News in 5 Minutes: Wikileaks allege UK involvement in use of spy software targeting household technology, Brexit Bill returns to Commons after resounding defeat in Lords and International Women’s Day

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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (Wednesday 8 March) of the the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: Wikileaks allege UK involvement in use of spy software targeting household technology, Brexit Bill returns to Commons after resounding defeat in Lords and International Women’s Day.

News: Wikileaks allege UK involvement in use of spy software targeting household technology

Wikileaks documents allege CIA hacking everyday tech including phones and televisions

A major leak of confidential information by Wikileaks has produced documents alleging a widespread use of malware and other hacking methods by western intelligence to monitor citizens via everyday technologies like phones, laptops and televisions. The documents allege British intelligence agencies are involved in these operations.

Politics: Brexit Bill returns to Commons after resounding defeat in Lords

Lords defeat Bill over demands to have parliament vote on the final terms of withdrawal

The Lords have defeated the UK Government’s flagship Brexit Bill, returning it to the House of Commons for scrutiny. The Commons may now vote to give parliament a say on the final terms of withdrawal.

Sport: Hundreds of youth football coaches suspended over failure to complete background checks

Clampdown on standards after revelations of widespread abuse at clubs in past decades

Hundreds of Scottish youth football coaches have been suspended for failing to complete background checks amid widespread accusations of coaches abusing boys in past years and decades.

Culture: Are Scottish music venues under threat from tax hikes?

Academics warn of threats, especially to smaller venues

Academics at Edinburgh University are concerned that tax increases are threatening Scottish live music venues.

Weather: Getting warmer

Highs of 11 degrees

It’s another sunny and cloudy spring day, with highs of 11 degrees.

And another thing: Happy International Women’s Day

People celebrate the struggles of women throughout history and today

Above, a women’s strike on IWD launches the Russian Revolution, this day one hundred years ago. Below, women in Dublin continue their fight for aborition rights as part of the international women’s strike.

Picture courtesy of, Global PanoramaTom Page, Twitter, Facebook, Suki Sangha, Justin HiguchiDavid McKelveyPhalinn Ooi

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