Quartz Daily Brief—Asia edition—UK’s election nears, McDonald’s turnaround, Mayweather wins, mead

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What to watch for today

The final week of UK electioneering begins. Monday is a bank holiday, but prime minister David Cameron and his would-be replacements will be busy ahead of Thursday’s vote. The outcome is looking to be the messiest in a generation.

McDonald’s tries to serve investors a happy meal. The fast-food restaurant will describe its plan to turn around sales in the US, France, Russia, and Japan. It’s the first major attempt by new CEO Steve Easterbrook to restore confidence in the company.

Economic data across the US and Europe. Expect fresh figures on US factory orders, Turkey’s inflation, and Markit’s manufacturing PMI in the euro zone. The Federal Reserve’s Charles Evans will speak on monetary policy in Indiana.

What’s the name of the newest royal baby? The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl in London on Saturday, and her name is expected to be announced shortly. Alice is the odds-on favorite. The child, now fourth in line to the throne, is the queen’s fifth great-grandchild.

Over the weekend

Nepal’s death toll crossed 7,000. The United Nations pressed Nepal to speed entry of aid (paywall) to the millions of people affected by last week’s earthquake, rather than treating the goods like normal imports. There was also concern about heavy loads on Katmandu’s single-runway airport.

Mayweather won the fight of the century. The American beat Manny Pacquiao on points in what was billed as the “fight of the century.” Mayweather, who confirmed he would fight once more in September and then retire, will make as much as $200 million from the fight.

Thousands of migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast. Italian and French navy vessels pulled nearly 3,700 migrants from boats operated by smugglers. The operations, which continued through the weekend, came after a capsized boat killed more than 800 people last month.

Warren Buffett fielded sharp questions. At Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, the CEO was pressed on whether the conglomerate is too big to fail, weakness in the reinsurance industry (paywall), the lending practices at 3G Capital and Clayton Homes, and who might succeed him as leader of the firm.

Quartz obsession interlude

Kabir Chibber on Floyd Mayweather’s unbeaten peers in the world of boxing. “The legendary Brockton, Massachusetts-born fighter is the only heavyweight champion ever to retire undefeated. Not only that, but he fought some of the best of his era. He also ended the career of the great Joe Louis, one of his idols.” Read more here.

Matters of debate

Women are going to save Japan. More and more are joining the workforce.

The new Avengers film is really about NSA spying. It’s in tune with the political zeitgeist.

To stay married, consider delaying your wedding. Age is the “smoking gun” in modern marriage.

The rise of emoji is effectively a new language. In much of Europe, emoji are present in more than half of all Instagram captions.

Deadlines are your friend. They are the best way to get things done, especially on your own.

Surprising discoveries

Game of Thrones has made mead hip. The nectar of the gods makes a comeback.

There are lots of useful but untranslatable words. Such as tretår, a second refill—or “threefill”—of coffee.

Johannesburg is Africa’s most popular city for young people. But entrepreneurs prefer Lagos.

Prince Harry is now fifth in line to the throne. When told he was less likely to become king, he replied, “Great!”

Many people hate the sound of Hillary Clinton’s voice. It’s all about identity politics.

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