Police in India's territory of Jammu and Kashmir blamed arch rival Pakistan for a spurt in militant attacks that killed 12 people and injured dozens over three days, just weeks after a large turnout for general elections. Pakistan claims the Himalayan region, which has been roiled by militant violence since the start of an anti-Indian insurgency in 1989 that killed tens of thousands, although violence has waned in recent years.

The deadliest of the attacks came on June 9, the day of the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, unidentified terrorists fired upon a bus resulting in the death of at least 10 people and injuries to 33 others in Reasi. "Our hostile neighbour wants to damage our peaceful environment," Anand Jain, police chief of Jammu, told reporters in a reference to Pakistan, which India has accused of stoking violence in the region for decades. Islamabad has always denied such claims in the past, saying it has given only political and diplomatic support to the insurgency.

A Group of Seven summit opened with agreement reached on a U.S. proposal to back a $50 billion loan to Ukraine using frozen Russian assets as collateral, giving Kyiv a strong show of support even as Europe's political chessboard shifts to the right. President Joe Biden said the agreement to tap into the windfall profits on some $280 billion in frozen Russian assets held in Europe would put that money to work for Ukraine. "Another reminder to (Vladimir) Putin: We're not backing down. In fact, we're standing together against this illegal aggression," Biden said, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy by his side.

The agreement was hashed out hours before Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni opened the summit at a luxury resort in southern Italy, saying she wanted the message of the meeting to be one of dialogue with the global south and unity. She compared the G7 to the ancient olive trees that are a symbol of the Puglia region, "with their solid roots, and branches projected toward the future."

Results of the European parliamentary elections showed a few clear narratives have emerged from the days-long poll. Far-right parties across the continent had strong showings, but their momentum did not cause the centre ground of European politics to cave in - as many had predicted. Instead, liberal and Green groups lost seats and relevance in the European Parliament.

The centre-right European People's Party (EPP) is on track to have around 184 lawmakers in Parliament, a quarter of the 720 in the hemicycle, according to provisional data. It is the only centrist party to have grown in this election: The centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S and D) remained stable, while the liberal Renew Europe group was decimated. From its position of power, the EPP is best placed to set EU policy, tilting the agenda to the right. It could also negotiate a working relationship on some issues with parties further to the right, or enter a grand coalition with the S and D.

Two people died from mpox, formerly called monkeypox, in South Africa, the country's health minister announced, within 24 hours of each other, the country's first deaths from the virus. The two men, aged 37 and 38, were tested and shown to have died as a result of the virus, said minister Joe Phaahla. He said that six cases had now been recorded in the country this year - two in Gauteng, and four in KwaZulu-Natal. They were all classed as severe and required hospitalisation.

All diagnosed men were aged between 30 and 39, who had not been to other countries experiencing an outbreak - suggesting that the disease was being transmitted locally. Mpox is a viral infection transmitted through close contact. Initial symptoms include fever, headaches, swellings, back pain, aching muscles, which can develop into a rash. The World Health Organization declared a public health emergency over an outbreak of mpox in 2022. Low levels of cases are still being reported in some countries.

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