A Turkish F-4 warplane was shot down by Syrian forces on June 22, sparking a
row between the neighbouring countries. Turkey claimed the plane was
shot down over international waters.
Hundreds of Sudanese protesters clashed with security forces on June 23, while protesting against the rise of the food and fuel products. Since oil-rich South Sudan's independence last year, Sudan's revenues have dropped, prompting the government to axe subsidies and raise taxes.
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Few bold new initiatives emerged from the Rio+20 Earth Summit, which took place from June 20-22 in Brazil. Representatives of the Vatican led a successful effort to remove language referring to reproductive rights from the conference's final report.
An impeachment trial removed Paraguay President Fernando Lugo from office, which some described as a coup d'etat. Vice president Federico Franco was sworn in after Congress voted to remove Lugo. Above, an army officer stands guard at a cathedral where Franco attended mass.
Dutch football player Wesley Sneijder sits dejected after the elimination of the Netherlands elimination from the group stage of the Euro 2012 football championship. The Dutch exited the tournament without scoring a single point, finishing last in Group B.
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Antonis Samaras of the centre-right New Democracy party was sworn in this week as Greece's new prime minister, becoming the country's fourth leader in just eight months.
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WikiLeaks founder Juilan Assange has sought refuge in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault. It remains unclear whether Ecuador will grant him asylum.
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Australia called off its search-and-rescue operation three days after a boat capsized off the coast of Christmas Island. 110 people have been found alive, while around 90 are still missing.
An official checks the names of two Papua New Guinean voters at a polling station on June 23. The election is being seen as a watershed moment after months of political uncertainty in the Pacific nation, which is reported to be on the brink of a huge resources boom.
Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi won the Egyptian presidential election, with 51.7 per cent of the vote, against Ahmed Shafiq, a former prime minister under Hosni Mubarak.