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The Week V. 1217

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 final push Britain’s attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, sought to strike a last-minute bargain with EU negotiators this week in the hope of keeping Theresa May’s Brexit deal alive. The PM has promised to hold a vote on the deal no later than Tuesday: if it is rejected, MPs will later get a vote to request an extension of the Article 50 process. But ministers think she could yet win the vote on her deal if Cox secures concessions enabling him to reverse his previous assessment that the contentious backstop could “endure indefinitely”. The European Research Group (ERG) of Tory Brexiters, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, has dropped its insistence on the outright scrapping of the backstop, but is demanding legally binding changes that remove the theoretical threat of the UK being…

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the week

In the recent fuss about the extravagance of Meghan Markle’s baby shower, we learnt that the Duchess of Sussex had been flown home from New York in a private jet laid on by George Clooney and his wife, Amal. We’re used now to George Clooney turning up everywhere from Davos to Royal weddings: besuited and dignified, he has become one of the elder statesmen of the celebrity world. Yet it’s not that long ago that he had a rather different image, as Hollywood’s eternal bachelor boy, dating a succession of models and cocktail waitresses, and living in an LA mansion that he shared with a pot-bellied pig and a gang of male buddies with whom he spent his weekends shooting hoops and drinking beer. There’s nothing wrong with people reinventing…

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Controversy of the week The surge in knife crime In England and Wales, fatal stabbings are now “taking place at the quickest rate since records began” in 1946, said The Times. Two “senseless” murders last weekend – of Jodie Chesney, 17, as she sat listening to music and talking to friends in a park in Romford, and of Yousef Makki, also 17, in a leafy Cheshire suburb – were only the latest episodes in this horror story. “It is time the authorities treated this as the national emergency it has become.” Theresa May’s only public response was to insist that there was “no direct correlation” between the rise in knife crime and the sharp fall in police numbers since 2010 – an assertion that she rowed back on when contradicted by the…

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spirit of the age

Smart tech to help animal lovers “never feel apart” from their pets is on the rise. Among the many such devices on show at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona were health sensors, location trackers and even litter trays linked wirelessly to phones. “Find them. Follow them. Stay even closer to them,” urged Vodafone as it launched its V-Pet Tracker, which informs owners where their pet is and what it is doing (walking, sleeping, playing). Royal Ascot will this year allow all racegoers to dress according to either the male or female dress code – as long as they stick strictly to that code. In the Royal Enclosure, this means either top hats and ties – not cravats – or dresses that must be neither strapless nor off the shoulder.…

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poll watch

17% of Britons would not feel comfortable visiting Salisbury, despite police advice that there is no risk to the public following last year’s chemical attack. 68% would feel comfortable. YouGov 90% of people in the UK believe assisted dying should be legal for those with terminal illnesses. 88% believe the same for those with dementia, provided they have consented before losing their mental capacity. NatCen Social Research/ The Guardian 36% of Remain voters and 15% of Leave voters (24% of British adults overall) have either started buying extra goods to store at home in case there is a no-deal Brexit that leads to shortages, or would consider doing so. ComRes/ITN…

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europe at a glance

Paris Feminised job titles: The Académie française, the revered custodian of the French language, sprang a surprise last week by agreeing to end its centuries-old ban on the “feminisation” of work titles. Other francophone countries, such as Belgium and Canada, have long recognised feminine endings on job titles when those jobs are done by women – so that you can have la docteure or la sapeusepompière (firefighter). And in France itself, many such forms are already in common use. But the conservative, male-dominated Académie, whose 40 members wear ornate uniforms and are known as “the immortals”, has until recently regarded the practice as “barbaric”. The acceptance of feminised forms is seen in France as a breakthrough for women’s rights – a contrast with linguistic trends in England, where forms such as…