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.
Xi’s abrasive rhetoric, sport’s best shots and romance in Peckham
Global report • Headlines from the last seven days
SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
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The view from Beijing • As Xi Jinping starts his third term as China’s president, high on his agenda is strengthening Beijing’s position on the world stage. After three years of isolation as it tried to impose a harsh zero-Covid policy, the country is now reopening to the outside world. But much has changed since China closed its borders in 2020. Its economy has been hobbled, its ally Russia has started a war in Europe and relations with the US are at an all-time low. Here are the geopolitical relationships that Xi will have to navigate as he attempts to assert his global vision.
In from the cold After years of isolation, Xi looks to lead on global stage
Earthquake offers Assad the pariah a road to redemption
Tech sector says no to right’s court proposals
Former Soviet allies wary of Russia the invader • Younger generation are less likely than their parents to retain any loyalty or kindle nostalgia towards Moscow
Eyewitness United States
The tweet that roared through the halls of the BBC • Match of the Day presenter’s post threatened to undo executives at the corporation and No 10’s migrant policy
‘He’s our guy’ Leicester City fans onside with pundit
‘Doomsday’ seed vault invites the public inside
Here be monsters Seaweed threatens to choke ocean • An explosion of harmful sargassum stretches across the Atlantic. Can it be turned into a beneficial resource?
Future of aviation or flight from hell? • The arrival of 20-hour flights is scheduled for 2025, but the added speed will come at a cost
Chinese citizens flee for US via deadly Darién Gap • Surge in number of disillusioned migrants trekking through the dangerous jungle between Colombia and Panama
Is it wrong to pin our hopes on hydrogen? • As funding grows and the fossil fuel industry promotes the fuel, concerns have arisen over its clean credentials
Is Fox News’s love affair with Donald Trump on the rocks?
Bank on the run Could SVB’s demise herald the start of a financial crisis?
TWENTY PICTURES THAT FRAMED SPORT • From Ali to Maradona, and Bannister to Bolt, the world of sport has produced many dramatic and memorable moments. Here is a selection of stunning images captured by photographers who had the skill – or luck – to have their cameras poised at the right moment
Fate could have put any of us in those migrant boats
If you want to beat Putin in Ukraine, target his wicked neighbour
In disaster zones, it’s women and girls who feel the aftershocks
The UN’s ocean treaty is critical in stewarding the high seas for the good of all
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A WEEK IN VENN DIAGRAMS
The romcom effect • The likable new release Rye Lane bills itself as ‘a love letter to south London’. But, like Amélie in Montmartre, could it end up damaging the place it sets out to celebrate?
A change of art • The death of his brother led Patrick Bringley to quit his career at the New Yorker for a guard’s job at the Met. The profound experience led him to write a memoir
All life within • This guide to the uterus celebrates its power and ponders why it has long been the focus of medical and social controversy
Storm driven •...