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.
Johnson’s worst week, Biden one year on and insects face a crisis
Global report • Headlines from the last seven days
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Is this the end? • Boris Johnson’s lame ‘partygate’ excuses have been mocked by quiz show hosts and sports pundits. But while the UK prime minister is accustomed to ridicule, the deep anger of families who suffered in the pandemic while obeying the rules will not go away. It’s now just a question of how long he survives …
Knives out Who to watch in the Tory succession war
The prospect of Johnson’s downfall is joyful. The threat of what may follow is not
‘We will fight’ Actors and lawyers get ready to take up arms
US claims Russia plans ‘false-flag’ operation in Ukraine
Fallen idol? Speculation over silence of the nation’s founding father
Macron raises Covid rhetoric for election campaign
Fuller picture shows scale of volcano’s devastation
Money speaks Mandarin Why dialects are declining
Why do some who fled the North want to go back? • For escapees from a brutal regime, adjustment to South Korea’s western society can lead to loneliness and poverty
‘It’s a Fossil Xanadu!’ Scientists stunned by farm finds • A chance discovery has revealed a 15m-year-old ecosystem of beautifully preserved flora and fauna
Rock bottom Villagers fear losing land to Chinese mine owners
The bigger picture Meet the pioneering ‘f irst lady of graffiti’
The charge of the light brigade • With global gas prices soaring, the race is on to develop real-world ways of storing reserves of power from cheap but intermittent renewable sources
No go, Joe? A year on, Biden’s big promises hit reality • Enemies within, a radicalised opposition and messaging failure have hamstrung the president’s first 12 months
Robert Durst death jinxes justice for families of his victims
Across the divide • As a teenager, I made a great friend at peace camp. He was brave and charismatic – a natural leader. He was Palestinian. I was Israeli. We believed we could bring peace to our homeland. At 17, he was shot dead by Israeli police. Twenty years on, that time of hope feels long gone.
NOWHERE TO HIDE • How insects are losing the race against climate change
Sex abuse stories are about power, whether royalty is involved or not
I remember 20 May 2020. It was the day I buried my sister
In the Djokovic circus, it was the players who hit all the winners
Biden has lost his way – but Bernie Sanders is offering him a new direction
Carnival time • Guillermo del Toro’s new noir-thriller, Nightmare Alley, may be rooted in reality, but the Oscar winner still serves up a whole host of monsters
‘We’re just country bumpkins!’ • Wet Leg’s feelgood anthems have beguiled their fans. But, after playing for fun and turning down record labels, do they finally feel they are a ‘real band’?
Mission impossible Are games getting too long? • Labyrinthine quests that take hundreds of hours to solve may seem appealing, but not everyone has so much time on their hands…
Over the barricades • Civil conflicts often share common roots, but the landscape is changing fast. Can the old institutions still protect themselves?
Return flight • The odd reappearance of a plane, with the very same passengers on board, kickstarts Hervé Le Tellier’s playful interrogation of reality