Though Hurricane Irene has weakened slightly and its projected track has been nudged east just a bit, it's still headed for what could be a devastating collision with the East Coast of the U.S. that will affect tens of millions of people from North Carolina to New England over the weekend.
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his resignation on Friday. He held the top leadership position for 15 months. His popularity dropped after the government was criticized for its handling of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Kenneth Cukier, the Tokyo correspondent for The Economist, about the political situation in Japan.
In Libya, the rebel government calls itself the Transitional National Council. Many of its members have remained anonymous since the start of the rebellion, but as Moammar Gadhafi's regime comes closer to an end, we're learning more about who exactly they are. Political scientist Ali Ahmida talks to Renee Montagne about the rebel leadership, and whether they all share the same goals. Ahmida is author of "The Making of Modern Libya."