Guardian Weekly 30th 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 pakistan

Bowled over Plates of food are lined up by the roadside in Karachi in preparation for the breaking of the daily Ramadan fast. Muslims around the world mark the holy month of Ramadan – which this year runs from mid-April to mid-May – by abstaining from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset. 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…

2 min
big new climate goals, horror in india and a strange oscars night

Last week’s virtual climate summit at the White House gave Joe Biden a forum to announce that the US would slash emissions by half by 2030. Other countries, including the UK, made commitments to move more quickly towards net zero. Now, ahead of the vital Cop26 summit in Glasgow, attention turns to other big polluters to confirm their plans to curb their carbon output and help to keep global heating below 1.5C. Environment correspondent Fiona Harvey looks at the progress made last week and what more needs to be done. The big story Page 1 0 → Since our last issue the pandemic in India has accelerated beyond crisis point. Hundreds of thousands of daily cases are seeing hospitals too full to take critically ill patients and oxygen supplies dwindling. Our…

10 min
global report

1 UNITED STATES Systematic killings of Black people are ‘police murders’ The systematic killing and maiming of unarmed African Americans by police amount to crimes against humanity that should be investigated and prosecuted under international law, an inquiry into US police brutality by leading human rights lawyers has found. In a devastating report running to 188 pages, human rights experts from 11 countries hold the US accountable for what they say is a long history of violations of international law that rise to the level of crimes against humanity. They point to what they call “police murders” as well as “severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, persecution and other inhuman acts” as systematic attacks on the Black community. They also call on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague to open…

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Idriss Déby Chad’s autocratic leader who was killed from wounds said to be sustained in battle against rebels in the country’s north. He died on 20 April, aged 68. Analysis, p19 Jim St einman The American songwriter and composer who masterminded Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell, one of the biggest-selling albums of all time. He died on 19 April, aged 73. Christa Ludwig German mezzo-soprano lieder and opera singer. She died on 24 April, aged 93. Les McKeown The Scottish lead singer of Bay City Rollers, whose Bye Bye Baby was a UK number 1 for six weeks in 1975. He died on 20 April, aged 65. Alber Elbaz The Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer who was a favourite with celebrities for his work for Lanvin. He died on 24 April, aged 59.…

3 min
science and environment

MALARIA Trials give 77% efficacy for vaccine against disease A malaria vaccine has been shown to be highly effective in trials in Africa, holding out the possibility of slashing the death toll of a disease that kills 400,000 mostly small children every year. The vaccine, developed at the Jenner Institute of Oxford University, showed up to 77% efficacy in a trial of 450 children in Burkina Faso over 12 months. The hunt for a malaria vaccine has been going on the best part of a century. The Oxford vaccine is the first to meet the World Health Organization goal of 75% efficacy against the mosquito-borne parasite disease. Larger trials are now beginning, involving 4,800 children in four countries. ANTHROPOLOGY Cave study shows how lack of light affects sense of time Fifteen people emerged from a cave…

3 min
united kingdom

CONSERVATIVES Pressure mounts on PM over alleged outburst Boris Johnson faced mounting pressure this week as Conservative insiders added weight to claims that the prime minister said he would rather see bodies pile up than order another lockdown. Faced with fury from relatives of the bereaved, Johnson and senior ministers emphatically denied he said “no more fucking lockdowns – let the bodies pile high in their thousands” after reluctantly approving a second England-wide lockdown late last year. The claim followed a briefing war last weekend between Johnson and his former chief aide Dominic Cummings, who resigned from Downing Street after what was believed to be a power struggle with the prime minister’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds. The government is also facing growing calls for a public inquiry into a pandemic that left the UK…