Egypt formally reopens its border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Saturday. It's an offshoot of the Egyptian-mediated reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, the dominant Palestinian faction in the West Bank. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Rafah.
Right in tornado alley, the staff at the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. keep a constant watch on the skies. The weather experts track signs of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes and issue the first alerts. This week's harrowing weather even had some of the storm center's staff heading for shelter. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.
The datelines from weather disasters so far this year stretch across the Midwest and South. This week, there was the devastation of Joplin, Miss., where President Obama is expected to visit Sunday. Host Scott Simon speaks with Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, about the agency's response to the devastating floods, fires and tornados that have wracked the nation this spring.
President Obama meets with Poland's prime minister and other Eastern European leaders on Saturday before closing his weeklong trip to Europe with a press conference in Warsaw. NPR's Scott Horsley looks back at the president's trip.
Now that it's halfway through the year, the winter sports season is about to end. The hockey and basketball finals are set to begin, with the Boston Bruins playing the Vancouver Canucks for hockey's Stanley Cup, and the Dallas Mavericks taking on the Miami Heat for the NBA championship. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the NHL and NBA finals.