Japan has held legislative elections in what's seen as a chance for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to cement his majority. That would give him the power to push through further reforms as the economy continues to improve.
At first glance, it would appear the protests over the murder of a journalist and his fiancee have triggered a political earthquake in Slovakia. But the country is still a long way from major change, says Keno Verseck.
Brussels has called on Italy to "boost the reform momentum" as it continues its sluggish recovery after the 2008 crisis. But the warning may fall on deaf ears after eurosceptics led the polls in last week's election.
Japan has taken the lead in forging the agreement that has evolved from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal after Washington pulled out, but the US would be welcomed in the future, say experts.
Filipinos have rallied at the Chinese Embassy in Manila to protest against two Beijing-funded dam projects that they say will occupy land, destroy environment and incur massive foreign debt on the Philippine government.
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