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Satisfaction on rise in emerging nations

A Chinese woman laughs during a social dance with a man at Ritan Park in Beijing on Thursday. 	— AP

Those who live in emerging economies are considerably more satisfied with their lives than they were seven years ago, according to a global public opinion survey published Thursday.

Iran foils nuclear plant sabotage

Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Mahmoud Abbas: Clashes in East Jerusalem war declaration

Palestinian youths throw stones during clashes with Israeli border police on Thursday after Moatez Higazi was shot. AP

The Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried, hours earlier, to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fe

Iraqi Kurdish fighters enter Syria to fight ISIS

Kurds in Turkey (left) greet peshmerga convoys at Viransehir in Sanliurfa. AFP

A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobane on Thursday to help push back ISIS militants who have defied US airstrikes and threatened to massacre its K

Burkina Faso Parliament set ablaze in protest over President

A Burkina Faso protester gestures outside the Parliament in Ouagadougou as cars and documents burn on Thursday. 	— AFP

Angry demonstrators went on the rampage in Burkina Faso on Thursday, setting Parliament ablaze in a surge of violence that forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow Preside

‘Little Berlin’ village reminisces how its own Wall fell

An employee cuts grass in a meadow in front of a tank of the former German Democratic Republic at the Deutsch-Deutsche. AFP

Germany, 1989: Snow falls as an excited crowd breaks through the Wall and people tearfully embrace loved ones after decades of living apart. Berlin? Wrong.

Communist rule ‘fundamental’ to rule of law

President Xi Jingping

Communist power is a “fundamental requirement” to ensure the rule of law in China, a party official said Thursday, days after a meeting of the organisation’s top leaders in Beijing.

Clashes in Bangladesh over Motiur Rahman Nizami’s death sentence

Bangladeshi pro-government activists shout slogans against a nationwide strike called by the Jamaat-e-Islami. AP

Islamists clashed with the police in several Bangladesh cities on Thursday as part of a nationwide strike to protest against their leader being sentenced to death for war crimes, the police said.

Slim survival odds for buried

Sri Lankan Special Forces personnel search for victims at the site of a landslide at Koslanda village in Sri Lanka. AFP

Nearly 200 people are feared to have been buried alive in Sri Lanka after a deadly landslide destroyed the homes of mostly Indian-origin tea plantation workers with slim chances of any survivors being

Now that the protests are fizzling out, it’s worth asking what exactly they managed to accomplish. I see two major effects.