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Scottish Labour Party set to discuss new leader plans

The Scottish Labour Party are set to have a committee meeting later today to discuss plans for the new leadership after Johann Lamont resigned.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been backed by some MPs to take over the role.

Gordon Brown could step up as leader again after being backed by some MPs. Credit: PA

While East Renfrewshire MP and Better Together campaigner Jim Murphy is also rumoured to be in the frame.

Jim Murphy tirelessly campaigned for the No vote in the Scottish referendum. Credit: PA

But the bookie's favourite is current deputy Labour leader Anas Sarwar.

Deputy Labour leader Anas Sarwar is current favourite to replace Johann Lamont. Credit: PA

'Bike thief' sparks major lock down in Edinburgh

The incident took place near Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile. Credit: PA

A suspected motorbike thief sparked a major lock down in Edinburgh for several hours.

The man hid on a roof in the city's Old Town while more than 50 officers in riot gear and a helicopter circling overhead tried to catch him.

It was originally thought he may have a gun but police later confirmed this was not the case.

A spokesman said: "It was never a firearms incident.

"Police in Edinburgh were in attendance on the Royal Mile on Saturday evening in connection with an earlier incident of a stolen motorbike and the man was reported to be on the roof of a building in the Cockburn Street area.

"A cordon was put in place so there was no risk to the public and no armed police were involved."

They confirmed one man has been detained and is helping police with enquiries while the search for the alleged thief continues.


Cheaper holidays not reason to take children out of school

So far 60,000 fines have been handed out to parents who took their children out of school. Credit: Tero Sivula/STT-Lehtikuva/Press Association Images

Cheaper holidays "don't fit the bill" as a reason for taking children out of school, the leader of the headteachers' union has said.

Russell Hobby said the body would be issuing new guidelines on what constitutes "exceptional circumstances".

Under the new rules, absences for funerals, weddings, religious events and seeing parents return from duty within the Armed Forces will be granted.

Time off will also be allowed for children with disabilities or special needs or those suffering a family crisis.

But Mr Hobby said taking time off to go on holiday "just didn't fit the bill".

Writing in the Sunday Times, he added: "It's not a good enough reason to damage an education. You cannot easily make up the lost learning at home, and falling behind in class can put children at a permanent disadvantage.

"Those who work in schools share your pain. Many are parents themselves and pay these prices, too. We must tackle this. The Government should work with the holiday industry to find a way through."

New York doctor receives blood from Ebola survivor

Dr Craig Spencer.

The New York Ebola doctor Craig Spencer has received blood from an aid worker who previously beat the disease.

Nancy Writebol, who was the second American to contract the virus, said: "I am praying for Dr Spencer's recovery and am happy to donate blood."

Doctors said Spencer, 33, is now entering the next phase of his illness as expected with gastrointestinal symptoms, but he was awake and communicating.

His fiancee has been placed in quarantine in her New York apartment for 21 days.

Hawaiians evacuated after fears volcano will erupt

Lava has already started oozing from the Kalauea Volcano. Credit: Reuters

People living near an active Hawaiian volcano have been told to leave their homes over fears it is about to erupt.

Molten rock has already oozed close to locals homes and is moving at a speed of about 10 metres an hour.

Darryl Oliveira, director of civil defence for Hawaii County, said: This is all something we've been preparing for and hoping wouldn't have to happen."


US nurse: Quarantine made me feel like a criminal

A nurse who flew into New Jersey from Sierra Leone and was immediately put into quarantine has said she was made to feel like a "criminal".

Kaci Hickox described the experience as "confusing and upsetting" and said she was worried her colleagues would get the same treatment.

She told The Dallas Morning newspaper: "Will they be made to feel like criminals and prisoners?

"I am scared that, like me, they will arrive and see a frenzy of disorganisation, fear and, most frightening, quarantine."

The quarantines were imposed after New York City doctor Craig Spencer was diagnosed with the disease on Thursday, days after returning to the city from working with Ebola patients in Guinea.

New Jersey and Illinois have also followed suit in imposing automatic quarantines on people arriving from Ebola-hit countries.

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