East and South Asia
The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan holds a 41% to 13% lead in this summer’s upper house elections against its chief rival, the Democratic Party of Japan.
Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, widely believed to be the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, supports gay marriage.
Québec’s Liberal Party chooses Philippe Couillard as its new party leader.
Latin America / Caribbean
Pope Francis meets up in Rome with Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (pictured above).
Mexicans resist foreign investment in Pemex, México’s state-owned oil industry. [Spanish]
Susana Villaran, the first female mayor of Lima in Perú, has survived a recall vote.
Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wants to reform the country’s education system.
Kenyan president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta calls on the ICC to drop his case.
Was Raila Odinga’s campaign team to blame for his Kenyan presidential election loss?
Zimbabwe’s government arrests key opposition figures and human rights lawyers.
Will Pope Francis appoint a new Vatican secretary of state?
In Bulgaria, both the ruling GERB and opposition Socialists have low support.
Leftist and human rights activist Laura Boldrini and Piero Grasso, a former anti-mafia magistrate, are the new speakers of the Italian lower and upper houses, respectively.
Middle East and North Africa
Syria’s rebel opposition has formed an interim government under a new prime minister, Ghassan Hitto.
Imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan expected to call a ceasefire with Turkey.