Today there was another reminder of just how fragile the world economy remains. The budget deficits of Greece, Portugal and Spain -- nations that use the Euro -- exceed 8 percent of GDP and could impact the economic fortunes of countries far from Southern Europe. These governments risk defaulting on their debts by failing to control spending.
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Toyota admits that some Prius models -- considered by many to be the pride of the company's fleet -- may have faulty brakes. The announcement comes one week after it suspended the production and sale of 8 other models because of a sticky gas pedal problem. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation is widening its investigation. Divya Gopalan of Al Jazeera English has more.
Iran's nuclear ambitions are again taking center stage. In a TV interview, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country is ready to honor a deal to curb its nuclear program. The agreement would require Iran to send uranium abroad to be processed for civilian use. But several countries involved in negotiations are skeptical. Nazanine Moshiri of Al Jazeera English has more.
Ten Americans remain in custody in Haiti, accused of illegally trafficking children after they tried to cross into the Dominican Republic on a bus. Haitian authorities are debating what to do with the group of missionaries that allegedly intended to smuggle the children -- after reportedly being told they were all orphans.
On Saturday, a huge rally took place in Tokyo at which many called for an end to the American military presence in Okinawa. U.S. diplomats are working to preserve an agreement that would allow the troops to remain by moving them to a less populated part of the island. Tom Metcalf of Al Jazeera English reports, and Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Weston Konishi.
While the focus of President Obama's State of the Union address last night was on jobs and economic recovery, Obama also said the U.S. can no longer afford to stand by -- as other economic powers become more competitive. To level the playing field more in favor of American goods, should the U.S. impose protectionist measures against China?
Religious leaders in Yemen are decrying foreign interference, as the U.S. becomes more involved in secret missions there. The Washington Post reports that U.S. teams and have been deeply involved in joint operations with Yemeni troops for six weeks. Thus far, the effort has killed six local al-Qaeda leaders. Mohamed Vall of of Al Jazeera English has more.
A French parliamentary panel recommended today that France impose a ban on wearing the full face veil in public -- buses, subways and hospitals. Under the proposal, women would have to show their faces when entering a facility and remain uncovered. The ban could take effect by the end of the year -- but would not apply to wearing the veil on the street or in private.
As the U.S.-led coalition fights an increasingly tough war against the Taliban, there is new talk of reaching out to elements of the group. On Thursday, a conference in London will explore ways of bringing the Taliban into the government and how to transfer security responsibility to Afghan forces. There is growing hope that an agreement with the Taliban could end the war.
Today the Chinese government criticized Hillary Clinton's call for China and other countries to stop censoring web content, including Google searches. Those restrictions have prompted Google to threaten to pull out of China. China's Foreign Ministry has urged the U.S. to "respect facts and stop using so-called freedom of the internet to make unjustified accusations."