Britain's House of Commons started a ten-week recess after hastily approving a parliamentary reform bill which many MPs thought inadequate. The Conservatives won a by-election in a formerly Labour-held seat at Norwich; David Cameron called the result “historic” but others thought it showed that voters are disillusioned with all three major parties.

Despite holding an hour-long televised press conference to build support for his health-care reform legislation, President Obama was rebuffed by Congressional Democrats who said the Bill would have to wait until after the Summer break.

The trial began in Turkey of 58 senior figures, among them two former generals, accused of plotting to overthrow the government in 2008. The European Union approved a large state-aid programme for the Gdansk shipyard in Poland where trade union resistance to Communist rule began in the 1970s.

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