Russian opposition leader placed under house arrest: A Moscow court placed Sergei
Udaltsov under house arrest for two months and banned him from using most forms of communication, including the Internet, telephone and mail, after prosecutors said he had violated an agreement not to leave Moscow. Udaltsov, one of the most prominent figures in the wave of protests that arose in late 2011, is facing charges in connection with a protest in May and for allegedly plotting to conduct mass disorder aimed at overthrowing the government. Spanish premier takes step to refute graft allegations: Spain’s prime minister published a summary of his income and tax returns in a bid to defuse a corruption scandal engulfing his government after the publication of media allegations that he and senior members of his political party received and distributed under-the-table payments. The figures, however, go back only to 2003, the year Mariano Rajoy took over the Popular Party. The allegations cover a period stretching back nearly 20 years. Israeli forces break up Palestinian encampment: Israeli troops drove about 100 Palestinian activists out of an illegal tent camp they had set up near the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank, the military said, the fifth such operation in the past month. The Palestinians aim to draw attention to Israel’s control of territory they seek for a future state. Irish unionists protest austerity: Trade unionists marched in Dublin to protest the continuing high cost of the country’s crippling bank bailout program. The marches went ahead despite Ireland’s agreement Thursday with the European Central Bank to restructure the loans used to bail out the country’s failing banks, a deal expected to reduce the national debt by $27 billion in the coming decade.