The London market was dragged into the red after shares in mining giant Glencore took a tumble as it continues to grapple with an unwieldy debt pile.
Two women have been charged in connection with the theft of a statue from a North-east shop.
The Scottish Government remains firmly committed to implementing the named person scheme as soon as practicable, John Swinney has said.
A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts linked to Syria.
A Muslim convert and associate of convicted hate preacher Anjem Choudary is facing a substantial jail term after knocking a schoolboy unconscious for cuddling his girlfriend.
The American University of Afghanistan came under militant attack, according to an Associated Press photographer who was in class at the time.