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Scotland's papers: Scottish jails slated and no 'wildcat' indyref

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Image caption Criticisms of Scotland's prisons appears on the front page of The Herald after an anti-torture watchdog witnessed the treatment of female inmates with mental health problems. The European Council's Committee for the Prevention of Torture said there were women "clearly in need of urgent care".
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Image caption The Scotsman leads with a two-and-a-half hour meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish leader Leo Varadkar at Thornton Manor in England. Mr Varadkar said after the talks that - with three weeks to go until the Brexit deadline - both men could see "a pathway towards a possible deal". The paper also reports Nicola Sturgeon has "fired a warning shot" to party members pushing for a shortcut to independence.
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Image caption The i focuses on the "burst of optimism" that has followed the talks. Underlining the importance of a Brexit deal, the paper reports that Sunderland's Nissan factory "faces closure" if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
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Image caption The Daily Telegraph also focuses on Brexit, reporting quotes from Taoiseach Varadkar, who says a deal can be reached by the 31 October deadline. The paper adds it has been told by a source that Mr Barnier will now "assess whether enough progress had been made to justify the EU intensifying negotiations ahead of the summit next week".
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Image caption The Times says Britain and Ireland are on a "pathway to agreement" - adding the PM could "secure a Brexit deal as early as next week". It describes the new mood around negotiations as "unexpectedly upbeat".
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Image caption Mr Johnson may have "only gone and done it", suggests the Daily Express. In what it describes as a "Brexit breakthrough". The paper says the leaders now see an end to the "deadlock".
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Image caption Away from Brexit, The Sun leads on what it calls Rebekah Vardy's "wagony" over allegations she has been selling stories about Coleen Rooney to the paper. On Wednesday, Coleen - wife of former Man United captain Wayne Rooney - said she had "evidence" that Rebekah - wife of Leicester City striker Jamie - was supplying the tabloid with information from her private Instagram account.
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Image caption The National has published figures which it says shows an imbalance of Liberal Democrat figures on BBC's political programmes ahead of the SNP's party conference this weekend.
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Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail leads with claims that ministers spent more than £300,000 on car-related costs over three years after voting for a controversial parking tax. The paper brands the SNP and Greens as "hypocrites" and claims much of the spending was on "luxury" travel.
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Image caption Following the collapse of Thomas Cook, the Daily Record features families who have been left in the lurch after another firm cancelled flights from Glasgow Airport this weekend. More than 900 people have had their travels plans disrupted due last-minute flight cancellations by FlyLoLo.
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Image caption The Courier reports that projects, including school building and council housing, could be under threat in Dundee and Angus councils after the UK government increased interest rates for local authority borrowing. HM Treasury said the new rates were "effective immediately".
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Image caption The Edinburgh Evening News has questioned why a "high rise fire fiend" was given bail hours before he attempted to set a tower block alight. The paper has also run an interview with Danny Swanson as he reflects on his time with Hearts and Hibs while looking ahead to life after football.
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Image caption And finally, the Daily Star of Scotland reports that aliens "do exist". Leading with its "UFO spy shocker", the paper quotes former head of MI6 Sir John Sawers saying it would be "extraordinary if they did not" exist.

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