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The Week V. 1197

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 Chasing a deal Britain and the EU are struggling to resolve their differences ahead of a key Brexit summit next week. In a bid to break the impasse over the Irish “backstop” – the legal guarantee that would prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic in the absence of any other deal enabling frictionless trade – No. 10 has reportedly proposed a new compromise. Under this plan, the whole of the UK would remain tied to the EU customs union for a period after the transition deal expires, while Northern Ireland would also stay aligned to the single market for goods. EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said a pact was “not that far away”, but No. 10 warned that the EU still needed to offer more clarity…

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the week

Huel, an abbreviation for “human fuel”, is a powdered food made up of oats, peas, flax and rice. It sounds disgusting. But the company making it, one of the fastest-growing in Britain, markets it as the humane, sustainable way to feed ourselves. It’s undoubtedly a sign of the times. In The Spectator recently, Lara Prendergast said her friend met a man on a dating app who announced when they met that not only did he not drink, but he didn’t eat either (except Huel). To Prendergast, the Huel fad and obsession with lean, ethical dieting is typical of her male contemporaries: it’s a “new narcissism”, she says, and “about being vain and virtuous at the same time”. But it’s not just young British men. In Silicon Valley, obsessive dieting has become…

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Controversy of the week Trump gets his man Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the US Supreme Court has been the “most explosive” appointment in decades, said David Smith in The Observer. Not only had the conservative judge been accused of drunkenly assaulting a woman at a party when they were both teenagers, but he’d then given an intemperate defence of himself at the Senate that many found unconvincing. Yet after a brief FBI probe, wavering Republican senators declared themselves satisfied that he was in the clear, and the Senate voted by 50-48 in his favour (on partisan lines in all but two cases). After “weeks of shocking allegations and rancorous protests that have further divided America”, President Trump swore Kavanaugh in on Sunday. The ceremony began with “the first public apology” of this…

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spirit of the age

A café chain where you can get “free” coffee in exchange for your personal data is planning to launch in Britain. Shiru, which operates on 20 university campuses in the US, Japan and India, treats personal information as currency. Customers hand over their name, gender, date of birth, phone number, and education and career history, in return for drinks; the café then sells the data to selected businesses. A US trend for bespoke sleepover parties for children has hit the UK, with packages costing up to £1,000. These “luxury” events typically include staffing, individual teepees with matching bedding and air mattresses, bunting, fairy lights and breakfast trays. Extras might include foot spas and photoshoots.…

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good week for:

Sobriety, with a new report showing that almost a third of 16-to 25-year-olds regard themselves as non-drinkers, up from just under one in five in 2005. The study, of 10,000 adults, concludes that abstinence is gradually becoming “mainstream”. The US Democrats, after the pop star Taylor Swift – long silent on party political issues – expressed her support for two Democrat candidates in the midterm elections, and urged her 112 million Instagram followers to register to vote. Donald Trump – who has previously expressed his admiration for Swift – tweeted that he liked her music “about 25% less now”. Shetlanders, who are going to escape from their box, on maps at least. Cartographers have long placed remote islands in a box, to avoid having to represent miles of open sea. But according…

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“gay cake” ruling

The Christian owners of a bakery in Northern Ireland were not obliged to make a cake bearing a slogan in support of gay marriage, the Supreme Court has decided. The unanimous ruling marks the end of a £500,000 legal battle that began when the owners of Ashers Baking declined to bake a £36 cake emblazoned with the words “Support Gay Marriage”. The customer, gay rights activist Gareth Lee, then sued them for discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation – and won. However, in the Supreme Court, the justices decided that the bakers had not cancelled the order because of Lee’s sexual orientation (they’d have refused the same order from a heterosexual customer), so there was no discrimination on those grounds.…