BREAKING: Greek & Egypt Elections Today. In Greece, the centre-right New Democracy party holds a narrow lead over the anti-austerity Syriza (too close to call). The New Democracy party promises to stay with the European bailout plan while Syriza said it would tear the plan up. The results could decide the fate of the euro. Follow along with our live coverage here.
In Egypt, following a drama-filled week, Egyptians headed to the polls this weekend in the first free presidential elections since Mubarak’s rule. The two top candidates are Mohammed Morsi (head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party) and Ahmed Shafiq (Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister). Results are expected by Thursday. Follow every twist and turn live here.
2) In the U.S., Obama announced an executive action to end the deportation of some undocumented youth brought here as children by their parents on Friday. Similar to the DREAM Act that was being discussed in Congress, the new law is set to apply to those undocumented youth under the age of 16 who have been in the U.S. for 5 years or more and are willing to pursue an education or join the military. Read the generally positive reactions here, here, and here.
3) In Russia, Vladimir Putin increased fines for protesting without a permit to $9K. Organizers would be fined $30K. After Russian police raided homes of protest leaders also, tens of thousands took to the street in Russia’s biggest protest so far this year.
4) China launched its first manned spacecraft, the Shenzhou 9, to dock with China’s space station, the Tiangong 1. The crew included the first female Chinese astronaut, Liu Yang (image here).
5) In Japan, economic struggles and power shortages led prime minister Yoshihiko Noda to ask that two nuclear reactors to be restarted. All 54 nuclear reactors in Japan were shut down following Fukushima last year.
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Just for fun – The simple, humble, surprisingly sexy button (Slate).