Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

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Iran held 10 days of military manoeuvres in the Strait of Hormuz, with the testfiring of a surface-to-surface cruise missile with a range of 125 miles. The Taleban said they had agreed to set up a political office, perhaps in Qatar, as part of western plans to end the war in Afghanistan. Israeli and Palestinian delegates held their first direct talks in 15 months. Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist militants, warned Christians to move out of the north of the country within days or be killed. In South Sudan at least 150, mostly women and children, were killed as 6,000 Lou Nuer tribesmen pursued member of the Murle tribe. Indian government anti-smoking graphics for use on tobacco products were found to show by mistake, above the words 'Smoking Kills', an image of the English footballer John Terry.

During the first week in which Arab League observers toured Syria, at least 390 people were said to have been killed;

army deserters also killed 18 members of the Syrian security forces in a battle at a police station at Jassem in the south of the country. …

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