A "tenuous truce," as we just reported, seems to be holding in Yemen. But much uncertainty remains — over whether President Ali Abdullah Saleh will return following his medical treatment in Saudi Arabia and over whether the fractious and heavily armed opposition forces can unite.
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Every morning, as the school bus pulled up, Rain Price's father donned a different costume to wave him off to school. His costumes included Elvis, Chiquita Banana and the Little Mermaid. Rain admits his schoolmates warmed to the idea sooner than he did. But eventually, he too discovered the charm in his dad's morning send-offs.
In the capital, Sanaa, on Sunday, some Yemeni anti-government protesters celebrated Saleh's departure.
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While there's continued concern that the turmoil in Yemen will give al-Qaida a chance to further embed itself in that country and continue to use it as a staging place for attacks elsewhere, the early reports from there today are that a "tenuous truce" remains in place, as al-Jazeera puts it.
The International Atomic Energy Agency convenes its regular meeting in Vienna Monday, and near the top of its agenda is the case involving a site in Syria that Israel bombed nearly four years ago. The IAEA has issued a report concluding that the site was "very likely" a secret nuclear reactor under construction. Now the agency must decide what to do about Syria's refusal to allow an investigation of what was going on there
Over the weekend, tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets to celebrate the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. He's in Saudi Arabia being treated for injuries suffered in an assault on the presidential palace. Saleh has been in power for 33 years and it remains unclear if he will return to Yemen. Renee Montagne talks to political analyst Abdul Ghani al-Eryani, who's in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
Some 1,300 Kentucky National Guard soldiers said goodbye to family and friends over the weekend. They are headed to Iraq to help with the massive withdrawal of troops there. It's the largest overseas deployment for Kentucky's National Guard since World War II.
Ann Patchett is the author of six novels, including <em>Bel Canto</em>, which won the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award.
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Ann Patchett, who held readers captive with Bel Canto, her 2001 novel about a famous opera singer and a group of international dignitaries taken hostage by Latin American terrorists, is back in form with her mesmerizing sixth novel, State of Wonder. Set in the Amazon rain forest, Patchett's new book is a dramatic, transportive adventure story that takes on issues of medical ethics, cultural respect, friendship, love and loyalty.
From Montana to Missouri, thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes and businesses to escape the floodwaters of the Missouri River. Over the weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers closed nearly 200 miles of the river to boating traffic.
The flooded shops and idled vessels along the Missouri are just the latest businesses hurt by weather-related disasters across the country this spring. Violent tornadoes, widespread flooding and even droughts have taken their toll.