The voters' blow to Putin in the Russian election is another example of the different popular reactions to inept economic management – and is part of the global contest between models of governance.
China's push for more dialogue and less pressure on North Korea reflects that fact China is more concerned with the economic stability of its neighbor than its nuclear program.
Protesters at an anti-Japan rally also unfurled banners calling for a multiparty political system and complaining about the high price of real estate, according to images shown on Japanese TV.
Children returned to class Tuesday after three primary school stabbings last week. On Web chat rooms and blogs, commentators pointed to China's repressive one-party rule, and raised concerns that the young were an easy target of those seeking to avenge anger over corruption and inequality.