A woman who has been married to a British man for 27 years, and has two British sons and a granddaughter, was detained in Dungavel immigration removal centre pending deportation to Singapore, where she was born. Irene Clennel had her indefinite leave to remain in this country invalidated, apparently because she spent too long in Singapore caring for her elderly parents; the Home Office refused to discuss the case. After Renfrewshire Council rejected a planning application for a short-term holding centre in Paisley, the Home Office announced that Dungavel would remain open. The Daily Record exposed the case of a solicitor, Alexander MacKinnon, who racially abused Glasgow-born Sanaa Shahid and her four-year-old son on board a train from London to Glasgow. Passengers in the first-class compartment witnessed the scene but did nothing; MacKinnon, who was finally ejected by the train manager, was fined £1,154 by Carlisle magistrates.

In America, Judge James Robart overturned the Trump administration’s immigration ban and the federal appeals court upheld Robart’s decision, which had the effect of blocking the executive order and restoring the rights of people who had been barred by Trump from entering the country. Trump then decribed Robart as a 'so-called judge'. The Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, responded that it was best to avoid personal attacks on judges, but the abuse continued on Trump’s Twitter account. During the short period in which the executive order was in force, 100,000 visas of travellers heading to the US were revoked, according to documents lodged with a court in Virginia. At a summit of EU leaders in Malta, Theresa May offered to act as a bridge between the EU and Trump, but the idea was coldly received. The president of Lithuania said: 'I don’t think there is a necessity for a bridge. We can communicate with the Americans on Twitter'. A man wielding a machete was shot and seriously injured by soldiers when he rushed at a security patrol in the Louvre.

The secretary of state for Scotland, David Mundell, told the BBC that there should not be a second independence referendum – for some reason this was considered newsworthy – but refused to be drawn on whether Westminster would block one. Ross McEwan, CEO of the cost-cutting Royal Bank of Scotland, received £3 million in pay and allowances last year. Gordon Aikman, who successfully lobbied the first minister to double the number of NHS nurses treating motor neurone disease, died of the disease at the age of 31. Scotland defeated Ireland in a rugby international. The tabloids declared open season on David Beckham after hacked emails appeared to suggest that the footballer longed for a knighthood in recognition of his charity work and was angry when he failed to get one; Beckham said that the emails had been doctored. Gwyneth Paltrow’s website offered women advice on how to erase bad memories of former lovers, including the burning of bras which carry 'negative energy of past flames'.

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