A meeting of EU leaders pledged backing to Greece in its efforts to deal with severe economic difficulties but did not spell out any specific measures.

Commission after its objections to Bulgaria's nominee had been met with an alternative choice.

Northern Ireland's parties reached a provisional agreement on the devolution of police and justice to Belfast from London, bringing close the finalisation of all the provisions of the 1998 Good Friday Accord.

Iran announced that it had enriched uranium to 20%, the level at which it can be used for nuclear weapons. Moves by the US to obtain a United Nations vote on sanctions against Iran were accelerated.