During a recent argument, British Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell allegedly called a police officer a "plebe," a pejorative term derived from "plebeian." The ensuing controversy has rekindled accusations that the governing Conservative Party is out of touch with ordinary Britons.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. will give another $45 million in aid to Syria, mostly humanitarian assistance but also some non-lethal equipment support for the opposition. The news came at the end of a week of speeches at the United Nations in New York, where many raised alarms about the bloodshed in Syria. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.
NPR's Lourdes Garcia Navarro has been there to witness and report on a great many of those moments in recent years. She's about to leave Jerusalem and come home to the U.S. Navarro talks to host Scott Simon about the impressions she's collected during her time in the field.
Against a backdrop of violent street protests this week, Spain moved to reassure markets and pull itself out of the red. Lauren Frayer reports that in the past week, the country has announced a huge cut to government spending and auditors have revealed how much aid Spanish banks will need.
Once the sustenance of humble fishermen, the famous Marseille fish stew has become one pricey dish. It involves a two-part meal, starting with a basic broth made from shellfish and small fish, and incorporating four to six high-quality larger fish, plus exotic seasonings.
The government is set to present a new austerity budget Monday to its troika of lenders. Greeks, meanwhile, are getting desperate in the fifth year of a deep recession. Some struggle to make ends meet for their families, and others rally in protest against the cuts.
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