Here is a timeline of events surrounding the murder of Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute, where she was spending the summer holiday with her father and grandparents.
Rural churches no longer have to hold a weekly Sunday service after the Church of England voted to a change to canon law.
It was going to be a summer holiday filled with playing on the beach, bike rides and trips to the park.
Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley has threatened legal action against Twitter users who allegedly targeted her with “horrendous abuse” and harassment.
A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of abducting, raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail.
Breakdancing pioneer Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon, who as leader of the US hip-hop group Rock Steady Crew is widely credited with turning the craze into a global phenomenon, has hailed its prospective inclusion in the Olympic Games.
A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of abducting, raping and murdering Alesha MacPhail, six, on the Isle of Bute on July 2 last year, following a nine-day trial at the High Court in Glasgow.
Patients are facing long waits for operations to be rescheduled after hospitals cancel them at the last minute, figures show.
Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has led a march of thousands of Belgian students who skipped classes for the seventh Thursday in a row to march through Brussels and draw more attention to fighting climate change.
The warmest ever February day in Scotland has been recorded, according to the Met Office.