The sun sets behind Al-hussein Mosque on the first day of Ramadan in Amman, Jordan, Aug. 1.
Yemenis have long owned a lot of guns. But proliferation in urban areas is worrying many, who say they would happily give up their firearms if the government provided better security.
Yemen's city of Taiz touts its legacy of education and civic-mindedness, but the power vacuum of the past two years has bred instability.
Local tribesmen who feel ignored by Yemen's central government frequently attack power lines, plunging the country into darkness and undermining public trust in their leaders.
Even if Yemen's ambitious national dialogue conference fails to resolve crucial issues like constitutional reform, it can declare success simply for getting Yemenis to talk to each other.
President Hadi, charged with restoring stability to Yemen after the 2011 uprising, has made some progress in his first year, but disruptive political forces could still tear Yemen apart.
After two recent high-profile military plane crashes, Yemenis are increasingly frustrated with their sub-par Air Force – and accuse the government for outsourcing Air Force duties to the US.
John Brennan, nominated to lead the CIA, is one of the few administration officials who has publicly supported the use of controversial interrogation techniques and drone strikes.
Drone strikes in Yemen skyrocketed in 2012, as much as tripling in frequency when compared to 2011.
Activists against khat are finding some traction as the Yemeni love of the narcotic chewing leaf could soon make Sanaa the first world capital to run out of water.
The growing influence of Yemen's Houthis, a group of Shiite rebels, has disrupted the long amicable Sunni-Shiite relationship here, with Sunnis suspecting Iranian interference.