The News in 5 Minutes: Obama on US police, May’s new cabinet and Glasgow reacts to Boris Johnson

Maxine Blane

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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (12 July) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes Obama on US police, Prime Minister Theresa May’s new cabinet and Glasgow’s reaction to Boris Johnson.

News: Obama says more must be done to bridge gap of trust between communities and police

After Dallas shooting, Obama says work needs to be done to heal divide between police and public

Speaking in Washington, President Obama addressed the divide in trust between minority communities and the police who protect them highlighted by recent shootings in the US. Discussing how incidents of lethal force are dealt with, he said there was a need to show “that there is confidence in how the investigation takes place and that justice is done". Obama spoke after meeting with activists, politicians and members of law enforcement.

Cuban economy minister sacked

Marino Murillo has been removed from his post as economy minister as President Raul Castro advises austerity in the wake of continuing economic uncertainty. Murillo will be transferred to new duties that focus on market reforms.

Austria appoints committee to decide fate of Hitler’s birthplace

After renting the building for a number of years, the Austrian government now plans to buy (and possibly bulldoze) Hitler’s childhood home in Braunau am Inn, the Herald reports. The house has lain empty since 2011 and has become a pilgrimage site for Neo-Nazis, according to interior minister Wolfgang Sobotka. A committee of 12 has been appointed to decide the future of the building.

Politics: May appoints new cabinet

Osborne out, Johnson in – new PM Theresa May wastes no time in appointing high-profile cabinet positions

George Osborne and Michael Gove were among the casualties as Theresa May began a high-profile cabinet reshuffle upon becoming prime minister yesterday. Boris Johnson has been appointed foreign secretary, and Philip Hammond is the new chancellor of the exchequer. Other appointments include Amber Rudd as home secretary and Liam Fox as secretary for international trade. We’ve taken a look at the new cabinet and what they’ve said about Scotland here.

Brexit has “rattled” financial markets, says new chancellor Philip Hammond

Speaking to the BBC, Hammond said that the vote to leave the EU had caused a “shock” to the UK economy as companies reconsidered investments. However, the new chancellor also stated that he did not forsee a need for an emergency budget in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Sport: Open remains “predictably unpredicable”

The Open Championship gets underway at Royal Troon today

The 145th Open Championship begins at Royal Troon golf course today. Attention is focused on tournament favourite Dustin Johnson who has courted success at the competition in the past. However, the tournament remains “predictably unpredicatble”, according to the Herald.

Culture: Choose life – Trainspotting stars on the run in Edinburgh

Trainspotting stars race through the streets while filming sequel

Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner were spotted on Edinburgh’s Princes Street on Wednesday as filming of Trainspotting 2 continues. Seen running along the street by fans it appeared as though they were recreating the iconic opening scene of Trainspotting.

Weather: Enjoy the sun – that’s all you’re getting

The weather is set to take an unpleasant turn as we move into the weekend

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, as it looks like business as usual with rain and cloud forecast for the weekend.

And another thing: Glasgow reacts to Johnson appointment

Anonymous graffiti pulls no punches about Boris Johnson’s appointment as foreign secretary

Glasgow has kept its proud tradition of political comment alive in this scathing assessment of Boris Johnson’s new position as foreign secretary. Spotted in Glasgow’s West End by eagle-eyed Twitter users, the anonymous graffiti bears a simple yet damning opinion of the new foreign secretary. If only they’d had the space to add ‘by the way’ at the end…

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