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A high school is being sued after a teacher allegedly brought real swords to the classroom and instructed pupils to fight. Chemistry teacher Loviata Mitchell allegedly told pupils she had a "surprise" before pulling out weapons described as resembling a katana and a rapier, which she smuggled past s

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Robert Shiels is impressed by a new history of opium which paints a fascinating picture of an ancient trade with a profound impact on modern society. Opium has its own history and this discursive study by novelist Amitav Ghosh, moving into factual history, concentrates on individual aspects of the o

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The Faculty of Advocates Criminal Bar Association (FACBA) has donated £2,000 to Homeless Project Scotland, a Glasgow-based charity that provides support to people facing housing insecurity. Among the services it provides to the homeless are regular soup kitchens, where additional support is gi

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A police force has apologised for an advert modelled after the video game Call of Duty. The ad, from police in Peoria, Illinois, copies the look of the game in order to attract recruits.

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Scottish delicacies are to enjoy geographical indications (GIs) in Japan after the country struck a deal with the UK government. The foods to be protected in Japan include Scotch beef and Scotch lamb, Arbroath smokies, Orkney Scottish island cheddar and Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop cheese.

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Turcan Connell and Ralph Sayer are joining forces this week as businesses from across Edinburgh team up to raise money for charity. The two firms are taking part in The Big Match on Friday afternoon in the city to help raise money for The Yard, which runs adventure play services for disabled childre

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France is to enshrine the right to abortion in its constitution at a joint session of its parliament next week. The move, approved by the senate last night, would create a “guaranteed freedom” of women to choose an abortion.

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Olympic medallists Steve Cram and Eilidh Doyle highlighted the importance of grassroots athletics in Scotland as they took part in a special sports forum organised by Lindsays. The event in Glasgow was held ahead of the World Indoor Athletics Championships being staged in the city this weekend. The

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The Home Office has launched an investigation after faulty phone data was used as evidence in criminal cases for more than a year, the Evening Standard reports. There are fears of wrongful convictions stemming from the use of the data after phone company O2 informed police that it was concerned abou

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