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The Week V. 1225

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 Can Huawei be trusted? The US warned this week that it may restrict intelligence sharing with Britain if the Government allows the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to build parts of the UK’s fifth-generation (5G) wireless network. Robert Strayer, a senior official in the State Department, said the US would regard the use by the UK of any Huawei equipment in its 5G network – which will provide ultra-fast data speeds, facilitating advances in many industries such as self-driving cars – as an “unacceptable risk”. Officially, the British Government is still considering whether to use Huawei equipment. But a rare leak last week from a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) revealed that despite objections from several ministers, Theresa May had decided to allow the firm to provide non-core elements of…

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the week

If I noticed an opponent kick a ball out of the rough during a round of golf, I would be outraged. When I read about Donald Trump doing it, however, I’m not shocked, merely entertained. There is something so breathtakingly brazen about the “Commander in Cheat”, as a new book by the sportswriter Rick Reilly calls him, that one finds oneself almost admiring his chutzpah. At Winged Foot, where Trump is a member, caddies saw him kick the ball back onto the fairway so often they christened him Pelé, after the famous footballer. If he plays a bad stroke off the tee, he allegedly just plays another, and maybe another, still counting it as one shot. He then jumps into his golf cart, which is tuned to go faster than…

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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…

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Controversy of the week Corbyn’s Brexit strategy “With the Conservatives in meltdown, a Corbyn government looks likelier by the day,” said Richard Johnson in The Daily Telegraph. “Poll after poll” is putting Labour ahead – most recently, a European election poll had it level with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party on 28%, with the Tories managing just half that. But now the party risks “squandering” its advantage by engaging in a bitter public row over whether or not to insist on a second referendum on quitting the EU. Tempers flared last week when a draft leaflet for the forthcoming EU elections failed even to mention Labour’s official policy – agreed at its last conference – of keeping open the “option” of a second public vote. But things really kicked off on Tuesday, said…

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spirit of the age

The Scottish Maritime Museum has decided to stop referring to ships as “she” on its notices, after two were vandalised. Admiral Lord Alan West, a former First Sea Lord, described it as “an insult to generations of sailors”, but Lloyd’s List, the maritime bible, said it abandoned the tradition 20 years ago. Its editor, Richard Meade, said that he could see why it had arisen: wooden sailing ships had personality. But “I challenge anybody to look at the rusting hulk of [a vast modern container vessel] and assign a gender to it”. Short breaks to long-haul destinations are booming, according to Thomas Cook. The travel firm says its three-night trips to cities such as Cape Town and San Francisco are becoming increasingly popular.…

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stormont talks to restart

Power-sharing talks are set to resume in Northern Ireland to end the two-year impasse during which the region has been without a government. The talks will involve all political parties in Northern Ireland, as well as the British and Irish governments. Power-sharing between Sinn Féin and the DUP collapsed in January 2017. Leaders have faced renewed pressure to resolve the situation since the killing of the journalist Lyra McKee two weeks ago. In a joint statement, Theresa May and Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the response to McKee’s death had shown them that “what is now needed is action and not just words”.…