IRAN

Monkey survives space

Iranian state television said Monday that the nation had put a monkey into space “as a prelude to sending humans.” The successful flight involved a relatively small rocket that went straight up and down, according to the state-sponsored news report, and the monkey survived the flight. Western experts said the brief experiment appeared to have few if any immediate military implications.

Netherlands

Queen to abdicate

The Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix announced Monday that she is ending her reign after 33 years and passing the crown to her eldest son, who has long been groomed to be king but who will have to work hard to match his mother’s popularity. The widely expected abdication comes at a time of debate over the future of the largely ceremonial Dutch monarchy.

EGYPT

Deadly unrest continues

Protesters battled police for hours in Cairo on Monday and thousands marched through Egypt’s three Suez Canal cities in direct defiance of a night-time curfew and state of emergency, handing a blow to the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s attempts to contain five days of spiraling political violence. Nearly 60 people have been killed in the wave of unrest, clashes, rioting and protests that have touched cities across the country.

ISRAEL

Sharon has brain activity

Seven years after a massive stroke removed him from office and left him in a vegetative state, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is able to process information and has exhibited “robust activity” in his brain, according to doctors who conducted recent tests. Though some hoped Sharon might regain consciousness and resume his life, experts warned that was highly unlikely. The medical team that tested him last week said Monday that the scans showed the 84-year-old Sharon responding to pictures of his family and recordings of his son’s voice. It is not clear how much he understood.

Compiled from wire reports.