North Korea say they are willing to hold talks with US

North Korea is willing to hold talks with the US, Pyongyang’s delegate to the Winter Olympics has said.The announcement came after Gen Kim Yong-chol met South Korean President Moon Jae-in ahead of the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics.The pair watched the closing ceremony of the “Peace Games" and shared a brief handshake in a box in which US President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, also sat.Despite divisions between the two Koreas, the countries agreed to have their athletes march together at both the opening and closing ceremonies under a banner of unification, and they also fielded a unified women’s ice hockey team.

Man dies after falling from window of high-rise flat in Glasgow

Richard Leonard under pressure to back single market membership

Six children taken to hospital after ‘ecstasy overdose’

Six children have been taken to hospital after suspected ecstasy overdoses.The 13-year-olds were rushed to Crosshouse Hospital in Ayrshire on Saturday night.Officers believe the youngsters had taken MDMA pills.All six children, who knew each other, were kept in hospital overnight for observations.Detective inspector Fraser Normansell said: “Police were informed of six children who had been taken to Crosshouse Hospital after taking unwell."One line of inquiry is that they had taken a type of MDMA tablet, believed to be red, green or brown in colour bearing an owl logo."We want to remind the public that any drug can be dangerous and that you are putting your health at risk if you do take anything unknown to you."Anyone who feels unwell, or knows anyone who appears unwell after taking these substances should seek medical treatment as soon as possible."

Celebrities back call to ban fox hunting in Scotland

Celebrities have backed a campaign for a total ban on fox hunting in Scotland.Comedian Ricky Gervais, television presenter and naturalist Chris Packham, conservationist Bill Oddie and actor Peter Egan are all supporting the bid led by the League Against Cruel Sports, OneKind and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).The charities have organised a march next month in Edinburgh city centre to highlight the issue.Fox hunting with dogs was banned in Scotland through the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act in 2002, with an exemption for using dogs to flush out foxes for pest control or protecting livestock or ground-nesting birds.Mounted hunts in Scotland have since offered farmers, landowners and estate managers a pest control service, but a review by Lord Bonomy found there were “grounds to suspect" fox hunting takes place illegally and he recommended having independent monitors to police hunts.The charities believe the act is "insufficient" and have been campaigning for it to be improved to close "loopholes" that allow for traditional hunting.The League Against Cruel Sports has also released video footage it claims shows Scottish hunts "causing panic" among flocks of sheep.Gervais said: "It is utterly sickening that the primitive, horrific pastime of chasing foxes with packs of hounds is still happening routinely in this country with little or no means of bringing to justice those who inflict such cruelty on wildlife."The Scottish Government has an opportunity to make this appalling ‘sport’ go away so it’s high time it stopped dragging its feet and got on with improving the law to ban fox hunting once and for all."

‘It is utterly sickening that the primitive, horrific pastime of chasing foxes with packs of hounds is still happening routinely in this country.’
Ricky Gervais

Packham added: "It is quite staggering that in this day and age we live in a country where people go out with the intention of terrorising wild animals by chasing them to the point of exhaustion and brutally killing them. "Sadly in Scotland the law has proven not to be sufficient to stop this horrific behaviour."I wholeheartedly support the League Against Cruel Sports and OneKind in their campaign calling on the Scottish Government to strengthen the law to make sure fox hunting is really banned in Scotland."Fox hunting has no place in modern society and now is the time to put it firmly where it belongs – in the past."The Scottish Government has consulted on Lord Bonomy’s recommendations with analysis currently under way on the responses.

Actress Kim Cattrall pays tribute to brother in Edinburgh

Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall has paid tribute to her brother in Edinburgh.The actress, 61, posted an image of herself after lighting a candle in memory of her brother Christopher at the city’s St Cuthbert’s Church.She wrote: “Thank you to St Cuthbert’s Parish Minister in Edinburgh, Reverend Peter Sutton, and our wonderful, joyful Scottish friends for making us laugh today."Lighting a candle in memory of our brother, son, father and husband, Christopher Adrian Alexander Cattrall. Forever in our thoughts. RIP."The star previously announced her "one of a kind" brother had died unexpectedly after she appealed for help to find him.

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Celebrities back total foxhunting ban in Scotland

Two held after ‘mass street brawl involving ten men’

A boy and a man have been arrested after a mass street brawl.Bottles were allegedly thrown during violent clashes involving ten men, culminating in a fight on Abbey Street in St Andrews.A 16-year-old boy and a man, 20, have been held by police following the brawl at 2.40am on Saturday. Chief inspector John Anderson said: “We would like to reassure the local community that we are continuing to follow positive lines of inquiry to establish the involvement of others in this incident and I would like to thank the public for their assistance."

Kim Cattrall pays tribute to her brother in Edinburgh