The 16th Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties was hosted with elegant patience by the Communist Party of Ecuador.
A leader of a new union at Samsung in South Korea named Yeom Ho-seok took his own life to protest the vicious anti-union policies of the company.
During the week ending on May 25, voters in the 28 countries of the European Union voted for members of the 766-member European Parliament.
The big event was held in the capital city of Lefkosia (Nicosia) and attracted a massive turnout from the populace, especially labor.
This is the first time since India won independence in 1947 that a rightist party has won a clear majority in parliament.
"The horrific news coming from the coal mine near Soma is a punch in the gut for every coal miner everywhere in the world."
Twitter carried pictures of protesting Asian workers and news reports said the Obama-Abe bargaining in Japan would probably not result in approval of the trade pact.
He was arrested in June 2011 and sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges widely levelled against trade unionists.
Obando is a sociologist and documentary filmmaker. A week before her arrest, she issued a report documenting the murders of 1500 FENSUAGRO union members. FENSUAGRO is Colombia's largest agricultural workers' union.
Transport grinds to a halt and schools close as thousands march through Athens in protest.