Two Communist-led states of India, West Bengal, with a population of 90 million and Kerala, with 30 million, are in the midst of tough elections.
Party leaders stressed that even though some of the proposals may seem radical, their purpose is not to dismantle, but to strengthen Cuba's socialist system.
The most left-wing presidential candidate came from behind and bested a whole array of right-wing candidates to enter a runoff election.
The Japanese Communist Party has called on all successive governments to make a drastic change in the atomic energy administration and has opposed additional construction plans.
Jimmy Carter, during a three-day visit to Cuba this week, called for a release of the Cuban Five and an end to the long-standing U.S. blockade against the island nation.
The Communist Party of Egypt has once again become an important voice in the secular opposition.
The oldest peson in Cuba, Juana Bautista de la Candelaria Rodriguez celebrated her 126th birthday with relatives and friends and attributes her health to the pure air of the countryside, a diet rich in meat and a "heart that has always been full of love."
Survivors of government persecution paid homage to Colombia's Patriotic Union, memorializing victims of slaughter of UP activists, which, after nearly a quarter century, is still ongoing.
Jyoti Basu, a grand man of Indian politics and socialist movement who enjoyed tremendous popularity and respect, died Jan. 17 at age 95.
Seven of eight million registered voters (88%) turned out for Chile's December general elections, and the results made news worldwide.