Right-wing parties hold steady lead ahead of Israeli polls
In just a week's time, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will find out if his gamble has paid off. He's called early elections and it looks like it will work for him, with very little doubt that he will remain in power. However, the race between the runner-ups is hotly contested; it is likely Netanyahu will not get enough seats to rule alone and will be forced to form a coalition once again.
Pakistan is said to be close to buying three French submarines, but negotiations are unfolding in a context of suspicions of corruption linked to a previous submarine sale, said to be linked to the Karachi bombing of 2002.
France 24 looks at the chaotic situation in Manila after tropical storm Ketsana hit the Philippine capital bringing with it the heaviest rain in more than four decades. At least 140 people have been reported dead, officials say.
Angela Merkel has swept to a second mandate as German Chancellor, this time securing a majority with her favoured coalition partner, the pro-business FDP, as the Social Democrats paid the price of an uncomfortable partnership with the CDU.
The former Prime Minister of the Jewish state is in court accused of corruption during his time as the mayor of Jerusalem. Ehud Olmert is the first Israeli PM to stand trial and his case is expected to go on for several months.