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.
Shellshock in Bucha, France gears up and packing to escape
Headlines from the last seven days
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All the president’s men • According to western intelligence, Vladimir Putin is being misled over his assault on Ukraine by a small cadre of sycophants. But not everyone is convinced – and some wonder if the leader is listening to anyone at all
Putin’s inner circle Who are the siloviki?
BUCHA ASKS ITSELF: WHY US? • After a vicious battle with the Russians, the town’s inhabitants try to make sense of the carnage and horror they witnessed
Hundreds taken to ‘filtration camps’ in Russian territory, say Mariupol women
The Bucha effect • Zelenskiy will hope atrocities compel a change in EU strategy
Macron’s novices rally round as tight poll fight looms
With shift to right, Le Pen is redrawn as ‘softer’ alternative
EU braces for a big chill after Orbán’s stunning victory
Gay and trans rights issues divide both Tories and Labour
Desert transformed After rare rains, life bursts forth once again • Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre is a vast salt pan, dry for years on end, until water unlocks a natural miracle
Senegal’s 40-year war spills over the border • Thousands of people have been displaced by a conflict between the army and rebels in the Casamance region
‘This woman is serious’ • The taxi bike rider tackling social taboos
‘Meet us, don’t eat us’ • Nation loses its taste for whale meat
Island refuge holds out hope for mink on the brink
The Capitol riot-sized hole in the White House phone logs
Children facing blindness get glimpse of the world
The bag by the door • Whether violence, risk of arrest or natural disaster is the threat, some people must be ready to flee at a moment’s notice with only the essentials.
Nyet gains • In response to the war in Ukraine, people have been shunning Russian products, celebrities – even cats. But what does history tell us about the effectiveness of boycotts?
Ukraine matters. But Bosnia’s genocide was met with silence Ed Vulliamy
Cruel Britannia: Putin may lie, but the UK has plenty of form here too George Monbiot
Low-wage workers have paid dearly for Qatar’s World Cup Pete Pattisson
A glimpse of hope in Ethiopia’s hidden war that has claimed 500,000 lives
Second life • The Booker-winning author Douglas Stuart gave up a glittering fashion career to write about the Glasgow of his childhood. Simon Hattenstone finds out why
And the loser is… • For three bravado-filled decades, Will Smith was box office dynamite. Then he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars. Can the star keep Hollywood onside?
Apollo 10½ • Dir: Richard Linklater
Griff • Chalk, Brighton
Podcast of the week • Best Friend Therapy
Lockdown lyricism • Visions alternate with fables and farce, history with Covid, in the scheme-busting fifth part of Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet
Mind control • Fake news, social media, algorithms – concerns about malign influences on the way we think were around long before the internet
Spilling the beans • Compared with her celebrated family, singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright always felt she didn’t quite measure up
BOOKS OF THE MONTH • A round up of the best recent poetry
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