Robert Siegel talks to Amy Myers Jaffe of the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management about how falling oil prices impact production.
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This week President Obama traveled to India with his wife Michelle to meet with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. But Mr. Modi’s wife was nowhere to be seen. In fact she has never appeared in public with her husband and Mr. Modi only admitted her existence last year. Melissa Block talks with Annie Gowan of the Washington Post, who has interviewed Mrs. Modi.
Melissa Block speaks with Rajaa Al Sanea, a dentist and Saudi writer best known for her novel, Girls of Riyadh. She talks about how women’s rights changed and expectations for the new king.
Alexis Tsipras has been sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister, but there are doubts about whether he can fulfill his campaign promise to increase public spending while ending austerity measures.
Journalist Petter Ljunggren wore a Jewish skullcap and Star of David pendant to covertly film the anti-Semitism he experienced in the Swedish city of Malmo. NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with Ljunggren.
As Greece’s Syriza party takes charge, NPR’s Robert Siegel interviews Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute For International Economics, about what this means for Greece and the Eurozone.
Protester chant slogans in downtown Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday to mark the fourth anniversary of of the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Several people have been killed in clashes with security forces.
At least nine people are dead in the Egyptian capital following clashes between police and Islamist protesters marking the fourth anniversary of 2011 uprising that ousted then-President Hosni Mubarak.
The Associated Press said nine people had been killed, but Reuters and ITV News put the figure at 11. Both agencies cited unnamed security officials.
The AP says another 13 people were injured in clashes in the Matariyah area of the capital.
“The anniversary is a test of whether Islamists and liberal activists facing one of Egypt’s toughest crackdowns have the resolve to challenge the U.S.-backed government once again.
“Security forces have been stamping out dissent in Egypt since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted elected president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule.”
Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko speaks at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine on Sunday.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says he will “calm” fighting between his forces and Russian-backed separatist in the country’s east a day after rocket fire killed 30 people in and around the port city of Mariupol.
Poroshenko, speaking after an emergency meeting of Ukraine’s security council, said reviving a shattered peace deal agreed in September was the only way out of the conflict.
The Ukrainian leader also said that, in case there was any doubt, that intercepted radio transmissions showed conclusively that it was the rebels who attacked government-held Mariupol, hitting an open-air market and a residential area.
The Associated Press notes that “the attack on Mariupol, a strategically situated port city that had been relatively quiet for months, alarmed the West and looked likely further to aggravate relations with Russia.”
President Obama, speaking in New Delhi, said the U.S. was prepared to “ratchet up the pressure on Russia” to get it to stop supporting the separatists.
“We are deeply concerned about the latest break in the ceasefire and the aggression that these separatists — with Russian backing, Russian equipment, Russian financing, Russian training and Russian troops — are conducting,” Obama told a news conference in India.
“I will look at all additional options that are available to us short of military confrontation and try to address this issue. And we will be in close consultation with our international partners, particularly European partners,” he said.
“More than 5,000 people have been killed in fighting since the rebels seized a large swathe of Donetsk and Luhansk regions last April, UN officials say. More than a million people have been displaced.
“Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of arming the rebels and sending its troops into Ukrainian territory.
“Russia has denied directly arming the separatists, and blames Ukraine for the upsurge in fighting.”
Rowan Atkinson gestures during an interview in 2007. The famous British comedian who plays Mr. Bean is selling his McLaren F1 race car.
Mr. Bean is selling his car.
No, not the lime green British Leyland Mini that was the prop for so many of the character’s antics. We’re talking about the purple McLaren F1 ‘supercar’ owned by the actor who plays Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson. It’s the same car that Atkinson famously wrapped around a tree in 2011.
The 59-year-old Atkinson is selling the vehicle, which can reach 240mph, The Telegraph says. It’s expected to fetch offers of around $15 million.
and is expected to attract offers around the £10 million mark.
Atkinson, who also starred in The Blackadder series, bought the car nearly 20 years ago, “for the quality of the thinking that went into its design,” he tells the Telegraph.
“[Now] it has become a thing of value, it is time for it to be enjoyed by someone else,” he said. It’s also possible that the crash four years ago also may have set Atkinson back a bit: the repair bill was reportedly $1.4 million (luckily the actor himself wasn’t seriously injured). Auto Evolution reports that it took four weeks just to calculate the repair costs and another year to get the work done.
The BBC’s Top Gear called it “a ruddy expensive fix.”
Atkinson, a performance car aficionado and amateur race-car driver, also crashed another cars recently – a 1964 powder-blue Ford Falcon Sprint. It happened last year when a fellow competitor in the Shelby Cup at Goodwood Revival lost control ahead of him and spun off the track. Atkinson was unable to swerve out of the way and hit the car head-on.
Ukrainian servicemen stand guard on a street near a burning building after a shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential sector in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, on Saturday.
Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET
A main leader of Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine reportedly says the separatists have launched an attack on the port city of Mariupol, where rocket fire killed at least 15 people in an open-air market and residential area.
“Today an offensive was launched on Mariupol. This will be the best possible monument to all our dead,” Alexander Zakharchenko was quoted as saying by Russia’s RIA news agency.
The remark comes amid a resumption of intense fighting by the separatists as a five-month cease-fire agreement with Kiev appeared to be all but finished.
The separatists launched rocket attacks on the Ukrainian government-held Sea of Azov port of Mariupol, where 15 people were reportedly killed and 46 injured in an open-air market.
As the AP explains, Mariupol is the main city between mainland Russia and the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula.
“Heavy fighting in the region in the autumn raised fears that Russian-backed separatist forces would try to establish a land link between Russia and Crimea.
“Rebel forces have positions within 10 kilometers (six miles) from Mariupol’s eastern outskirts.”
On Friday, Zakharchenko “vowed to push Ukrainian soldiers out of the area and said insurgents would not take part in any more cease-fire talks,” The Associated Press reports.
The rebels on Friday also launched a push to retake the shattered airport in Donetsk, which has become a focal point of fighting in recent months.
The renewed fighting appears to spell the end of a cease-fire agreement reached in September with the help of Belarus.
“Civilians are being hit by deadly mortars at bus stops. Tanks are rumbling down snowy roads in rebel-held areas with soldiers in unmarked green uniforms sitting on their turrets, waving at bystanders — a disquieting echo of the “little green men” whose appearance in Crimea opened this stubborn conflict in the spring.”
“The renewed fighting has dashed any hopes of reinvigorating [the] cease-fire … It has also put to rest the notion that Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, would be so staggered by the twin blows of Western sanctions and a collapse in oil prices that he would forsake the separatists in order to foster better relations with the West.”