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.
The fastest growing areas in Kentucky are just outside cities. Trouble is, as population grows so does pressure to fill up those open spaces. It’s a tough balancing act. WEKU’s Jacalyn Carfagno reports.
A broken water main at the University of Louisville campus has caused some flooding across part of the campus. The break occurred near Floyd and Warnock Streets, causing that intersection, and much of the campus, to flood. According to MetroSafe Communications, some people are trapped in buildings as portions of the flooding have reached almost five feet deep. According to witnesses, some tennis courts are under water at the Bass-Rudd Tennis center and the Papa John’s across the street is surrounded by water.
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.
Rebels in the Nafusa Mountains of western Libya have made substantial gains in recent weeks against forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. But the fighting has prompted a growing humanitarian crisis in this isolated region southwest of Tripoli.
Fighting across Libya has been characterized by a lack of sophisticated weapons. Pointing to a rusted rifle, a fighter on the front line of a recent battle in the mountains said it's "more than 100 years" old. "Our grandfathers before us use it in front of Italian army in 1911," he said.
In Europe, politicians are still arguing over a second bailout plan for Greece. They're also trying to stop investor panic from spilling over to other economies in the eurozone — specifically Italy and Spain. Zanny Minton Beddoes, of The Economist, talks to Mary Louise Kelly about the European debt crisis.
Over the weekend, House Speaker John Boehner bowed out of the so-called "grand bargain" bipartisan debt-reduction deal. Steve Inskeep talks with Republican Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan about why pressure mounted on Boehner to walk away from the compromise.
Protesters have backed off a planned boycott of today's Major League All-Star Game in Phoenix. Instead, they'll hand out white ribbons to rally opposition to Arizona's tough anti-immigration law. Meanwhile, the game will be missing some of its top stars, including Alex Rodriguez, Placido Polanco and Albert Pujols. They're out with injuries.
U.S. officials accuse the Syrian government of orchestrating Monday's attack on the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Damascus. Supporters of President Bashar Assad scaled the embassy fence, smashed bullet-proof glass and security cameras, and climbed onto the roof. The French Embassy was also targeted.
The assault came three days after a surprise visit by the American and French ambassadors to the city of Hama to show support for peaceful protests there.