News in 5 Minutes: 12 injured in explosion in Ansbach, May visits NI and a whole year of David Jamieson

Maxine Blane

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TODAY’s INSTALMENT (25 July) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: Twelve injured in explosion in Ansbach, May visits NI and a whole year of David Jamieson.

News: Twelve injured in ‘deliberate explosion’ in Ansbach

Twelve people injured after ‘deliberate explosion’ outside music festival

Twelve people have been injured at an explosion at a music festival in Ansbach in Germany after a Syrian man whose asylum claim was rejected set off a ‘deliberate explosion’. The man was killed in the resulting blast. According to Bavaria’s interior minister Joachim Hermann, the man had previously attempted to take his own life and had received psychiatric treatment at a local hospital.

Australian PM proposes tougher anti-terror laws

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull is promoting proposed changes to toughen anti-terror laws in the wake of events in the US and France. The changes include lowering the age at which anti-terror legislation applies from 16 to 14 and a process of ‘continuing imprisonment’ of allegedly high-risk individuals that would be monitored by the Australian courts and medical professionals.

Wildfire in California threatens hundreds of homes

Fire crews continue to battle a blaze that has destroyed 18 homes and threatens hundreds of others in the mountains above Los Angeles. Beginning in the Sand Canyon area near the Angeles National Park, the “’sand fire’ now covers over 22,000 acres. High winds have encouraged the blaze despite the efforts of firefighters, and residents of 1,500 homes have been evacuated from the Santa Clarita area.

Politics: May to have first meeting in Northern Ireland

May to meet with Stormont’s first and deputy first ministers today

Theresa May is to make her first official visit to Northern Ireland as prime minister today, the BBC reports. She will meet with Stormont’s first and deputy first ministers after a statement in which she said that Northern Ireland was a “special and valued part” of the United Kingdom. May last visited Northern Ireland as home secretary while campaigning for a remain vote in the EU referendum.

Voting begins in Green party leadership contest

The ballot has opened in the contest for leadership of the Green party in England and Wales as Natalie Bennett is stepping down after four years as leader. Former party leader Caroline Lucas MP is standing together with Jonathan Bartley on a ‘job-share’ ticket. Also in the running are Clive Lord, David Malone, David Williams, Martie Warin and Simon Cross, with results expected to be announced in early September.

Sport: Ex-Partick Thistle defender free to return to sport after drug ban reduced

Jordan McMillan will be free to return to training next month

Ex-Partick Thistle defender Jordan McMillian will be free to return to training in the sport next month after his two-year drug suspension was reduced. After failing a drug test in December 2014 he was originally banned for two years but this has been reduced by the National Anti-Doping Panel.

UPDATE: This story has been changed to reflect the fact that Jordan McMillan, though free to return to football after his ban, will not be returning to Partick Thistle as he no longer has a contract with the club.

Culture: Shakespeare play set to tour Scottish castles

A touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed in Stirling and Caerlaverock Castles

Two Scottish castles will play host to a touring production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream this month. Chapterhouse Theatre Company will perform the famous fantastical comedy in Stirling Castle and Caerlaverock Castle.

Weather: Light rain showers throughout today and tomorrow

Light showers forecast for the beginning of the week

Light showers and cloud are the order of the day today, and look set to last into Tuesday.

And another thing: CommonSpace celebrates a whole year of David Jamieson

How time flies – David Jamieson looks back on a year with CommonSpace

Today we thought we’d be a bit cheeky and use this opportunity to celebrate the fact that reporter David Jamieson has been with us for a whole year today! If they say a week is a long time in politics, a year in journalism is certainly something to shout about, and he’ll be sharing his favourite articles so far on Twitter all day so head on over to see what he's covered for us.



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