The Edinburgh Fringe Festival - regarded as the world's biggest arts festival - gets underway today with acts ready to entertain audiences.
An investigation has begun into why the ashes of hundreds of dead babies were buried without their parents' permission in unmarked graves.
A joke about Posh and Becks has come out top in an annual competition to find the funniest one-liner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Sky News' James Matthews, who is at the scene of the armed siege at the Edinburgh pharmacy, has said the stand-off is over:
Edinburgh chemist stand off is over
Hostages being released, hugging each other on exit. 1 elderly woman, woman in 30's, & younger woman, poss teenager
Police just brought out male hostage taker in cuffs from Edinburgh chemists. Paramedics inside now
Police in Scotland said the man and woman involved in an armed siege at a pharmacy are believed to be in possession of a bladed weapon.
A spokesperson said:
We are currently in attendance at a business where a male and female are causing a disturbance inside.
The male and female are believed to be in possession of a bladed weapon and officers are in the process of getting them out of the building.
Police have surrounded a pharmacy in Edinburgh in an armed stand-off with a man and woman.
A large section of the city's Royal Mile has been sealed off by emergency services dealing with the "significant" incident.
Officers said the man and woman causing the disturbance were believed to have a bladed weapon.
Reports that staff had been taken hostage at the Royal Mile Pharmacy were unconfirmed.
The City of Edinburgh Council has launched an investigation after a "freak accident" at a fireworks display left an eight-year-old girl injured.
Pentland Community Centre at Oxgangs Brae in Edinburgh was hosting its annual bonfire night on Monday when a rocket misfired, bouncing off a wall and into a box of unexploded fireworks, dispersing them into the crowd of spectators.
This video posted on YouTube claims to show the incident taking place:
The unnamed girl was taken to hospital with a burn on her cheek.
Chairman of the community centre, Dennis Williams, apologised for the "unfortunate incident".
"This was a freak accident, and most regrettable, but this is the first incident we have had in 10 years of holding this popular community event", Mr Williams said.
City of Edinburgh Councillor Cammy Day said the council is "investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident".
"We are working closely with the organisers of the display and with our partners at Lothian and Borders Police and Lothian Fire and Rescue Service to determine what happened", Cllr Day added.
The latest reports on the Edinburgh Legionnaires’ outbreak show that a person suspected of having the disease has died.
The individual, a man in his 60s from south west Edinburgh, had been unwell for a period of time, and is considered to be part of the original outbreak.
The Scottish Government have stressed that the outbreak has peaked.
– Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon
My sincere condolences go to the family and friends of the patient who has passed away and my thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.
Despite this sad and tragic news, is important to stress that strong evidence still suggests that all cases are associated with the suspected period of exposure and that the outbreak has peaked.