Snoop Dogg will feature in this summer's annual T in the Park Festival
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Scottish independence: local government to be enshrined in written Scottish constitution
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has committed the SNP to supporting having the status of local government enshrined in a written constitution post-independence. Local government in the UK has no such protection despite it being the norm across Europe. Ms Sturgeon will address the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) today and assert the principle that Scottish local and central government will work better together when not mitigating against Coalition cuts. Patrick Harvie, leader of the Scottish Greens welcomed the development saying: "Scottish Greens have long advocated proper local government so communities have a real say in decisions that affect them. In other European countries we see a greater share of taxes raised locally, making local government much more accountable and responsive to local needs.”
Snoop scoop for T in the Park
This summer's line up for the annual Scottish music festival, T in the Park, will feature rapper Snoop Dogg. The rapping legend will join other acts such as Rihanna and The Killers at festival to be held at Balado Park between 12-14 July. Other bands on the bill include Stereophonics, Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons and Calvin Harris.
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Amy Macdonald to feature in Wickerman Festival
This year's Wickerman Festival will included Amy Macdonald, The Enemy, KT Tunstall and Primal Scream. The festival, to be held in Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway between 27-27 July, will be the "ultimate summer party" according to organisers.
LibDems face 'cover-up' charges after latest Huhne revelation
Newly released emails reveal that senior Liberal Democrats were warned privately that former Cabinet Minister Chris Huhne had broken the law months before the speeding point swap allegations became public knowledge. Mr Huhne's ex-wife Vicky Pryce claims to have warned Nick Clegg's wife Miriam, Clegg aides and a further two senior LibDem figures that Mr Huhne had broken the law to evade a driving ban ten years previously as he campaigned for his first Westminster seat. The revelations emerge as the party assembles for its spring conference.
US Senate confirms drone enthusiast John Brennan as CIA director
An attempt by Senator Rand Paul to slow the nomination of John Brennan as President Obama's CIA director was swept aside as the Senate voted 63 to 34 in favour of affirming Brennan. Mr Paul was frustrated over the reluctance of President Obama to declare that "targeted killings" of US citizens on US soil were unconstitutional. The Obama administration stated on Thursday that Obama would not use his authority to order drone killings, in the US, of citizens who were "not engaged in combat". The definition of when a person is 'not engaged in combat' is not clear however.
Venezuela: Maduro sworn in as Chavez to be buried
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro will be officially sworn in as interim president after the funeral of President Hugo Chavez on Friday. He will then call elections. President Chavez, who was hugely influential with OPEC was widely known for standing up to US and Western pressure in relation to his nation's vast energy resources, was widely supported among the nation's impoverished Indian population. Mr Maduro and the Venezuelan military believe that covert Western military forces induced Mr Chavez’s cancer via poison. The claim echoes concerns that Israel poisoned Yasser Arafat with polonium resulting in the Arab leaders death.
Syria: Russia reiterates call for respect over Syrian sovereignty
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has reiterated that his nation will not pressure President Assad to resign saying: "It is not for us to decide who should lead Syria. It is for the Syrians to decide". Mr lavrov told the BBC that Russia is not in the "regime-change game" in a week when Western-backed insurgents held 20 UN peacekeepers hostage.
North Korea to end peace pacts with South
Hotline and non-aggression agreement with South Korea "cancelled" in anger over UN Security Council sanctions vote. The UN vote came soon after North Korea threatened to assert its right to pre-emptive nuclear attack against aggressors: "Now that the US is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war, revolutionary armed forces... will exercise the right to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors," said the foreign ministry in a statement run by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
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