Some 70'000 files from the US military in Afghanistan were leaked to the WikiLeaks organisation which passed them on the New York Times and London Guardian newspapers for publication. Critics said those handling the files, which provide details of US military operations, had “blood on their hands” while supporters said the files showed the true nature of the war in Afghanistan.

A meeting of the African Union in Uganda pledged more troops to help expel the Shabab Islamist militants from Somalia and to strengthen the Somali government. The President of Sudan, Omar al Bashir did not attend the Kampala meeting because Uganda is a signatory of the International Criminal Court treaty whose chief prosecutor has issued a warrant for Bashir's arrest on genocide charges.

The European Union introduced sanctions against Iran thought to be tougher than those imposed recently by the UN Security Council. They affect mainly energy, banking and insurance sectors.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron visited Turkey, where he strongly supported its membership of the European Union and criticised France's and Germany's opposition, and India where he criticised Pakistan for “looking both ways” on the export of terrorism. Opinion was divided on whether such plain talking of this kind was also good diplomacy.

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