The number of Scots in work jumped by 37,000 in the run-up to Christmas, official figures show.
Minister Kate Forbes revealed a raft of measures 'to accelerate the transition to a net-zero economy'.
A bomb found attached to a heavy goods vehicle could have been destined for an Irish Sea ferry crossing to Scotland.
An independent Scotland would be welcomed 'enthusiastically' back in to the EU.
Britain officially split from the European Union at 11pm, three-and-a-half years since the Brexit vote.
After 11pm, Britain will immediately enter a transition arrangement with the EU, keeping it aligned with Brussels.
The First Minister said a ballot could be held without Westminster's consent provided it's ruled as legal.
Businesses leaders tell STV News the confusion caused by Brexit will continue after the UK leaves the EU.
More than half of Scots would vote for independence - but they don't support a referendum this year.
A debate on removing the EU flag from Holyrood after Brexit will take place on Wednesday.
The Labour leadership contender said he wanted a new constitutional set-up 'based on federalism'.
Constitutional relations secretary Michael Russell will meet with members of the UK Government later.
Immigration is reserved to Westminster but the Scottish Government is calling for powers to be split.
Some MPs cheered as royal assent was confirmed for the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act.
Clara Ponsati faces a charge of sedition over her role in Catalonia's unsanctioned independence referendum in 2017.
The Welsh Assembly joined Holyrood and Stormont in formally refusing consent to the Bill.
MSPs were told by the UK Government medicine pricing would not be part of post-Brexit negotiations.
The First Minister announced fresh funding to expand legal support services for European citizens in Scotland.
Presiding officer Ken Macintosh said the flag will come down at 11pm on January 31, when the UK leaves the EU.
The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill was passed by 330 votes to 231.