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  By a Newsnet reporter

The SNP have written to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg calling for clarity on the status of the UK government’s review on alternatives to the Trident nuclear weapons system after Lib Dem Nick Harvey was stripped of his defence minister post in the recent reshuffle.

Mr Harvey’s post at the MoD was traded by the Deputy Prime Minister to bring disgraced MP David Laws back into government as Minister of State for Education.  


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  By Bob Duncan

A new European Commission report has revealed that England is home to the highest student fees in Europe, in contrast to Scotland where the principle of free education puts us firmly in the mainstream of Europe.

The cost of higher education for students varies dramatically in Europe, according to the new report issued by the European Commission today.


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  By Bob Duncan
 
The Japanese government has announced it plans to phase out nuclear power by 2030 and increase its renewable output, in a major policy shift after last year’s Fukushima disaster.
 
The country’s attachment to nuclear power was severely weakened after the Fukushima accident sent radioactive materials into the ocean and atmosphere, contaminating the food and water supply, and forced the evacuation of 160,000 residents.


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  By a Newsnet reporter
 
One of Scotland’s top chefs has blasted the owner of Mackie’s Ice Cream after the latter criticised the strength of Scottish food and drink brands.
 
Responding to Maitland Mackie’s astonishing attack on the Scottish food and drink industry, claiming most Scottish brands were not good enough to withstand independence, Scotland’s only two-star Michelin chef Andrew Fairlie said:


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  By Andrew Redmond Barr
 
Investigations into the conduct of the police forces during the 1989 Hillsborough disaster are being reopened by South Yorkshire Police.
 
The South Yorkshire force was accused by an independent report of blaming innocent fans for the disaster, and is now voluntarily referring itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.


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  By Bob Duncan
 
Glasgow Shettleston’s MSP, John Mason, has today commented on statistics produced by Alcohol Focus Scotland, which estimate the financial cost to the community caused by alcohol abuse in Glasgow.
 
For the first time these statistics have been produced across Scotland, broken down by local authority area, and estimates that the total cost of alcohol harm to the city is around £364 million a year.  This equates to an annual cost to every Glasgow resident of £615, or over £3000 for a family of five.


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  By Andrew Redmond Barr
 
The UK Education Secretary Michael Gove has criticised his Welsh counterpart for ordering that disputed GCSE exam papers are regraded.
 
Mr Gove, who has already faced allegations of interference in the exam system south of the border, labelled Welsh Education Secretary Leighton Andrews “irresponsible and mistaken” whilst giving evidence to the education select committee’s investigation into so-called unfair grades.