First Past the Post: February 21

East and South Asia

China will tax carbon… eventually.

North America

What’s the French word for ‘pasta’?

Latin America / Caribbean

Barbados goes to the polls today.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo appeared at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday.

Europe

Spain’s 2012 budget deficit is unexpectedly under 7%.

A broader Dutch coalition that includes the Christian Democrats?

Protests continue after the resignation of Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borissov’s government.

Forecasting the sooner-than-expected Bulgarian elections.

The leader of a fiscally conservative, anti-corruption party in Italy steps down for lying about his resume.

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk is cautious over joining the eurozone.

Last week’s third-place candidate in the Cypriot presidential election, Giorgios Lillikas, will not likely support either candidate in this Sunday’s runoff.

Russia and Former Soviet Union

Was former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma implicated in the 2000 murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze?

Middle East and North Africa

A fight between Iraqi parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi and prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

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