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By Martin Kelly
 
Scottish Secretary of State Michael Moore is this evening facing calls to explain why Scotland’s most senior Catholic was not invited to join an official UK delegation on a visit to meet with Pope Benedict XVI.
 
The official Vatican trip, arranged by the UK Foreign Office, included the head of the Catholic Church in England & Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, but no invite was extended to Scotland’s Cardinal O’Brien.


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By a Newsnet reporter  

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has described as “an anxious time” the news that Glasgow Rangers have entered into administration.

Ms Sturgeon, who is the constituency MSP for the area that includes Ibrox stadium, voiced her concern after news broke this afternoon that administers firm Duff and Phelps had been appointed by the struggling club.


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By a Newsnet reporter  
 
Old Firm giants Glasgow Rangers are facing the prospect of administration after papers were lodged at the court of session this afternoon.
 
The Ibrox club, who are currently in dispute with the inland revenue over unpaid tax bills, now have ten days in which to name the administrators.


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By a Newsnet reporter

SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has urged Labour’s Finance spokesman Ken Macintosh to return a donation he received from an organisation that brands itself a charity.

The Sunday Herald revealed that Mr Macintosh (pictured), a former Scottish Labour leader candidate, took £1,625 from Scottish Asian Pakistan (SAP) Foundation in December when he was a candidate for leadership of the Labour party in Scotland.


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By a Newsnet reporter
 
One time singing sensation Whitney Houston has been found dead at a Hotel in Beverley Hills.
 
The singer, considered to have had one of the best female singing voices of all time, was pronounced dead at 18:55 ET after attempts at resuscitation failed, there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.


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By G.A.Ponsonby

The row over alleged intimidation and bullying of a female councillor by a member of Glasgow Council’s ruling Labour group has escalated today with the news that the chief suspect in the scandal was previously investigated by police over claims of sexual harassment.

Newsnet Scotland can reveal that Labour councillor Gilbert Davidson, who is at the centre of allegations that he threatened the apprenticeship of a former colleagues disabled son in order to get her to back his party in a crucial vote, was arrested in 2010 on charges of sexual harassment.


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By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has been urged to publicly condemn the bullying and intimidation employed by the Labour group on Glasgow City Council during this week’s budget debate, and to take disciplinary action against those responsible.
 
The calls from Glasgow MSP James Dornan follow reports that comments were made to a female councillor regarding her disabled son, who has an apprenticeship at a firm controlled by the Labour controlled local authority.