Trump was widely ridiculed for a reference to Sweden during his ravings at a campaign-style rally in Florida. He said: 'You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden who would believe this. Sweden'. In Sweden itself, there was general bafflement. The most exciting thing that had happened there on Friday night was a technical hitch during preparations for an event to choose the country’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. A former prime minister, Carl Bildt, posted on social media: 'Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?' Comedians wondered whether Ikea and Abba tribute bands qualified as terrorist atrocities. When the Swedish government asked for an explanation, the best the Trump apologists could manage was that he had not been talking about a specific incident but alluding to some report on Fox News on the refugee issue in Sweden. The Washington Post fact-checkers identified 12 other dubious claims made by Trump during his speech, in which he identified the media as 'the enemy'. One of his cabinet, James Mattis, made it clear later that he, Mattis, had no problem with the media.

Iraqi troops advanced on the city of Mosul, the last stronghold of the so-called Islamic State. The sister of the king of Spain, Princess Cristina, was acquitted, but her husband received a six-year prison sentence after their trial on charges of tax fraud; neither was in court in Palma to hear the verdict. Thousands descended on Okayama, Japan, wearing loincloths for the misnamed Naked Man contest. A member of Labour’s shadow cabinet, Diane Abbott, said on television that the abuse she suffers on the micro-messaging site, Twitter, is so extreme that she fears for her safety. Tony Blair made a speech inviting the people to 'rise up' against Brexit, but there was no immediate sign of any movement in that direction. So many members of the Royal Television Society objected to a Trump supporter, Piers Morgan, hosting the society’s annual awards that he pulled out. The average Briton spends £11.40 a week on cigarettes, booze and recreational drugs compared with £20 in 2002, according to the Office for National Statistics. More than 5,000 people travelled on the first timetabled steam railway service in England for 50 years, which ran for three days on the majestic Settle to Carlisle line.

Harry Clarke, the driver of the bin lorry which crashed in Glasgow killing six people, admitted at Glasgow Sheriff Court that, nine months later, he drove a car in the city despite having had his licence revoked for medical reasons. The Scottish press demanded that, having eluded prosecution for the bin lorry crash, he should now go to prison, but the sheriff deferred sentence. John Leathem, who murdered a 15-year-old schoolgirl, Paige Doherty, in Clydebank, had his minimum sentence of 27 years reduced to 23 on appeal. It was another violent weekend in Glasgow. A man aged 46 was murdered in his house in the Castlemilk district of the city, while two women were arrested after a third woman, aged 58, was stabbed and seriously injured in a flat in the west end. The Scottish parliament is to review its High Hedge (Scotland) Act in a further attempt to deal with 'hedge rage' among the restless natives. Despite the Daily Star's assurance, dutifully repeated here, that there would be a heatwave today, there are no reported signings of sunbathers on Prestwick beach.

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The bridge
MAGGIE CRAIG


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We need a dystopian novel about
Scotland. But we won't be getting one
WALTER HUMES


The Daily Sketch
Terrible events in Sweden


The Dustbin

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Lunch with the girls at Trump's hotel
KENNETH ROY


Diary: Turned down by the local GP
NANNIE SKÖLD


Into thin air
ISLAY MCLEOD


Obituary for Britain? Aye right!
MAXWELL MACLEOD


The day Britain died
GERRY HASSAN


Why are atheists so superior?
CATHERINE CZERKAWSKA

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