Gadhafi's government has said the situation in Misurata is under control, but when the journalists arrived there, they immediately found themselves in the middle of a firefight. NPR's Lourdes Garcia Navarro was among the small group of reporters taken by the Libyan government Friday to the besieged city of Misurata.
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.
And the U.S. government is still operating this morning. President Barack Obama and congressional leaders struck a deal last night to avoid a partial government shutdown. With barely an hour to go before funding expired, word came from the U.S. Capitol that an agreement had been reached.
Popular support is waning in France for keeping the French army in Afghanistan, but President Nicolas Sarkozy has launched two more military campaigns, in Libya and Ivory Coast. Host Scott Simon speaks with French historian and political scientist Nicole Bacharon about the politics behind the apparent change to a more aggressive policy.
And indeed, the showdown over the government's budget for the next six months is just the first in a series of fiscal fights likely in the months to come. President Obama said last night that the tentative agreement between the parties to avoid a governmental shutdown is a good sign.