We now turn to Libya, where yesterday there were rebels fighting rebels in their stronghold of Benghazi. The fighting comes after the mysterious death late last week of senior rebel commander Abdul Fattah Younis. It's not clear yet who is responsible for his assassination. We now join NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro from Benghazi, where she's been following the twists and turns in this story. Welcome.
Whether Congress reaches a deal to raise the debt ceiling or not, financial markets will still open for business on Monday. Felix Salmon, a blogger for Reuters.com explains the potential reaction to a debt ceiling agreement — or disagreement — on Wall Street. "Once you lose your AAA [rating] it's gone," Salmon says. "Once you get the downgrade it will be downgraded for the next foreseeable future."
The Syrian government launched a major tank offensive against its own citizens in the city of Hama and an eastern city on Sunday. Activists and western diplomats say the death toll is more than 100 across the country, in what appears to be an all out effort to crush a four month uprising against Syrian President Bashar al Assad. "They were trying to protect the barricades that they had put up to all entrances to the city," NPR's Deborah Amos tells weekends All Things Considered host Guy Raz.
Another day, and still no deal on the debt ceiling crisis. On Saturday, the two sides — or the several sides — seemed to be talking to each other again. On Sunday morning leaders of the Senate began showing signs of movement on a bipartisan deal. But by early evening no deal had been announced. "It has gotten so quiet — too quiet, as they say in the movies," NPR's Don Gonyea, tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "It seems like the White House is focused on the House today...they want to let [Speaker of the House John Boehner] do what he needs to do."
Neil Johnson, a University of Miami physicist, developed this mathematical formula to predict insurgent attacks in war zones.
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The atrocities of war often seem random.
But when it comes to insurgent attacks in Afghanistan or Iraq, that's not exactly the case, says Neil Johnson, a physicist at the University of Miami. Johnson tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, about the equation his team has developed that predicts when such attacks will happen.
"We found ... that there was a kind of rhyme and reason behind the numbers," he says. "They weren't just accelerating, they were accelerating in a particular way."