A left-right contest in Colombia puts in question the country's economic future and the continuation of the peace deal with its left-wing rebels.
Lebanon's long-delayed general election is a poor result for its prime minister, but he may still contrive to keep his job.
Another step forward for democracy in West Africa, but it brings reminders of a brutal civil war.
Lenin and the Bolsheviks took power a century ago. Much blood has flowed under the bridge since then.
Catalonia has no chance of getting a credible vote for independence this week. Kurdistan has already got one, but it's not doing it much good.
Iraq's Kurds say they're pushing forward with a referendum on independence, but the nature of their strategy remains a little unclear.