News in 5 Minutes: Shimon Peres Dies, Kezia Dugdale appoints herself to Labour’s NEC, and the Hoff dons the Thistle


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (20 September) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes the death of Shimon Peres, Kezia Dugdale’s self appointment to the NEC, and the Hoff dons the Thistle.

News: Controversial Israeli leader Shimon Peres dies

Veteran politician was involved in the violent creation of the modern Israeli state

Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres has died at the age of 93. The politician six decades has been praised for softening his pro-war stance as his career progressed, but was involved in the Haganah, a militia that committed acts of genocide against Palestinians, in his youth. He also helped to arm the young colonial state with advanced weapons.

Politics: Kezia Dugdale awards herself Labour NEC post

Scottish party leader joins leading body as part of new plans for Scottish autonomy

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has appointed herself Scotland’s representative on the Labour party’s national executive committee (NEC). The move is part of moves towards greater autonomy for the Scottish party and also tilts the balance on the powerful body away from leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn towards dissidents.

Sport: Serena Williams speaks out against police violence

Tennis star says she “won’t be silent over Police shootings“

US tennis star Serena Williams has spoken out against police violence towards black people in the US. In a facebook message she recounted here fears about driving a car as a black woman when she saw a police officer. Quoting civil rights leader Martin Luther King she wrote: “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

Culture: Kraftwerk is coming to Scotland

Pioneering electronica band playing in Glasgow and Edinburgh

The pioneering German electronica group Kraftwerk are playing in Scotland in June 2017. Tickets for the hotly anticipated tour are expected to sell-out fast. Ja!

Weather: More harsh winds to come

Scotland experiencing gale force winds

Tonight will be calmer than last night, with previously gale force winds calming. Even stormier weather will return on Thursday night however.

And another thing: The Hoff and the Thistle

TV star dons Partick Thistle Jersey

Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has come out as a Partick Thistle fan. See him ably sporting the sporting jersey above.

Picture courtesy of Juan BendanaIAEA ImagebankIAEA ImagebankDoha Stadium Plus QatarMark Freeth

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