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Scotland's papers: 'Pressure on ambassador' and anti-indy 'campaign'

Image caption Boris Johnson put the future of the UK's ambassador in Washington in doubt after Donald Trump intensified his attack on the diplomat, the Times reports. Mr Johnson, the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race, refused to say whether he would keep Sir Kim Darroch in his post if he became prime minister, during his first head-to-head debate with leadership rival, Jeremy Hunt. Leaked emails revealed Sir Kim had called the Trump administration "clumsy and inept".
Image caption The Herald says Theresa May's cabinet has been told it must move to a permanent "campaign mode" to stave off a second Scottish independence referendum. The paper reports a "war chest" running into tens of millions of pounds is being called for as leading Tory figures warn that the union is "under threat like never before".
Image caption The Scotsman leads with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claiming that Scottish government civil servants have been "deprived of key information relating to a no-deal Brexit". Ms Sturgeon has accused the UK government of routinely holding back details relating to fears that up to 100,000 jobs could be at risk north of the border if the UK leaves the EU without a deal being struck.
Image caption The Daily Telegraph leads on Jeremy Hunt accusing his Tory leadership rival Boris Johnson of "peddling optimism" in order to get into Downing Street. Mr Hunt said "Boris in No 10" was the only thing that mattered to his rival during their debate, the paper reports.
Image caption The Daily Express leads with claims that Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds quit her job as director of communications at Tory HQ just months after she was challenged about her expenses claims.
Image caption The i focuses on last night's TV debate between the Tory leadership candidates, with Mr Johnson refusing to condemn US President Donald Trump over his criticism of the UK's ambassador to Washington. The paper also says Mr Hunt attacked Mr Johnson by accusing him of dodging tricky questions.
Image caption The National also features the Tory TV debate, but focuses on a group of SNP CND members who have published what has been described as the first "road map" of how an independent Scotland could remove Trident nuclear submarines and missiles. The group says the nuclear weapons are becoming "increasingly outmoded" because of the progress of cyber-technology.
Image caption "Finally Corbyn reveals Brexit betrayal" is the front page headline of the Daily Express. It comes after the Labour leader finally "caved" in to Remainers in his party by backing a second EU referendum, says the paper.
Image caption The Sun reports on the death of a teenager at a house party in Glasgow. The family of Chelsea Bruce have spoken of their "utter devastation" after the 16-year-old died and two of her friends collapsed after a suspected drugs incident.
Image caption The Courier's Dundee edition says the Scottish government's public health minister Joe FitzPatrick has refused to rule out decriminalising illicit drugs in a bid to stem the crisis of drug-related deaths. Mr FitzPatrick told MSPs the issue "kept him up at night" as it was revealed Scotland's drug death rate could reach record levels.
Image caption The Daily Record says the mother of murdered schoolgirl Paige Doherty is being targeted by trolls who are using a fake online account to send her abuse. Police are investigating posts on a Snapchat account which has been set up in Paige's name. Her mother Pamela Munro tells the paper how the abuse has included murder threats.
Image caption The Daily Star reports that the actress and TV presenter Kelly Brook has "banned" her new colleagues at Heart radio from referring to her as a sex symbol.
Image caption The Press and Journal's Highlands edition reports on a woman giving evidence to the Infected Blood Inquiry and the "lies" she was told about her husband's condition after he was given contaminated blood. The mother-of-two from Fortrose described the lack of support from NHS bosses as a "toxic situation".

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