Guardian Weekly 13th 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 syria

Games of hope Displaced Syrians from 12 different camps gather at a field in Fuaa, Idlib province, to contest their own miniature version of the Olympics. Idlib is home to nearly 3 million people, two-thirds of them displaced from other parts of the country during Syria’s 10-year civil war. Spotlight Page 23 → 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…

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deadly crossings, a global warning and boarding school blues

In Europe’s ongoing migrant crisis, much media attention understandably focuses on Mediterranean sea crossings from North Africa. But our big story this week focuses on another deadly passage, from Africa’s western coast to the Spanish Atlantic territory of the Canary Islands. While official death rates are comparatively low, concerns are growing that undocumented fatalities on this extremely dangerous crossing could be many times higher. Sam Jones reports from Gran Canaria. The big story Page 10 → As extreme weather-fuelled wildfires continued to blaze in several parts of the world, a major new report from hundreds of top scientists laid bare the severe extent of our damage to the Earth’s climate and the disaster looming if the slim chance to avert global heating above 1.5C is not grasped. Environment editor Damian Carrington analyses…

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global report

1 UNITED STATES Cost of inaction on climate is mounting, says Biden Joe Biden said the release on Monday of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report showed that “we can’t wait to tackle the climate crisis. The signs are unmistakable. The science is undeniable. And the cost of inaction keeps mounting.” Much of the global action needed will hinge upon the response from the US, the second-largest carbon emitter. Biden’s narrow window of opportunity to drastically cut emissions depends on the contents of a $3.5tn bill that Democrats hope to pass before midterm elections next year, when the party may well lose control of Congress. “Congress didn’t pass a climate bill in 2009 and it’s taken over a decade to get us back to serious climate legislation,” said Leah Stokes, a climate policy…

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Richard Trumka Powerful US union boss who rose from the coalmines of Pennsylvania to preside over the AFL-CIO, one of the largest labour organisations in the world. He died on 5 August, aged 72. Brian Henderson Newsreader in Australia for Channel Nine until 2002, and before that the host of the black and white TV-era music show Bandstand. He died on 5 August, aged 89. Ilona Royce Smithkin Polish-born American artist, model and performer who, with her orange hair and long fake eyelashes, became an unlikely fashion brand icon in her 90s. She died on 1 August, aged 101.…

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science and environment

ANIMALS Macaque troop gets first alpha female in its history In a rarely seen phenomenon in the simian world, a nine-year-old female known as Yakei has become the boss of a 677-strong troop of Japanese macaque monkeys at a nature reserve on the island of Kyushu in Japan. Yakei’s path to the top began in April when she beat up her own mother to become the alpha female of the troop at the Takasakiyama natural zoological garden in Oita city. Yakei then threw her 10kg weight around among the males and roughed up Sanchu, the 31-year-old alpha male who had been leader of “troop B” for five years. Wardens carried out a “peanut test”, putting out nuts for the group and seeing who ate first. Sanchu backed away and gave Yakei first…

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global report united kingdom

UK NEWS Fears for security of Pakistani political exiles Pakistani exiles living in London who have criticised the country’s powerful military have been warned that their lives are in danger, raising fresh concern over authoritarian regimes targeting foreign dissidents in the UK. British security sources are understood to be concerned that Pakistan, a strong UK ally – particularly on intelligence issues – might be prepared to target individuals on British soil. Warnings have also been given by other intelligence services across Europe to Pakistani dissidents, including rights activists from the province of Balochistan, journalists and members of the Pashtun Tahafuz movement Last month, Muhammad Gohir Khan, 31, from east London was charged with conspiring with others unknown to murder an exiled Pakistani blogger and political activist, Ahmad Waqass Goraya, in the Netherlands. Ayesha Siddiqa, a London-based…