Most Germans believe the Catholic Church's policy of celibacy is outdated. According to a survey, nearly 90% of those polled believe celibacy should finally be phased out.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released after 20 days in detention for unauthorized protest. Police arranged the release to take place away from assembled journalists.
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Japanese voters have braved strong winds and heavy rain to cast their ballot in a key election. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a new mandate to tackle the threats posed by North Korea and a fast-ageing population.
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