Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

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Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN envoy to Syria, d had been killed since March 2011, 260,000 had fled the country, and 2.5 million in Syria were in need of humanitarian assistance.

Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, a minister in the Pakistan government, offered a $100,000 bounty for the killing of the man in America who made an internet video insulting Islam.

In Libya, the Ansar al-Sharia militia, blamed for the murder of the US ambassador, was driven out of its headquarters in Benghazi in unrest that left 11 dead. The Libyan army then replaced the commanders of two other Benghazi militias. The Nigerian army said 35 had been killed in a sweep against Boko Haram, the armed Islamist group. Residents of Bulawayo were all ordered to flush their lavatories at 7.30p. m. on Monday to unblock the city's sewers.

Fighting among 2,000 workers, and its suppression by 5,000 police, at a factory employing 79,000 in Taiyuan, northern China, disrupted production by Foxconn Technology, a major supplier for Apple.

China put its first aircraft-carrier into service as friction with Japan continued over some uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, the former chairman of Olympus, pleaded guilty to charges of falsifying accounts to conceal losses of $1. …

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