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Chatter: Greece votes to stay bailed out

The bailout men win Greece's repeat parliamentary election, Egypt waits to hear who its new president is, and China does some funky stuff in space.
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Need to know:
Greece spoke – and she said bailout. Not that loudly, but loudly enough to reassure the euro zone. 

Early results from yesterday's repeat parliamentary election gave New Democracy conservatives a narrow lead over those who opposed the EU-IMF bailout that the party helped negotiate. For those who back the rescue, the fear was that radical-left coalition Syriza would top the polls and lead Greece out of austerity and into uncertainty; in the end, Syriza came in second, some three percent behind New Democracy.

New Democracy is expected to start sounding out coalition partners as soon as possible. Most likely it will form an alliance with Pasok, the socialist party with whom it drew up the bailout in the first place. 

"The Greek people voted today to stay on the European course and remain in the euro zone," said New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras. "There will be no more adventures; Greece's place in Europe will not be put in doubt."

Want to know:
In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is claiming victory in the country's historic presidential election.

The party says its candidate, Mohamed Morsi, became Egypt's first ever democratically elected president after a two-day run-off vote this weekend. According to the preliminary results they gave, Morsi won 52.5 percent of the ballot to opponent Ahmed Shafiq's 47.5 percent. 

Official results have not yet been released. One thing's certain already: whoever wins will find himself in a battle for power with Egypt's military rulers, who, on the eve of the final day of voting, issued a declaration granting themselves more authority and the president's office less.

Such developments are a reminder not that the revolution should continue, Egyptian activists told GlobalPost, but that the revolution should begin.

Dull but important:
China has become the third country ever to dock a manned craft in space.

China's Shenzhou-9 capsule docked with the Tiangong-1 space lab, 213 miles above the earth, earlier today. Only Russia and the US have ever completed the delicate maneuver before. 

Perfecting the procedure is crucial if China is to achieve its goal of building its own space station by 2020. Chinese President Hu Jintao has hailed the current mission as a "major breakthrough in the country's manned space program."

Just because:
Rodney King
, the black man whose beating by white police officers led to some of the most violent race riots the US has ever seen, is dead. He was 47.

He was found yesterday at the bottom of a swimming pool at his home in Rialto, California. Police say they don't suspect foul play.

King's death comes less than two months after the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles race riots, which broke out after the four LAPD officers captured on camera beating him were acquitted.

"I have forgiven," King said earlier this year, "because America has forgiven me for so many things and given me so many chances."

Strange but true:
There are those that spend their weekends shopping, reading the papers, barbecuing, maybe doing a little DIY. Then there are those who cross the Niagara Falls on a tightrope. 

Nik Wallenda falls into the latter category, having successfully walked from the US to Canada on a high wire suspended 200 feet about the Niagara River. He's the first person to achieve the feat since 1896.

Naturally, there's video. We'll stick to gardening, thanks.

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