This week, Egyptians will participate in the country's first ever free and fair presidential election, and the EU will turn its spotlight on injustice in Ukraine. In the US, Chicago is preparing for protests ahead of a Nato summit that could decide Afghanistan's future, and the Leveson Inquiry in London expects some juicy witness testimony in the ongoing Murdoch saga.
Egypt will hold its first presidential elections since last year's revolution on Wednesday and Thursday (23 and 24 May). If no candidate wins an outright majority, a runoff will be held in June. Amr Moussa, a foreign minister under Mubarak, then head of the Arab League, is expected to do well. But he faces stiff resistance from Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak's last prime minister. Moussa still leads the opinion polls, but it doesn't look like he will win a majority in the first round.
Lesotho also votes this week – hoping to elect a functioning government, after two years of political infighting that led to prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili quitting his own party.
Nato leaders will meet in Chicago this week, to tackle the alliance's ongoing engagement in Afghanistan – expiry date 2014. The going could get sticky if new French president Francois Hollande sticks to his election committment to have all French troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
On Monday, the summit's final day, Occupy Chicago is planning to shut down Boeing's headquarters as part of a series of protests. The defence manufacturer has erected a 3 metre (10ft) fence around its building, but says it's for planned construction work and not related to the Nato meeting.
Leveson: the book of revelations
Britain's Leveson Inquiry is set to hear testimony from an all-star cast, including former ministers and top political journalists. But the star turn is Thursday's double-bill of Adam Smith, former special adviser to culture minister Jeremy Hunt, and News Corp lobbyist Fred Michel. Smith had to quit his job when it merged he'd been giving Michel privileged information during their bid to take over satellite broadcaster BSkyB. By the end of Friday, Hunt's hold on his Cabinet job may be even more shaky .
Ukraine under scrutiny
On Tuesday, members of the European Parliament will debate the situation in Ukraine and the case of imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. EU-Ukrainian relations have been frozen since the ex-premier's incarceration on what everybody agrees were politically inspired charges. Ukraine, co-host of this summer's European Football Championship, is keen to avoid diplomatic isolation: it may need to rethink its brutal approach to political dissent.