Salvini, from the hardline League Party, has clashed with his fellow Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) party over a range of policies.
More than 100 migrants stranded off the Italian coast cannot find a home, as Italy refuses to let them ashore until EU states offer them sanctuary.
Soon after the end of the Najib Razak-led government, cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque no longer faced a travel ban and the new administration dropped sedition charges against him.
Von der Leyen will address the 751-member European Parliament at 0700 GMT, to be followed by a debate and a secret ballot at 1600 GMT.
The nominations came after one of the longest summits in recent years, outstripping even all-night negotiations during the Greek debt crisis.
Sri Lankan police arrested the country's police chief, currently on compulsory leave, and the former defence secretary over alleged negligence that led to the Easter attacks.
The US president's comment did little to silence questions about his relationship with Russia.
Far-right League leader Matteo Salvini has tried to ban the Dutch-flagged vessel from approaching under a "closed ports" policy, which has seen migrants repeatedly stranded at sea.
A run-off election in small German town of Goerlitz, with a population of around 55,000 people on the Polish border, could end in the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party winning its first mayoral seat.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Iran in first visit by a Japanese leader to the country since the 1979 revolution.
Hundreds of thousands protest new laws that allow the extradition of convicts to other Chinese territories.
Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro laments what he called the "criminal invasion" of the phones of several prosecutors involved in a sprawling anti-graft probe that has put dozens of top politicians and businessmen behind bars.
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