- Making News: Kurdish Forces Take Kirkuk in Northern Iraq
In northern Iraq, Kurdish forces appear to have taken the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Ilene Prusher of the Christian Science Monitor, who was in Kirkuk earlier today, reports on celebrations in that city, the low-profile of American forces there, and diplomatic wrangling between the US and Turkey over the possibility of Turkish observers in the region.
- Reporter's Notebook: Murdoch-s News Corp Acquires Majority Stake in DirecTV
Rupert Murdoch-s News Corp will pay $6.6 billion in stock and cash to get control of the satellite service, DirecTV. The deal, which also fills a void in Murdoch-s worldwide satellite empire, makes Murdoch America-s second-largest provider of pay television, after Comcast. Though the numbers look good, But Porter Bibb, who runs Media Tech Capital Partners, says Murdoch-s money could have been much better spent.
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