Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

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Syrian government helicopters joined an attack on Douma on the edge of Damascus. Western diplomats failed to persuade Russia and China to support a call for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to relinquish power. Islamist militants killed 15 people in churches in the Kenyan town of Garissa near Somalia. Islamist militants controlling Timbuktu in Mali began destroying centuries-old tombs of Sufi saints. Yitzhak Shamir, Prime Minister of Israel 1983-84 and 1986-1992, died, aged 96. Scientists at Cern (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) said that, using the large hadron collider, they had found a new sub-atomic particle which fitted the description of the Higgs boson.

Enrique Pena Nieto, the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico from 1929 to 2000, was elected its president. Iceland elected Olafur Ragnar Grimsson to a fifth term as president. On the 15th anniversary of its handover by Britain to China, Hong Kong saw a protest by tens of thousands during a visit by President Hu Jintao.

Police investigating allegations about Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election expenses searched his house and offices. …

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