01 Aug

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



Assad praises troops as planes pound Aleppo

President says fate of nation at stake in fight against rebels, as rights group reports brutal crackdown on dissidents.

Last Modified: 01 Aug 2012 12:18 GMT

Panetta tells Israel force is option on Iran

 US defence chief says “all options”, including military force, on table to stop Iran, should sanctions ultimately fail.
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2012 12:58 GMT

Middle East

Ebola outbreak claims more lives in Uganda

President appeals for citizens to limit physical contact, as virus-related cases reported in capital Kampala.
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2012 08:50 GMT


US author Gore Vidal dies at 86

Bestselling author of novels, play and essays was admired as independent thinker on literature, culture and politics.
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2012 07:30 GMT

A foreign trip from hell – but Mitt’s still well set

Rupert Cornwell: The man who would be president and a week of faux pas.
Read the headlines and it was the candidate’s foreign trip from hell: a succession of mishaps capped by an expletive-laden tirade from an exasperated aide to an equally exasperated group of travelling reporters. In fact, Mitt Romney’s foray to Britain, Israel and Poland is likely to have only the tiniest impact on his chances of winning the White House in November……….

Gore Vidal dies aged 86

Feisty American author wrote widely on everything from politics and literature to homosexuality and religion

Gore Vidal: a life in pictures

The novelist, essayist, and playwright Gore Vidal began his writing  career with his novel Williwaw, published in 1946, and went on to achieve a place in the public consciousness as one of 20th-century America’s greatest writers. Always politically active and frequently controversial, Vidal was  outspoken on the topics of culture, politics, and history. Take a tour through his life in pictures


Ye Shiwen’s father attacks ‘arrogant west’ after remarks over Olympic win

Ye Qingsong says swimmer’s win was result of hard work, while anti-doping chief says singling out Chinese competitors is unfair
The father of the Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen has hit back at the “biased” reaction to her record-breaking performance at the London Olympics after an American swimming coach branded her gold medal performance “suspicious”.

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