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Antonis Samaras appointed Greece's prime minister

Euro Toliet Roll

After weeks of political uncertainty casting doubt over its future in the eurozone, Greece took its first tentative step towards regaining stability as Antonis Samaras, the conservative New Democracy leader and winner of Sunday's election, was appointed prime minister.

Hosni Mubarak in coma as Egypt tension grows

Hosni Mubarak

The ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was on life support in hospital after his heart stopped. He was transferred from the Torah prison hospital to a military hospital, and was understood to be in a coma on Tuesday night.

Julian Assange seeking asylum in Ecuadorian embassy in London

Julian Assange

Julian Assange has dramatically sought political asylum at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, days after the supreme court rejected the last of his appeals against extradition to Sweden to face sex crime accusations and after what he called a "declaration of abandonment" by his own government in Australia.