News in 5 Minutes: Hollande meets with faith leaders, Smith proposes “workplace revolution” and anniversary event for Glasgow Rape Crisis

Maxine Blane

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TODAY’s INSTALMENT (27 July) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: Hollande meets with faith leaders, Smith proposes “workplace revolution” and an anniversary book sale for Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre.

News: Hollande to meet with faith leaders after attack in French church

French President to meet with faith leaders after priest killed during morning mass

French President Francois Hollande is to meet with Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist faith leaders at the Elysee Palace today after a priest was killed during morning mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on 26 July. Father Jacques Hamel was murdered in an attack carried out by two men, in which another person also suffered serious wounds. Hollande will meet faith leaders before holding a security and defence council and then meeting with his cabinet.

Catalonia warns Spain it will push for independence “with or without assent”

The Catalan government has told Spain it will pursue a democratic mandate to push for secession “with or without assent”, reports the Guardian. Raül Romeva, the Catalan minister of foreign affairs, said that hostility from Madrid “has left us feeling that we just don’t have an alternative”. The Catalan government put forward a resolution nine months ago calling for “beginning of a process of the creation of an independent Catalan state”.

Argentina announces plan to fight violence against women

Argentinian President Mauricio Macri has announced the creation of a national plan to fight violence against women. Macri highlighred a need to focus on education as the key to combating deeply held patterns of violence in Argentinian culture. Launched next year, the nationwide plan also involves the creation of a network of women’s refuges and funding for electronic tagging of violent offenders.

Politics: Owen Smith to propose “workplace revolution” as Labour leadership contest continues

Owen Smith MP will outline plans to strengthen trade union powers and workers right

Owen Smith MP used his first major policy speech of his campaign for Labour leadership to call for a “workplace revolution” by promoting working rights and trade unions powers, the BBC reports. Speaking at a former coking plant in South Yorkshire, Smith proposed a number of initiatives intended to improve working conditions, including higher rates of top taxes, the return of wages councils and the abolition of zero-hours contracts.

UK economy grew in quarter leading up to Brexit vote says ONS

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released figures showing that gross domestic product grew by 0.4 per cent in the three month period up to and including the 23 June EU referendum vote. While the ONS stated that growth was “stronger than expected in the quarter” the calculations are based on a limited amount of the data that will be used to confirm the eventual figure later in the year as more statistics are released.

Sport: Brechin City defeat St Johnstone on penalties after 1-1 draw

Brechin City defeated St Johnstone 4-2 on penalties after 1-1 draw

After a 1-1 draw led to penalties, Brechin City claimed victory over St Johnstone at Glebe Park. The 4-2 penalty win comes ahead of Brechin City’s game against Falkirk on Saturday 30 July.

Culture: Dundee International Book Prize announces 2016 shortlist

The 10-strong shortlist for the 2016 Dundee International Book Prize has been announced

The shortlist has been announced  for the 2016 Dundee International Book Prize, a prize offered in collaboration between the University of Dundee, Freight Books and the ‘One City, Many Discoveries’ campaign run by Dundee City Council. The prize is now in it’s 12th year and this year’s shortlist includes authors from the US, Scotland, England and New Zealand.

Weather: Sunny spells but not for long

It could be a case of here today, gone tomorrow for the sunny weather

The sunshine is set to continue throughout today with occasional cloudy spells, but it looks like the rain is due back tomorrow.

And another thing: Anniversary book sale for Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre

Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a book sale

Booklovers, prepare yourselves. The Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre is hosting a fundraising book sale at the Spoon Cafe on 30 July to celebrate its 40th anniversary, so better get to work on making some room on your bookshelves! The event will be opened by crime writer and Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre patron Denise Mina and will be on from 11am to 4pm on Saturday. The centre is also accepting donations of books for the sale at its office between 9am and 6pm (4pm Friday) throughout this week.

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