BarossoEuropean government leaders ended a two-day summit in Brussels on June 19, after agreeing to create a continent-wide financial regulatory body. EU leaders also agreed to back European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's bid for another term in office.

PakistanPakistan continued its military operations against Taliban strongholds in the rugged part of the country bordering Afghanistan on June 19, as the nation's fighter jets bombed militant encampments in South Waziristan, one of several border regions of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

RafsanjaniIn response to mass protests over allegations of voting irregularities that began the day after Iran's June 12 presidential election results were announced, Iran's Guardian Council, a 12-member panel of senior Islamic clergy and jurists that functions similarly to the U.S. Supreme Court, has invited the four presidential candidates to a special meeting on June 20 to assess their complaints.

Lee Myung-bakNorth Korea's state-controlled media issued a statement on June 17 warning of a "thousand-fold" military retaliation against the United States and its allies if provoked. BBC News quoted from a commentary published by Pyongyang's state news agency KCNA: "If the US and its followers infringe upon our republic's sovereignty even a bit, our military and people will launch a one hundred- or one thousand-fold retaliation with [a] merciless military strike. The nuclear program is not the monopoly of the US."

Elections in Iran. Supporter of MousaviCNN reported on June 16 that Iran's government had banned foreign media from covering rallies in Tehran being held in the wake of the disputed June 12 presidential election. The network reported that the government ban came after video footage was broadcast that showed violence at demonstrations held in support of the leading opposition candidate, Mir Hossein Moussavi. Moussavi has contested the results of the election, which delivered an overwhelming victory to the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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