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The Week V. 1212

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 wins some time Theresa May was set on a collision course with Brussels this week after MPs voted for her to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal deal. The mandate came in the form of an amendment – proposed by senior Tory backbencher Graham Brady and, in a surprise move, belatedly backed by the Government – that called for the replacement of the contentious Irish backstop with “alternative arrangements”, to avoid a hard border on the island. It was one of several amendments voted on in the Commons on Tuesday. MPs also approved an amendment that declared the Commons’ opposition in principle to Britain leaving the EU without a deal. To the relief of No. 10, two other key amendments that aimed to delay Brexit and hand more control to Parliament…

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the week

In the mid-1980s, The Guardian ran an acclaimed TV ad called Points of View. This showed a skinhead running down the street and grappling with a man holding a briefcase. We assume he is a mugger – until the camera angle changes to reveal that a load of bricks is falling from scaffolding, and the skinhead is pushing the man out of harm’s way. The tag line reads: “The whole picture.” Today, when the slightest fracas in the street will have people whipping out their smartphones, we’re more likely than ever to be able to see the whole picture. Yet we still rush to judgement, and clarity still eludes us. The clip that went viral last week, of an ugly confrontation in Washington between a crowd of jeering white schoolboys…

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Controversy of the week Dyson’s desertion James Dyson is “the most successful entrepreneur and inventor in Britain today”, said Ruth Sunderland in the Daily Mail. So his decision to shift his company’s headquarters from Wiltshire to Singapore is “a body blow” to the nation. And since Dyson was one of the few leading businessmen to actively support Brexit, it was also seen as “a hypocritical act” of desertion – “an almighty snub to Britain at a time when the country needs him most”. The firm claimed that the move was nothing to do with Brexit, said Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian. But what else did its spokespeople mean when they said the appliance maker was moving to Singapore to “future-proof” the business? The news came on the same day that P&O announced…

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europe at a glance

Brussels Nato members up their spending: Nato’s non-US members have agreed to increase their defence spending by a total of $100bn in response to the urgings of America’s President Trump, the alliance’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said this week. Trump’s warnings, he added, had been heard “loud and clear”. Trump has repeatedly complained that Nato members are failing to honour their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defence. Last month, The New York Times reported that several times over the course of 2018, Trump had privately told officials that he wanted the US to withdraw from the defence alliance – which would effectively destroy it. However, his ambivalence to Nato is not shared by US legislators. Last week, the House of Representatives passed (by 357 to 22) a cross-party motion…

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the world at a glance

Washington DC Trump’s woes: Donald Trump blinked first in his stand-off with Democrats in Congress last Friday – and reopened the federal government after a record-breaking 35-day partial shutdown. But having failed to secured congressional agreement to release the $5.7bn in federal funding he needs to build his promised wall on the Mexican border, he vowed that he would close the government down again if no deal had been reached by 15 February, and renewed his threat to use emergency powers to fund the wall. In a separate development, Roger Stone, Trump’s friend and adviser, appeared in court in Fort Lauderdale, charged by special counsel Robert Mueller with witness tampering, obstruction of justice and lying to Congress. Mueller alleges that in 2016, Stone (pictured) was asked by Trump’s campaign team to get…

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the world at a glance

Cairo Briton freed: A woman from Hull who was jailed in Egypt for taking banned painkillers into the country has been freed after serving 13 months of her three-year term. Laura Plummer, 34, said she’d been unaware that Tramadol (an opioid painkiller available on prescription in the UK) was banned in Egypt, and that the 290 tablets found in her suitcase were to relieve her Egyptian boyfriend’s back pain. Plummer, who had initially faced a drug trafficking charge carrying a 25-year sentence, has said she’ll “never set foot in an airport again”. Harare Crackdown continues: Hundreds of Zimbabwean activists and opposition officials have gone into hiding to avoid becoming the victims of an ongoing violent crackdown on dissent that has included arbitrary arrests, beatings, rapes and abductions. It is widely believed that the…