First Past the Post: March 25

East and South Asia

Hazar Khan Khoso will be Pakistan’s caretaker prime minister until May 11 elections.

Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has returned to Pakistan.

With another one of her nominees resigning due to scandal, South Korean president Park Guen-hye will retain current defense minister Kim Kwan-jin.

North America

The shrinking U.S. role in advising policymakers in Iraq.


Venezuela’s government admits that homicides rose 14% in 2012.

Latin America / Caribbean

The Cuban revolution hasn’t been such a great thing for Cuban blacks.

The Vatican won’t intervene in the Falklands/Malvinas dispute.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Rebels capture the capital of the Central African Republic.

Eight Nigerian governors are set to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party.

The significance of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to Tanzania.

Nigeria’s Chinua Achebe has died.


Cyprus and the IMF/European ‘troika’ reach a deal — with a 40% haircut for deposits at the Bank of Cyprus over €100,000.

Felix Salmon already has some must-read comments on the latest Cyprus deal.

The previously planned capital controls would have essentially meant the end of Cyprus’s membership in the eurozone.

Police say there’s no evidence that Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch living in exile in London, was murdered.

Paris hosts a widespread rally opposed to same-sex marriage.

Middle East and North Africa

Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati has resigned, three months ahead of parliamentary elections.

Australia and Oceania

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard announces her post-spill team of ministers.

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