Cuban President Raul Castro has warned his compatriots that there will be hard times ahead, while making his revolution anniversary speech, but failed to usher in the expected reforms that many Cubans had been waiting for.
India's government lost the support of its communist partners as PM Manmohan Singh pressed ahead for a nuclear deal with the US. The agreement will allow India to legalise its standing in the international nuclear community.
President Raul Castro announced that a long-delayed Communist Party Congress designed to "confront the challenges of the future" will finally be held in 2009. Cuba's new leader also commuted several death sentences into jail terms.
Over five decades since his death, Comrade Stalin still arouses mixed feelings among Georgians. Praised for his senior place in History, he is also remembered for the millions of people killed during his leadership of the USSR. (Report: R.Gente)
Cyprus communist party leader Demetris Christofias has won the presidential election run-off against Foreign Minister Loannis Kasoulides taking 53.36 percent of the vote, according to final official results. Jasper Mortimer reports from Nicosia.