Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

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Dozens of people continued to be killed areas of cities such as Homs. A referendum on the constitution was said to have been met with approval by 89.4 per cent; the United States called it 'laughable'. The political leadership of the P alestinian Islamist group Hamas moved from Syria to Egypt and Qatar. The European Union froze Syrian central bank assets. A wounded British photographer, P aul Conroy, was P 9

evacuated from Homs, but his convoy was caught in fire, with some fatalities.

A car bomb killed at least nine in Jalalabad and several more died in protests against the incinerating of copies of the Koran by US forces at Bagram air base in Afghanistan. An email from the American security company Startfor, released by the pressure group WikiLeaks, suggested that several members of akistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency knew that Osama bin Laden was living at Abbotabad. Malaysia cancelled a concert by singer Erykah Badu, an American singer, after publicity photos showed her with 'Allah' tattooed in Arabic on her body. …

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