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Quiz of The Week: 8 - 14 May

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?

Rising tensions between Israel and Palestine have taken centre stage this week, with Israeli airstrikes on Gaza intensifying as Hamas retaliates by firing rockets at Jerusalem. 

The latest outbreak of violence was triggered by a dispute over evictions from a contested neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, but has quickly spread beyond the city. Rioting has broken out across Israel, as the country’s military continues to bombard the Palestinian territory.

With calls by Joe Biden and senior UN officials to de-escalate the fighting going unheeded,  fears of a third intifada or a “full-scale war” are growing rapidly.

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A series of politicians have been in the firing line in the UK, as the sleaze scandal engulfing the Conservative Party continues to wreak havoc.

David Cameron has been grilled by two House of Commons committees this week over his lobbying on behalf of collapsed financing firm Greensill Capital. The inquiries also triggered the release of a treasure trove of the former PM’s messages to high-profile government figures - offering an insight into Cameron’s relaxed attitude to text etiquette.

Labour has had a trying week too, in the wake of the party’s disappointing local elections performance and Keir Starmer’s somewhat botched post-vote reshuffle. As the Labour leader now takes stock, rumours are already circulating about who could replace him in the top job.

In Covid-related news, concerns are rising about the spread of the India coronavirus variant in the UK, with some experts suggesting that the arrival of the new strain could delay the final step in England’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The news may trigger fresh cases of Covid Anxiety Syndrome, an affliction that new research suggests is hitting younger people and women especially hard following twelve months of pandemic fears. But help is available, with the NHS and other healthcare providers offering tips on how to help alleviate the symptoms.

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