There's a lot to read this morning about the suspected terrorists who have been held at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as just where many of al-Qaida's top leaders were on Sept. 11, 2001 — the day of the worst terrorist tasks ever on U.S. soil — and in subsequent weeks.
Joshua Keating is an associate editor at Foreign Policy.
They say you are what you eat. And that applies to countries and cultures as much as individuals. The food in our mouths defines us in far more fundamental and visceral terms than the gas in our tanks or the lines on a map. So it's not surprising that the most important questions of global politics often boil down to: What should we eat?
Guests at the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton may be disappointed to hear: No beer will be served. The Daily Mirror reports beer has been banned from the reception. Champagne and wine will be served instead of beer.
On Good Friday, a computer problem affected the security system of a New Zealand supermarket. The store was supposed to be closed for the holiday, but the computer turned on the lights and unlocked the doors. Police were called after witnesses saw people helping themselves to "truck loads" of groceries.
Amy Chua, author of the controversial parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has been named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Like many Americans, I had recently spent a great number of hours talking with virtually everyone I know about Chua's book.
Prince William, who's second in line to the British throne, is marrying Kate Middleton on Friday. The images and voices that will fill the airwaves that day will portray a kingdom full of loyal and joyous subjects. But in Cornwall, where the map says it is part of England, they don't feel very English.
NPR, along with The New York Times, is reporting on hundreds of classified documents concerning detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The documents were originally leaked to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, and come from the Pentagon's Joint Task Force at Guantanamo. In the papers, the government assesses the dangers posed by the detainees. An NPR investigation shows that some detainees, considered likely to pose a threat to the U.S. if they were released, were indeed let go.
Now many of those Guantanamo detainees are from Yemen, a country we'll talk about next. It's facing a major political transition. Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been in power for more than three decades and is considered and important U.S. ally in the battle against al-Qaida. But after widespread protests against his rule, he now says he is willing to step down within a month if he and his family are granted immunity from prosecution.
NPR's Peter Kenyon talks to Steve Inskeep about the latest news from Libya. NATO forces conducted airstrikes on a Gadhafi compound in Tripoli. Over the weekend, Gadhafi forces repeatedly fired on the rebel city of Misrata.