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.
In Conversation with Katharine Viner and Wes Streeting MP
Europe’s toxic air crisis, an Armenian exodus – and understanding Elon Musk
Global report • Headlines from the last seven days
SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
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Choke point • An exclusive Guardian investigation has found that Europe is facing a serious public health crisis, with 98% of people living in areas with toxic air linked to 400,000 deaths a year. What can be done to address the problem?
Action stations What can be done to combat air pollution in Europe?
‘There’s an oily smell’ Belgrade’s problem with filthy air is proving hard to shift
‘I will never go back’ Death stalks the exodus of refugees
Power failure Baku’s victory highlights the limits of Russia’s influence • With Moscow’s resources ‘clearly finite’ the Kremlin has had to adapt to the rising strength of Azerbaijan
Awkward allies: the far-right Russians fighting on Kyiv’s side • Notorious former football hooligan Denis Nikitin runs a controversial unit that is actively engaged alongside Ukrainian forces
‘So afraid’ After floods, Libyans pick up the pieces
The island that’s first port of call for migrants • Thousands of people landed on tiny Lampedusa in just six days – a decade after hundreds were killed in a shipwreck
Border lines The EU’s deal with Tunisia
A zero-sum game Tories fear Sunak’s policy blitz will fail • The prime minister has announced a plethora of new initiatives. But is it a coherent strategy or evidence of a government in panic?
GREEN MONSTER? • Only one in five voters trust Sunak on the environment
Female comedians claim abuse and sexism are rife • Many women working in comedy say recent allegations against Russell Brand are just the tip of the iceberg
Brand accused Why did the allegations take so long to surface?
‘Courageous’ judge who will rule on justice overhaul
‘It gave me freedom’ Diversity in the wrestling ring
Raac and ruin The Roman recipe for concrete • Concrete can require costly maintenance as it ages. Could ancient methods point to a preventative tive solution?
How killing of a Sikh separatist caused global shock waves
King Fox? In Murdoch succession, Lachlan has emerged on top – for now • Rupert’s handing of control to his eldest son comes as Fox News faces challenges in the run-up to the 2024 US election
Inside the mind of Elon Musk • David Runciman spent the summer following all the same Twitter/X accounts as its billionaire owner, the world’s richest man. This is what he discovered …
A new take on Neanderthals • They have long been derided as a knuckle-dragging species, but new discoveries are setting the record straight about the stereotype of Homo neanderthalensis, as well as teaching us about ourselves
Murdoch’s legacy: the powerful blame the world’s ills on ‘the elite’
India’s fraying ties with Canada could have implications elsewhere
A windfall levy could funnel vital assistance to the global south
A progressive fightback is needed to curb the radical right’s influence in Europe
WRITE TO US
Being Beckett • The actor talks about his new film, Dance First, in which he embodies the dark genius of the Irish dramatist
At long last, the female artist is present • Marina Abramović is the first woman to have a solo show in the Royal Academy’s main galleries. Why did it take so...