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Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister, launched her official bid to succeed Dominique Srauss-Kahn as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. At the same time IMF representatives of Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa issued a statement that the selection process should not be confined to Europeans.

A small group of terrorists stormed a heavily defended military base in Karachi, Pakistan, and in the course of 18 hours destroyed two aircraft and killed ten Pakistan soldiers. The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for undertaking the raid as revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden.

China admitted “urgent problems” with the vast Three Gorges Dam project, ranging from the welfare of the 1.3 million people displaced by its construction to the effect on water supplies in the area.

Prosecutors in Egypt said that the former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons would be tried on a number of charges that might include murder.