News in 5 Minutes: Al-shabab launch Kenyan border raid, report finds UK refugees may flee to Scotland, and #citizenofnowhere


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (6 October) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes the Al-Shabab incursion into Kenya, the possinility of UK migration to Scotland, and #citizenoftheworld.

News: Al-Shabab militants launch attack into Kenya

Somali militant group’s cross border raid risks raising tensions

The Somali militant group Al-Shabab has launched an attack into north east Kenya killing six, Kenyan authorities have claimed. Kenyan authorities have become increasingly concerned with the activities of the group in recent years, particularly since 2012 when reports began emerging of recruitment among impoverished Kenyan youth. The group are currently at war with African Union backed troops (pictured). Both sides in te conflict have been accused of human rights abuses.

Politics: Report finds Scotland will attract refugees from other parts of the UK in wake of #Brexit

Scotland to lose up to 80,000 jobs to Brexit, leading think tank find

The Fraser of Allander Institute has found that there could be an increase in migration to Scotland from other parts of the UK as a result of Brexit economic pain. The report from the respected thinktank also found that Scotland could shed between 30,000 and 80,000 jobs as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

Ruth Davidson ‘proud’ to be a tory at anti-foreigner party conference

Scottish party leader attacks “divisive nationalism”

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said she and her party are “out and proud” in Scotland at a conference which has seen the party launch unprecedented draconian and xenophobic policies aimed removing foreigners from the country. She made the comments in her speech to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, which she also used to attack “divisive nationalism.” Party leader Theresa May’s speech vaunting nationalism was welcomed by the leader of the French National Front.  

Sport: Andy Murray to face fellow brit Edmund Kyle in China Open

Murray defeats Andrey Kuznetsov to enter final stages of Chinese competition

Andy Murray will face fellow British tennis player Edmund Kyle in the semi-finals of the China Open, after defeating Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

Culture: Trainspotting, Harry Potter and Outlander among screen adaptations shortlisted for Book Week prize

Competition as part of Book Week Scotland

Adaptations of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, Diana Gabldon’s Outlander, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song are in the running for a competition to find Scotland’s most loved screen adaptation of Scottish literature. The public will vote on the famous book to screen works as part of Book Week Scotland in November.

Weather: A fine a Sunny day ahead


If it’s clear and sunny where you are in Scotland, you are not alone. Mainly sun with spots of cloud across the country.

And another thing: Where to go if you are a #citizenofnowhere





Twitter responds with hostility to Theresa May’s nationalism

Social media users have responded with incredulity to a comment by Prime Minister Theresa May during an address to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham laced with anti-immigrant rhetoric. She said: “If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere”, sparking the twitter hashtag #citizenofnowhere.

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