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Afghanistan: ‘Two killed at Kabul CIA station’

BBC – An Afghan employee has killed one US citizen and wounded another before being shot dead at a compound believed to house a CIA station, officials say. The incident in Kabul took place on Sunday night at the facility, previously known as the Ariana hotel. Read Article

Sarkozy’s best man investigated for kickbacks from arms deals

Independant – An explosive financial scandal threatened President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday after two of his associates were formally accused of handling illegal kickbacks on arms contracts. Read article

Phone-hacking claims mount up at News International

Guardian – News International is facing fresh phone-hacking controversies after a series of claims and counter claims involving half a dozen figures including Jade Goody, Alastair Campbell and two of the most senior former staff of the News of the World. In just a few hours on Friday, it emerged the media group was facing five court actions including a possible action in the US targeting Rupert Murdoch and his son James, plus allegations that the Sunday tabloid may have hacked Goody’s phone while she was dying of cancer. Read Article

USA: One in 4 young children live in poverty

UPI.com – In one year, from 2009 to 2010, 1 million more U.S children joined the ranks of the impoverished, researchers said. Researchers at the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire said the 1 million newly poor children are part of a surge of 2.6 million children who have fallen into poverty since 2007 when the country fell into recession. There are now an estimated 15.7 million American children in poverty. Read Article

Obama Turns Some Powers of Education Back to States

The New York Times – With his declaration on Friday that he would waive the most contentious provisions of a federal education law, President Obama effectively rerouted the nation’s education history after a turbulent decade of overwhelming federal influence. Read Article

Majority in U.S. Continues to Distrust the Media, Perceive Bias

Gallup – The majority of Americans still do not have confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. The 44% of Americans who have a great deal or fair amount of trust and the 55% who have little or no trust remain among the most negative views Gallup has measured.

In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media -- such as newspapers, TV, and radio -- when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly? 1997-2011 trend

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European Stocks Rise for Second Day on Banks

Bloomberg – European stocks gained, erasing earlier losses, as banks and insurance companies climbed. U.S. index futures were little changed and Asian shares dropped. The benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.6 percent to 217.5 at 8:43 a.m. in London, having earlier lost as much as 1.4 percent. Read Article