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EU summit averts split with deal to bail out Spanish, Italian banks

By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 30 June 2012

Political commentators agreed that the two-day European Union summit‑—the nineteenth such meeting to be held since 2010—was the most acrimonious in recent memory.

Egypt: Islamist president takes symbolic oath of office in Tahrir Square

By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2012

Mohamed Mursi, the first Egyptian president since the revolutionary ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak last year, took a symbolic oath of office in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday.

US House votes contempt citation for attorney general

By Patrick Martin, 30 June 2012

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to find Democratic Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress Thursday, the first time in US history that such a sanction has been applied to the top US law enforcement official.

Police lock down Chinese factory town to suppress protests

By John Chan, 30 June 2012

The protests in Shaxi are a product of systematic discrimination against migrant workers who are treated as second class citizens, have no access to services and are subject to police harassment

Court refuses to suspend Quebec’s Bill 78

By Keith Jones, 30 June 2012

Quebec’s Superior Court has refused to suspend application of key anti-democratic provisions of Bill 78—a draconian law that criminalizes the four month-long Quebec student strike and places sweeping restrictions on the right to demonstrate over any issue.

New Pakistani prime minister appointed

By Sampath Perera, 30 June 2012

The installation of Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister will do nothing to alleviate Pakistan’s worsening political crisis.

Britain’s Leveson Inquiry hit by allegations of political interference

By Dave Hyland and Julie Hyland, 30 June 2012

The Leveson Inquiry, established in the wake of the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, was hit last week by a row over political interference.

UK prime minister outlines massive cuts in welfare benefits

By Dennis Moore and Robert Stevens, 30 June 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined plans by the Conservative/Liberal coalition that will end social benefits for large sections of the population.

Calls for debt restructuring grow as Ireland faces recession

By Jordan Shilton, 30 June 2012

Each passing week brings with it new figures showing the rapid deterioration in Ireland’s economic outlook.

Michigan House of Representatives passes anti-abortion bill

By Zac Corrigan, 30 June 2012

On June 13, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill that would severely restrict access to abortion statewide.