- Newsmaker: Auto Industry Shakeup: Toyota in the Big Three? - In the once staunchly "buy American" auto industry, Toyota is making history by edging Chrysler out of its position as one of the country's "big three" auto makers. Art Spinella, president of the automotive consultancy firm CNW Marketing Research, credits attention to detail as the Japanese manufacturer's key to success.
- Reporter's Notebook: Taliban Blocks Diplomats from Aid Workers' Trial - In Afghanistan, Taliban authorities have begun the closed-door trial of eight Westerner aid workers and their 16 Afghan colleagues who could be sentenced to death for preaching Christianity. Ahmed Rashid, of the Far Eastern Economic Review, reports that the fundamentalists' secrecy has left foreign diplomats frustrated and angry.
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