First Past the Post: March 20

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East and South Asia

Nitish Kumar may or may not make a run for Indian prime minister in 2014.

India has passed a tough new anti-rape law.

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has placed a 120-day delay on a reproductive law that would provide free contraception.

Chinese president Xi Jingping meets U.S. treasury secretary Jack Lew, who opted for a cheap dumpling lunch.

Will Nawaz Sharif return as prime minister of Pakistan?

North America

Low hopes for U.S. president Barack Obama’s trip to Israel and the Middle East.

Latin America / Caribbean

Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles takes a shot at Cuba.

The trial of former Guatemalan leader Efrain Ríos Montt on genocide charges began Tuesday.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has a 79% approval rating.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe’s constitutional referendum has passed overwhelmingly, as expected.

The Jubilee coalition that supported Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential campaign is set to control both houses of Kenya’s parliament.

Losing presidential candidate Raila Odinga wants the IEBC’s electronic system audited.

Europe

Former Bank of Cyprus chair Anthanasios Orphanides says the European project is dying.

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble warns Cyprus.

French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac has resigned over an alleged Swiss bank account.

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano will kick off formal government talks today.

Swedish Migration Minister Tobias Billström (pictured above) is under fire over a remark about migrants who are not ‘blond and blue-eyed.’

Middle East and North Africa

Lebanon tries to hold back spillover violence from Syria.

The Obama trip is about Iran, not the Palestinian peace process.

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