Yemen was thrust back into the forefront of the international fight against terrorism when the U.S. and Britain evacuated embassy staff due to a threatened attack, a suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged members of al-Qaida, and militants shot down a Yemeni army helicopter.
U.S. government personnel were evacuated from Yemen on an Air Force plane as the State Department urged all Americans in the country to leave "immediately" because of an "extremely high" threat of a terrorist attack.
The military trial for Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, began under heavy security on at the Texas base, and it seems likely to unfold as a faceoff between the gunman and his victims. Hasan is representing himself at the court-martial as he faces charges of murder and attempted murder for the attack that left 13 people dead. Over the next several weeks, he is expected to deliver an opening statement, to question witnesses and possibly present his own evidence.