5:21am

Tue July 12, 2011
Afghanistan

Karzai's Half-Brother Assassinated In Kandahar

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.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Africa

Rebels In Libya's Western Mountains Face Shortages

Libyan rebels gather at the front line on the eastern ridge of the Nafusah Mountains in Western Libya on Sunday.
Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images

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.

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4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Business

E.U. Worries Debt Crisis Will Spread To Italy, Spain

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.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Economy

Why GOP Lawmakers Wouldn't Accept 'Grand Bargain'

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.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Immigration Activists Picket MLB's All-Star Game

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.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Middle East

U.S.: Syria's Government Orchestrated Attack

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.

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4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Economy

Debt-Ceiling Negotiations Are Taxing For Both Sides

In three weeks, the country risks defaulting on its bills. Republican leaders have dug in their heels against any deficit reduction that entails increased tax revenues.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Media

Hacking Revelations Mount Against British Tabloids

Police have told Prince Charles and his wife Camilla that the voicemail on their mobile phones was likely hacked by Rupert Murdoch's News of the World. And former Prime Minister Gordon Brown says his family's medical records were illegally obtained by another Murdoch tabloid. This all spells big trouble for the planned big expansion of Murdoch's News Corp. television holdings.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Business

Google Announces Global Science Fair Winner

More than 7,000 individuals and teams competed in Google's global science far. The grand-prize winner takes home a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip to the Galapagos.

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