• May 9, 2012  

    A would-be bomber who was supposed to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner turned out to be a Saudi who had infiltrated al-Qaida’s Yemen-based branch. Jeffrey Brown, NPR’s Dina Temple Raston and security consultant Philip Mudd discuss what details are known about the operation and how it compares with other counterterrorism efforts. Continue reading

  • May 8, 2012  

    A day after news broke that the CIA foiled a new al-Qaida plot to bomb an airliner, the official responses were low key on Tuesday. Margaret Warner, former National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter and former FBI supervisory special agent Ali Soufan assess the current reach of the terror network. Continue reading

  • May 8, 2012  

    “Our adversaries are very creative, and they are very determined, and they are very persistent,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday in the wake of the CIA thwarting another al-Qaida plot to attack an airliner. The FBI is now studying the explosive device. Gwen Ifill has the latest. Continue reading

  • March 12, 2012   BY Will Tam 

    Protests across North Africa and the Middle East gained steam after revolts toppled leaders in Tunisia and Egypt in early 2011. Track all of the unrest in our interactive timeline.

  • March 5, 2012  

    In other news Monday, the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon accelerated with the U.N. refugee agency estimating as many as 2,000 Syrians fled the region around Homs over the weekend. In Yemen, at least 107 soldiers died in heavy fighting against al-Qaida fighters in the South over the weekend, according to military officials. Continue reading

  • March 2, 2012  

    In other news Friday, crowds turned out for protests in 18 of Yemen’s 21 provinces calling for officers loyal to the country’s ousted leader be purged from the armed forces. In Iran, voters cast ballots in a parliamentary election that’s expected to reinforce the rule of Islamic hardliners. Continue reading

  • February 27, 2012  

    In other news Monday, Syria’s opposition reported as many as 138 deaths as new protests surfaced against the regime. The Syrian Red Crescent reached the besieged city of Homs and evacuated three people. Also, ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh will leave Yemen within two days to go into exile in Ethiopia. Continue reading

  • February 21, 2012   BY P.J. Tobia  

    A man votes in Sanaa, Yemen. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images. Citizens of Yemen went to the polls Tuesday to mark their vote on a presidential ballot that had only one name on it, that of current Vice President Abed … Continue reading

  • January 9, 2012  

    In other news Monday, President Obama announced White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley’s resignation. Daley had been in the position for a year, and will be succeeded by Jacob Lew, the president’s current budget director. Also, a court martial began for the last U.S. Marine accused in the massacre of two dozen Iraqis. Continue reading

  • December 30, 2011   BY Larisa Epatko  

    It’s a year that will be remembered as one that ended authoritative regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. In 2011, the most-wanted fugitive in the world was killed in Pakistan and severe weather battered the global population. Continue reading