Murdoch Closes 'World' As Scandal Broadens; Africa Faces Its Worst Drought in 60 Years

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Newly arrived Somali refugees watch on from behind a fence outside a registration and food distribution center in Dadaab, as a woman is finally able to get an emergency food ration. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Murdoch Closes 'World' As Scandal Broadens; Middle East Wine Revolution: Arab Awakening Boosts Wine Business; Social Security Cuts Reportedly On Table As Debt Ceiling Talks Continue; Summer Music: Jim James's Mixed Tape; Twelve Million People Need Food Aid after Rains Fail in Africa; New Movie Releases: 'Horrible Bosses,' 'Zookeeper,' 'Project Nim'; My America: John Turturro; News Of The World Hacking Victim Speaks Out.

Murdoch Closes 'World' As Scandal Broadens

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch will close Britain’s most popular newspaper, The News of the World, in a bid to prevent the outrage over the tabloid’s phone hacking scandal from infecting the other news outlets he owns. British detectives investigating the illegal phone hacking conducted by the newspaper’s staff say the number of victims could exceed 4,000.

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Middle East Wine Revolution: Arab Awakening Boosts Wine Business

Since the first rumblings of revolution in Tunisia last year, we’ve been covering the Arab awakenings often. We’ve asked for analysis from political reporters and foreign correspondents, and reported the latest news as it came in. Today, we're examining a different angle to the uprisings: commerce, particularly the growing number of Middle Eastern wine businesses

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Rep. Rush Holt on Social Security Cuts in Debt Ceiling Talks

The latest news out of the ongoing negotiations to raise the country's debt limit is that President Obama is putting entitlement reform on the table. But Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats say they were caught completely off-guard by the president's latest proposal, and said that the Party is opposed to including Social Security cuts in any kind of deal. The president says the two sides remain divided and far from finding reaching an agreement, but House Speaker John Boehner says there's a 50-50 chance that they'll be able to arrive at a decision this week. Will the president's dramatic proposal be the catalyst that moves the debt deal forward?

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US Ambassador Visits Flashpoint City in Syrian Uprising

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford made an unannounced visit to the city of Hama yesterday. Ford apparently traveled to Hama on his own to show solidarity with the four month uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Anthony Shadid of The New York Times reports on Ford's trip from Beirut, Lebanon.

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Summer Music: Jim James's Mixtape

We're celebrating summer music here at the Takeaway. Throughout the month we’ll be talking with different musicians about what songs say summer to them. Our guest today is Jim James, the lead singer and founding member of the band, My Morning Jacket. The band's latest album is called “Circuital.”

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Without Rain, Africa Faces Its Worst Drought in 60 Years

Twelve million people need food aid after rains failed for the second consecutive year across the Horn of Africa region, which encompasses Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Eritrea. Somalia has already been battling famine for two decades. The World Food Program says that more than 110,000 people are in camps in Southeastern Ethiopia, with more than 1,600 are arriving every day, showing signs of severe malnutrition.

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New Movie Releases: 'Horrible Bosses,' 'Zookeeper,' 'Project Nim'

This weekend's film releases include the comedy "Horrible Bosses," starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, and the family-friendly "Zookeeper," starring Kevin James. For animal lovers, there's also the documentary "Project Nim," the sad tale of a chimpanzee who was raised as a human child. 

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'News Of The World' Hacking Victim Speaks Out

The media giant News Corp. announced yesterday that it would close its most successful tabloid paper, News of the Worldover claims its journalists hacked the private phones of celebrities, crime victims, bereaved military families and people involved up in the 2005 London bombings — a terrorist attack that killed 52 people.

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