Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

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The first six of 30 United Nations observers entered Syria to monitor a ceasefire, but 25 people were said to have been killed in one day at Homs alone, where government shelling continued.

Talks were held between Iran and world powers in Istanbul. Concerted attacks by the Taleban in Kabul and other cities in eastern Afghanistan left 36 attackers dead, along with 11 members of the Afghan security forces and four civilians. An Egyptian electoral commission disqualified 10 candidates for the presidency, including the Khairat al-Shater, the first choice of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Omar Suleiman, the former intelligence chief. The 104 villagers of Fucking, in Austria, voted on whether to change its name.

North Korea launched a test rocket over the Yellow Sea, but it blew up.

Ten South Korean warships spent three days searching for fragments but failed to find any. …

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