Rupert Murdoch as he left his apartment in London earlier today (July 12, 2011).
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This morning's developments in the ever-expanding scandal in the U.K. over allegations that newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International illegally obtained private information on thousands of people, from members of the royal family and a former prime minister to victims of the 2005 London bombings:
Germany is investigating whether blueprints for the new headquarters of the country's intelligence agency, the BND, have gone missing. The building's under construction in Berlin. According to Germany's Focus magazine, the missing blueprints detail the alarm system, emergency exits and anti-terror installations.
The impasse continues in the talks between the White House and congressional leaders over raising the federal debt ceiling, cutting federal budget deficits and — eventually — starting to shrink the $14+ trillion federal debt.
In Afghanistan, the half-brother of President Hamid Karzai was assassinated at his home in the southern part of the country, in the city of Kandahar Tuesday. Ahmed Wali Karzai was repeatedly accused of corruption and of having links to drug trafficking, yet the Afghan president continued to defend him.