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Monday, 5 November, 2001, 07:20 GMT
What the Scottish papers say
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The Scottish Sun says that the Taleban was cracking on Sunday night after its front line forces were pulverised by US bombers.

It also reports that Tory leader David McLetchie has warned the First Minister he has just four days to save his skin.

The Daily Record reports that peacemaker David Trimble held secret talks in Scotland with the man who broke the Mafia.

The "Officegate" row is also covered by the Glasgow tabloid, which says Henry McLeish is to hand over financial accounts to the taxman.

The Herald reports that Henry McLeish's Holyrood election agent works for the same branch of the Fife council which had an "urgent need" to rent half of the first minister's constituency office in Glenrothes when he was a Westminster MP.

It also says that tensions grew in the Middle East on Sunday after a Palestinian militant opened fire on a bus, killing two Israelis, including a 16-year-old girl, before being gunned down himself.

The Aberdeen Press and Journal says that more US special forces have been deployed in Afghanistan.

It also reports American claims that the Taleban has ceased to function as an effective government.

The P & J reports that Braveheart star Mel Gibson has his eye on the North-east for the setting of a new multi million-pound movie.

The Scotsman reports that European minister Peter Hain launched a major new pro-Euro campaign on Sunday night with a controversial declaration that the events of 11 September had brought Britain's membership of the single currency a step closer.

The paper also reports on warnings to Henry McLeish that the next four days will determine whether he survives as First Minister over the use of his constituency office intensified.

The Scottish Daily Mail reports that career women have been warned that delaying motherhood could increase their risk of developing breast cancer.

The Scottish Daily Express says the photographs and signatures of 10 million people are being stored on a government computer which could form the heart of a new national identity card system.

Michael Barrymore went on a pub crawl with gay pals just days after pledging he'd given up booze and drugs, says the Scottish Mirror.

The Courier reports that after months of delay and uncertainty the ambitious project to link Scotland to the European continent by sea is set to get the green light this week.

Business AM reports that Orbital Software is facing fresh controversy after an American court gave its former head of US operations the go-ahead to sue the company for refusing to allow him to sell his stock options.

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