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The Week V. 1194

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 The Salzburg summit Theresa May sought to garner support for her Brexit plan this week at a summit of EU leaders in Salzburg. The informal gathering was expected to generate warm words, but little in the way of substantive progress. Withdrawal talks remain at an impasse over the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. The EU has proposed a backstop plan, under which, if no other arrangement is found to avert a hard border on the island, Northern Ireland would effectively remain in the EU’s customs union after Brexit. May says that that would threaten the UK’s constitutional integrity. She has proposed a rival backstop, rejected by Brussels, under which the entire UK would remain aligned with the EU customs union for a limited period.…

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the week

In Minority Report, police use intelligence from clairvoyants to arrest criminals before crimes are committed. It’s still science fiction, but the concept seems less implausible today than it did in 2002, when the film came out. The difference is, officials in real life don’t rely on psychics, but on Big Data. In the US, parole boards use data-based predictions in deciding whether to keep inmates in jail. This week, The Guardian reported that UK councils are developing algorithms to identify at-risk children. There are reasons to baulk at the idea. It raises serious privacy issues (what kind of information will be fed into the system, and who will control it?), and we naturally resist the idea of handing life-changing decisions to faceless machines. Yet when a county in Pennsylvania became…

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welby’s crusade

“As Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby must surely be familiar with the parable of the mote and the beam,” said the Daily Mail. Yet judging by his “blistering” speech at the Trades Union Congress conference last week, its lesson – that “we are all sinners and should strive at all costs to avoid hypocrisy” – is one the archbishop “has singularly failed to grasp”. In an address “dripping with extraordinary hyperbole”, he described zero-hours employment contracts as “the reincarnation of an ancient evil”, and accused Amazon of avoiding tax and “leeching” off the public. What he failed to mention is that some of the Church of England’s biggest investments are in Amazon, and that the Church itself routinely employs people on zero-hours contracts. More worrying still, Welby seems to have…

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spirit of the age

The notoriously addictive online video game Fortnite isn’t just ensnaring children. Apparently, it is now being cited as a factor in people’s divorces. Divorce Online, a British website offering services to separating couples, says the game has been cited in 200 of the divorce petitions it has handled since the start of 2018, about 5% of the total. It seems that though Britons are generally veering away from religion, they turn back to it when they’re ill. In the British Social Attitudes Survey, 52% of people said that they had no religious affiliation; but a study of data collected by the NHS has found that when patients were asked that question in hospital, only 15% of those who answered stated that they belonged to no religion.…

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bad week for:

Elon Musk, the Tesla billionaire, after a British diver launched a defamation suit against him. Musk had referred to Vernon Unsworth, who helped rescue the boys trapped in a Thai cave this year, as a “pedo guy”, after Unsworth publicly dismissed his offers of help as a stunt. Musk apologised for his outburst, but months later, returned to the fray, saying it was “strange” that Unsworth had not sued him, and claiming that he lived in Thailand with “a child bride”. Vernon’s partner is 40. Britain’s rail network, with a new report showing that in the 12 months to August more than a million trains, one in seven of the total, arrived late (defined as five minutes or more after its scheduled time, or ten minutes in the case of long-distance…

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“scallop war” agreement

British and French fisherman have reached a deal to end the so-called “scallop wars” in the English Channel. The row broke out last month when French vessels surrounded British boats in the Baie de Seine, off the coast of Normandy. Stones were thrown and vessels rammed. The French were angry that while their rules prevent them scallop fishing in the area between 15 May and 1 October, to allow stocks to recover during spawning season, British boats are allowed to fish all year round. Under Monday’s deal, British vessels longer than 15 metres will in future leave the area until November in exchange for expanded rights elsewhere.…