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The Week V. 1186

The Week covers the Best of the British and Foreign Media. With its non partisan reporting, The Week gives the reader an insight into all the the news, people, arts, drama, property, books and how the international media has reported it. This concise guide allows the reader to be up to date and have a wealth of knowledge to allow them to discuss all these key topics with their friends and peers.

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the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened Deal or no deal? Fears of a no-deal Brexit grew as Theresa May’s Chequers blueprint for the UK’s future relationship with the EU was politely shredded in Brussels and roundly attacked at home. Responding to May’s Brexit White Paper – which proposes keeping the UK close to Europe on goods trade, but allowing for divergence on services – Brussels’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, suggested that key elements were neither legal nor feasible, and breached “fundamental” EU principles. Besides, he added, “we have all seen that this debate in the UK is not over”. Meanwhile, in his resignation speech to MPs last week, Boris Johnson said the plan would mean “volunteering for economic vassalage”. Dominic Raab, the new Brexit Secretary, expressed confidence that a deal could be reached, but said the Government…

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the week

On a sunny morning at the delightful Curious Arts Festival last weekend, a news panel’s attentions turned to shady matters. In the papers, there had been more news about the second Salisbury poisoning. It seems that the surviving victim, Charlie Rowley, had found a discarded perfume bottle and had given it to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess. He got some of its contents on his hands and washed it off; she sprayed it onto her wrists. That helps explain how the unfortunate couple were exposed to Novichok and why Ms Sturgess died. But as the McMafia author Misha Glenny pointed out, we still know very little about the attack on Salisbury – and news editors are growing frustrated by the reluctance of official sources to enlighten them. Even recent reports that…

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Controversy of the week Defining anti-Semitism At this “crunch point” in the Brexit negotiations, you’d expect Labour to be focusing on, well, the future of the country, said The Independent. Instead, Jeremy Corbyn’s party is embroiled in yet another row over anti-Semitism – in particular, whether it should adopt the definition of it approved by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This definition is accepted by “the Government, the devolved administrations, the Crown Prosecution Service, more than 100 local authorities and 31 countries” – but it’s not good enough for Labour’s National Executive Committee. Last week, it signed up to the broad 38-word definition itself, but to the fury of Labour MPs, it baulked at including the IHRA’s examples of what constitutes anti-Semitism. You’re “a f***ing anti-Semite and a racist” Margaret Hodge,…

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spirit of the age

Girl Guiding badges are being comprehensively overhauled to make them relevant to the skills people value today. Among the 100 new badges (introduced following a consultation with members) are mindfulness, vlogger, upcycling, human rights and craftivism. The last involves “crafting items that make a statement, advocate for change and challenge injustice” – for instance, a sunglasses case decorated with a message about global warming. Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are bringing in a contactless payment system so that street performers can be tipped by card. Festivalgoers who don’t carry cash will be able to pay a fixed amount on “tap-to-tip” stations on the Royal Mile.…

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good week for:

Nick Drnaso, a 29-year-old author from Chicago, after his book Sabrina became the first graphic novel to make it onto the longlist for the Man Booker Prize. Treasure hunters, after divers found the wreck of a Russian warship that is believed to have been carrying £100bn worth of gold when it was scuttled in 1905, to stop it falling into Japanese hands after the Battle of Tsushima. A South Korean team found the Dmitrii Donskoi lying at a depth of 1,400ft near Ulleung Island, off the Korean peninsula. They say there are several iron boxes in the hold, but they have not yet been able to open them.…

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bad week for:

Aldi and Lidl, with reports that Tesco is about to start a rival discount chain. The speculation is that the new chain will launch with up to 60 stores (some replacing existing Tesco Metros), and that it will be called Jack’s. Burberry, which caused uproar by admitting that it had burnt up to £28m’s worth of unsold stock last year. In fact, fashion houses routinely destroy excess stock, because they know that if they allow it to be sold at a discount price in the “grey” market, it will undermine their exclusive image; and they fear that if they send it for recycling, it will end up on the black market. Sunbathers, who were warned that they’re not using enough sunscreen. Researchers at King’s College London have found that people apply sunscreen…