News in 5 Minutes: Top HSBC exec charged, Commons to debate Scotland in EU and Sturgeon drops sick beats

Maxine Blane

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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (21 July) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: Top HSBC exec charged, Commons to debate Scotland in EU and Nicola Sturgeon drops sick beats!

News:  Top HSBC manager charged in US fraud probe

Top HSBC executive charged with fraud as US probe continues

HSBC’s head of global head of foreign exchange trading Mark Johnson has been arrested, charged with fraud and released on bail in relation to an ongoing US investigation. Another HSBC employee has also been arrested. Both are accused by the US Department of Justice of using confidential inside information to profit from global currency dealings.

Nuclear submarine involved in collision off Gibraltar

A UK nuclear submarine has been involved in a collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Gibraltar, the BBC reports. The HMS Ambush sustained “some external damage” but the nuclear reactor on board was unharmed. The Royal Navy says it has launched an immediate investigation into the collision.

Argentian nuns ‘involved in jewel hoard conspiracy’

The Roman Catholic Church in Argentina is investigating the connection of a group of nuns to a hidden hoard of money and jewels. A former government minister was caught and arrested outside a convent near Buenos Aries trying to hide approximately £6.8m in cash and jewels. CCTV appeared to show two nuns aiding him with the bags containing various currencies and gems.

Politics: Commons to debate options for Scotland in the EU

Commons will today debate Scotland in EU options

Scottish Labour’s Ian Murray MP will lead a debate on Scotland’s options for remaining in both the UK and EU in the Commons later today. The debate comes after PM Theresa May stated that she wanted to Scotland to be “fully engaged” in Brexit talks. Murray has said that all of the UK’s devolved administrations should be involved in Brexit considerations.

Alyn Smith MEP launches campaign for SNP deputy leadership

Alyn Smith MEP launched his campaign for deputy leadership of the SNP today at Summerhall. His bid for deputy leadership puts him in the running with Tommy Sheppard MP, Angus Robertson MP and Councillor Chris McEleny for the vote which will take place in autumn.

Sport: Celtic off to Kazakhstan after 3-0 victory over Lincoln Red Imps

Celtic through to third qualifying round for Champions League

Celtic are off to Kazakhstan after beating Gibraltarian part-time side Lincoln Red Imps 3-0 last night. The victory puts them through to third qualifying round of the Champions League where they will face opponents FC Astana.

Culture: Wee Free Men movie in development with The Jim Henson Company

Beloved fantasy author’s Pict-inspired NacMac Feegles to make their way to big screen

The Jim Henson Company is working with Rhianna Pratchett, daughter of the late author Terry Pratchett, to bring her father’s book ‘The Wee Free Men’ to the big screen. An award-winning scriptwriter, Rhianna Pratchett will be adapting the novel for the film.

Weather: Partly cloudy, chance of rainy weekend

Only occasional cloud today but looks like rain at the weekend

Today’s outlook is mostly sunny with occasional cloud, but it looks like rain is likely over the weekend so get out and enjoy it while you can!

And another thing: Nicola Sturgeon drops sick beats


‘Calvin Who?’ – Sturgeon makes decks debut

After a photo emerged on twitter yesterday of FM Nicola Sturgeon trying her hand at DJing for The Princes Trust, the internet ran rife with speculation about her hidden talent on the decks. Glasgow Live asked if Sturgeon was Scotland’s next superstar DJ in the making. Keep an eye out for the first minister appearing at festivals and clubs this summer.

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