Floods leave 1.3 million people homeless in India. According to The Telegraph, raging floodwaters fed by monsoon rains have inundated more than 2,000 villages in northeast India, sweeping away homes and leaving hundreds of thousands of people marooned on Friday. At least 27 people were killed, but the toll was expected to rise. About 1 million people have had to evacuate their homes as the floods from one of Asia's largest rivers overtook residential areas.
European leaders agree to closer long-term union. According to the Associated Press, after 18 disappointing summits since the start of the debt crisis, Europe's leaders appeared to have finally come up with quick fixes and long-term plans that show they are serious about restoring confidence in their currency union. Global markets breathed a huge sigh of relief. The leaders of the 17 countries that use the euro agreed to pump money from two European bailout funds directly into troubled European banks later this year and tie their budgets, currency and governments ever tighter in a vast new economic union down the line.
Syrian tanks 'amass on Turkish border' as Assad threatens opposition. According to The Telegraph, the Free Syrian Army is reporting that Syrian government forces have massed 170 tanks north of the city of Aleppo, close to the Turkish border. This move suggested that the Syrian army was responding to a Turkish military build-up on the border. It could represent a significant escalation in tensions between Damascus and its former friendly neighbour. The Syrian army has also been involved in operations against rebels in the area.
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