The Beijing auto show opened to the public this weekend in what is now the world's largest car market. But it's the huge potential growth in car ownership in China that has the car manufacturers salivating. Ford plans to expand its manufacturing base there and General Motors recently announced it was adding another 600 dealerships. NPR's Frank Langfitt joins guest host David Greene from Shanghai.
An Egyptian court has upheld the conviction against famous comedian Adel Imam for offending Islam in some of his most popular films. Despite protests by Islamists, he received only a suspended sentence and paid a fine of about $170. NPR's Soraya Nelson reports the court's ruling bolsters worries that an Islamist-ruled Egypt will stifle freedom of speech.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda meets with President Obama in Washington on Monday. It's been more than three years since a Japanese head of state attended a summit at the White House. Lucy Craft explains why.
Spain has Europe's highest jobless rate, but the Catholic Church is still hiring. A group of Spanish bishops has produced a recruitment video as they seek to boost the dwindling numbers of priests. And it appears to be having some initial success.
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng escaped house arrest. Now it is thought he traveled 300 miles to Beijing and is now being sheltered on the grounds of the U.S. embassy. With more, NPR's Beijing Bureau Chief Louisa Lim joins weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.
A blind legal activist who fled house arrest in his Chinese village is under the protection of American officials, overseas activists said Saturday, putting the U.S. in a difficult position days ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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