The Eurozone and the IMF have reached an agreement to unlock 43.7 billion euros to aid the Greek government in meeting their payments (read story here). CiU spokesman, Francesc Homs, warns potential government partners, ERC, that 2013 will see the equivalent cuts of the last two years put together (read story here). Heavy rainfall is expected across Catalunya, as a cold front hits the Iberian peninsular and temperatures drop (read story here).
Leader of the ERC, Oriol Junqueras, indicates that he is more inclined to support Mas from outside the Government, due to key differences in economic policies (read story here). Mayor of Sabadell, Manuel Bustos, along with eight other council employees, has been accused of bribery and involvement in a planning corruption case being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor (read story here). The remains of the historic Palestinian leader, Yaser Arafat, have been exhumed in order to determine whether poisoning was the cause of his death in 2004 (read story here).
Ten children were killed by the Syrian army during an areal attack. The children, all under 15 years of age, were playing out on the street when the bombing began (read story here).