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Cuba hails its election to UN rights council

Cuba on Wednesday hailed its election to the UN Human Rights Council, saying it was a "resounding recognition" of its work in the area. The communist state was among 14 countries picked to be a part of the Geneva-based body Tuesday despite criticism of its rights record. "It's a resounding recognition of the work undertaken by our country in this field," the official Granma newspaper quoted Anayansi Rodriguez, Cuba's UN ambassador in Geneva, as saying.

A look at China's reform promises: What is in store for the economy and politics

BEIJING, China - Communist Party leaders issued a report Tuesday that pledged to promote market forces in the country's state-dominated economy. But their four-day policymaking meeting, which was shrouded in secrecy, failed to produce dramatic reforms to overhaul a worn-out growth model. That suggested party leaders failed to agree on politically difficult changes required to curb the dominance of state industry and promote competition. WHAT WERE THE MAJOR CHANGES THE COMMUNIST PARTY ANNOUNCED?

In China, pro-Bo Xilai party not seen a threat, but a demand for rights

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - A political party formed by followers of ousted politician Bo Xilai does not appear to be a threat to China's Communist rulers in itself, but is another example of a growing number of citizens speaking up for their rights and the rule of law.

Exclusive: Supporters of China's disgraced Bo Xilai set up political party

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Supporters of China's disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in a direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party's de facto ban on new political groups.

Rights groups condemn life sentences for three Turkish journalists

By Ece Toksabay and Dasha Afanasieva ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Rights groups accused Turkey's courts of using anti-terrorism laws to silence dissent on Wednesday after three journalists were handed life sentences for alleged links to a banned far-leftist organization. The journalists were among seven defendants sentenced to life in jail on Tuesday in the trial of suspected members of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP), charged with trying to "violently overthrow the constitutional order".

Insight: French investigation into Kurdish murders eyes Turkey connections

By Nicholas Vinocur PARIS (Reuters) - French investigators trying to solve the murder of three Kurdish activists in Paris have collected evidence about the chief suspect's connections to Turkey, four sources with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters. Police sources told Reuters the magistrate in charge of the case was about to lodge a formal appeal for information to Turkey about Omer Guney, a Turkish immigrant placed under formal investigation for the triple murder eight months ago.

Cuba to eliminate dual-currency regime

Havana, Oct 22 (EFE).- The Cuban government announced Tuesday the beginning of a process to eliminate the unpopular dual-currency system that has prevailed on the island since 1994, Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday. "The Council of Ministers has agreed to put into effect a schedule for applying measures that will lead to monetary and exchange-rate unification," the newspaper said. Cuba now has two currencies - the peso, which is worth less than 4 cents, and the CUC, which trades at parity with the dollar.

Cuba announces end to dual currency

Cuba announced Tuesday it was ending an unpopular 19-year-old dual currency system that has contributed to a growing wealth gap between Cubans with access to dollars and those without. The official Communist Party newspaper Granma said the new unified currency would be phased in over time. Under the current system, Cuba exchanges dollars received through tourism, trade and overseas remittances into convertible Cuban pesos at a rate of one for one.

Leftists poised to sweep Czech elections

Disillusioned by tough economic times and corruption scandals that toppled rightwing parties from power this summer, Czechs are poised to hand victory to leftwingers in early parliamentary elections this week. Voters already made a sharp left turn in January, electing veteran leftwinger and ex-communist Milos Zeman as president after ten years under the staunchly rightwing EU-sceptic Vaclav Klaus. The Social Democrats (CSSD) are now likely to win the two-day ballot ending Saturday.

China Party journal decries Western 'democracy trap'

BEIJING (Reuters) - An influential Chinese Communist Party journal denounced on Wednesday Western calls for political reform saying such pressure was aimed at getting rid of the Communist Party and its leaders. The unusually strong attack on the Western "democracy trap", published in the journal Qiushi, comes during a sustained government campaign against political dissent.
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