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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 Darroch affair A second tranche of diplomatic cables sent by Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s ambassador to the US, was published by The Mail on Sunday this week. In these extracts, dating from May 2018, Darroch accused Donald Trump of abandoning the Iran nuclear deal to spite his predecessor Barack Obama, in what amounted to an act of “diplomatic vandalism”. Two days earlier, while announcing the launch of a police investigation into the leak, Met assistant commissioner Neil Basu had warned that any media organisation that published further secrets could be prosecuted. But Scotland Yard rowed back on that threat after MPs said it risked turning Britain into a “police state”. Darroch resigned last week over the original memo leak, in which he described the Trump administration as “clumsy and inept”.…

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the week

How do you feel about the prospect of robots taking over the world? James Lovelock is surprisingly upbeat about it. In his latest book, the celebrated scientist and futurist welcomes the dawn of a new age, the Novacene, in which humanity will be surpassed by a new breed of hyper-intelligent machines that will programme themselves and their descendants in ways beyond our understanding. They’ll set about rescuing the planet’s ecosystem, he believes, regarding humans with benign disinterest. To many, this will sound like science fiction. But the race to develop autonomous weapons (see page 13) – a development that does worry Lovelock – suggests it’s not so outlandish. And it’s hard to deny that our relationship with technology is changing. The mere fact that we can now conduct basic conversations with…

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the week

Editor-in-chief: Caroline Law Editor: Theo Tait 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, William Skidelsky Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, Rosabel Crean Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Laurie Tuffrey Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Editorial chairman and co-founder: Jeremy O’Grady 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:…

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Controversy of the week Trump’s toxic taunt “Go back to where you came from.” It’s a crude, time-worn racist taunt, said Afua Hirsch in The Guardian. Every black and brown person in a Western country has had it flung at them, regardless of where they were actually born. It signals that to be a visible minority is always to be an immigrant – and that to be an immigrant is “bad”. Now such remarks are emanating from the White House. On Sunday, Donald Trump took to Twitter to attack four non-white Democratic congresswomen known as “the Squad”, who had criticised conditions for migrants on the US-Mexico border. “So interesting,” Trump tweeted, “to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe”, telling “the greatest…

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spirit of the age

Britons will spend £2.7bn this summer on 50 million new outfits that they expect only to wear once, according to research for the charity Barnardo’s. Some 11 million throwaway outfits will be bought for summer holidays, while a further ten million will be bought for weddings, at an average price of £79.76. Streaming of online pornography produces the same amount of carbon dioxide as the whole of Belgium, according to a new report by the French think tank The Shift Project. Its researchers found that the energy required to stream online videos is responsible for the emission of 300 million tonnes of CO2 a year – almost 1% of total global emissions – and that a third of that comes from videos with pornographic content.…

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bullying in parliament

Two separate inquiries have concluded that the bullying and harassment of staff is a significant problem in both the House of Commons and the Lords. Gemma White QC’s investigation into bullying in the Commons uncovered instances of MPs’ staff being shouted at, groped and even having office equipment thrown at them by superiors. Naomi Ellenbogen QC said that bullying in the Lords was rooted in a culture of “undue deference, fear and hierarchy” between members and staff, which included segregated lifts, staircases and toilets. She estimated that up to 20% of the house’s 778 members had behaved inappropriately to staff, cases that went unreported for “fear of reprisal”. Both inquiries recommended sweeping reforms of working practices and reporting procedures.…