It's spring in Japan. News reports on the nuclear disaster, and havoc and destruction wrought by the earthquake and tsunami are intertwined with progress reports on the wave of cherry blossoms sweeping across the nation. In the mountains, wild vegetables are beginning to push through the snow. Many of these weeds are sansai: mountain vegetables prized for their delicate flavor and sold in farmer's markets.
Yemen's president, clinging to power despite weeks of protests, scrapped an offer to step down by year's end on Sunday. The withdrawal indicates an attempt to negotiate a transfer of power to end the crisis has failed.
In one area of Japan, construction crews broke ground to start installing pre-fabricated homes for tens of thousands of displaced tsunami and earthquake victims. The units will be ready to move into by next month.