News in 5 Minutes: Fresh revelations of Israeli state involvement in UK politics, May and Kenny intervene in Northern Ireland crisis and our man in Brussels


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (11 January) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: Fresh revelations of Israeli state involvement in UK political life, May and Kenny intervene in Northern Ireland crisis and our man in Brussels.

News: Further revelations expose extent of Israeli involvement in UK politics

Al-Jazeera investigation uncovers new evidence of attempts to push back BDS movement

An investigation into Israeli state involvement in UK politics has uncovered a concerted push by the country’s officials to undermine pro-Palestinian activism. The allegations centre around an Israeli London embassy official, Shai Masot, who was filmed stating his intention to “take down” UK foreign minister Sir Alan Duncan. Andy Murray, and SNP activists and founder of SNP friends of Palestine, has told Electronic Intifada that he believes Shia Masot was behind his deportation from Israel in 2015. Revelations have now surfaced of embassy efforts to dislodge pro-Palestine NUS leader

Politics: Theresa May and Enda Kenny pitch in to attempt resolution of Northern Ireland crisis

Northern Ireland facing election after scandal

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish President Enda Kenny have intervened into the Northern Ireland political crisis issuing from the renewal heat incentive (RHI) scheme. The crisis may produce an election in as little as seven weeks time, throwing May’s Brexit timetable into chaos, with the triggering of article 50 expected in March.

Sport: SPFL launches tougher guidance on supporter misconduct

Clubs pressured to actively pursue ‘anti-social’ fans

The SPFL has launched recommendations for clubs to take tougher action on ‘anti-social’ behaviour y fans at matches. Up until now, clubs have been expected to take preventative measures against anti-social behaviour, but under the new guidelines, they will be expected to provide evidence of actively pursuing offenders.

Culture: Young Fathers among acts included in Trainspotting 2 soundtrack

Prodigy remix of Lust for Life will also feature

A clerical error at Amazon has revealed the content of the eagerly anticipated soundtrack to Trainspotting 2. Acts include Edinburgh trio Young Fathers, The Prodigy, Run DMC and Queen.

Weather: Humidity breaks with storms and cold

Gale force winds in the early ours this morning

Scotland’s mild weather has been shattered by storms and a sudden drop in temperatures. Gale force winds, particularly in the West this morning have largely subsided, but there are rumours of possible snowfall in parts of the country.

And another thing: Our man in Brussels



CommonSpace reporter attempts joke

CommonSpace reporter Michael Gray is in Brussels catching up with diplomatic developments on the brexit front, but still finds time for this important update. Such japes…

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