In Egypt, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood seems headed for victory in the presidential run-off election. But the latest announcements from the Supreme Military Council could strip him of most of his power.
The G-20 economic conference opened Monday in Los Cabos, Mexico. Much of the focus is on the economic woes in the Eurozone, but President Obama took time to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was the first time the two men had met since Putin returned to that job and comes at a tense time between the two nations. Scott Horsley talks to Robert Siegel.
The European debt crisis provided the backdrop to the weekend's election in Greece where a conservative, party won the most votes. The New Democracy party is working to form a coalition government and says Greece must meet its bailout commitments. But party leader Antonis Samaras also said he would work to alleviate the hardships Greeks have suffered under austerity measures.
Even before votes were counted in Egypt's first competitive presidential election, military leaders effectively seized control of the country. The ruling military council granted itself broad powers over the government, including budget control, immunity from oversight and the power to declare war.
Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus recently spent three weeks in southern Europe. In his column, he writes that he found personal stories behind what, to many Americans, can sound like a "bloodless, mind-numbing discussion of currency zones, bank recapitalization and interest rates."
When anti-government demonstrations began last year, the Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio supported the young Syrians calling for democracy. During his three decades in Syria, the Italian Jesuit priest helped restore an ancient monastery outside of Damascus and promoted Christian-Muslim dialogue.
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