After months of punishing austerity measures, some in Spain want a break and maybe even some stimulus from Europe. But that didn't happen at Thursday's meeting of the governing board of the European Central Bank.
Critical, unresolved quarrels over issues such as oil and borders have led the two Sudans to the brink of war. A U.N. Security Council resolution gives the nations until Friday to stop fighting — or face possible sanctions. Then, they have two weeks to begin negotiating a way out of their disputes.
The possibility that French Socialist Francois Hollande may unseat President Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's election is making waves. Hollande's promise to boost growth and job creation would mark a change from the fiscal austerity pact championed by Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel.
U.S. officials in China say it's now clear that the Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has changed his mind about remaining in China. They say they have spoken to Chen by phone on two occasions at the hospital where he was taken after leaving the U.S. embassy in Beijing on Wednesday. Chen told NPR that threats against his family and reports of an increased security measures in his home village made him change his mind about staying in China.
Robert Siegel talks to former Senator and Ambassador James Sasser about the situation involving Chen Guangcheng and the implications for the U.S. government. Sasser was U.S. Ambassador to China from 1995 to 1999. He is currently a vice-chairman of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, which promotes cooperation between the two countries.
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