1) In Mexico, with presidential elections less than a month away, opposition front-runner Enrique Peña Nieto’s lead has narrowed. Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the left moved into second place, just four percentage points behind Peña Nieto in the race to succeed current President Felipe Calderón. Peña Nieto was formerly the governor of the State of Mexico. López Obrador lost narrowly to Calderón in the 2006 presidential elections.
2) In Egypt, former president Hosni Mubarak is refusing food and has been defibrillated twice after his heart stopped. This may be the end for the former dictator. Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for violently suppressing the protests last year. Thousands protested the decision because no one was actually convicted for the security forces’ killings.
3) In Syria, 78 more civilians were slaughtered by Assad’s forces. Russia has now said that it supports a transition away from Assad.
4) In Pakistan, and American drone killed al-Qaeda’s second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi. Drones have killed over a dozen of al-Qaeda’s top leadership. The only remaining big target is Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader who took over after bin Laden’s death.
5) In the U.S., Wiconsin governor Scott Walker easily won the recall elections by 7 points in a viciously contested fight, dubbed “the civil war” by some observers.
Breaking – Euro zone finance ministers lend Spain $125 billion to bail out its banks.
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