Quote of the day.
"The science of HIV and treatment is coming along, and everyone is excited. We forget there’s a real-life implementation that has to occur." - Yvette Calderon, adult urgent-care director at Jacobi Medical Center in New York, on the social, cultural and economic barriers that prevent the most at-risk groups from receiving the treatment and support necessary to save their lives.
1. Nuns weigh response to scathing Vatican rebuke.
American nuns are preparing to assemble in St. Louis next week for a pivotal meeting at which they will try to decide how to respond to a scathing critique of their doctrinal loyalty issued this spring by the Vatican — a report that has prompted Roman Catholics across the country to rally to the nuns’ defense.
(New York Times)
2. Legislation to prevent government shutdown will wait until September.
House Republicans have no plans to move forward this week on a catch-all spending bill to avert the government shutdown, sources confirmed Monday. Congress will instead leave town for a five-week recess without voting on a continuing resolution or even introducing it.
3. Prominent climate-change denier now admits he was wrong.
The verdict is in: Global warming is real and greenhouse-gas emissions from human activity are the main cause.
4. Enbridge rushes to repair Wisconsin oil pipeline after spill.
Canada’s Enbridge Inc. on Sunday raced to repair a major pipeline that spilled more than 1,000 barrels of oil in a Wisconsin field, provoking fresh ire from Washington over the latest in a series of leaks.
5. UN says 200,000 have fled Aleppo battle.
Some 200,000 people have fled intense fighting in Syria's second city Aleppo in the past two days, the UN has said. UN humanitarian chief Baroness Valerie Amos said others were trapped in the city and needed urgent help.
6. As Syrian war drags on, Jihadists take bigger role.
As the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s government grinds on with no resolution in sight, Syrians involved in the armed struggle say it is becoming more radicalized: homegrown Muslim jihadists, as well as small groups of fighters from Al Qaeda, are taking a more prominent role and demanding a say in running the resistance.
(New York Times)
7. Inspector general’s report criticizes Afghanistan projects.
A U.S. initiative to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on construction projects in Afghanistan, originally pitched as a vital tool in the military campaign against the Taliban, is running so far behind schedule that it will not yield benefits until most U.S. combat forces have departed the country.
8. Mitt Romney declares unity with Israel over Iranian nuclear threat.
Mitt Romney has made a staunch declaration of unity with Israel against the Iranian nuclear threat, pledging that the US "will not look away" in the face of an existential challenge against the Jewish state.
9. Iran seethes with discontent during Ramadan.
Amid soaring prices, sweltering temperatures and escalating international tensions, a Ramadan of discontent is unfolding in the Islamic Republic.
10. Anti-nuclear rally surrounds Japan parliament.
Thousands of people formed "a human chain" around Japan's parliament complex to demand the government abandon nuclear power after last year's Fukushima crisis.