Hundreds of Palestinians crossed the newly opened border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip Saturday. NPR's Soraya Nelson reports that the move by the Egyptian government was met with restraint by Israel but joy by those who have been locked out by travel restrictions.
The former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic was arrested in Serbia this past week. He is wanted by an international tribunal in Yugoslavia for genocide and war crimes, and he could be extradited to face trial in The Hague as soon as Monday. His arrest, after a 16-year man hunt, is unpopular with Serb nationalists, but it removes a major obstacle to Serbia starting the process of joining the European Union. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us from Belgrade.
Some 1,700 residents of the Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland make very good use of their library. Most inmates will never win early release, so the library becomes a place to improve reading skills, write a letter home, watch an instructional video on auto mechanics or just escape, mentally. Host Liane Hansen visits the prison to talk with longtime prison librarian Glennor Shirley. Shirley runs the libraries for the entire Maryland prison system.
In 2004, almost a year after the start of the Iraq War, David Kay resigned his post as the United States' chief weapons inspector in Iraq. Kay said his group had found no evidence that Iraq had stockpiled chemical and biological weapons before the U.S.-led invasion. His findings were at odds with assertions from the Bush administration at the time. Host Liane Hansen talks with Kay about the conflict in Iraq since then.
Federal subsidies for ethanol have been sacrosanct in Iowa politics for Democrats and Republicans alike. But with the federal deficit also a major concern, presidential candidates are emboldened to take on the issue. NPR political correspondent Don Gonyea reports from Iowa.