Mexicans voted on Sunday, July 1, to elect Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party to the presidency, as power returned to the former ruling party after more than a decade in opposition amid an unsettling drug war and economic downturn, The New York Times and Courrier International reported. With about 38 percent of the vote, Peña Nieto brought back into power the centrist party that was removed from the head of the nation in 2000 as Mexico progressed toward a multi-party democracy. While his closest opponent, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution, did not concede, awaiting a complete count of votes, current President Felipe Calderón congratulated Peña Nieto on his victory on the evening of Sunday, according to Le Parisien.
After prosecutors concluded their case last month against Radovan Karadzi, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia acquitted on Thursday, June 28, the former Bosnian Serb leader of one charge of genocide. Karadzi still faces ten other counts, and the defense is expected to begin its case as early as October, Le Monde and The Guardian reported. Karadzi’s trial began in October 2009. He was arrested the year before after 13 years in hiding. As the long trial continues, one count of genocide was dropped, as judges said a series of killings by Bosnian Serbs in 1992 did not merit the gravest charge possible in the International Criminal Court, though judges allowed another genocide charge relating to the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, according to AFP.
In the Malian city of Gao, an Islamist rebel group attacked on Wednesday, June 27, buildings held by the secular National Liberation Movement of Azawad (MNLA), breaking a truce between the two rebel movements that had occupied the northern part of the nation, The New York Times. Algerian jihadis arrived to support the Islamist movement on Friday, June 29, and the Islamist groups destroyed a number of religious monuments over the weekend, including a mosque dating back to the 15th century that had been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, according to Le Nouvel Observateur and Libération.
The Iranian press announced on Monday, June 25, that two men had been sentenced to death for repeated consumption of alcohol in the northeast of the Islamic Republic, Le Figaro reported. Le Point explored the recent rise in illegal consumption of alcohol in Iran, where the substance has been outlawed since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
In Haifa, Israel, the first-ever pageant of Holocaust survivors held on Thursday, June 28, was received with mixed reviews, Le Figaro reported. Organizers coordinated the event as a means of maintaining the memory of the Holocaust, as all 14 finalists told their stories of survival. Opponents of the event said the beauty pageant format trivialized the tragic events, as covered by The New York Times.