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.
A new feature: links to some recent material that readers should find interesting.
One from the archive, as the Vietnam War recedes further into the past.
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.
Prime minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a fresh mandate, and seems unlikely to have much trouble getting it.
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.
Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.