Elections: Egypt held its first round of the presidential election last week — the first of several. Results are expected this week. A presidential runoff between Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and Ahmed Shafiq is anticipated for June 16 and 17.
Malaria drugs in question: It was discovered that about one-third of drugs used to combat malaria in Africa and in Southeast Asia, respectively, are fake. The drugs were found to be either not effective or counterfeit.
Queen’s milestone: Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her diamond jubilee in early June with a concert and a variety of events. The queen has been on the throne for 60 years.
In Latin America
Bud: Tropical Storm Bud made landfall on Friday on the southwest coast of Mexico. Bud was a Category 1 storm before being downgraded.
Students protest: Thousands of university students lead a protest on Wednesday, marching toward the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. Students demonstrated against what they believe has been partisan representation of the country’s presidential election, which many of the protesters have said favors PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto.
In North America
Dragon in space: An unmanned spacecraft successfully attached itself to the International Space Station on Friday. SpaceX Dragon is a privately owned spacecraft that transported cargo to astronauts aboard the space station. The success of this mission is seen as a large stepping-stone in private commercial space flight. NASA retired the space shuttle fleet last year.
Catholic church sues: The Catholic Church recently sued the Obama administration over the healthcare law that mandates medical coverage of contraceptives. While churches are exempt from the mandate, religious organizations that serve the general public are not. The Catholic Church filed the suit on behalf of several Catholic entities including hospitals and colleges affiliated to the church.
Patz killer charged: Pedro Hernández, 51, was charged with the murder of Etan Patz. According to police, Hernández confessed to killing the then 6-year-old boy 33 years ago. In his confession, Hernández said he strangled Patz and disposed of his body in a plastic bag. Hernández was arraigned on Friday.
In the Middle East
Treason: A Pakistan doctor who helped the U.S. find Osama bin Laden was sentenced to 33 years in prison. Pakistan convicted Dr. Shakeel Afridi of treason for assisting U.S. intelligence agencies by collecting DNA samples, which lead to the discovery and eventual death of bin Laden. Lawyers are appealing the conviction. In the U.S., the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to cut $33 million in aid to Pakistan — symbolizing every year of jail time he received.