- Update from Libya from The Washington Post and Al-Jazeera.
- The founder of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program has released documents that, if authentic, would confirm payments from North Korea to Pakistani military and government officials for nuclear technology.
- Sudanese President Bashir says he will visit South Sudan as it becomes an independent country(NYT) on Saturday. Many details remain to be worked out between the two states that were recently locked in a civil war. Meanwhile, the independence of South Sudan bolsters the prestige, and pocketbook, of Uganda(NYT).
- The Washington Post reports the Muslim Brotherhood is fraying in Egypt as new and old members clash on where the organization should go as Egypt seeks new leaders.
- There are reports of violence in southern Yemen as that country slips further into civil war.
- The phone hacking scandal (that we haven't been paying much attention to) is spreading in the UK.
- President Obama offers up cuts to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for tax increases as the negotiations continue over raising the debt ceiling.
- President Obama also appointed the first openly gay service member to serve on Westpoint's Board of Visitors. Brenda S. Felton is a graduate of Westpoint and was part of the first class where women were also admitted.
- HUD will pay $62 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit brought forth by two groups representing poor, largely African-American, New Orleans home owners.