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What Happened on 20 June 2012

Wikileaks' Julian Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador embassy

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seeking political asylum at Ecuador's London embassy, according to the country's foreign minister, Ricardo Patino.… Read More.

Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualifies PM Gilani

Pakistan's top court has barred Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding office, two months after convicting him of contempt… Read More.

Egypt's Mubarak "close to death"

  Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is believed to be critically ill and maybe close to death. The 84-year-old is… Read More.

Ryanair attempts to buy Aer Lingus again

Budget airline Ryanair has announced it is seeking to buy its biggest Irish rival Aer Lingus. Ryanair plans to make… Read More.

Fitch downgrades India outlook to "negative"

Ratings agency Fitch has cut its outlook for the Indian economy to negative. Fitch warned India's growth potential "will gradually… Read More.

UK inflation drops to 2.8% in May

The UK’s rate of inflation fell last month as a drop in fuel costs helped ease the pace of wider… Read More.

Racing driver Enge fails another dope test

Czech racing driver Tomas Enge has been suspended for failing a dope test, a decade after a similar result halted… Read More.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather knocks Tiger Woods off top of Forbes list

Floyd Mayweather has overtaken Tiger Woods at the top of the Forbes list of the 100 highest-paid sports personalities. The… Read More.

Microsoft unveils Surface tablets

Microsoft has unveiled Surface, its own-brand of tablets in a bid to challenge Apple bestselling iPad. The touchscreen computers will… Read More.

Sina Weibo to start charging users

Sina Weibo, China's biggest Twitter-like microblogging platform, is to start charging for premium features. For a monthly fee of $1.57,… Read More.

George Clooney to produce film adaptation of August: Osage County

George Clooney is to produce the film version of Tracey Letts' play, August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep and Julia… Read More.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis split after 14 years

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp has separated from his partner of 14 years, French singer and actress Vanessa… Read More.