Mafia, mines and marriage: Eight stories you may have missed this week

In a week dominated by violence in Israel and Gaza, you could be forgiven for missing a lot of other news.

Are you up to speed on the growing concerns over the spread of the Indian variant? Did you miss any of the political action in parliament?

We’ve pulled together eight of the week’s must-see stories covered by Sky News – and here is your rundown…

Crisis in the Middle East

The ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza has dominated the news for several days – but what triggered this upsurge in violence?

Read our explainer here or watch the video below

Indian variant

On Monday in England we should see the biggest step in unlocking since the pandemic took hold. Wales will also see some restrictions being lifted. But some experts say the changes should be delayed because of the speed at which the Indian variant is spreading. With cases doubling, we have mapped where infections are rising, and assessed how concerning its growth is.

Learn more about how the variant is spreading

Queen’s speech

It was a big week for the Queen – who carried out her first major ceremonial role since the death of her husband Prince Philip. It was also a big moment for the government, with its agenda for the coming parliamentary year laid out. Did you catch all the announcements?

See everything that was announced

Martyred by the mafia

On 21 September 1990 Rosario Livatino was killed by mafia mobsters on his way to work. He was an investigative magistrate leading an inquest into corruption and the mafia. Since his death, he’s been praised by two popes, declared a martyr, and last Sunday, he was beatified by the Catholic church.

Listen to his story

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Can arranged marriages be modern?

Arranged marriages have been practiced for centuries, and they are still common in many cultures around the world. But why would a young person, educated in the West, choose this path now? We speak to people in the UK who are letting their parents find them a partner.

Read their stories or watch this film

‘Limpet mines’ and ‘drone attacks’

A covert maritime battle between Israel and Iran has been raging under the radar for years. But now, these clashes are spilling out on to the world stage. Since the start of this year, at least seven ships have been damaged eight times in a tit-for-tat battle between the two countries. Sky News has been tracking the routes, destinations and owners of the vessels, gathering images and videos of the alleged attacks and monitoring Iran and Israel’s responses to the incidents.

Read our special report

Return of the red carpet

We saw the (momentary) return of singing and dancing this week for the Brit awards – and for the first time in ages, a red carpet event in the UK. A chance for the stars to give us a little glamour and a taste of celebrity. And they didn’t disappoint of the fashion, either.

Check out the pictures

The need for green tea

And finally – a warning this week for tea drinkers. A study has found that climate change is threatening the future of tea. Weird how even the thought of it makes you gasp for a cuppa.

Find out why

Climate change threatens the future of tea, a study has found
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