First Past the Post: February 5


East and South Asia

A verdict is due in the war crimes trial of Abdul Quader Mollah, a leader of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami.

Pakistan’s political parties are getting down to brass tacks on a caretaker prime minister.

North America

Canada bids farewell to the penny (pictured above).

U.S. senator John McCain compares Iran’s president to a ‘monkey’ (to be fair, it’s not every day that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asks to be launched into space).

Greenland will go to the polls March 12.

Latin America / Caribbean

Argentina will get a two-month price freeze, in a sign that clearly no one is worried about inflation.

A regulation change for nightclubs in Brazil?

Colombia’s ELN reports taking two Germans hostage.


More on Nigeria’s sorpasso of South Africa by 2020.

ICTR genocide acquittals shock Rwanda.


Former UK energy minister and leading Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne pleads guilty — more background on the speeding scandal here.

Serbian prime minister Ivica Dačić is in trouble over a meeting with an organize crime leader.

The Financial Times weighs in on Iceland four years after its financial crisis.

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy responds to accusations of receiving illicit funds with some perplexing answers.

Fallout from the attempted assassination of Armenian presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan.

Middle East

Wrangling over Lebanon’s electoral system.

Yair Lapid, says an aide to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is drunk with power.

Netanyahu is now also looking to Tzipi Livni’s party as a potential coalition ally.


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