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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (5 September) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes Barack Obama’s threats of action over Russian ‘hacking’ and the Scottish Government clashes with opposition parties over local authority funding.
News: US threatens sanctions on Russia in ‘hacking’ row
President Barack Obama has pledged “action” over alleged email breaches
Outgoing US President Barack Obama has said there will be action against Russia over allegations that the country’s intelligence agencies hacked Democratic party emails in order to interfere with the US election. President Elect Donald Trump has dismissed claims that Russia influenced the result of the election.
Politics: Parliamentary bunfight commences over council funding
Scottish Government and opposition parties clash over local authority funds
The Scottish Government has defended its claim that it is giving £240m in extra funding to local services after opposition parties attacked yesterday’s budget. The Scottish Conservatives have claimed that Scotland is now the most taxed part of the UK, and yet is also seeing cuts to local authorities. Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said that finance secretary Derek MacKay “acted like a Tory chancellor” in making cuts to local authorities core funding that she said would amount to £327m.
Sport: John Higgins to face Ronnie O’Sullivan in Scottish Open
Former world champions go head to head
John Higgins and Ronnie O’Sullivan have gone head to head in the quarter final of the Scottish Open. The former world champions face each other from noon at the Emirates stadium in Glasgow.
Culture: Edinburgh Festival organisers warn of need for more venues
Organisers warn of future struggles to maintain festival’s premier status
Edinburgh Festival organisers have warned of the need to upgrade Edinburgh as a host city if it is to continue to cater for the world’s leading cultural festival.
Weather: Mild and moody weather continues
Highs of 10 degrees
The weather across Scotland will remain cloudy and mild with highs of 9 and 10 degrees in the North of the country.
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