News in 5 Minutes: 5 held after Brussels explosion, German vice-chancellor says Brexit could spell end of EU, and no queueing for the loo at Glasgow Summer Sessions

Maxine Blane

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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (29 August) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes five people being held after explosion in Brussels, the German vice-chancellors comments that Brexit could spell the end of the EU, and no need to queue for the loo at the Glasgow Summer Sessions. 

News: Five held but no casualties after explosion at crime lab in Brussels suburb

An explosion occured at a crime lab in a suburb of Brussels in the early hours of the morning

Five people have been held after an explosion at a crime laboratory in the Brussels suburb of Neder-Over-Heembeek, the BBC reports. The explosion took place in the early hours of the morning after a vehicle rammed through three fences and officials suspect it was intended to destroy evidence contained at the facility. Belgian police could not confirm if a bomb had been detonated, and are currently treating the incident as a criminal but not terrorist act.

French mayors uphold burkini bans after court rules them “illegal violation of fundamental freedoms”

More than 20 of the mayors who enacted burkini bans in resort towns across southern France are refusing to repeal them after France’s highest administrative court ruled the bans an “illegal violation of fundamental freedoms”. Human rights groups intend to pursue the towns that haven’t lifted the ban in the courts, and the French state may instruct local prefects to take actions forcing the mayors to overturn the bans.

Team of six emerge after year-long Mars simulation in Hawaii to study human aspect of exploration

Six people have emerged from a year spent living in isolation without fresh air or fresh food as part of a simulated mission to Mars intended to examine the human aspect of long term exploration. The team lived in a small dome on a mountain in Hawaii, and were only permitted outside wearing space suits. Experts think that a manned mission to Mars could take between one and three years.

Politics: Germany’s vice chancellor warns Brexit could put future of EU at risk

Sigmar Gabriel spoke at a news conference and said that Brexit could be “a huge problem politically”

German Vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has spoken out to say that Brexit is “a huge problem politically," and could put the future of the EU at risk if the UK’s exit is handled badly. Gabriel said that uncertainty after the EU referendum vote had caused Europe to appear unstable in the eyes of the wider world and that “"If we organise Brexit in the wrong way, then we'll be in deep trouble”.

Campaign to encourage female leadership backed by Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish sports stars

The Women of the World (Wow) campaign launched by Girlguiding Scotland has recieved backing from FM Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish sport stars Susie Wolff and Gemma Fay. The campaign aims to encourage girls and young women to highlight role models in their everyday lives after research showed that just 49 per cent of girls aged 11 to 16 regularly felt inspired by a role model.

Sport: Oliver Burke becomes most expensive Scottish player ever in £13m RB Leipzig contract

Burke has left Nottingham Forest for a five-year contract at RB Leipzig

Kirkcaldy-born player Oliver Burke has become the most expensive Scottish player ever after joining German team RB Leipzig on a five-year £13m contract. After 13 starts at Nottingham Forest 19-year-old Burke has moved to the Bundesliga side, and earned his first Scotland cap against Denmark in March 2016.

Culture: Richard Gadd wins Edinburgh Comedy Award for show Monkey See Monkey Do

Fife comic Gadd has become the first Scottish winner of the award since 1987

Fife comedian Richard Gadd has won the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award for his show Monkey See Monkey Do. Twenty-six year old Gadd is the first Scottish comic to win the £10,000 prize since 1987. Glaswegian comedian Scott Gibson was awared Best Newcomer.

Weather: Mostly sunny start to the week with highs of 22 degrees expected tomorrow

Occasional cloudy spells should be the only thing getting in the way of the sunshine

The forecast kicks off with a prediction for a mostly sunny start to the week, with only occasionally cloudy spells expected. Temperatures could reach highs of 22 degrees on Tuesday.

And another thing: No need for a portaloo at Glasgow’s Summer Sessions

Would you pay a pound to save yourself from the portaloo queue?

One entrepreneurial spirit near Bellahouston Park took advantage of the crowds turning up for Glasgow’s Summer Sessions festival at the weekend and graciously opened their home so that gig-goers could avoid queueing for portaloos. Thousands of music fans descended on Bellahouston Park over the weekend for performances by Frightened Rabbit, Noel Gallagher’s Flying Birds, Fall Out Boy and Biffy Clyro.

Pictures courtesy of John and Melanie (Illingworth) KotsopoulosLuc MercelisEuropean ParliamentPercyGermanyTransition HeathrowKevin Dooley, Facebook/Iain Johnstone

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