WORLD: Karzai bids farewell to brother
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (above) attends the memorial service for his slain brother Ahmad Wali Karzai in Dand district of Kandahar province on Wednesday. The weeping president led thousands of mourners in burying his brother, assassinated by a longtime confidante in the southern city of Kandahar.
WORLD: News Corp. pulls out of BSkyB deal
In a statement before the House of Commons, British Prime Minister David Cameron said the investigation into the phone hacking scandal has widened to 9,000 phone lines and will include allegations that the phones of 9/11 victims were broken into. Following the statement, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. announced it would be dropping its bid for merger with British Sky Broadcasting.
NATIONAL: Obama raises $86 million
The money race for the 2012 elections is on and a clear winner seems to have emerged this morning. President Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised $86 million in the second quarter of 2011 — more than the $35 million raised by all the Republican presidential candidates combined in the quarter.
SCIENCE: Smelly socks as mosquito repellenant
An experiment in Tanzania may actually find a use for stinky socks: malaria prevention. A new study underway in three villages beset with malarial mosquitos has set up traps with dirty socks as lures.