News in 5 Minutes: Turkish president visits Russia, good news for Corbyn, and Glasgow on Boris Johnson

Maxine Blane

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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (9 August) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes Turkish President Tayyip Edrogan’s visit to St. Petersburg, good news for Corbyn, and Glasgow on Boris Johnson.

News: Edrogan visits St. Petersburg to “reset” ties with Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg

Turkey’s President Tayyip Edrogan has expressed his desire to “reset” ties between Turkey and Russia, the BBC reports. Edrogan spoke ahead of his visit to St Petersburg, which is his first foreign visit since an attempted coup in Turkey last month. In the aftermath of the coup, over 18,000 people were suspended from their jobs, detained or arrested.

Pictures emerge of British forces on the ground in Syria

Pictures have emerged that appear to show British soldiers operating in a defensive capacity on the ground in Syria, close to the border with Iraq. The images show British soldiers atop Thalab long range patrol vehicles and handling a range of heavy artillery. The MOD has refused to comment on the images.

Trump slammed in open letter from Republican security experts

Donald Trump “would be the most reckless president” in the history of the US, according to an open letter signed by 50 Republican national security experts. The letter goes on to say that Trump “weakens US moral authority as the leader of the free world”, and has been signed by several high ranking security experts including a former director of the CIA and two former secretaries of homeland security.

Politics: High court success and NEC good news for Corbyn

The high court has ruled to allow five new members of the Labour party to vote in upcoming leadership election

Five Labour party members have won their case in the high court against the party National Executive Committee (NEC)’s decision to exclude members who joined since January from voting in the party leadership election. The win was followed by six candidates supporting Corbyn being elected to the NEC. Both results will be viewed as a boost for Corbyn, as both a majority of recently joined members as well as the new NEC members are thought to support him.

Calls for Scottish Government to allow mixed-sex couples access to civil partnerships

Equality campaigners including the Eqaulity Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and Engender have called for mixed-sex couples to be allowed access to civil partnerships as well as marriage. The Scottish Government has previously said it may consider phasing out civil partnerships after legislation allowing same-sex marriages was put in place.

Sport: Hearts confirm signing of Polish defender Krystian Novak

Novak will join Hearts at Tynecastle on a two-year contract

The signing of Polish defender Krystian Novak has been confirmed by Heart of Midlothian FC. Novak joins Hearts from Polish side Pdobeskidzie Bielsko-Biala on a two-year contract and could be included in the squad who will face St. Johnstone on Wednesday, pending international clearance.

Culture: SNP reports Piping Live! visitor boost

Piping Live! kicked off in Glasgow yesterday and runs until 14 August

Piping Live! has kicked off it’s 14th festival celebrating bagpipe music that leads up to the World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green. The SNP has released figures that show an 80 per cent increase in visitors to the festival over the past decade, and a £2.1m economic boost for Scotland from last year’s festival.

Weather: Partly cloudy as we move into Wednesday

The sun may put in an occasional appearance but cloud cover is a definite today and tomorrow

Overcast conditions look set to continue today and into tomorrow. The sun may surprise us with an occasional appearance, but we recommend you keep a brolly handy just incase. 

And another thing: Glasgow will not be silenced on Boris Johnson

You just can’t keep good graffiti down in Partick…

If you missed the “Boris Johnson is a pure fanny” grafitti which appeared at the bottom of Byres Road in Glasgow after Johnson was appointed foreign secretary, don’t panic. Although the graffiti was removed shortly afterwards, an anonymous artist has once again made their feelings known in the same location. No word yet on how long this restored protest will last…

Pictures courtesy of Cristian Viarisio, Quinn Dombrowski70023venus2009John LordIan RobertsonWS25.19, Twitter/Angry Salmond

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