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.
Hotspot for the Winter Games, a battling PM and the reluctant star
Global report • Headlines from the last seven days
SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
Eyewitness • Trail of destruction Vehicles make their way through fallen trees in a wooded area outside Edzell, Scotland, on Monday. Two storms – Malik and Corrie – swept across the UK in quick succession last weekend, forcing schools to close, disrupting train services and leaving more than 100,000 people without power. Winds of up to 150km/h were recorded as the storms hurtled in from the Atlantic. A nine-year-old boy in Staffordshire and a 60-year-old woman in Aberdeen died after being hit by falling trees.
A question of sport? • A proud host nation wants the world to focus on the competition, but politics and Covid threaten to overshadow Beijing’s showpiece
TROUBLED GAMES • When sport and politics collided at the Olympics
The Omicron Olympics • Faster, higher stronger – and in a bubble
Walking on thin ice • How reliable are host cities now?
Thaw point Why Winter Olympics may soon be doomed • Only one of 21 past locations would be able to reliably host Games if emissions remain on current path, experts say
‘A failure of leadership’ • PM faces wall of anger after Gray’s report
PM’s apology lands flat with Bolton’s swing voters
The past and the pipeline hamper strategy for Ukraine • A new coalition government in Berlin has been reluctant to spell out plans for sanctions against aggression by Moscow
Mixed messages West’s fears of imminent attack by Russia are not shared in Kyiv
Go large: how orcas bag a blue whale • Female-led pods of killer whales off Australia have been seen killing and eating the world’s largest animal
Canal plus Accolade for hospital built around water
A town adapts to embrace climate refugees • The river port of Mongla is at the forefront of a project to resettle people in a region at the mercy of extreme weather
The cross fire Rio’s God-fearing gangsters • In the city’s favelas, a new generation of ‘narco-pentecostals’ try to redeem their criminal lives with evangelical Christianity
In the dark Victims of mystery illness left to suffer alone • Authorities were quick to look into dozens of distressing cases. So why do the people affected now feel abandoned?
How truckers’ vaccine rally drove a wider rebellion
‘Big lie’ tour Trump hits road to back sympathetic candidates
Joe Rogan The podcast king caught up in Covid controversy
The great stitch-up • How the US exploited the garment industry in Honduras
once upon a pandemic • For many children under the age of five, life before masks and hand sanitiser is but a faint memory. With restrictions easing again, are the toddlers of Covid all right?
Putin knows how he wants to shape Europe, unlike the west Timothy Garton Ash • GUARDIAN DESIGN; RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE
It’s high time for ‘peace talks’ with the non-human world Barbara Ehrenreich
Covid has been an easy scapegoat, but Brexit is biting into Britain Anand Menon
Fifty years after Bloody Sunday, peace in Northern Ireland remains fragile
Shy guy • He is one of Britain’s smartest, most complex actors. But one role always makes him squirm: being himself in front of strangers
‘I just don’t feel music is all I do’ •...