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The Week V. 1199

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 Saudi assassins Saudi Arabia came under mounting international pressure over the killing of a dissident Saudi journalist this week when Turkey’s President Erdogan confirmed leaked accounts of the murder. Speaking publicly about the affair for the first time, Erdogan condemned the “savage” assassination of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate this month. He described the killing as “political” and premeditated, but stopped short of directly implicating Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). According to lurid accounts of the murder leaked earlier in the week, Saudi hitmen cut off Khashoggi’s fingers while he was still alive. Some of those involved were reportedly members of the prince’s own security team. Before Erdogan’s speech, Saudi officials finally admitted that Khashoggi was murdered (having previously insisted that he left…

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the week

Scores of people are killed when a train ploughs into a crowd of festivalgoers. Had such a disaster taken place in a suburb of Paris, it would have been front-page news in Britain. As it happened in the Punjab (see page 7) it was not much remarked upon. The British media are often accused of neglecting news that doesn’t affect white people. And there’s truth in that. But it’s not all about race. Last week, a teenager walked into his college and shot dead 20 of his classmates and teachers. School massacres in America make major headlines here. If you didn’t read about this one, it wasn’t because the victims weren’t white (they were): it was because this college was in Crimea. Saturated in US culture, and familiar with its history…

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Controversy of the week Facebook’s new recruit The question we must ask ourselves is this, said Stefano Hatfield in the I newspaper. Does Nick Clegg have a moral leg to stand on? The politician who, as deputy PM, went out of his way to slap down Facebook for not paying its tax dues (it paid only £7.4m in tax in the UK last year despite recording £1.3bn in sales); who criticised its monopoly grip and its “messianic, Californian new-worldy-touchy-feely culture”, has now taken up a job as chief lobbyist for the social media giant. Hypocrisy? Maybe. But whatever our politicians do for second acts, we love to take “a pop at them”. We resent the fact that Barack Obama nets $400,000 for every speech he makes; that David Cameron gets “£100,000” an…

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spirit of the age

Kleenex has finally ditched its “Mansize” branding on large tissue boxes following complaints from customers. The tissues will henceforth be known as “Extra Large”. Waitrose, meanwhile, has bowed to online pressure and agreed to rename a “sexist sandwich“. However, it pointed out that its Gentleman’s Smoked Chicken Caesar Roll was so called not because it’s for men, but because it has an anchovy flavour similar to that in Gentleman’s Relish. So few people now buy DVD players, John Lewis is to stop selling them. Sales are down 40% year-on-year at the retailer, as more people watch streamed films. Sales of alarm clocks and trousers presses have also slumped. On the up, though, are 70in TV sets and vegan beauty products.…

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good week for:

Minibreaks, with the launch of a new chain of hotels offering tiny “pod-style” rooms for only £19 a night. The hotels, called Zip by Premier Inn, will be located on the outskirts of cities and major towns, and will have 8.5-square-metre rooms designed by the consultancy that creates the first-class cabins for Air France. The first is due to open early next year in Cardiff. Instant wealth, after a lottery ticket holder in South Carolina scooped the largest jackpot in US history. Following successive rollovers, the prize had reached a whopping £1.2bn.…

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bad week for:

Female trumpeters, with a survey suggesting women are badly under-represented in the brass sections of leading orchestras. In the world’s top 20 orchestras, there is only one female trumpeter, among 103 male players, according to a list in Gramophone magazine. The trombone, bassoon and tuba are also largely male preserves. By contrast, 94% of harp players are female. Ryanair, which came under fire for failing to eject from a flight a passenger shouting racist abuse. In footage recorded by a fellow passenger, the white man can be seen abusing a 77-year-old black woman who was having trouble moving out of his way on the plane headed for Stansted. Rather than remove the man (and risk delaying the flight) cabin crew moved the woman (see page 51). Gig economy workers, after a report…