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The auto business: as intense as ever

Jan 10, 2005
General Motors announced today it will cut seven percent of its workforce this year. The move comes after disappointing sales numbers. But Detroit is trying hard to get its mojo back. Host David Brown visits the LA Auto Show with LA Times auto critic Dan Neil to see how...

Venezuela's land plan

Jan 10, 2005
This weekend in Venezuela, security forces inspected a cattle ranch owned by Britain's Vestey Group. There is a new law that allows the government to seize what it claims to be "idle" farmland and redistribute it to those who promise to work the land. It's not just big foreign interests worried about the socialist proclivities of President Hugo Chavez. From the Venezuelan capitol, Carole King prepared our report.

New age for Palestinians

Jan 10, 2005
President Bush today congratulated Mahmoud Abbas and invited him to the White House. Abbas was elected President of the Palestinian Authority yesterday. Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza celebrated into the wee hours. But in East Jerusalem, where more than 200,000 Palestinians live, many businessmen in the old city couldn't shake their skepticism. Marketplace's Nancy Updike reports.

Wall Street's glory day ...

Jan 10, 2005
This coming Friday is the fifth anniversary of the Dow's all-time high. Newsweek's Wall Street Editor Allan Sloan examines where the stock markets begin 2005 in a historical context.

Moving forward in Indonesia

Jan 10, 2005
Indonesia is still trying to meet the immediate needs of many of those left homeless by the tsunamis. But some of those refugees have already turned their thoughts to the future. Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford made the rounds of refugee camps in Banda Aceh to see what people plan to do next.

A Palestinian weekend

Jan 7, 2005
Palestinians vote this weekend for a new president. Many think they already know who'll win. Mahmoud Abbas, is the candidate of Yasir Arafat's party, Al Fateh. The main opposition didn't run a candidate. That opposition is Hamas, the militant Islamic movement. Hamas did take part in local elections last month. And some of their candidates won. Now, the movment has to figure out how to operate in a businesslike fashion with the governing Palestinian Authority. Marketplace's Nancy Updike has the story.

The week that was, on Wall Street

Jan 7, 2005
It's Friday, and that means it is time to check the week on Wall Street with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas.

21st century toys!

Jan 7, 2005
From the fountains at Caesars Palace to the lagoons at Mandalay Bay, flurries could be seen above the palm trees of Las Vegas today. But the forecast we're interested in has nothing to do with the bizarre weather outside. Adam Lashinsky, senior writer for Fortune magazine, is in Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, getting a preview of what tech toys are about to hit the market.

Trafficking after tsunami

Jan 7, 2005
Today the United Nations Children's Fund became the first to confirm a case of trafficking in children orphaned in the tsunami disaster. Trafficking has been a problem in the region for some time, with kids being smuggled out for adoption, forced labor, or work in the sex industry. But today's UNICEF report lends credence to claims that emerged soon after the killer waves... of stranded children being taken away by adults claiming to be their parents. From a refugee camp on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, Miranda Kennedy reports.

Palestinians to the polls

Jan 7, 2005
The first Palestinian presidential election in almost a decade will be held this weekend. While the United States, Israel and Europe hope that new Palestinian leadership will help revive the road map peace process, many Palestinians are going into the election with much more immediate aspirations, like: will they be able to continue supporting their families in the coming year? Nancy Updike has the story.

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