Guardian Weekly 11th June 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 venezuela

Linked in Older people waiting for Covid vaccinations in Caracas hold hands to discourage queue jumping, after Venezuela finally overcame payment problems and political disputes to join the global Covax programme. Reuters data showed that as of last month, only 1.1% of the population had received at least one vaccine shot. 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…

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biden’s big week, israel poised for change and boxing’s dark legacy

It’s a big week for US president Joe Biden who, after four and a half months of hectic domestic wrangling, is now trying to make up for lost time on the international front. His first presidential trip overseas takes in the G7 summit in England, followed by meetings with Nato and the EU in Belgium, and concludes with a head-to-head with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Geneva. After the America first agenda of the Trump years, David Smith asks whether Biden can persuade a sceptical global community that America is back on the team. Then, economics correspondent Richard Partington looks at what we can expect from a landmark G7 commitment to tackle gaps in the global tax system. The big story Page 10 ➝ The curtain may be falling on Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu…

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global report

1 UNITED STATES Joe Biden details plan to share vaccines with world Joe Biden outlined how the US plans to share 80m Covid-19 vaccine doses with other countries, saying the first 25m doses will be dis tributed across Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. After months of pressure from the international community, the Biden administration said last month that it intended to send the doses of US-approved coronavirus vaccines overseas by the end of June, but did not outline which continents or countries would benefit until now. Of the first 25m tranche to be sent overseas, Biden said 19m will be shared through Covax, the global vaccine-sharing initiative, with about 7m doses going to Latin America and the Caribbean, some 7m going to south and south-east Asia, and approximately 5m to Africa. The doses…

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BJ Thomas American singer, best known the hit Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, from the soundtrack of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He died on 29 May, aged 78. F Lee Bailey American criminal lawyer who defended OJ Simpson, Patty Hearst and the Boston Strangler. He died on 3 June, aged 87. Carla Fracci Italian dancer, considered one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. She died on 27 May, aged 84. David Dushman Soviet so ldier, and the last surviving member of the Red Army who took part in the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in 1945. He died on 4 June, aged 98.…

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science and environment

SPACE Nasa plans to return to Venus with two separate missions Nasa is returning to Venus for the first time in more than three decades to gain a better understanding of the history of what scientists believe could have been the first habitable planet in the solar system. Plans for two separate and ambitious deep space missions to Earth’s nearest neighbour were announced last Wednesday by the head of the US space agency, Bill Nelson. Launches were targeted for a 2028-2030 time frame, he said. Nasa has set aside $1bn for the two ventures, which will be the first US exploration of the planet since 1989. MARINE LIFE Whales are shrinking due to fishing gear entanglements Whales in the North Atlantic are shrinking in size, researchers have found, with entanglements in fishing gear blamed for the steady…

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united kingdom

POLITICS Tory rebels fail to table amendment on foreign aid An attempt by rebel Conservative MPs to reverse foreign aid cuts was thwarted after the House of Commons Speaker ruled their amendment was out of scope, but said the government must bring a vote on the issue. Andrew Mitchell, the former international development secretary who led the rebel push, said the rebels would have won by a majority of at least nine. Now, it appears Boris Johnson has set himself on a collision course with scores of his own MPs as No 10 suggested it would defy an order by Lindsay Hoyle to bring a vote on cutting aid to some of the world’s poorest countries by 42% in the pandemic. Between 40 and 50 Conservative MPs were said to be considering defying the government…