In recent years, China's status — like its economy — has continued to rise as the economies in America and Europe have struggled. That shift isn't just reflected in economic numbers, and some American business people in China say they don't feel as respected or as valued as before.
The risks to the global economy from trouble in Europe have diminished somewhat in recent weeks, according to Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. But she says the dangers from the so-called "fiscal cliff" in the U.S. have increased.
The peace process in the Middle East has been a back-burner issue for President Obama. Steve Inskeep talks to Jeffrey Goldberg, a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View, about whether the issue can get more attention after the November presidential election.
A controversial advertisement that equates Muslim jihad with savagery was posted in the New York City subway system on Monday. Pamela Geller, a conservative blogger and so-called "birther," won a court victory last week allowing her to place the ad in 10 stations.
Singapore's government can still detain citizens indefinitely, without charges or trial, thanks to colonial-era security laws. But in a sign of changing times in the wealthy Southeast Asian city-state, many of those who've been held are now speaking out and challenging the laws after decades of silence.
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