Guardian Weekly 5th March 2021

The Guardian Weekly magazine is a round-up of the world news, opinion and long reads that have shaped the week. Inside, the past seven days' most memorable stories are reframed with striking photography and insightful companion pieces, all handpicked from The Guardian and The Observer.

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eyewitness italy

Nights to remember Mount Etna’s spectacular eruptions reached a peak early last week when its lava fountains soared to 1,500 metres – a display described by one expert as “one of the most striking in the last few decades”. Europe’s most active volcano has been on explosive form, spewing magma and ash reaching as far as Catania, 40km away. The Guardian Weekly Founded in Manchester, England 4 July 1919 Guardian Weekly is an edited selection of some of the best journalism found in the Guardian and Observer newspapers in the UK and the Guardian’s digital editions in the UK, US and Australia. The weekly magazine has an international focus and three editions: global, Australia and North America. The Guardian was founded in 1821, and Guardian Weekly in 1919. We exist to hold power to account…

2 min
myanmar slowly erupts, mbs escapes and algorithm peril

Since the military removed the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 February, a bold protest movement has been bravely standing up to the junta. Initially the response from the generals was less violent than feared, but now the crackdown has got bloodier. Last Sunday at least 18 people were killed, and on Tuesday police fired stun grenades to disperse crowds. Our reporter in Yangon and our south-east Asia correspondent Rebecca Ratcliffe have been talking to those holding the line for democracy. The big story Page 10 The fact that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi was long-suspected even before last week’s declassification of a US intelligence report confirmed it. The release of the report coincided with a new US…

11 min
global report

1 VACCINES Study shows Pfizer jab is as effective as trials promised The first major real-world study of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to be independently reviewed has shown that the jab is as good as the trials promised. A study of 1.2 million people in Israel, which has vaccinated most of its population, found that two doses cut symptomatic cases by 94% across all age groups and severe illness by 92%. The peer-reviewed data was published in the New England Journal of Medicine Meanwhile Public Health England has submitted a pre-print of a real-world study that shows that both the Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective in reducing Covid-19 infections among people aged 70 years and over. Since January, protection against symptomatic Covid, four weeks after the first dose, ranged between 57…

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti Poet whose outlook spanned anarchism, ecology, publishing and the City Lights bookstore in San Francisco. He died on 22 February, aged 101. Sir Michael Thomas Somare Papua New Guinea’s longest-serving prime minister, in three separate terms. He died on 26 February, aged 84. Shelia Washington Leader of a campaign to exonerate the Scottsboro Boys, a group of young Black men unjustly convicted of crimes in the 1930s, and who later founded an Alabama museum in their memory. She died on 29 January, aged 61. Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani Powerful Saudi Arabian oil minister who played a key role in the global crisis of the 1970s and was kidnapped by Carlos the Jackal. He died on 23 February, aged 90.…

2 min
science and environment

ORNITHOLOGY Bird lost since 1840s found again in Borneo rainforest A mystery bird caught in an 1840s expedition to the East Indies by Charles Lucien Bonaparte, the nephew of Napoleon, who named it the black-browed babbler (Malacocincla perspicillata), has been seen again in the rainforests of Borneo. Two local men, Muhammad Suranto and Muhammad Rizky Fauzan, chanced upon a bird they did not recognise in Indonesia’s South Kalimantan province in October last year and managed to catch it. They photographed the bird, released it, and reported their find to birdwatching groups. Experts from the region confirmed the bird’s identity, noting its strong bill, chocolate colouring and distinctive black eye-stripe, and unlike the taxidermied specimen, a striking maroon-coloured iris. CLIMATE CHANGE Arctic ice loss increases mammals’ energy use Polar bears and narwhals are using up to four…

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united kingdom

CORONAVIRUS Search for missing traveller with Brazil variant The government fac ed urgent calls for tougher border measures this week after UK officials said they were searching for one of six people infected with the highly transmissible Brazilian coronavirus variant. Public Health England said last Sunday that three cases of the variant had been detected in England and three in Scotland, but that the identity of one of those carrying the virus was unknown as they had not provided their contact details. The P1 variant, also known as the B1128 variant, shares some of the same mutations as the highly transmissible South African variant and was first identified in Manaus, Brazil, in January. It is thought that it could respond less well to current vaccines. Earlier this week an individual was still being sought whose…