Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

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The UN said that more than 100,000 people fled Syria in August. Lakhdar Brahimi, aged 78, took over from Kofi Annan as the UN and Arab League's Syria envoy. The Kenyan navy shelled Kismayo, the Somali city controlled by al-Shabab, the al-Qa'eda affiliates. In Islamabad a Muslim cleric was charged with blasphemy after it was said he had tampered with evidence against a 14-year-old Christian girl, held in jail also on charges of blasphemy, when it was said she was in possession of burnt pages of the Koran.

The International Labour Organisation forecast global youth unemployment would rise to 13 per cent by 2017. Moody's lowered its outlook for the European Union's AAA credit rating to negative.

An FT/Harris poll found that only 26 per cent of Germans thought Greece would 'ever repay its bailout loans'; 77 per cent of Italians thought Greece would. …

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