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NYT, December 30, 2007: Yemen's Exotic Secrets

ON my first morning in Sana, the capital of Yemen, the call to prayer didn't just rouse me from sleep, it rattled the window panes, seemed to shake the foundation of my hotel, and spread from minaret to minaret as if the entire Old City was an enormous echo chamber. The scratchy invocations thundered on for so long I wondered whether it was even worth attempting to sleep again. By Tom Downey

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