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Parents of 'bedroom radical' plead for her return

The parents of a "bedroom radical" who travelled to Syria from Scotland and married an Islamist militant have pleaded for her to return home.

Aqsa Mahmood (left) at a family wedding Credit: Family handout/Aamer Anwar & Co Solicitors/PA Wire

Aqsa Mahmood, 20, left her Glasgow home in November before travelling through Turkey to Aleppo in Syria.

We still love you, Aqsa, but we now have to put your family, your brother and sisters first as you have betrayed us, our community and the people of Scotland when you took this step.

You have torn the heart out of our family and changed our lives forever. Please come home.

– Mahmood family statement

They said that Aqsa "had all the chances and freedom in life" and warned that if she could become radicalised online "it is possible for this to happen to any family".


Finishing touches made for the Commonwealth Games

With only one day to go before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, hundreds welcomed the Queen's baton as it arrived in Glasgow today.

After a 288 day tour of the Commonwealth, the baton finally arrived in the host city with many enjoying the atmosphere and festivities.

ITV News' Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward reports:


Residents urged to keep windows closed amid blaze

Residents in Renfrew near Glasgow are being advised to keep their windows closed as firefighters tackle a major blaze at an industrial recycling establishment.

15 fire appliances, including three specialist vehicles and approximately 75 firefighters are at the scene. Credit: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters are currently tackling the blaze using a number of main water jets, including one from a specialist height vehicle.

The incident is currently ongoing and it is estimated firefighters will remain at the scene 'fore a considerable length of time'. Credit: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

"Residents in the area are advised to keep their windows closed due to the large plume of smoke. ”

Huge fire under way at scrapyard near Glasgow

A huge fire is under way at an old scrapyard near Glasgow with flames 40-50ft high.

A huge fire is under way at a scrapyard near Glasgow. Credit: ITV News/Andrew Henderson
The view over to the old scrapyard near Glasgow. Credit: ITV News/Andrew Henderson
The flames are reaching 40-50ft high. Credit: ITV News/Andrew Henderson

Sir Alex Ferguson visits hospital as Unicef ambassador

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has returned to hometown of Glasgow to visit Southern General Hospital in his role as Unicef ambassador.

The retired Manchester United manager met new mother Rebecca Young and her twin boys Elliot and Sandy, along with nurses at the hospital to see how Unicef supports new families.

Sir Alex Ferguson meeting Rebecca Young, her twin boys Elliot and Sandy and neonatal nurse Judith Barnett during his visit. Credit: Unicef/PA Wire

"As a father and grandfather, I value strong family relationships. Seeing this level of expertise at this hospital emphasises to me how important it is for mothers to have the vital support they need to help nurture their children and give them the best start in life," Sir Alex said.

The 72-year-old also met Kimberley Black, who has spent the last week in the hospital's neonatal unit with her 12-day-old son Jason.

Sir Alex Ferguson meeting Kimberley Black and her son Jason during his visit to Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Credit: Unicef/PA Wire

The charity is working with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to promote its baby-friendly initiative 'Put Children First', which aims to improve health and reduce disease, poverty and exploitation among children.

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