Hollande makes first Japan visit
French President Francoise Hollande makes his first official state visit to Japan today for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he seeks to bolster French economic and defence links to Asia. A lucrative deal for 60 Airbus planes followed his visit to China last month with a delegation of French business leaders. With France facing soaring youth unemployment, Hollande's approval ratings are at the lowest of any modern French leader. The French head of state and his partner, Valérie Trierweiler, are also scheduled to make a state call on Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
Google challenges YouTube ban in Pakistan
Google representatives are expected to appear at the Lahore High Court in an attempt to challenge Pakistan's ban on YouTube. The court adjourned the trial in mid May after a request filed by the Ministry of Information Technology requested a delay in order to allow Google to take part in the hearing. Pakistan blocked the social media website in September last year after the company refused to remove a film that allegedly insulted Islam.
UK global hunger activists forgo food
Three bishops are among activists in Britain, who have pledged to go without food for the day to show their commitment to ending global hunger. The bishops of Salisbury, Ramsbury and Sherborne will join thousands of other people around the country, organisers say, as part of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign, being held ahead of a meeting of Group of Eight leaders in Northern Ireland on June 17 and 18. The campaigners are urging G8 leaders to act on global hunger by ending corporate tax dodging in developing countries, preventing poor farmers being forced off their land and ending malnutrition.
South Korea marks Memorial Day
The 58th anniversary of Memorial Day is being marked in South Korea, to commemorate the men and women who died in military service during the Korean war and other conflicts. A memorial ceremony is scheduled to be held in Seoul and sirens will ring across the country at 10am, when people will hold silent prayers for 10 minutes. The South Korean flag will be flown at half-mast.
European Leader of the Year to be chosen
Six nominees are contesting the European Leader of the Year award under the scrutiny of a jury chosen from civil society, academia and the media. The award is designed to honour the person who has had the greatest impact on the European agenda in a year. Nominees include European Central Bank president Mario Draghi (pictured) for his "management of the euro-zone crisis", and Polish premier Donald Tusk for growing his country's economy "in line with European values".