FROM Jason Karaian
There's Likely to Be an Electric Car in Your Future It's been 100 years since electric cars ruled the roads of industrial countries, until they were replaced by the internal combustion engine. But now, in Europe, China — and especially the US — electric cars are seen as the wave of the future. It won't be long before they're talking to one another. We hear how they're getting a boost from the scandalous cheating by Volkswagen and others to deceive the public about so-called "clean diesel." Car makers, government regulators and savvy investors predict the demand for electric cars is about to go through the roof.
Greece Debt Crisis Deepens After Greeks emptied their accounts over the weekend, the government has closed banks today. When they re-open ATM withdrawals will be strictly limited, and Saturday there will be a national referendum that could sever the five-year-old bail-out lifeline to the European Union. Jason Karaian, senior Europe correspondent for Quartz , joins us from London for an update.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.