Guardian Weekly 23rd April 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 new zealand

Together again Loved ones are greeted off the second quarantine-free flight between Australia and New Zealand on Monday as part of a new trans-Tasman travel corridor. New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, described the reunions at the airports as “something like a scene from Love Actually”. 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 in the name of the public interest, to uphold liberal and progressive values,…

2 min
an attack on football, tension in ukraine and farewell to philip

No one with an attachment to the top end of professional football over the past few decades could have been shocked by this week’s news that 12 clubs are planning to create their own European Super League. But, for fans of the beautiful game, the announcement was heart-breaking. Does this near-closed shop of a league – if it goes ahead – signal the breaking point of a sport already bast ardised by money? The furious reaction from governing bodies, politicians, other clubs and, most importantly, the fans suggests so. This week, chief sportswriter Barney Ronay tries to make sense of the greed that brought the world’s favourite sport to this point, while Sean Ingle looks at the behind-the-scenes mechanisms that led to the announcement. Then, Jonathan Liew suggests that the Super…

11 min
global report

1 UNITED STATES Killer bought two rifles after police seized shotgun A gunman who murdered eight people at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis legally purchased the two semi-automatic rifles he used in the attack, months after a shotgun he owned was confiscated by police. Brandon Hole, 19, who killed himself at the conclusion of the massacre, bought the two assault weapons in July and September 2020, according to Indianapolis metropolitan police chief Randal Taylor, after the shotgun was taken from him in March following a call from his mother concerned at his mental state. Hole fired randomly at people in the parking lot of the FedEx facility last Thursday, killing four, before entering the building, fatally shooting four more people and then turning the gun on himself, Craig McCartt, the deputy police chief, said. Hole…

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Helen McCrory One of the leading stage actors of her generation who found wider fame in the Harry Potter films and TV’s Peaky Blinders. She died of cancer on 16 April, aged 52. Walter Mondale The former US vice-president and 1984 Democratic presidential candidate. He died on 19 April, aged 93. Bernie Madoff Financier who defrauded thousands of investors through a multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme. He died on 14 April, aged 82. Andrew Peacock Former leader of Australia’s Liberal party and foreign minister under Malcolm Fraser. He died on 16 April, aged 82. Mike Mitchell Guitarist who recorded one of the most famous solos of all time for the Kingsmen’s 1963 hit Louie Louie. He died on 16 April, aged 77.…

3 min
science and environment

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Whitest-ever paint could help cool temperatures The whitest-ever paint, which reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat into space, has been produced by academic researchers. In tests, the new paint cooled surfaces by 4.5C below the ambient temperature, even in strong sunlight. “Our paint can help fight against global warming by helping to cool the Earth – that’s the cool point,” said Prof Xiulin Ruan at Purdue University in the US. The paint uses barium sulphate, which does not absorb UV light, has a 60% concentration of pigment and particles of varied size, and was revealed in a report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Researchers said the paint could be on the market in one or two years. SPACE Nasa celebrates helicopter’s 40-second flight on Mars Nasa’s Ingenuity…

4 min
united kingdom

PROPERTY Dubai ruler is one of biggest landowners in Britain The controversial ruler of Dubai has acquired a land and property empire in Britain that appears to exceed 40,000 hectares, making him one of the country’s largest landowners, according to analysis by the Guardian. The huge property portfolio apparently owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his family ranges from mansions and stables in Newmarket, to white stucco houses in some of London’s most exclusive addresses and extensive moorland including the 25,000-hectare Inverinate estate in the Scottish Highlands. The Guardian has mapped these expansive private holdings linked to Sheikh Mohammed, who is vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, using Land Registry records and company filings. The exact scale of his British landholding is not known because most of the properties connected…