* Spain: Catalonia became the first mainland Spanish region to ban bullfighting in a decision seen by some as a “political statement” of local independence.
* Russia: President Dmitry Medvedev signed a new law permitting Russia’s intelligence agency to detain “people suspected of preparing acts of extremism.”
* Pakistan: At least 100 people died and thousands were left homeless as a result of monsoons and heavy flooding.
* Afghanistan: Pentagon officials were none too pleased over the publishing of secret files on the Afghanistan conflict by the Wikileaks website.
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Online Sources- Xinhua, Ottawa Citizen, BBC News, The Guardian