First Past the Post: October 1

Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda overhauls his government’s cabinet.

A new poll in South Korea shows Park Guen-hye easily leading a three-way race for the December 19 presidential election, but in a close contest with either Moon Jae-in or Ahn Cheol-soo.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls set out an alternative economic vision for the United Kingdom at the Labour Party’s annual conference.

The free-market VVD of caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte and the Labour Party have reached an agreement on the 2013 budget, a sign that coalition talks are progressing following the Sept. 12 election in The Netherlands.

Same-sex marriage was defeated narrowly today in Northern Ireland.

Venezuelan presidential challenger Henrique Capriles said today he will name an active general as defense minister if he wins — but didn’t name who exactly his choice will be.

Support for Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal Party is collapsing in Canada’s largest province, as the Conservative Party and the New Democratic Party vie for first place in anticipation of elections in 2013.

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