Quote of the day.
"When I got there and couldn''t find her in all the smoke, looked behind me and saw the kitchen really erupting with flames all over the ceiling, that''s when I had very clear thoughts that I''m not going to get out of this place alive and got ... very religious.” - Corey Booker, mayor of Newark, NJ, on rescuing a neighbor from her burning house.
(CBS This Morning)
1. Catholic bishops urge campaign for religious freedom.
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops issued a proclamation on Thursday calling for every priest, parish and layperson to participate in a “great national campaign” to defend religious liberty, which they said is “under attack, both at home and abroad.”
(New York Times)
2. Zimmerman arrest: Proof that the system worked – or failed?
A special prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. But earlier, local police had refused to do so, raising questions about the legal process.
(Christian Science Monitor)
3. Crazy warm March across U.S. shatters records.
According to a government climate report, more than 15,000 temperature records were broken. Twenty-five states east of the Rocky Mountains had their warmest March ever. Ten more states had a March ranked among their 10 warmest.
4. Obama's 'green jobs' have been slow to sprout.
The $90 billion earmarked for "green energy" efforts in President Obama''s recession-fighting federal stimulus package three years ago has yet to ease unemployment, disappointing many and threatening to undermine support for clean-energy policies in general.
5. Obama heads to Summit of the Americas.
President Obama travels to a weekend summit of the hemisphere’s leaders Friday as the head of a nation that remains in many ways the economic envy of its closest neighbors, but also one whose influence is on the wane in a rising region.
6. Embarrassed North Korea may try nuclear test.
North Korea said its much hyped long-range rocket launch failed on Friday, in a very rare and embarrassing public admission of failure by the hermit state and a blow for its new leader who faces international outrage over the attempt.
7. U.S. warns Iran to give 'concrete' evidence it is halting nuclear ambitions.
The US has warned Iran that it will be expected to "demonstrate verifiably" at talks in Istanbul this weekend that it is prepared to roll back its nuclear programme.
8. U.N. team ready for Syria deployment.
A United Nations team of 30 unarmed military observers is ready to deploy to Syria to begin a monitoring mission as soon as the Security Council approves its mission, which may be as soon as Friday, a spokesman for special envoy Kofi Annan has said.
9. Pakistan calls for end to U.S. drone attacks.
Pakistan’s Parliament unanimously demanded Thursday that the United States end its long campaign of drone strikes inside Pakistani territory, a vital component of the Obama administration’s strategy against al-Qaeda and other militant groups.
10. U.N. demands end to Sudan fighting.
The UN Security Council has called for an immediate and unconditional end to fighting on Sudan''s southern border. It expressed its "deep and growing alarm" over the "escalating conflict", and said the situation threatened to return the countries to full-scale war.