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The Week V. 1211

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 May’s plan B for Brexit Following the emphatic rejection of her Brexit deal by MPs last week, Theresa May returned to the Commons on Monday to table a motion outlining her plan B – which turned out to be a barely revised version of plan A. The Prime Minister said she would return to Brussels to seek legal guarantees about the Irish backstop, in the hope that this would win over Brexiters and the DUP. She refused to rule out a no-deal exit and reaffirmed her opposition to a second referendum. Brussels dismissed any renegotiation of the backstop, but Poland’s foreign minister backed UK calls for an end date to the arrangement, suggesting it be set at five years. MPs tabled several amendments to May’s motion. One, introduced by Labour’s Yvette…

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the week

Whatever you think about the EU, it does push through some bold reforms. New regulations unveiled last week, for instance, should ensure that a range of household goods last longer and are more easily repaired. Green campaigners say the rules don’t go far enough, and manufacturers say that they’re too onerous, but it’s hard to argue with the principle behind a measure designed to tackle the sheer wastefulness of, for example, lamps that have to be thrown away when a single bulb goes, and dishwashers being made with components glued together, so that parts can’t be individually replaced. According to one attention-grabbing statistic, one in ten washing machines at recycling centres aren’t even five years old. And yet, if we’re going to make any serious dent in the junk mountain…

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politics

Controversy of the week Corbyn’s contortions Over the years, Jeremy Corbyn “has sat down with IRA bombers, Hamas, Hezbollah, Assad, foreign spies, performance poets and Piers Morgan”, said Matt Chorley in The Times. “He’ll have a cuppa with anyone” – except, it seems, the Prime Minister. Last week, Theresa May invited the Labour leader to No. 10 to help break the Brexit deadlock. But, displaying a “tediously familiar sectarian small-mindedness”, Corbyn refused to join the talks, said the Daily Mail. His price for face-to-face discussions was a demand that the PM could not conceivably agree to: he wanted her to “take a no-deal Brexit off the table”. It was a “disingenuous” request, said Tony Yates in The Independent. It is not in May’s power to take no deal off the table. Only…

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europe at a glance

Nantes, France Missing plane: The search for a light aircraft that vanished close to the Channel Islands on Monday was ongoing this week, but police said that the chances of finding any survivors were now “slim”. The single-engine Piper Malibu plane was en route from Nantes to Cardiff with two people on board: the pilot and the Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala, 28, who had just signed to Premier League side Cardiff City from Nantes. Shortly before the plane disappeared from radar, Sala had recorded a voicemail message to his father in which he said that the aircraft “looks like it’s about to fall apart”. Barcelona, Spain Taxi drivers at war: Thousands of taxi drivers went on strike in Barcelona last week over what they see as unfair competition from ride-hailing apps such as…

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the world at a glance

Washington DC Shutdown continues: The shutdown of the US federal government, the longest in history, entered its second month this week, with no sign of a resolution. (The previous longest shutdown, under Bill Clinton, was 21 days in 1995-96.) More than 800,000 federal workers – from welfare officials to airport screeners – have been left without pay. Even though he is widely blamed for the disruption, President Trump insists the shutdown will continue as long as Democrats refuse to sign off on the $5.7bn in funding for his proposed border wall with Mexico (see page 16). Trump tried to win the public over on Saturday by offering three years of protection from deportation to 700,000 “Dreamers” (people who were children when their parents entered the US illegally), but the Democrats flatly…

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the world at a glance

Khartoum Violent unrest: At least 24 people have been killed in anti-government protests that have spread across Sudan. This week, Omar al-Bashir, the country’s authoritarian president, sought to blame the killings on “infiltrators” who are, he said, trying to “fuel the conflict and destroy the country”. Sparked by price rises, the demonstrations began on 19 December and, despite a brutal crackdown, were ongoing this week. Protesters are now calling on Bashir, who has ruled the country since he seized power in a coup in 1989, to resign. Kinshasa Rival presidents: The constitutional court of the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed that Félix Tshisekedi, the leader of the country’s main opposition party, was the winner of the presidential poll held in late December – despite election observers and leaked official data suggesting that…

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