5:10am

Sun May 20, 2012
Africa

After A Free Fall, Zimbabwe Finds A Bit Of Stability

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 7:39 am

Many stores in Zimbabwe were largely empty when the country was suffering hyperinflation a few years ago. Conditions are much better now.
Philmon Bulawayo Reuters /Landov

When hyperinflation spiraled out of control in Zimbabwe in 2008, huge numbers of citizens flocked across the border to find jobs, and escape food and water shortages.

That economic nightmare came on top of years of decline. While the country still hasn't fully recovered, Zimbabwe is much more stable and economic life is picking up, at least for some.

On Robert Mugabe Road in the capital Harare, taxi drivers shout out their destinations. Street vendors sell leather belts and cellphone accessories to passersby.

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5:09am

Sun May 20, 2012
Europe

Euros Not Austerity: Can Greece Have It Both Ways?

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 8:38 am

At the G-8 summit Saturday, French President Francois Hollande said he wanted Greece to stay in the eurozone and expected the country to meet its commitments. In saying so, Hollande identified the difficult debate which has gripped Greece for months now.

Most Greeks want to keep the euro as their currency. Most also want to cancel the eurozone-imposed austerity measures that come with the billions in international bailout loans keeping the country solvent.

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2:39am

Sun May 20, 2012
Asia

After Chinese Activist's Arrival, Rest And Relief

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 7:39 am

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife Yuan Weijing arrive at the New York University Village apartment complex in New York Saturday.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

U.S. diplomats are breathing a sigh of relief Sunday after a human rights activist sheltered briefly by the U.S. embassy in Beijing was allowed to leave China and come to the United States. Chen Guangcheng arrived Saturday night with his wife and two children. He has a fellowship to study at New York University.

Chen appeared briefly before the cameras Saturday night in New York's Greenwich Village, where he will be living with his family and studying law.

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5:23pm

Sat May 19, 2012
Economy

Could Glass-Steagall Have Stopped JPMorgan Loss?

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 12:15 pm

JPMorgan, the largest bank in the United States, is seeking to minimize the damage caused by a $2 billion trading loss, disclosed earlier this month.
Mark Lennihan AP

Following JP Morgan's disclosure of a $2 billion loss, a small but increasingly vocal group of lawmakers and economists are arguing that a 60-year-old piece if financial legislation should never have been repealed in 1999.

They say the law, known as the Glass-Steagall Act, was so consequential that there's a direct link between its repeal and both the 2008 financial meltdown and JPMorgan's huge loss.

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4:48pm

Sat May 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Chinese Activist Takes A Sudden Journey To The West

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 5:52 am

Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng, center, arrives at Washington Square Village on the campus of New York University on Saturday in New York. Chen escaped from his village in April and was given sanctuary inside the U.S.
Henny Ray Abrams AP

Update At 7:47 P.M. ET. Chen Guangcheng Addresses A Crowd Outside New York University:

Addressing a crowd outside New York University, Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng said he was grateful to the U.S. Embassy staff in Beijing for providing him a "safe haven." Through an interpreter, he said he was gratified that the Chinese government was handling his situation with "restraint and calm" and thankful for the opportunity to leave China to study at NYU.

Chen said he hoped Beijing would keep its promise to protect the family he had left behind.

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3:52pm

Sat May 19, 2012
Around the Nation

Obama Hosts World Leaders At G8 Summit

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 5:18 pm

NPR's Scott Horsley talks about what some are terming the "diplopaloozaa" this weekend, when President Obama hosts the G8 conference at Camp David on Saturday and the next day plays host to two dozen NATO heads of state in Chicago.

3:52pm

Sat May 19, 2012
Asia

Dissident Leaves China For U.S.

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 5:18 pm

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and his family are due to arrive in Newark this evening after a surprise early-morning flight from Beijing. Host Guy Raz gets the latest from NPR's Michele Kelemen, who's been following the story.

2:26pm

Sat May 19, 2012
Music Interviews

John Mayer: Restoring An Image, And An Instrument

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 5:18 pm

John Mayer's new album, his first since a 2010 controversy that sent him retreating from the spotlight, is called Born and Raised.
Courtesy of the artist

John Mayer is one of the biggest-selling artists of the last decade — and with love interests like Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston, one of its most pursued by the media. In 2010, he gave a pair of interviews to Rolling Stone and Playboy that shocked readers with sexually aggressive and racially insensitive language. Mayer seemed to be self-destructing in full view of his fans.

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12:28pm

Sat May 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Oldest Woman To Summit Everest Breaks Record A Second Time

Tamae Watanabe (right) of Japan in 2002 at a base camp on the foot of Mount Everest in Nepal. She became the oldest woman to summit during that climb. She did it again Saturday morning at age 73.
AP

At 73, Tamae Watanabe is the oldest woman to summit Mount Everest — again. The last time she made the record, she was 63.

She reached the top with four other team members Saturday morning after an all-night climb, Asian Trekking says. The Japanese mountaineer was leading Asian Trekking's International Everest Expedition 2012.

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12:00pm

Sat May 19, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

Giuseppe Filianoti, Susanna Phillips, Brian Mulligan in Lucia di Lammermoor
Dan Rest Lyric Opera

Airs Saturday, May 19 at 12:00 p.m.  “Both heaven and earth have abandoned me.”  Lucia    In Scotland, Lucia and Edgardo are breathlessly, desperately in love. But their two clans are bitter rivals, so Lucia’s villainous brother Enrico sets out to kill his young sister’s romance. And he deploys every devious device he can muster, including lies, forgery, and finally the false revelation of Edgardo’s infidelity. Little wonder that Lucia is mentally crushed and destroyed, driven to madness and murder before she dies of a broken heart.

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