Quote of the day.
“You’ve grown up quickly over the last year. You’ve learned at a younger age than most that we can’t always predict what life has in store for us. No matter how we might try to avoid it, life can bring heartache. Life involves struggle. Life will bring loss. But here in Joplin, you’ve also learned that we have the power to grow from these experiences. We can define our lives not by what happens to us, but by how we respond.” President Barack Obama addresses graduating seniors at Missouri Southern State University, marking the one-year anniversary of a powerful tornado that ripped through Joplin, destroying the local high school and much of the city.
(New York Times)
1. A truce between Obama and Romney on faith.
A political truce may be brewing between the Obama and Romney campaigns on the issue of the candidates' faith and religious practice. An all-out war over such issues nearly erupted last week, but neither campaign would take up arms.
(CNN Belief Blog)
2. 30-day sentence fuels debate in Rutgers anti-gay bias case.
Dharun Ravi had appeared stoic for three hours, but he broke down in tears as his mother sobbed beside him while pleading with the judge to spare her son from prison.
(Los Angeles Times)
3. ILO warns of youth unemployment 'crisis.'
Almost 13% of young people worldwide are out of work, and their situation is unlikely to improve for four years, a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) says.
4. NATO leaders agree to Afghan exit strategy.
Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have sealed a landmark agreement to hand control of Afghanistan over to its own security forces by the middle of next year, putting the Western alliance on an "irreversible" path out of the decade-long war.
5. North Korea to boost nuclear deterrent after U.S. pressure.
Isolated North Korea stepped up its war of words against the United States on Tuesday, vowing to boost its nuclear deterrent after Washington warned Pyongyang of further sanctions if it did not abandon its atomic program.
6. U.S. Senate passes new Iran sanctions bill.
The U.S. Senate passed on Monday night — by voice vote — new sanctions on Iran ahead of diplomatic talks about Tehran’s nuclear program.
(Wall Street Journal)
7. IAEA chief says Iran nuclear inspections deal is not far off.
The head of the UN nuclear agency, Yukiya Amano, has said an agreement would be signed "quite soon" with Iran to allow an investigation into claims it had tried to develop nuclear weapons.
8. OECD sees risk of Europe crisis hurting world economy.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Europe’s debt crisis risks spiraling and seriously damaging the world economy.
9. Rifts widen in Syrian opposition.
A power struggle within Syria's main opposition group is pitting Islamists against secular politicians and exiled leaders against activists at home, further undermining its claim to be an alternative to President Bashar al-Assad.
10. After bombing, somber Yemen marks National Day.
Grieving Yemenis held somber ceremonies Tuesday to mark the country's National Day following a suicide bombing a day earlier that killed nearly 100 soldiers and deeply shook the faith of many people in the nation's future.