French prez election: French President Nicolas Sarkozy conceded the presidential election to François Hollande. Not since 1981 has a sitting French president lost a re-election. Hollande will be inaugurated next week.
Riots: Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as Russia’s president, a post he previously held, on Monday. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Moscow to demonstrate on Sunday and Monday. Putin was recently Russia’s prime minister. He will serve as the country’s president until 2018 — when he is up for re-election.
Stock market woes: The stock market saw a downward spike after elections in Europe (France and Greece) caused anxiety among investors.
In Latin America
Mexico’s presidential debate: Four Mexican presidential candidates participated in Sunday night’s first televised debate. Enrique Peña Nieto, Josefina Vazquez Mota, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Gabriel Quadri spoke about why they should be the next president. Mexico will hold its presidential election on July 1.
In North America
Ariz. stops funding: Arizona Gov. Jan brewer signed legislation that will stop funding clinics that provide abortion services. Planned Parenthood has expressed its disdains for the bill, which they said will prevent women from obtaining women’s health services such as breast cancer screenings and information about sexual health.
Derby win/mysterious death: I’ll Have Another won the 138th annual Kentucky Derby. Jockey Mario Gutierrez rode the winning horse. The day following the race, the body of Adan Fabian Perez, an immigrant worker from Guatemala, was found in a barn. The victim worked as a horse groomer at Churchill Downs. Investigators are now looking into his death.
USNS Cesar Chavez: The cargo/ammunition ship the USNS Cesar Chavez was christened last Saturday in San Diego. The late civil rights activist’s wife Helena Fabela Chavez, served as the ship’s sponsor. The ship is the last T-AKE 14 of the Lewis and Clark dry cargo/ammunition ships.
Box office record: The superhero film “The Avengers” solidified itself as a blockbuster hit after shattering domestic records with a $200.3 million weekend opening. “Harry Potter” previously held the mark with $169.2 million.
In the Middle East
Tragedy on Skype: A woman witnessed the death of her husband, Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, while video chatting over Skype. Susan Orellana-Clark saw her husband fall forward and told authorities she saw a bullet hole in the closet behind him. Army officials have said there was no evidence of a bullet wound. The Army is still investigating the incident. Clark was stationed in Afghanistan at the time of his death.
Kidnapped victim’s plea: American hostage Warren Weinstein pleaded to President Barack Obama for his life. Weinstein, who was kidnapped last summer by al Qaeda, is shown in a video pleading to the president to meet the demands of the terrorist group.