Financial markets around the world are enjoying a day of relative calm after a flare-up in emerging markets. India hiked interest rates and Turkey's central bank is considering doing the same thing as both countries search for ways to limit the fallout. Many emerging markets have made changes that make them less vulnerable to volatility.
With Bulgaria and Romania now full-fledged members of the EU, the number of citizens from those countries migrating to Germany for economic reasons is expected to double. That's causing worry in Germany — much of it apparently unfounded — that these migrants will be a drain on the German welfare system. As it turns out, this concern may simply be a way of justifying long-standing prejudice against the Roma.
Palestinian Ala'a Miqbel thought he was going for a brief interview with Israeli security for a permit for work travel to the West Bank. Instead, he was arrested and taken to prison. There, he met Palestinian informants known as "sparrows," who masquerade as fellow prisoners and elicit information for the Israelis.
Many Shanghai jazz standards of the 1930s and '40s were banned in China after the Chinese Communist Party took over. But they reemerged decades later through cover versions. Now, the songs are back again in a new cover album by a Chinese-American electronic artist and a jazz singer from Shanghai.
The development comes despite objections from Vice President Joe Biden, who has urged senior officials in Beijing not to punish U.S. journalists with de facto expulsion. China has not granted a request for a new visa that was made last summer.
She's not going to be a pauper anytime soon. Yes, the royal household has drawn down its rainy day fund. But the queen is still worth about $500 million — not counting the billions more in assets that belong to the crown estate.
Journalist Asra Nomani spent years trying to process the death of a good friend, Daniel Pearl, who was killed in 2002 by terrorists in Pakistan. She wrote about trying to find justice in this month's Washingtonian magazine, and speaks with host Michel Martin about her journey.
Hackers may have collected the financial data of millions of Target customers last holiday season. Now, scammers are trying to take advantage of the chaos. Sheryl Harris, consumer columnist at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, talks to host Michel Martin about protecting your finances from bad guys.
Punishments, which were chosen by spinning a roulette wheel, included a "20 second Manny Pacquiao" in which suspects were punched for 20 seconds, according to Amnesty International. The practice allegedly was used on more than 40 detainees, mostly suspected drug traffickers.
When you give to WAMU, your tax-deductible membership gift helps make possible award-winning programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and other favorites.