News in 5 Minutes: Turkey crackdown affects 50,000, SNP on post-indy cuts and Frankie Boyle’s snubbed column

Maxine Blane

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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (18 July) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: Turkey crackdown affects 50,000, SNP on post-indy cuts and Frankie Boyle’s snubbed column.

News: More than 50,000 people affected by post-coup crackdown in Turkey

Over 50,000 people have been suspended, sacked from their jobs or detained following failed coup in Turkey

The BBC reports that the number of people suspended, sacked from their jobs or detained following the failed coup in Turkey has passed 50,000. On Tuesday the crackdown on those suspected to have links or sympathies with the coup organisers widened to include teachers, media professionals and university deans. Over 15,000 teachers have been sacked and 1,577 university deans were ordered to resign.

Trump secures official Republican nomination

Donald Trump has secured the offical Republican nomination to stand for president of the United States in November at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The House Speaker Paul Ryan urged delegates to rally behind Trump on the second day of the convention. Melania Trump has been widely accused of plagiarism in a speech she gave at the convention on Monday.

17 Soldiers killed at military base in Mali

Armed men have overun a military base in Nampala in Mali, killing 17 people and injuring 30 more. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has called a security meeting with senior officials including the prime minister after the attack.

Politics: Brexit is damaging science, warn academies

Joint letter from academies says Brexit is already affecting key research areas

A joint letter from seven national academies says that Brexit is already harming the UK’s leading position in key areas of scientific research. Representing the fields of science, medicine and engineering in the UK, the academies have called for the governement to address “immediate implications” related to funding and research.

SNP’s George Kerevan raises possibility of post-independence cuts

SNP MP George Kerevan has claimed “short term” spending cuts would be necessary for Scotland to succeed post-independence, the Herald reports. Kerevan raised the possibility of economic cuts after FM Nicola Sturgeon promised to offer a “realistic and relevant” case for indepenence post-Brexit.

Sport: Rangers clinch 2-0 win over Annan

New signings shine in Rangers 2-0 win over Annan Athletic

Mark Warburton’s summer signings got their first taste of success at Ibrox as Rangers defeated Annan Athletic 2-0 on Tuesday. Rangers play their first premiership game of the season against Hamilton Accies on 6 August.

Culture: James Kelman launches new book in Glasgow

Kelman to launch new novel at Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street

Booker Prize-winning author James Kelman is set to launch his new novel, ‘Dirt Road’, at Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow on Thursday evening. Kelman will discuss the novel, which has already been selected as a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, with Alan Bissett.

Weather: Cloudy outlook after storms

Clouds set to hang around after thunderbolts and lightening (very very frightening)

Consistent cloud cover is forecast for the rest of today and into Thursday after Tuesday evening storms continued into this morning.

And another thing: Frankie Boyle releases snubbed Guardian column on Facebook

Boyle publishes column on Facebook after Guardian rejection

Comedian Frankie Boyle took to Facebook yesterday to publish a column on recent UK politics that was allegedly rejected by the Guardian on the “grounds of taste”. The post has been widely shared on Facebook and other social media and has gathered over 13,000 ‘likes’ so far. You can read the full column on Boyle’s Facebook page here.

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