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The Week V. 1214

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 happenedMay plays for time The PM: “kick, kick, kick” Theresa May urged MPs this week to “hold their nerve” over Brexit and give her more time to secure a deal. She promised to update MPs again on 26 February, allowing them another chance to debate the issue and vote on amendments, if an agreement that addressed critics’ concerns about the Irish backstop had not been struck by then. The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused her of “running down the clock” in an effort to scare MPs into backing her deal rather than risk Britain leaving the EU without an agreement on the scheduled departure date of 29 March.In an earlier letter to Corbyn, May had indicated her willingness to work with Labour to break the Brexit…

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Controversy of the weekTusk’s diabolical cheek “Sorry, no cherries” “It’s useful to be reminded every now and then just how much the Brussels oligarchy hates us,” said Brendan O’Neill on Spiked. So let’s be grateful to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, for his comment last week. At a press conference with the Irish PM, Leo Varadkar, Tusk wondered out loud “what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely”. The mask slipped, revealing that the Brussels elite really do view those who disagree with them as “evil beings, sinners, disrupters of decency”. It was only the latest piece of “gratuitous mud-slinging” from Tusk, said the Daily Mail. When Theresa…

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europe at a glance

Nuremberg, Germany Hitler art flop: An auction of paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler ended in disarray last weekend, after police confiscated 63 works suspected of being fakes, and the five remaining watercolours (which had starting prices ranging from s19,000 to s45,000) failed to attract any bids. The only items to sell at the auction in Nuremberg were a tablecloth that had belonged to Hitler (it fetched s630) and a Meissen vase, which sold for s5,500. The trade in Hitler’s art and personal effects is not illegal in Germany, but the sale at Weidler auction house received heavy criticism, including from the city’s mayor, Ulrich Maly, who called it “naff and tasteless”. Prosecutors have now opened a fraud inquiry into the seized paintings. The same auction house sold…

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the world at a glance

Honolulu, Hawaii No smoking (unless you’re over 100): State legislators in Hawaii are considering a bill that would gradually raise the legal age for smoking from 21 to 100, so that by 2024 only centenarians would be able to buy cigarettes legally. Under the proposals, the age would rise to 30 in 2020, to 40 in 2021, to 50 in 2022, to 60 in 2023 and then jump to 100. In recent years, Hawaii has been at the forefront of the crackdown on tobacco use – ramping up taxes and regulation, and becoming the first US state to ban smoking for people younger than 21 (elsewhere in the US, the smoking age is 18 or 19). If adopted, the bill, which has support from both Democrats and…

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the world at a glance

Freetown Rape emergency: The president of Sierra Leone has declared the “scourge” of sexual violence in the country a national emergency, following a spate of child rapes. Addressing the State House in Freetown, Julius Maada Bio said that with immediate effect, anyone found guilty of raping a minor could be jailed for life (up from a maximum term of 15 years). He also announced a dedicated police division to investigate cases of sexual violence, and a special court to fast-track prosecutions. Police recorded 8,500 cases of sexual violence last year, from a population of 7.5 million, up from about 4,500 the year before. Activists, however, say many rapes go unreported. Public anger over the issue has been sparked by a series of high-profile cases, including the rape…

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How Grant got Withnail At 61, Richard E. Grant has reached a career peak of sorts, with his first Oscar nomination. But he knows that he owes it all to a piece of luck right at the start, when Daniel Day-Lewis (then a rising star) turned down the lead role in Withnail and I, says Michael Hodges in The Mail on Sunday. This gave Grant – then making ends meet as a painter and decorator – a chance to audition for the film that changed his life. Five years later, he met Day-Lewis when they were both cast in The Age of Innocence – and literally threw himself at the actor’s feet. “I said, ‘Oh Daniel, I owe you my career.’ And he said, ‘Arise!’ Then he didn’t…