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Fri July 22, 2011

Foreign Policy: Who Are The Real Hacks?

News of the World Editor, Colin Myler, center, leads his staff out of the headquarter of News International, the publisher of News of the World, in London, Saturday, July 9, 2011. The paper ceased publication on July 10 following allegations that some journalists paid police for information and hacked into the voicemails for story leads.
Sang Tan AP

Toby Harnden is U.S. editor of the Daily Telegraph.

Early on in my career as a newspaper reporter in London, a grizzled newsroom veteran summoned me over to his desk for a stern talking to. "Harnden, you're letting the side down," he told me. "You're bringing in all these stories but your expenses are pathetic. You need to start claiming some more." Helpfully, he pulled open his desk drawer, which was stuffed full of blank taxi and restaurant receipts.

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Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Crisis In The Horn Of Africa: 'We Need Water, We Need Life'

In Dadaab, Kenya, newly arrived Somali refugees lined up for tents Thursday (July 21, 2011).
Oli Scarff Getty Images

While in the U.S. we worry about the dangerous heat wave covering much of the country, in the Horn of Africa the famine, drought and conflict plaguing Somalia and some nearby regions have combined to create a far deadlier disaster.

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Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

It's So Hot That ...

Dealing with the dog days: This pooch in Manhattan found one way to stay cool Thursday (July 21, 2011).
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Hot hot is it?

"#itssohot my makeup melted as I was applying it." (@sleepgh on Twitter.)

Or, "#itssohot my Iced Coffee cup says 'Caution: Hot Beverage' on it." (@number6six.)

Feel free to join that Twitter trend or give us your own "it's so hot" responses in our comments section.

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Fri July 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Pilot Neglects To Check Plane's Gas Tank

James Hollis was in the sky over Darby, Montana, when his engine died. The retired air traffic controller skillfully piloted his aircraft downward. He touched down on a highway. His heroic landing was made necessary by a basic oversight: He forgot to put gas in the plane.


Fri July 22, 2011

Russian Law Aims At Curbing Appetite For Alcohol

Beer is marketed in Russia as a healthy alternative to vodka. And it's working. Beer sales are up more than 40 percent in the last decade. Now President Dmitri Medvedev has signed a bill aimed at curbing the use of alcohol.