The ruling Socialist Party was severely punished in Portugal's parliamentary elections on June 5.
On Election Day, the governing socialists took a drubbing, losing to the People's Party and its right-wing allies in all provincial governments and most local ones.
At the Cuban Communist Party's sixth congress, it was an occasion for remembering and rededication.
In the "democratic" Czech Republic, the government argues that communism is a criminal ideology, just like Nazism.
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.
A super-strong telescope, to be constructed nearly half a mile below the earth's surface and more than a mile in length, may be able to look into the distant past - to see the Big Bang.
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.
In spite of possible fraud Haiti's Provisional Elections Council recently announced Michel Martelly has apparently won the runoff elections by a landslide over former First Lady Mirlande Manigat.