Guardian Weekly 6th August 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 colombia

Life on the edge Displaced people ride on the roof of an overcrowded bus back to their homes in the conflict-strewn region of Ituango, north-west Colombia. More than 4,000 people have fled the violence of militias in the region in recent months, with flooding and landslides having complicated efforts to get essential supplies to the area 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…

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britain’s covid hope, beirut’s blast lingers, why insects are crucial

Last month we reported on how Britain – trusting in its high vaccination rate to lift Covid restrictions despite surging Delta variant cases – was increasingly seen by the world as a test case for pandemic control. It’s early days and the data is not yet full enough to paint a clear picture, but as cases suddenly began to fall last week, scientists and politicians were asking if the country might have made a significant breakthrough. Observer science editor Robin McKie examines what is happening, looks at what the coming months might hold and hears cautionary warnings from many experts. Then, for another perspective, Helen Sullivan reports from Australia, faced with many more weeks of tough restrictions as the country seemingly pays a price for its sluggish vaccination programme. The big…

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global report

1 UNITED STATES Trump told officials to ‘just say it was corrupt’ Donald Trump has insisted that when he told senior justice department officials to “Just say that the election was corrupt [and] leave the rest to me”, he was not attempting to subvert US democracy, but to “uphold the integrity and honesty of elections and the sanctity of our vote”. The former president’s restatement of his lie that his defeat by Joe Biden was the result of electoral fraud came after Washington was rocked by news of his December call with acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and Richard Donoghue, a senior Department of Justice official. Trump’s pressure on federal and state officials to overturn his national defeat and state losses to Biden has been well documented. Cases mounted by his campaign claiming electoral…

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Dusty Hill Bassist known for his inventive playing with the multi-platinum-selling band ZZ Top. He died on 27 July, aged 72. Carl Levin Democratic US senator from Michigan who prominently opposed the Iraq war. He died on 29 July, aged 87. Roberto Calasso Writer who invited the gods back into literature in an ambitious series retelling the great ancient myths. He died on 28 July, aged 80. Joey Jordison Drummer and songwriter with the heavy metal band Slipknot whose thunderous playing was enhanced by a sense of theatre. He died on 26 July, aged 46. Mo Hayder Bestselling author whose fascination with death and violence found expression in the Jack Caffery crime novels. She died on 27 July, aged 59.…

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science and environment

FOSSILS ‘Wiggly’ fossils may be oldest known sign of animal life Intricate patterns of tubular structures discovered in giant ancient reefs may be the remnants of prehistoric horny sponges and the oldest known fossils of animal life. Researchers found the unusual features in vast reefs that were built by bacteria 890m years ago and then pushed up by geological processes to form part of the Mackenzie Mountains in north-western Canada. Examined under a microscope, a small number of rock samples revealed tubules about half the width of a human hair that branch and reconnect to form 3D structures similar to fossils of bath sponges. If the structures are confirmed as early sponge fossils, they would predate the next-oldest undisputed sponge fossils by about 350m years. SPACE Telescopes see light behind black hole for first time Astronomers have detected…

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thousands of eu citizens facing threat of deportation

European citizens who have applied for settled status are being detained and threatened with deportation, a development that contradicts assurances from ministers and appears to contravene the Brexit withdrawal agreement. The Home Office has served EU nationals with removal directions even though they could prove they had applied for settled status, which should protect their rights to remain in the UK. Ministers have repeatedly promised that anyone who had applied by the 30 June deadline would have their existing rights protected while their case was heard. The apparent failure to honour that agreement has prompted accusations of either “administrative incompetence” by Home Office officials or a “wilful” attempt to deport as many EU nationals as possible on the assumption they are easier to remove, for instance, than asylum seekers. A letter from…