Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Relations with the Kremlin Turned Toxic; the Saudi Crown Prince Came to Town, Munroe Bergdorf Quit Her Labour Post and Meghan Markle Was Baptised. Gerald Scarfe and Nick Curtis Look at the Week That Was

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Relations with the Kremlin Turned Toxic; the Saudi Crown Prince Came to Town, Munroe Bergdorf Quit Her Labour Post and Meghan Markle Was Baptised. Gerald Scarfe and Nick Curtis Look at the Week That Was

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Monday Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are poisoned in a mall in Salisbury. The Oscars ceremony has its lowest ever ratings, leading Donald Trump to tweet, in between threatening trade wars and tariffs, that he's more popular than Hollywood's finest. Theresa May is mocked for delivering a speech on housing from a lectern decorated with tiny bricks.

Some 12,000 households enter a third day without water. A financier wins PS100,000 in damages for disturbances caused by "noisy" children and "angry breathing" in the flat above hers. A huge budget hotel with a rooftop bar is planned for The Trocadero.

The Right-wing Five Star Movement is the biggest winner in Italy's election. A man's problem-page question -- "My girlfriend masturbates after we have sex. Why?" -- goes viral. Stella McCartney shows a "shorts/ trousers hybrid" in Paris. Sir Bradley Wiggins refutes charges of unethical use of asthma medication. Sir Roger Bannister dies.

Tuesday Boris Johnson is branded a "useless fool" by former England footballer turned TV pundit Gary Neville after suggesting England may boycott the World Cup if host nation Russia is behind the Skripal attack. Amber Rudd calls for a 50/50 gender split in Cabinet. Transgender model Munroe Bergdorf quits as Labour equalities adviser after calling suffragettes "white supramacists".

Uber launches an app to summon a hair stylist to the door of time-poor Londoners. A major exhibition of Picasso paintings from 1932 previews at Tate Modern. A chunk of Poplar's demolished Robin Hood Gardens council estate will be exhibited at the Venice Biennale. Geese are to be" banned" from Regent's Park to prevent people slipping on their excrement. A message thrown from a German ship 132 years ago is found in Western Australia. Profits fall at Lego for the first time in a decade. The collapse of the Co-Op bank will be reinvestigated.

Wednesday Detectives reveal Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned by a "rare toxic substance". Russia complains of "vilification". Trump's top economic adviser Cary Cohn quits. Saudi leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lunches with the Queen on his first official visit to the UK. …

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