A massive exodus of foreigners from Libya is taking place. This weekend in Benghazi, ferry boats from Tunisia came to pick up North African nationals and take them out of Libya. But left behind were Africans and Asians, who begged for someone to help evacuate them.
It can be very dangerous work for the journalists involved in covering the civil unrest in the Middle East. Some reporters in Egypt were detained and even assaulted while reporting on the uprising there. But few places have been as tough to cover as Libya, where the country's authoritarian leader, Moammar Gadhafi, is fiercely clinging to power. Host Liane Hansen talks with NPR's David Folkenflik, who has been tracking the media coverage of the civil unrest in Egypt and Libya.
The political upheaval of Egypt's revolution barely touched the tourist town of Luxor, but the economy was hit hard. Tourists fled the temples, tombs and resorts in the first days of the revolution, and hotels have been virtually empty ever since. Most people in the industry have been laid off, and they're watching desperately as the first tourists begin to show up.
The federal government will begin shutting down Friday at midnight unless Congress comes up with a stopgap funding measure to replace the current continuing resolution that's about to expire. At issue are some $60 billion in spending cuts, approved by the GOP-led House and deemed too deep by the Democratic-led Senate.
As lawmakers return Monday from recess, they'll try to pass an even shorter-term measure. The idea is to buy time to negotiate — and to avert a shutdown.