Quote of the day.
"It is very relaxed here, under the sky, the fresh air. The mind is relaxed. I love gardens." - Winnie Aye, a refugee from Burma, on her participation in a New York City urban garden as part of the International Rescue Committee’s New Roots program that aims to help refugees adjust to their new countries by doing something familiar and empowering: growing things.
1. The nun who broke into the nuclear sanctum.
Sister Megan Rice, 82, a Roman Catholic nun of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and two male accomplices have carried out what nuclear experts call the biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex, making their way to the inner sanctum of the site where the United States keeps crucial nuclear bomb parts and fuel.
(New York Times)
2. Looming spending cuts hit more than defense.
It's not just the Pentagon and defense contractors that face a funding crisis from broad government spending cuts in January. Domestic programs are on the chopping block too, in ways that could affect average Americans more.
3. Medicare rises as prime election issue.
With Mitt Romney’s selection of Representative Paul D. Ryan as his running mate, Florida quickly emerged on Monday as a critical test of the nationwide Republican gamble that concerns over the mounting federal debt can blunt potent Democratic attacks on conservative proposals to revamp Medicare.
(New York Times)
4. Young immigrants line up for reprieve.
With their expectations soaring, young illegal immigrants across the country are preparing to apply for a temporary reprieve from deportation that the Obama administration is offering.
(New York Times)
5. 8 kids die in hot cars in single week.
Despite the efforts of child advocates and federal highway safety officials, Americans keep leaving young children in hot vehicles. In the first week of August, eight children across the USA died from heatstroke in hot vehicles -- believed to be the most ever in a single week.
6. Israeli speculation over Iran strike reaches fever pitch.
In the past few days, the Israeli public has been hit by a blizzard of speculative articles suggesting a military strike against Iran''s nuclear sites is imminent. The talk is now of a timetable of weeks, rather than months and some observers believe that Israel will act in the runup to the US presidential election.
7. Egypt's Morsi 'empowered' by army shake-up.
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has emerged empowered after a "revolutionary" decision to dismiss his powerful defence minister and curb the military''s sweeping powers, the country’s media has said.
8. Syria's ex-PM Riad Hijab says regime is collapsing.
Former Syrian PM Riad Hijab, who defected to Jordan last week, has said the Syrian government is collapsing "morally, financially and militarily." Speaking in the Jordanian capital, Amman, he said the regime controlled no more than 30% of Syrian territory.
9. Iran finds more bodies after quake, public criticism.
Rescue workers in Iran on Tuesday recovered more bodies three days after two powerful earthquakes struck the northwest of the country, killing more than 300 people, but officials played down reports that casualty numbers may still sharply rise.
10. Tunisian women's rights protest.
Thousands of Tunisians have protested in the capital, Tunis, against moves by the Islamist-led government which they fear will reduce women''s rights.