Renee Montagne talks to Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, about key issues dominating this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. With Europe on the brink of recession, the mood at the meeting is not as upbeat as it was last year.
Chinese forces opened fire on Tibetan protesters this week, killing up to four and wounding more than 30, say Tibetan rights groups. The protests are among the largest against Chinese rule in nearly four years and were inspired in part by a disturbing trend: Tibetans setting themselves on fire.
Some emerging democracies in North Africa are looking to Turkey as a potential model. But critics say the country is jailing "unfriendly" journalists and using the slow-moving justice system to stifle dissent.
Faced with new economic sanctions from the U.S. and Europe, Iran's currency, the rial, seems to be in free fall. Several factors seem to be at work, and analysts say one of them could be government manipulation of the currency market.
The iconic Paris museum has just four American paintings in its huge permanent collection. But a temporary new exhibit is putting the spotlight on early American art, featuring Thomas Cole's dramatic landscape paintings from the early 19th century.
More than two dozen commandoes from the Navy's SEAL Team 6 swept into an encampment in northern Somalia Tuesday, rescuing American Jessica Buchanan and her Danish colleague some three months after they were taken hostage. The two were in the country as aid workers. The SEALs killed nine of the captors and apprehended three others. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman tells Robert Siegel the latest.
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