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Even Presidents Struggle To Keep Their Dignity

An artist painted South African President Jacob Zuma exposed. The president is seeking a court order to have the painting removed from a gallery. At the University of Texas, a commencement poster included a typo. It was missing the letter "L." It's supposed to be the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Voting Opens In Egypt's Historical Election

Egyptian voters go to the polls over the next two days to vote for president. There are 12 candidates but polls suggest the race is down to four men: two Islamists and two former officials in the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak. If no one wins at least 50 percent of the vote in the first round, a runoff will be held next month.

'Amour' Captures Buzz At Cannes Film Festival

The movie being talked about the most at this year's Cannes Film Festival in the south of France is Michael Haneke's Amour. It's the 65th anniversary of the festival.

Russia Opposes Iran Acquiring Nuclear Weapons

Russian leaders don't want to see Iran with a nuclear weapon any more than the U.S. does. Russian analysts point out that Iran is not far from southern Russia. If Iran acquires nuclear weapons, Russian territory is within range of Iranian missiles. That fact makes many in Russia nervous.

Afghan Public Protection Force Replaces Contractors

Nearly two years ago, President Hamid Karzai called for armed private security contractors in his country to be replaced by a state-run force. The Afghan Public Protection Force took over last month, and its off to a rocky start.

Iran In Tough Spot As Sanctions Take Economic Toll

The United States has stopped buying Iranian oil, and the European Union is set to do so at the end of next month. There are sanctions on Iran's central bank and punishments for companies that help Iran ship its oil. Experts says Iran's oil exports are now in serious jeopardy.