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  By Anne-Marie O'Donnell
 
The Scottish Government has pledged £1m to support foodbanks in Scotland in a bid to battle the effects of Westminster austerity cuts.
 
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the move at the SNP conference on Friday to combat the effects of changes to the benefits system which has left the most vulnerable struggling to meet basic needs.

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
The organisers of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games have bowed to public pressure and scrapped plans to feature the demolition of a row of multi-storey flats as the centre-piece of the opening ceremony.
 
In an announcement this afternoon, Games' chief executive David Grevemberg said: "We made it clear from the outset the absolute priority was safety and that this event would only happen during the opening ceremony if it was safe to do so.

  By Martin Kelly
 
First Minister Alex Salmond has urged the people of Scotland to seize the moment and use the independence referendum to build a better nation.
 
In a speech to delegates at the SNP conference in Aberdeen, the SNP leader told his audience that the eyes of the world would be on Scotland on September 18th and that a Yes vote would ensure the world would keep watching as a new Scotland emerged.

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged Labour voters in Scotland to take the opportunity to reclaim their party by voting Yes in the independence referendum.
 
Speaking at the SNP's conference in Aberdeen, Ms Sturgeon said that the referendum was not about party choice but an opportunity to seek a different Scotland.

  By Anne-Marie O'Donnell
 
The Scotsman is facing embarrassment after repeatedly editing an online article to apparently skew the angle on a poll showing a rise in support for a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum.
 
An article authored by writer David Maddox had its headlined changed at least twice after publication, from a straight report about a rise in support for Yes to eventually claiming an expert had warned about the poll's credibility – much to the surprise of the expert in question.

  Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, has launched fresh criticism of billionaire developer Donald Trump following a visit to the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.

Mr Harvie viewed tree-planting on top of massive mounds of earth which surround a local resident's house. The trees breach the planning conditions relating to Mr Trump's environmentally-destructive golf course.

  By Stefan Bienkowski

The international role of an independent Scotland will be the main topic of discussion this week when First Minister Alex Salmond gives a speech at the inaugural Glasgow Caledonian Lecture in New York on Monday.

At the event, the First Minister is expected to outline the active role an independent Scotland could take in areas such as climate justice, international development, and arbitration and conflict resolution.

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