TODAY’S top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond, including a major earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan and a third world title for Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton
More than 150 dead after earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan
A powerful earthquake hit north-eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan this afternoon, causing more than a hundred deaths and serious destruction. The earthquake reportedly had a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter scale and was accompanied by severe aftershocks. Among the dead were 12 Afghan schoolgirls who were killed in a crush while attempting to escape their school building.
Lewis Hamilton wins third Formula One world title
British racing driver Lewis Hamilton has cemented his place in Formula One history by clinching his third Formula One world championship title. The 30year o-ld took the lead in the United States Grand Prix after teammate Nico Rosberg made an unforced error with just seven laps to go.
Germaine Greer claims transgender women are not ‘real women’
Feminist Germaine Greer has faced criticism from both the press and social media today after sharing her views on transgender women during a TV interview. Greer defended previous statements on transgender women, claiming those who were born male were not ‘real’ women. She also said misoginy was behind Glamour magazine’s decision to make Caitlyn Jenner their Woman of the Year. Students at Cardiff University have called for Greer’s upcoming on-campus lecture to be cancelled as a result of her comments.
Gianni Infantino enters Fifa presidency race
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino has announced that he will stand in the upcoming Fifa presidential election. Infantino has occupied his current position since 2009 and reportedly has the unanimous backing of Uefa’s Executive Committee to take the top job. Twitter speculation today suggests that Infantino’s entrance into the race is a stop-gap for Uefa president Michel Platini.
New James Bond film, Spectre, out today
After much excitement and build up, the latest James Bond movie Spectre was released in UK cinemas today. Spectre is the first Bond film to have been released on the same day as its premiere. Fans of the action franchise have been sharing their excitement on Twitter and Facebook today, with many planning to see the film this evening. Industry officials hope Spectre will overtake Skyfall as the UK’s highest grossing film.