Guardian Weekly 20th 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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Back to the beginning A herd of 14 wild Asian elephants that grabbed the world’s attention as they embarked on a marathon trek across south-west China returned to their traditional habitat in Yunnan province last Thursday. The wandering animals made more headlines by arriving on World Elephant Day. 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…

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shock in kabul, the pandemic’s long tail, and modesty pouches

As the weekend began, few would have predicted it would end on the Sunday evening with the Taliban back in charge of Kabul while US forces scrambled to evacuate personnel. The speed of the advance as the Afghan army seemed to melt away shocked the world and starkly revealed a miscalculation by Joe Biden. The desperate plight of ordinary Afghans, particularly women, who fear what life under Taliban strictures will bring, and the chaos at the capital’s airport are, despite Biden’s defence of his policy and objectives, likely to remain indelible stains on his presidency. The big story Page 10 → The pandemic remains stubbornly with us but slowly we can begin to examine how it may affect societies in the long term. This week we look at the economic fallout from…

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global report

1 UNITED STATES Cuomo resigns as governor after harassment report The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, resigned following an investigation by the state attorney general that found he sexually harassed multiple women, most of whom worked for him, and also retaliated after some made complaints. Cuomo warned New Yorkers in his announcement about the dangers of “a bias or a lack of fairness in the justice system”, then said he thought his behaviour was acceptable but acknowledged that the 11 women he was found to have harassed were probably “truly off ended” and said “for that I deeply, deeply apologise”. The Democratic governor had lost the support of the party establishment, with Joe Biden calling on Cuomo to resign and similar demands issued by House speaker Nancy Pelosi, both of New York’s US Senators…

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Una Stubbs Sparkling actor whose long, eclectic career ranged from Shakespeare and Summer Holiday to Till Death Us Do Part and Sherlock. She died on 12 August, aged 84. Nanci Griffith American folk-country singer and songwriter best known for Love at the Five and Dime and her album Other Voices, Other Rooms, for which she won a Grammy award in 1994. She died on 13 August, aged 68. Gerd Muller Celebrated footballer who scored 68 goals in 62 appearances for West Germany, including the winning goal in the 1974 World Cup final against Holland. He died on 15 August, aged 75. Maki Kaji Japanese publisher who popularised the numbers puzzle sudoku played by millions around the world. He died on 10 August, aged 69.…

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science and environment

ARCHAEOLOGY Ancient grave yields clues to status of non-binary people Analysis of a 1,000-year-old grave in Finland challenges long-held beliefs about gender roles in ancient societies, and may suggest non-binary people were accepted and respected members of their communities According to a study in the European Journal of Archaeology, DNA analysis of remains in a late iron age grave at Suontaka Vesitorninmäki in Hattula, Finland, may have belonged to a high-status non-binary person. Discovered in 1968, the grave contained oval brooches and fragments of woollen clothing suggesting the dead person was dressed in “a typical feminine costume of the era” Unusually, the grave also held a hiltless sword placed on the person’s left side, and another sword buried above the original grave – accoutrements more often associated with masculinity. MEDICAL RESEARCH Cambridge hospital to trial dementia…

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global report united kingdom

ESPIONAGE Embassy spy will not be extradited to face justice The British national accused of selling secrets to Russia will not be extradited to the UK to face justice despite the seriousness of the claims. Britain’s “archaic” counterespionage laws have been exposed, say sources, by the arrest of David Smith, 57, a security guard contracted to the Berlin embassy. They say there is little point in bringing him home because current legislation is too weak to deal with spies acting against British interests. The case has thrown a spotlight on the UK’s inability to prosecute foreign agents despite widespread concern about the activities of Russian spies in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack in March 2018 Smith was motivated by ideology, not money, sources have confirmed. They indicate that he had rightwing leanings…