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.
Middle East violence, the cost of the crown and strange podcasts
Global report • Headlines from the last seven days
SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
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Hezbollah’s long war comes out of the shadows • The rocket attack that followed Israeli airstrikes and mosque raids failed to provoke all-out war – but it must surely be inevitable
Tension flares across region How the conflict has escalated
Bye bye Bibi? Netanyahu’s popularity is tanking, even on the far right
Gandhi’s ‘bullet train’ conviction draws focus on judiciary
BJP ‘rewriting history’ by editing schoolbooks
The race for tech supremacy in skies above battle zones • Frontline drone operators say that Russia is close to hobbling their most popular models – setting off a race to find replacements
Paper trail US defence documents leak could be ‘tip of iceberg’
Drawn-out process The slow decline of Belfast’s peace walls • Progress has been made since the Good Friday agreement 25 years ago, but Northern Ireland is still deeply divided
Energy industry is ‘key to climate action’ • Head of UN’s Cop28 aims to use talks to set out how a business mindset can limit greenhouse gas emissions
Fading glory The fight to save neon from the scrapheap • The signs that once jostled for space and attention along the city’s crowded commercial streets are disappearing as safety regulations get stricter
Bear-meat vending machine proves a hit
Deep fakes Russian ‘illegals’ flee their cover lives • Suspected sleeper spies leave panic, pain and growing suspicions for those close to them in Brazil and Greece
All hands on deck • A ‘shockingly large’ number of whales die after collisions with ships, even in protected areas. But can solutions be found to protect this vulnerable species?
Closing in The former president ‘knows he’s in trouble’
Why are so many women leaving the world stage?
Cost of the crown • In the run-up to the coronation of King Charles III, the Guardian’s Cost of the crown series examines the entrenched secrecy around the royal family’s wealth. Our investigation exposes the money the king and his late mother extracted from vast land and property portfolios os run as commercial enterprises, and how their riches compare with Europe’s other royal families
Glücksburgs v Borbóns • Comparing payments to European royal families
Rightwing US news is hostile to facts – and Britain is following suit
Ties between the ruling party and Catholic church alienate voters
Debate in Australia has moved to action – and left the deniers behind
The time is ripe for controls on AI – before its rapid spread cannot be stopped
A WEEK IN VENN DIAGRAMS
Behind the curtain • Hamlet. Burton. Gielgud. How do you write a play about some of the most famous names in theatre? And what can they teach us?
Alien invasion in our ears • The past few years have witnessed an explosion of podcasts devoted to UFOs and visitors from other worlds. But are the ideas of the people behind some of the best listens really that far-fetched?
THEATRE • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Germ warfare • Diseases have shaped humanity, from the Neolithic era to the Black Death – but will we heed the wake-up call of Covid-19?
Boy zone • Max Porter’s...