Guardian Weekly 29th October 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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united states

Pick of the pumpkins A young boy struggles to lift his chosen Halloween pumpkin at a market in Arthur, Illinois. Last year the pandemic put paid to many neighbourhood events and the door-to-door trick or treating by children, a tradition that has spread from the US and Canada to many other countries. 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,…

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the hopes of cop26, china circles taiwan and elton’s hip talk

We have just a decade left to prevent catastrophic heating, so what happens over the next two weeks at Cop26 in Glasgow is of existential importance to us and to every creature on Earth. As world leaders and, more crucially, their teams of negotiators prepare for the UN summit, our extended big story looks at what is at stake if determined action isn’t taken to make good on the promises of the Paris climate agreement. Greta Thunberg calls for honesty and clear leadership from politicians about what is at stake, while we also feature young activists from climate change frontlines and find out how they are fighting for their future. And a US report warns of the political and economic instability global heating will bring in its wake. The big story…

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global report

1 UNITED STATES Baldwin’s gun was aimed at camera, says film’s director Actor Alec Baldwin was practising a scene that involved him pointing a gun “towards the camera lens” when it accidentally went off, killing his director of photography, according to a written statement by the film’s director, Joel Souza. Souza said he heard what “sounded like a whip and then a loud pop”. He said he saw the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins clutch her midriff and stumble backwards. Souza noticed that he himself was bleeding from the right shoulder. Baldwin (pictured below) was assured he was handling a “cold gun”, Souza told investigators. The film’s armourer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, checked prop weapons, and the assistant director, Dave Halls, rechecked them. It was Halls who gave Baldwin the gun, police said. Affidavits painted a picture of a…

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Leslie Bricusse British composer and lyricist best known for his songs for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, as well as the lyrics to several James Bond theme s. He died on 19 October, aged 90. Bernard Haitink Dutch former principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra who was among the most revered conductors of his generation. He died on 21 October, aged 92. Edita Gruberova Slovak opera singer who, over a 50-year career, became a leading exponent of the coloratura soprano repertory. She died on 18 October, aged 74. James Michael Tyler Actor known for playing Gunther in the hit TV sitcom Friends, who announced he had prostate cancer in 2018. He died on 24 October, aged 59.…

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science and environment

PRIMATOLOGY Singing lemurs have a human sense of rhythm, study finds They have fluff years, a penetrating stare and a penchant for monogamy. But it turns out that indris – a large, critically endangered species of lemur – have an even more fascinating trait: an unexpected sense of rhythm. Indri indri are known for their distinctive singing, a sound not unlike a set of bagpipes being stepped on. Now scientists say they have analysed the songs of 39 indris living in the rainforest of Madagascar, revealing that – like humans – the creatures employ what are known as categorical rhythms. “They are quite predictable [patterns], because the next note is going to come either one unit or two whole units after the previous note,” said Dr Andrea Ravignani, co-author of the research from…

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united kingdom

POLITICS Large portion of budget is money already allocated Labour last weekend accused the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, of presiding over a “smoke and mirrors” budget after he conceded that only 20% of his biggest single spending commitment unveiled before the speech is made up of new money. In a rush of announcements before Wednesday’s budget, the Treasury committed to almost £26bn ($36bn) of spending. In a significant move on Tuesday, came details that the pay freeze for millions of public-sector workers would end and the government will increase the national minimum wage, though economists warned the measures would not compensate for inflation rises and cuts to universal credit. The national living wage will rise from £8.91 to £9.50 an hour for workers aged 23 and over from April, meaning a pay rise for…