Christopher Foote

Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

Digital journalist for STV News with a background in print and new media.

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STV News
Scotland welcomes 2000th Syrian refugee three years early

Chris Foote Scotland has welcomed its 2000th Syrian refugee three years ahead of schedule. Scottish councils have pledged to resettle 10% of the 20,000 Syrians due to arrive in the UK by 2020. Despite hitting this target early, several local authorities are expected to continue taking in refugees.

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International row ignites over Scottish war memorial

Chris Foote A Scottish war memorial has ignited a bitter row between the Georgian government and a separatist region backed by Russia. The monument to Abkhazians killed in the region's year-long war for independence was erected in Kilmarnock in the 1990s. The East Ayrshire town was then twinned with Sukhumi, an Abkhaz city at the centre of the conflict.

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Hundreds of children excluded for weapon attacks in schools

Chris Foote Hundreds of children have been excluded for attacking pupils and teachers with weapons in Scottish schools, it has emerged. Around 700 pupils have been forced to leave primaries and secondaries for carrying out armed assaults over the last five years, according to information obtained by STV News.

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Widow defends spy who leaked WWII secrets to Soviets

Chris Foote Paul Gallacher The widow of a Scottish spy who leaked British secrets to the Soviet Union during the Second World War has defended his actions 75 years ago. John Cairncross was allegedly the fifth member of the Cambridge Five, a notorious Russian spy ring operating in Britain.

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Foreign sailors in North Sea 'earn as little as £2 an hour'

Chris Foote Foreign sailors working in Scotland's oil industry are being paid as little as £2 an hour, it has been claimed. The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) says at times more than half of the non-UK vessels in the North Sea employ crew on less than the minimum wage of £6.70 an hour.

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Babies cremated alongside adults in 'abhorrent' practices

Chris Foote Babies and foetuses were cremated alongside adults at Aberdeen Crematorium, it has emerged. The practice was revealed in a new report which lays bare the full extent of the baby ashes scandal in Scotland. It also raises fresh concerns about crematoriums in Glasgow, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy.

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Hulk of colossal North Sea ship rusting on Bangladesh beach

Chris Foote The hulk of a colossal North Sea oil vessel has been found rusting on a beach in Bangladesh. The North Sea Producer, which was jointly-owned by Maersk and Odebrecht, was sold off last year. The 52,000-tonne vessel left the UK in May after languishing in port for nine months and was expected to return to service.

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Two Scots tourists caught up in attack in Afghanistan

Chris Foote Two Scots tourists have reportedly been caught up in an attack by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Six travellers are believed to have been injured when their bus was ambushed in the western province of Herat on Thursday. Eight Britons were among the group of six men and five women, accompanied by an Afghan driver.

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