Mohammed Morsi was sworn in over the weekend as Egypt's president. Upcoming in the next issue of WORLD: a bigger story on Egyptians under Morsi, and the way ahead for Egypt's large Christian population in this new era of Muslim Brotherhood rule.
Libya will hold elections Saturday, and I'm just getting my head around the implications there. Here's a backgrounder to start.
Mexico has elected PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto as president, returning to power a party that once ruled Mexico for nearly seven decades and contributed mightily to the government's reputation for corruption. Peña Nieto, who is 45, promises that he represents "a new generation." And the 62 percent voter turnout-the largest in Mexico's history-suggests that Mexicans are willing to turn their violence-plagued country back to the old guard.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who died Saturday evening at the age of 96, was laid to rest today. Joel Brinkley, the longtime New York Times bureau chief in Jerusalem (who now teaches journalism at Stanford University), covered Shamir most extensively. Read his 1988 profile here and the obituary he penned for the Times for a fuller understanding of Shamir's important place in Middle East history.
Four international aid workers kidnapped from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp on Friday were rescued in Somalia today in a combined operation of Kenyan and Somali troops. During the Friday attack on two Norwegian Refugee Council vehicles, the driver was killed and two employees for the aid group injured.
Al Shabab (or Shabaab) offered 10 camels for information that could lead to killing President Barack Obama last month (and two camels for information on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton). Never mind the camels: U.S. officials are increasingly taking the group seriously. Last month the U.S. Embassy in Kenya warned that U.S. citizens could be a target of the group, following a countrywide warning issued in April.
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