image caption Scotland on Sunday's cover promotes an exclusive on an upcoming US legal trial over race hatred. The paper talks to a Scot involved in the trial.
Image caption Revelations on the death of a man found on a Scottish road 18 years ago make the front of the Sunday Post. The story says the son of victim John Donovan is convinced his father's death was not suicide but murder. The paper asks: "Suicide or slain?"
Image caption The Sunday Mail's top story reveals police in Edinburgh are being investigated over claims they made "twisted online jibes" at celebrity Katie Price's disabled child. The paper claims one officer is potentially facing criminal charges. The paper also devotes front page space to Andy Murray and Serena Williams' mixed doubles debut at Wimbledon.
Image caption The Scottish Sun on Sunday's splash involves TV heavyweights Simon Cowell and Philip Schofield. The paper claims Mr Cowell has given his "full backing" to Amanda Holden in an ongoing row with the This Morning presenter.
Image caption And the Sunday National gives its front page over to a pro-independence march which took place in Ayr yesterday. The paper says "the Yes momentum is unstoppable".

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