Rus­sian op­po­si­tion leader placed un­der house ar­rest: A Moscow court placed Sergei

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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