A team of cyclists has completed the final leg of its ride from Lockerbie to New York in tribute to those killed in the 1988 bombing.
The group took part in a formal ceremony at Syracuse University to remember the 35 students it lost.
Colin Dorrance, part of the team, said the journey had been “tough a lot of the time” but “absolutely worth it”.
He said they had wanted to show the community in the United States they were thinking of them.
The Cycle to Syracuse began in September ahead of the 30th anniversary of the bombing on 21 December.
It claimed 270 lives and the cyclists said they were making the trip for those who did not make it home.
In a ceremony on Friday, roses were laid in memory of the 35 Syracuse students who died, and the eleven people killed on the ground in Lockerbie.
They carried out the journey in three stages starting with a tour of schools in the Lockerbie area.
There was then a mass participation cycle from Lockerbie to Edinburgh Castle last month.
The final leg in the United States was from Washington DC to Syracuse University.
As part of the challenge the team was also raising funds for a local mental health charity to fund a dedicated worker based in Lockerbie Academy.
Mr Dorrance – a former policeman who attended the scene of the Lockerbie bombing – said things had gone to plan and he felt “content”.
“We met many families and they appreciated the gesture that we have made and that was exactly the intention – we wanted to show our support and unity,” he said.
However, he said travel conditions had not always been kind on their American leg.
“The weather was against us, it was cold – all week it has been cold,” he said.
“The traffic has been heavy, many more traffic lights than we had anticipated.
“Many were on the uphill and many were red, we’ve had all sorts of challenges.”
Despite that he said it had been worth the effort.
“I wouldn’t have changed any of that for the world,” he said.
“We have met relatives each day either before, during or after the ride – they’ve all been hospitable, they’ve all told us stories of what they’ve done with their lives in the 30 years since.
“We have heard all sorts of stories of good things they have done in the years afterwards.
“We wanted to show the community here that we are thinking of them, not just remotely from across the Atlantic but we were prepared to come here literally under our own steam to do that – that’s how important it is to us.”
McLeish will also have to rethink his central midfield, with Aston Villa’s John McGinn having joined Fulham’s Kevin McDonald in withdrawing from the squad.
Callum McGregor has been used in a deeper role in recent games for Celtic in the absence of former Scotland captain Scott Brown and McLeish thinks he could do the same for the national team.
“He’s the type of player that can play anywhere in the midfield – wide or in the central areas,” he said. “It’s not gone unnoticed where he’s been playing.”
McLeish’s side head to Albania looking to recover from a loss to Israel – and a friendly defeat by Portugal – that leaves Scotland and Saturday’s hosts three points behind group leaders Israel, who travel to Hampden for Tuesday’s final game.
The head coach said he had thrown the floor open to the players at a squad meeting to suggest ways of improving the side.
“They’re young guys, they don’t have all the answers – I’m 59 and I still don’t have all the answers,” McLeish said. “But we try and learn and keep all that information inside your head going forward and use that experience as best we can.
“We have two really big games ahead of us. I know that we can do it if we play to our best performance level.”
A review has been ordered into the controversial consultation process surrounding the new Monklands Hospital.
NHS Lanarkshire’s preferred option is to move the hospital to Gartcosh – about five miles away from its current site in Airdrie.
But opponents want the hospital to be rebuilt on the existing site, and claim local people have been ignored in the decision making process.
The Scottish government has now asked NHS Scotland to examine the concerns.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said the review was needed to retain public confidence in the decision-making process.
She added: “I have therefore asked the chief executive of NHS Scotland to establish a review in order to provide me with an independent assessment of the consultation.
“Reporting back to me, it will determine whether the process has been consistent with best practice, and if it has properly taken the views of all stakeholders into account at all relevant stages.”
Ms Freeman was responding to a 20-page letter from SNP MP Neil Gray and MSP Alex Neil, who both represent the Airdrie and Shotts constituency and want the hospital to remain at its current site.
Mr Gray and Mr Neil both welcomed the announcement, and said it was “very clear that the vast majority of people in the Monklands area do not want Gartcosh as the site for the new hospital”.
The NHS Lanarkshire consultation on the replacement or refurbishment of the hospital closed in October, with a final decision on its preferred option to be made this month.
A panel of patients, staff and partners such as the Scottish Ambulance Service had previously concluded that building a new hospital in Gartcosh was the best option.
Concerns have been raised about a lack of public transport to the village – but supporters of the move argue that the new site would be close to the motorway and that other transport links would be created alongside the new hospital.
NHS Lanarkshire chairwoman Neena Mahal acknowledged that people must have confidence in the decision-making process.
She added: “We therefore welcome an independent review of the process and look forward to progressing this much-needed facility for the people of Lanarkshire as soon as possible.”
Last month, Labour put forward a motion in the Scottish Parliament as part of a campaign to “keep the Monklands in Monklands”.
At the time, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard argued that people in Lanarkshire “have been neither meaningfully engaged nor genuinely consulted” during the process.
And he accused the health board of making a “cynical attempt” to railroad through its preferred option of closing Monklands and relocating its services to Gartcosh “in the teeth of widespread public opposition”.
The new hospital will provide modern health facilities and a range of specialist services for patients across Lanarkshire, as well as continuing to be the local hospital for patients living within the Monklands catchment area.
The Scottish government, which will have the final say on the proposals, has not expressed any opinion on where the new hospital should be located.
But it has said that decision on the new hospital “should take full account of the views of the patients who will be served by the new hospital, as well as other key factors such as accessibility, transport links, travel times, and the best return to the NHS in terms of patient care.”
Lesley Macinnes, transport and environment convener, said the scheme aims to create a “world-class space that respects and enhances the World Heritage Site”.
She said the GNT project was a “crucial catalyst to re-invigorating George Street and a joining New Town to the present day” which seeks to make the area “safer and more vibrant.”
The bus network is not in the draft proposals but the future of the cities public transport is expected to be set out in the council’s transformation project.
The Conservatives called on the council to stick to any agreed plans for the New Town when city transport proposals are agreed next year.
Prioritising blue badge parking on George Street
Residents and pay and display parking moved to side streets
More trees could be planted along George Street
Dedicated delivery and servicing areas for businesses
More outdoor seating
Dedicated cycle routes
Conservative transport spokesman Nick Cook said: “It is essential that residents and business engage with these new plans to ensure they are compatible with business needs and do not impede the lifestyles of local residents who live in our vibrant city centre.
“For its part, the council must be honest with residents that any implemented plans would not need to be torn up in the near future given their constantly evolving moves toward restricting vehicle access in the city centre.”
Green councillors also welcomed plans with an emphasis on active travel. Claire Miller, who represents the city centre, said: “I welcome the emphasis on increased access to better quality public space, cleaner air, and more pleasant walking and cycling.
“But I’ll be keeping a close eye on implementation to make sure it really delivers what Edinburgh needs,” she said.
Transport and environment vice convener Karen Doran, said feedback on the initial design is always welcomed.
She added: “Anyone and everyone is now welcome to attend the drop-in sessions and meet the team.
“We really want to involve as many people as possible in the processes that will help shape this important historic area within our city, ” she said.
Drones and sonar technology have been deployed in Indonesia to search for a Lion Air passenger plane which crashed into the sea on Monday.
Flight JT 610 went down after taking off from Jakarta with 189 passengers and crew on board.
There has been no sign of survivors but debris and personal belongings have been collected from the water.
There is no indication yet of what caused the plane to go down 13 minutes after taking off.
Officials say the pilot of the Boeing 737, which was heading for the western city of Pangkal Pinang, had asked to return to Soekarno-Hatta airport shortly before losing contact with air traffic control.
A log obtained by the BBC showed the plane had encountered technical problems while flying from Bali to Jakarta the previous day.
The log showed one instrument was giving “unreliable” airspeed readings and the captain had to hand over to the first officer. Altitude readings also differed on the captain and first officer’s instruments.
Lion Air’s chief executive Edward Sirait said on Tuesday that the plane had been repaired before taking off again.
‘Her face fills my mind’
By Rebecca Henschke, BBC News, Jakarta
Another day of waiting for the families and loved ones of those on board.
Now they sit outside Jakarta’s police hospital where bodies are being brought.
Lion Air is providing free flights from Bangka for families, like Surya’s.
“They have all come hoping for some closure and certainty,” she says. Her younger sister was on the plane. “We want a body to grieve. She was the youngest in our family, so we all loved her very much. It feels very painful to lose the baby of the family.”
Outside the hospital I meet Murtado Kurinawan, whose newly-wed wife was on the plane, travelling for work.
He has brought her toothbrush in the hope it will help with the identification process. “I can’t stop thinking about her. Her face fills my mind all the time,” he said.
The plane plunged in coastal waters that are about 30m (100ft) deep north-east of Jakarta.
Investigators say they are hopeful of finding the main fuselage. Search teams are using an underwater drone, as well as underwater “pinger locators” to try to pick up the sonar signals from the cockpit recorders.
Search teams have been retrieving body parts, aircraft debris and personal items.
Body bags are being taken to Jakarta for identification.
Another search official, Yusuf Latif, earlier said it would be “a miracle” if survivors were found.
Mr Sutopo has also warned against hoaxes that have been spreading on social media, including pictures that users claimed were taken by passengers in their last moments before the plane went down.
In a statement, Boeing said it stood “ready to provide technical assistance to the accident investigation”.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago, is heavily reliant on air travel but many of its airlines have a poor safety record.
The country has had issues of safety and poor management in the past and its airlines were banned from flying into European airspace until 2016.
Born and raised in Lupeni, Romania, he moved to Milton Keynes at the start of this year to live with his brother Mihael and sister Iulia as he wanted to settle and work in Britain.
Yet the family have now returned to Romania amid fear and distress over what happened to him.
“I’ve come to realise that terrible things can happen in the blink of an eye, and if you say the wrong thing to the wrong person you could end up dead,” Iulia Pieknyi said.
The 21-year-old worked at a takeaway with his brother. On 20 March, he worked a half day so he could travel to Stratford, in the east London borough of Newham, to meet up with his friend Alexander Suciu.
His brother Mihael Pieknyi worked until midnight that day. After his shift he and a friend bought a box of beer to share with his brother when he got back from London.
However, he never heard from him.
“I thought this was odd. I waited all night and heard nothing until I got a call from his friend’s sister,” Mr Pieknyi said.
“She was crying and told me Beniamin ‘was no more’.”
CCTV from the Stratford Centre before the attack showed Yakymchuk – along with Alexis Varela, 19, Moses Kasule, 20, Kevin Duarte, 19, and 18-year-old Mario Zvavamwe – hassling other members of the public.
The Met Police said the group had a history of hanging around the shopping centre, which is less than a mile from several of the main venues of the London 2012 Olympics, and were known to cause trouble and “harass innocent people”.
On the day Beniamin Pieknyi was killed, the group could be heard shouting and goading “this is our area”.
An argument ensued after Duarte hit Alexander Suciu on the head. The row escalated into a fight, with Kasule kicking Mr Pieknyi to the ground.
Yakymchuk took Mr Suciu’s glasses, while Kasule threw punches at him. The brawl was broken up by a security guard who attempted to escort the pair away.
Yards away from the shopping centre’s exit, Mr Pieknyi was cornered and stabbed by Yakymchuk in the chest.
Vladyslav Yakymchuk, 23, of no fixed address, sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum 24-year term after pleading guilty to murder, violent disorder and possession of a bladed article
Kevin Duarte, 19, of no fixed address, convicted of manslaughter and violent assault sentenced to 12 years
Moses Kasule, 20, of Stratford, convicted of manslaughter and violent assault sentenced to 12 years
Mario Zvavamwe, 18, of Romford, acquitted of manslaughter, but found guilty of violent disorder sentenced to 30 months
Alexis Varela, 19, of Dagenham, acquitted of manslaughter, but found guilty of violent disorder sentenced to 40 months, to run concurrent with a 12-month sentence for a separate violent disorder conviction
The 21-year-old’s body was flown back to Romania, where his funeral was held on 27 May.
“It took a while to accept the truth and when I did, my entire life crumbled around me,” Iulia Pieknyi said.
“I had no drive anymore – my work, my house were not important anymore.”
In a victim impact statement, Mr Pieknyi’s aunt Cristina Pieknyi described her nephew as a “very quiet boy, hardworking and someone who liked to help people”.
She has been representing the family at the Old Bailey because the rest of the family could not afford to attend.
“They have spent all of their savings on the repatriation and funeral costs,” she said.
Mihael Pieknyi and his family are still coming to terms with his brother’s murder.
“We are in shock. My mother doesn’t sleep and my sister, Iulia, does not want to come back and live in this country,” Mr Pieknyi said.
“To us as a family, London is seen as a dangerous place because of what happened to my brother.”
London Underground passengers are facing fresh disruption as drivers on the Central Line stage a 24-hour strike.
Talks have failed to prevent the walkout and unions have warned of further strikes and a “network-wide shutdown” in the run-up to Christmas.
Which lines are affected?
Workers on the Central Line and the Waterloo & City Line began their industrial action at 00:01 on Wednesday.
Transport for London (TfL) said both lines would have very limited or no service throughout the day, with normal services resuming on Thursday.
A planned 24-hour strike on the Piccadilly Line, which was due to start at 12:00, was called off on Tuesday afternoon.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said it was suspending the action after talks.
Why are the workers striking?
Members of the RMT union and drivers’ union Aslef are walking out in disputes over industrial relations, including staffing and working conditions.
The RMT said the strikes were over “a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations, a failure to employ enough drivers, a wholesale abuse of agreed procedures and the victimisation of a trade union member”.
Its general secretary Mick Cash said the union was “frustrated” with Tube bosses’ handling of a “full raft of issues”.
He criticised London Underground for a culture that “revolves around refusing to employ enough drivers, bullying staff and expecting our members to pick up the pieces when the service breaks down”.
Finn Brennan, Aslef’s organiser on London Underground, said the union was calling for “a rapid change of approach from management, working inside existing agreements instead of trying to circumvent or reinterpret them”.
He added: “The issues underlying this dispute – fair treatment at work and complying with agreements – aren’t just confined to a couple of areas.”
TfL said agreements had been made “on all but a few points following extensive discussions”.
But it claimed both unions were demanding the reinstatement of two drivers sacked over serious safety breaches – one who deliberately opened the doors of a train in a tunnel and another who failed a drugs test before a shift.
How is the strike affecting passengers?
The strikes are likely to cause travel chaos during the morning and evening rush hours.
TfL warned passengers of widespread disruption and said:
Services on other Tube lines are running as normal but interchange stations along the affected lines “will be much busier than usual”
Stations such as Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus may need to be temporarily closed to prevent overcrowding
Extra buses will be put on but said roads “will be busier than usual”
In addition to the travel disruption caused by strike action, there were severe delays between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport because of urgent repair works.
The DVD’s days appear to be numbered after the John Lewis department store chain said it would stop selling the players once found under almost every television.
The firm said it would not put more players on shelves when stocks run out.
Sales are down 40% as more people watch movies and shows on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.
However, John Lewis will continue to sell Blu-ray players, which can also be used for standard DVDs.
The chain also said 55-inch televisions were now the most popular screen size, compared with 36 inches eight years ago. During the World Cup over the summer, 70-inch screens notched up the biggest rise in sales.
The retailer said other gadgets proving popular were smart doorbells, which can be linked to WiFi and smartphones, and robotic lawnmowers, sales of which are up 367% and 75% respectively compared with last year.
Gill Hind, director of TV at Enders Analysis, said its decision to ditch DVD players was as much about retailers’ desire to offer the latest innovations to consumers as the rise of streaming services alone.
Prices of DVD players have fallen to as low as £20 at supermarkets. The cheapest Blu-ray player sold by John Lewis is £79, ranging up to £449 for a model that can also record TV programmes.
The likes of Argos would continue to sell DVD players, Ms Hind said, but the margins were now too low for upmarket retailers such as John Lewis.
Although streaming accounted for more than four fifths of the £2.7bn UK video market last year, the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk still sold 640,000 copies on DVD and Blu-ray. The most popular title of 2017 – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – sold 1.5 million copies across physical and digital formats.
DVDs can still be bought from more than 15,000 UK retailers, with supermarkets accounting for sales of one in two DVDs and one in three Blu-rays.
Shoppers are also calling time on the bedside alarm clock, as more people use their phones for the same purpose, prompting the retailer to cut its range by a third following a 16% slump in sales.
As well as waking us up, mobiles have become the most popular way for John Lewis customers to shop online for the first time, with the number of orders placed on the devices up by 35%.
Meanwhile, the popularity of the BBC series Blue Planet II led to a 71% surge in sales of reusable coffee cups, travel cups and flasks.
Another TV programme that proved a huge ratings hit this year – the ITV reality show Love Island – was responsible for a similar jump in sales of thongs – lingerie, not Australian footwear – and a 132% increase in sales of suspenders. Those increases were the “biggest surprises” of the year, John Lewis said.
The show also boosted sales of colourful men’s swimming shorts – worn by its male contestants.
This year has proved difficult for John Lewis, which said it was “one of the toughest retailers have seen”. Last month the Partnership, which also owns Waitrose, said profits fell 99% to just £1.2m for the six months to 28 July.
Sitwell apologised again after the news of his resignation broke, saying it had been an “ill-judged joke”. He highlighted a Waitrose Food issue that focused on vegetables, which refused to advertise meat-based products.
The Spectator’s Peter Oborne added that it was “a dark day for free expression” and that Sitwell had been “driven from his job by relentless Twitter trolls”.
In a statement, Waitrose said it was the “right and proper move” for Sitwell to leave and that they would be working with John Brown Media, which produces the food magazine, to appoint a new editor.
“We have had a relationship with William for almost 20 years and we are grateful for his contribution to our business over that time,” the chain said.
Nelson, who writes about food and travel, had suggested ideas on “healthy, eco-friendly meals” as “popularity of the movement is likely to continue to skyrocket”.
Sitwell had emailed back 10 minutes later, saying: “Thanks for this. How about a series on killing vegans, one by one. Ways to trap them? How to interrogate them properly? Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat?”
He also suggested making them eat steak and drink red wine, with Nelson responding: “I’m certainly interested in exploring why just the mention of veganism seems to make some people so hostile”.
She added she had drunk some “delicious (vegan) red wine last night so I’m sure a feature on that would appeal”.
His comments – originally reported by BuzzFeed News – were met with fury from vegans, with one saying his comments had been “incredibly ignorant”.
The Humane Society had also called for him to be sacked.
But it was pointed out that Sitwell was “obviously joking”, with another twitter user saying the magazine publishers had overreacted.
Waitrose said at the time that even though it was a private email, “William’s gone too far” and that his words were “extremely inappropriate”.
Sitwell, who’s also a radio host, said in his own apology: “I love and respect people of all appetites, be they vegan, vegetarian or meat eaters – which I show week in week out through my writing, editing and broadcasting.
“I apologise profusely to anyone who has been offended or upset by this.”