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From left: Abu Ismail; Suleiman; and el-Shater.(-/AFP/Getty Images)

• Egypt’s Islamist-dominated Parliament disqualified ten candidates in the presidential elections set to begin next month, but notably three front-runners: Khairat el-Shater, of the Muslim Brotherhood; Omar Suleiman, ex-President Mubarak’s former right hand man, of the military establishment; and Hazem Abu Ismail, of the ultraconservatives. [WP]

• It seems likely that Suleiman will figure out a way to succeed on appeal while el-Shater will step aside for the Brotherhood’s second choice. [NYT]

• U.N. observers, authorized by the first real Security Council resolution on Syria, arrived there Sunday to monitor the end of violence and implementation of a peace plan. [WP]

• Israel seems to have largely halted the “flytilla”—more than a thousand activists trying to fly into Ben-Gurion International to protest the occupation—before it started, with foreign airlines restricting certain passengers at Israel’s request. [NYT]

• Interior Minister Eli Yishai told a right-wing gathering that it was crucial to deport illegal immigrants from places like Sudan and Eritrea, even as their numbers may increase in coming months. [Haaretz]

• Aw, mom you’re just jealous, it’s the Beastie Boys being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And best wishes to MCA, who has cancer and was unable to attend the ceremony. [Examiner]





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