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The Week V. 1256

The Week covers the Best of the British and Foreign Media. With its non partisan reporting, The Week gives the reader an insight into all the the news, people, arts, drama, property, books and how the international media has reported it. This concise guide allows the reader to be up to date and have a wealth of knowledge to allow them to discuss all these key topics with their friends and peers.

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the main stories… and how they were covered

What happened The London Bridge attack The issues of national security and criminal justice were thrust to the centre of the election campaign last week after an Islamist extremist, armed with knives, killed two people and injured three others in central London. Usman Khan, 28 – who was convicted in 2012 of terrorism offences, but released last year on licence after serving half his sentence – ran amok at a Cambridge University conference on prisoner rehabilitation. Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, who both worked for a programme linking university students and ex-prisoners, were killed. Khan, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, was eventually wrestled to the ground by members of the public on London Bridge and shot dead by police. The attack swiftly became a political football. Boris Johnson blamed…

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politics

Controversy of the week An unhappy birthday? The celebration of Nato’s 70th birthday “should have been a triumphal march”, said The Economist. Founded to counter the Soviet threat, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is arguably “the strongest alliance in history”, as its secretary general Jens Stoltenberg recently declared. It outlasted the Cold War and continues to bind Europe in a military union with the US and Canada, having brought in adozen countries that once were behind the Iron Curtain. Yet it has approached its anniversary year “with all the caution of an army entering hostile territory”. Its leaders met at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, and then at a hotel in Watford for a three-hour summit the following day, amid genuine fears about the alliance’s future. Ever since Donald Trump was elected president in…

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spirit of the age

Amazon is planning to alter the robotic voice of its Alexa devices so they can express some emotions. In future, the firm says Alexa in the US could sound “happy/ excited” when congratulating users for answering a trivia question correctly, but “disappointed/empathetic” if it has to inform them that their favourite sports team has lost a game. Users can hear the new voices online, but they’re only available to developers for now. After 18 years policing the nation’s punctuation, the society dedicated to ensuring proper use of the apostrophe has conceded defeat to “barbarians” and has closed down. John Richards, 96, who founded the Apostrophe Protection Society, said he’d tried his best but that “ignorance and laziness” had won.…

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good week for

West coast rail passengers, with the unveiling of a newly branded intercity service: Avanti West Coast. The name, according to the new operator First Trenitalia, “embodies progress and forward movement”. There is also a new logo: an orange triangle. Devised by a team of 100 creatives, it is said to symbolise how Avanti trains will bring together communities in England, north Wales and Scotland. Artistic solidarity, after the four artists nominated for this year’s Turner Prize asked if they could share it, to send a message of togetherness in troubled times. The judges accepted their request, and they will split the £40,000 prize pot between them. Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP falsely accused of child murder by the fantasist Carl Beech, who won a £900,000 payout from the police over its…

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bad week for

Manly chests, with news that Vladimir Putin has kept his under wraps this year. In previous years, the president’s annual calendar has presented him as abare-chested strongman. But the 2020 calendar focuses on Putin as a sober and suited international statesman, glad-handing world leaders. And Russians seem to like it: the calendar is reported to have already sold out online. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, who was said to be in danger of losing his seat. Last week, apoll in Raab’s Esher and Walton constituency only gave him a five-point lead over the Lib Dems, though he secured a massive 23,298 majority in 2017.…

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hillsborough ruling

David Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent, has been found not guilty of the gross negligence manslaughter of 96 Liverpool fans at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough. The verdict was delivered at Preston Crown Court last week, ending a retrial that began on 7 October; the first trial on the same charge ended in April with the jury unable to reach a verdict. The ruling was met with anger by the families of the victims, who say that as an inquest into the tragedy in 2016 found the victims were “unlawfully killed”, someone had to be responsible. The original 1991 coroner’s verdict of accidental death was quashed in 2012, after years of campaigning.…