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Salmond: Scottish Labour has 'deep-seated problems'

Alex Salmond announced he would stand down as SNP leader after Scotland voted No to independence. Credit: PA

Outgoing Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said:

I always found Johann Lamont to be a spirited opponent in the Scottish Parliament, strongly dedicated to her party, and I wish her well for the future.

The fact that Scottish Labour are now going to have their fifth leader since the SNP took office in 2007 indicates that their problems are not about personalities - they are much more deep-seated than that.

It was always very clear that Johann Lamont was never able to be meaningfully in charge of Labour in Scotland, and that is laid bare in dramatic fashion in her resignation comments.

– Alex Salmond


Lamont: Westminster Labour treats Scottish party as 'branch office'

Lamont, right, takes a message from Labour leader Ed Miliband at a speech earlier this year. Credit: PA

Outgoing Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont has accused the Westminster leadership of treating the party in Scotland as a "branch office".

Announcing her resignation, Ms Lamont told the Daily Record:

Just as the SNP must embrace that devolution is the settled will of the Scottish people, the Labour Party must recognise that the Scottish party has to be autonomous and not just a branch office of a party based in London.

Scotland has chosen to remain in partnership with our neighbours in the UK. But Scotland is distinct and colleagues must recognise that.

There is a danger of Scottish politics being between two sets of dinosaurs ... the Nationalists who can't accept they were rejected by the people, and some colleagues at Westminster who think nothing has changed.

– Johann Lamont

Iran hangs woman despite international campaign

An Iranian woman convicted of killing a man she said tried to rape her has been executed, despite international campaign urging a retrial.

Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed for killing a man she said tried to rape her. Credit: Goalara Sajadieh/DPA/Press Association Images

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence.

She was sentenced to death in 2008 after what Amnesty International called a "deeply flawed investigation and trial".

Miss Jabbari admitted to stabbing the man, but said she acted in self defence after he tried to sexually abuse her.

"Her claims do not appear to have ever been properly investigated," Amnesty International said.

Reyhaneh Jabbari’s execution has been deferred a number of times, including last month.

Vigil held for students of Marysville shooting

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A vigil has been held in Marysville hours after a student went on a shooting rampage, killing a female classmate and injuring four others.

More than 100 people gathered at The Grove Church in Washington for a prayer service.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring said."It's times like this we re-evaluate our priorities."

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Freshmen football player Jaylen Fryberg, 15, opened fire in the cafeteria of Marysville Pilchuck High School.

His victim is yet to be named but two of the four he wounded are thought to be his cousins.

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A spokesman for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where the boys are being treated, said 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg was shot in the head.

While Nate Hatch, 14, was shot in the jaw. Both are in intensive care.


Egypt declares three-month state of emergency in Sinai

The attacks in Sinai are the worst loss of life the Egyptian Army has seen in decades. Credit: PA

Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in Sinai after two suspected terror attacks killed 33 soldiers.

There has been no claim for the attacks, which are some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has declared three days of mourning.

State TV reports said Egypt's Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip was also closed.

It is a setback for the government which had managed over the past few months to make some progress in the struggle against an IS insurgency.

Blair denies saying Miliband can't lead Labour to victory

Tony Blair has denied the claims. Credit: PA

Tony Blair has denied saying Ed Miliband cannot lead Labour to victory at the General Election because he has "failed to connect with voters".

The Daily Telegraph claimed the former prime minister had told friends privately of his concerns.

The paper quoted a source as saying :"The Conservatives will be the next government because Labour has failed to make a good case for itself. That is what Tony thinks."

But Blair's office were quick to dismiss the alleged quotes and tweeted that the story "does not represent my view".

It added: "Ed Miliband and the Labour Party can and will win the next election."

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