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Coronavirus vaccine Scotland’s papers: Russian spies tried to steal Covid vaccine research


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Coronavirus vaccine Scotland’s papers: Russian spies tried to steal Covid vaccine research

Image caption Warnings from security services that Russian hackers have been targeting Covid-19 vaccine trials dominate the front pages, including The Scotsman. Image caption The Daily Telegraph says that the allegations, which the Kremlin denies, came after Russia announced it was preparing to produce 200 million doses of an experimental vaccine, “fuelling suspicions that it…

Coronavirus vaccine Scotland’s papers: Russian spies tried to steal Covid vaccine research

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Warnings from security services that Russian hackers have been targeting Covid-19 vaccine trials dominate the front pages, including The Scotsman.

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The Daily Telegraph says that the allegations, which the Kremlin denies, came after Russia announced it was preparing to produce 200 million doses of an experimental vaccine, “fuelling suspicions that it could have been successful in stealing information” from one of the laboratories across the world trying to find a coronavirus cure.

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The Daily Express has a warning from a cyber-security expert who says that “Kremlin-backed hackers will keep coming”.

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The i also leads on the Russia story, quoting Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab as saying the hacking attempts are “reckless”.

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“The Dukes of Biohazard” is the Daily Star’s lighter take on the Russia hacking story. President Putin is mocked up with a cowboy hat to look like one of the characters from the 1980s show the Dukes of Hazzard.

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A grieving family has asked the Scottish government to explain why the number of mourners at a funeral is limited to 20 while many more people can gather in a pub.

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The Aberdeen Evening Express carries details of the 32 areas across the North East where there have been no deaths attributed to coronavirus.

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The Scottish Daily Mail reports on official figures which suggest that the number of unemployed Scots was up by 15,000 to 120,000 between March and May.

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The Herald reports that the number of children in Scotland contacting Childline about problems with their mental or emotional health has increased by 20% during lockdown.

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The National reports that the UK government has been accused of “dishonesty” over plans for a UK-wide internal market after Brexit – calling it “the greatest threat to devolution yet”.

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Under the headline “class action”, The Scottish Sun reports on the Scottish government’s announcement that pupils will not have to physically distance when schools return in August, but teachers will.

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The Press and Journal reports on the “fury” that Highland Council is spending £936 a day – which amounts to almost £250,000 a year – on its new education boss.

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Police officers working at a protest held by so-called “paedophile hunters” in the Fife town of Cowdenbeath were attacked by protesters, The Courier reports.

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The Times front page carries a large picture of Shamima Begum, who left Britain to join the Islamic State group in 2015. A court has ruled she can come back to the UK, but the Home Office is preparing to fight the judgement by the Court of Appeal.

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A convicted murderer says he was tortured and beaten by prison guards in the 60s and 70s, according to the Daily Record. The paper says he is suing the prison service over the allegations. The prison service said it had not received an intimation of any claim.

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The Glasgow Times reports that a man has been jailed for 27 months after a nightclub knife attack. He left a fellow clubber at The Savoy scarred for life.

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The front page of Dundee’s Telegraph reports that a pub brawl spilled out onto the street just hours after venues were allowed to reopen in Scotland. The paper carries a picture of the brawl, and shows vegetables lying in the street which were “sent flying” during the altercation.

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