First Past the Post: February 27

East and South Asia

A tribunal in Dhaka is expected to deliver a verdict on Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee Thursday.

Spiegel interviews Nobel laureate Mo Yan.

North America

U.S. secretary of state John Kerry’s first gaffe.

Former Republican U.S. senator Chuck Hagel is confirmed as U.S. secretary of defense.

Latin America / Caribbean

Colombian coffee growers go on strike.

In Paraguay, the Colorado Party’s Horacio Cartes leads polls for April’s presidential election, but two challengers are each within single digits.  

Sub-Saharan Africa

Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga face difficult questions over land reform in Kenya.

Europe

The European Union’s ministers back a fish dumping ban.

Pope Benedict XVI is set to hold his final audience.

Iceland’s Progressive Party is on the rise in polls in advance of spring elections.

Paul Krugman: ‘This is the way the euro ends: not with the banks but with bunga-bunga.’

Lithuania moves closer to joining the eurozone.

Tyson Barker argues why this time is different for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Middle East and North Africa

The National Salvation Front will boycott Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections. That’s huge.

Neither Fatah nor Hamas?

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