News in 5 Minutes: North Korean missile in Japanese waters, Ruth Davidson on same-sex marriage in NI and is it Strictly for Ed Balls?

Maxine Blane

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TODAY’s INSTALMENT (3 August) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: North Korean missile lands in Japanese waters, Ruth Davidson on same-sex marriage in NI, and is it Strictly for Ed Balls?

News: Missile fired into Japanese waters by North Korea

South Korea and Japan report that a ballastic missile fired by North Korea has landed in Japanese waters

After several launches in recent months, North Korea has test-fired a ballastic missile that has landed in Japanese waters, the BBC reports. The missile travelled around 620 miles after being fired from the east coast of the country before landing inside the Japanese exclusive economic zone, according to the Japanese defense ministry. North Korea is banned from developing nuclear and ballistic missiles by a UN resolution.

Suspected chlorine attack leaves dozens ill in northern Syria

Doctors in Saraqeb, a town in the northern Idlib provence of Syria, have been treating victims of an apparent gas-based chlorine attack. Ibrahim al-Assaad, a doctor who treated those affected reported that patients presented with no physical wounds, “All of them had breathing and lung problems,” and that “They smelled of chlorine”. The town of Saraqeb is in the same region where a Russian helicopter was shot down over the weekend.

Military crackdown in Thailand raises questions over referendum

Human rights advocates have raised questions about an upcoming referendum on constitutional changes in Thailand, the Guardian reports. The vote will take place on 7 August and will give more power to the ruling military junta if proposed constitutional changes are approved. Human rights campaigners are concerned that a fair vote on the issue may be affected by a recent ban on campaigning about the referndum issued by the junta.

Politics: Public support ‘overwhelms’ opposition to same-sex marriage in NI, says Ruth Davidson

Davidson discussed same-sex marriage at Belfast pride on Tuesday

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said that “with public support and parliamentary majority the waters are building and the dam will burst,” on allowing same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Davidson was speaking at a visit to Belfast during the city’s Pride festival, where she visited a new mural of a lesbian couple recently installed as part of a campaign to legalise same-sex marriage.

Ukip announces final list of leadership candidates

Ukip has announced the final list of candidates who will be standing to replace Nigel Farage as party leader after his post-Brexit resignation. The announcement was delayed to allow a final round of vetting to take place to decide who is elegible to run. Candidates include MEPs Jonathan Arnott and Bill Etheridge, and Huntingdonshire councillor Lisa Duffy among others. MEP Steven Woolfe has been declared ineligible to stand as a candidate.

Sport: Hibernian launch appeal against Neil Lennon’s five-game Europa league ban

Hibernian have launched an appeal after manager Neil Lennon issued with five-game Europa league ban

Hibernian have launched an appeal in response to manager Neil Lennon’s five-game ban from the Europa league. The ban was issued after a meeting of UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) yesterday and Hibernian has issued a statement saying that they “are in the process of appealing the suspension”.

Culture: Fly set for Open Air Festival at Ross Bandstand in September

Organisers behind Fly club nights to bring Fly Open Air Festival to Edinburgh’s Ross Bandstand

Organisers behind Fly, the popular house and techno club nights at Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire, are set to bring the phenomenon to the Ross Bandstand in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens in September. The Fly Open Air Festival will take place from noon on 24 September and acts already announced include German duo Booka Shade and Glasgow Sub Club regulars Harri + Domenic.

Weather: Clouds and scattered showers make themselves at home mid-week

Overcast conditions likely to continue

Better keep those umbrellas handy folks as it look as though clouds and scattered showers are the mid-week feature this week. Temperatures could got as low as 10 degrees, so prepare to wrap up!

And another thing: Ed Ballroom speculation?

It’s not the first time there’s been speculation about Ed going Strictly Ballroom

After losing his Morley and Outwood seat last year, could Ed Balls be waltzing back onto our screens as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing? The Herald reveals that there are reports the politician has been linked to the upcoming autumn series of the popular dancing show. Don’t book your Saturdays infront of the telly just yet, as Balls has previously been quoted saying “but am I really fit enough for Strictly? I’m not quite sure if I’m quite equipped for Strictly”.

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