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The Week V. 1224

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 Carnage in Sri Lanka Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a coordinated series of suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Day that killed at least 359 people and left hundreds more wounded. The attacks hit three Catholic churches during services and three luxury hotels across the island. Most of those killed were Sri Lankan nationals, but at least 38 foreign nationals were among the dead. They included three of the four children of the Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, the UK’s biggest private landowner. Sri Lankan officials blamed a local Islamist group, but said the scale and sophistication of the suicide bombings indicated external help. Police have identified eight out of nine attackers, most of whom were apparently “well educated”. They’ve also detained around 60 suspects in connection with…

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the week

Emmanuel Macron has always seemed like a man in a hurry. It’s one of the reasons the French elected him president at the age of only 39. They admired his boldness and vigour, his can-do spirit. But political strengths can soon become liabilities, and where voters once saw ambition and self-belief, many now see arrogance and self-regard. Macron’s handling of the Notre Dame fire is a case in point (see page 23). On the face of it, he has reacted with impressive determination. The cathedral, he says, will be rebuilt “even more beautifully”, with the help of the vast corporate donations that have poured in. He wants the work finished within five years – in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024. Yet rather than praising his proactive approach, many…

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the week

Editor-in-chief: Jeremy O’Grady Editor: Caroline Law Deputy editor: Harry Nicolle Executive editor: Laurence Earle City editor: Jane Lewis Editorial assistant: Asya Likhtman Contributing editors: Daniel Cohen, Charity Crewe, Thomas Hodgkinson, Simon Wilson, Rob McLuhan, Anthony Gardner, William Underhill, Digby Warde-Aldam, Tom Yarwood Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, William Skidelsky, Rosabel Crean Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Laurie Tuffrey Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Founder and editorial director: Jolyon Connell Production Manager: Ebony Besagni Senior Production Executive: Maaya Mistry Newstrade Director: David Barker Direct Marketing Director: Abi Spooner Inserts: Jack Reader Classified: Henry Haselock, Rebecca Seetanah, Nicholas Fisher Account Directors: Lauren Shrigley, Jonathan Claxton, Jocelyn Sital-Singh Senior Account Managers: Joe Teal, Hattie White Account Executive: Clement Aro Advertising Manager: Carly Activille Group Advertising Director: Caroline Fenner Executive Director – Head of Advertising: David Weeks Chief Executive, The Week: Kerin…

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Controversy of the week The Farage factor Nigel Farage is back, said Richard Vaughan in the I newspaper – and he’s more dangerous than ever. Five years ago, as leader of UKIP, he stormed to victory in the European elections by co-opting millions of Conservative voters. It was that election result, and the defection of two Tory MPs to UKIP, that spooked David Cameron into offering a referendum on EU membership. Cameron hoped the concession would destroy the Farage threat once and for all. But almost three years on from the Brexit poll, the Tories’ “bogeyman” has returned at the helm of a new force, the Brexit Party. And it looks set to hand the Conservatives another drubbing in next month’s European elections (assuming the PM doesn’t miraculously pass her Brexit deal…

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spirit of the age

Network Rail has warned passengers of another possible blight to their travel plans: helium balloons. Last year, it recorded 619 balloon-related incidents in Britain. Most were caused by balloons becoming tangled around overhead power lines, which have to be switched off while the balloons are removed. Rockeries are coming back into fashion, thanks to their popularity with a new generation of time-poor gardeners. Wyevale, the garden centre chain, says sales of heathers, mini-conifers and alpines have surged by 156% in the first three months of 2019 because people with “busy lifestyles... appreciate the low maintenance and Instagrammable aesthetic” of rock gardens.…

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assaults on teachers

Nearly 25% of UK teachers say they are physically attacked by pupils at least once a week, a study by the NASUWT union has found. Released ahead of the National Education Union’s annual conference, the report said that 89% have suffered physical or verbal abuse in the past year, and 49% say that at their school it is considered part of the job. The NASUWT also warned that pupils as young as 11 are harassing teachers by taking “upskirting” pictures; and that teachers are being subjected to “aggressive contact” from parents, owing to schools giving out their email addresses.…