Topic: Top stories of the day
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours
Eight members of a Russian special duties riot police unit have been hurt in the course of an operation to regain control of a prison where convicts have run riot, local Interior Ministry sources said.
Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev expects he "probably will" go to prison over his involvement in a brawl on Russian TV earlier this year, his son Yevgeny Lebedev said on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.
Human rights organization Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) has been forced to appeal to ordinary Russians for financial help in order to continue its work, after financial assistance from abroad was cut off by a new NGO law passed last week.
The European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have proposed a radical new sovereign debt restructuring plan for Greece, the second such plan in a year, German daily Der Spiegel's online paper said.
Egypt’s judges union called for "the nationwide suspension of work in all courts and prosecution administrations" in protest against President Mohamed Morsi’s new constitutional declaration, which gives him sweeping new powers.
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