Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

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The European Union was awarded to ar for literature went to Mo Yan, an award welcomed by the Chinese government.

Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia from 1941 until 2004, died, aged 89. The cycling team headed by Lance Armstrong ran a 'sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme', according to a report by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

Paintings by Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Lucian Freud were among seven stolen from the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.

In Syria, fighting claimed the lives of at least 210 people on one day, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Turkey and Syria banned each other's aircraft from their air space. President Mohammed Mursi of Egypt agreed to allow Abdel Maguid Mahmoud to keep his post as chief prosecutor despite his acquittal of officials accused of attacking protestors under Hosni Mubarak. From 14 January, Cuba is to remove the need for its citizens to obtain exit permits before travelling abroad. …

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