News in 5 Minutes: Obama uses final days in office to boost Nato presence in Eastern Europe, NHS England chief slams UK Government, and Trump’s press conference master class


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (21 July) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: Obama uses final days in office to boost Nato presence in Eastern Europe, NHS England chief slams UK Government, and Trump’s press conference master class.

News: Nato military build up in Poland gains momentum

President pushes troops and tanks into Eastern Europe as one of final acts

More than 3000 US troops have arrived in Poland along with tanks and armoured vehicles, as departing president Barack Obama makes a parting gesture to reassure Nato allies in Eastern Europe of its commitment to the region. Nato has launched and unprecedented military build-up close to Russia’s eastern borders in recent years. An aide to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that a slated military deployment to Estonia by Nato forces is “one of the escalations of tension”.

Politics: Head of NHS England slams UK Government funding

Real terms spending on health to fall between 2018-19

The chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has slammed Prime Minister Theresa May over NHS funding. The UK Government has consistently claimed that it is spending record amounts on the health service, which was deemed a humanitarian crisis by Red Cross. The comments come ahead of a demonstration in London tonight to save the NHS.

Sport: Ricky Burns looks forward to fight with Julius Indongo

Fight set for 15 April

Scottish World Boxing Association belt holder Ricky Burns will look to take the IBF light-welterweight boxing title in April in his fight with Namibian Julius Indongo in Glasgow on 15 April.

Culture: Radio 4’s book of the week covers 500th anniversary of the reformation

Religious schism rocked early-modern Scotland

This week, in BBC Radio 4’s long running book of the week programme, Diarmaid MacCulloch explores the Reformation, which had a profound effect on the development of Scottish society in the early modern period.

Weather: Changeable as

Storms, snow, sun….

January is traditionally Scotland’s wild weather month and we’ve seen it all today – snow, winds, rain and sun. It’s fallen to minus 6 degrees in the Cairngorms, with rain and some snow across the west coast. The East coast will get the best of the sunshine.

And another thing: Donald Trump to give press conference master class

If you haven’t watched this press conference with Trump, you don’t know press conferences

It’s faltering, it’s aggressive and it’s bizzare. And apparently it’s the way the world’s most powerful country will be run for the next year.

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Video: Youtube/PBS

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