The United Nations has officially declared a famine in Somalia, with 3.7 million deemed to be in crisis. Efforts to alleviate the suffering in the region have been disrupted by the efforts of the militant Islamic group al-Shabaab, which is also linked to al-Qaida.
The U.S. House Monday passed the deficit reduction bill and sent it to the Senate for consideration.
The vote was 269-161 with 95 Democrats joining 174 Republicans in voting in favor of the measure, and 95 Democrats voting with 66 Republicans against it. The Senate is to vote on the measure Tuesday.
President Barack Obama announced Richard Cordray as his nominee to be the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, replacing the long-blockaded nomination of Elizabeth Warren, Special Advisor on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry, U.S. Army, for his heroic actions in Afghanistan in May, 2008, is the second living Medal of Honor recipient since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
More than 200 pro-Palestinian protesters trying to reach Israel were blocked at airports in Europe after Israel asked foreign airlines to stop blacklisted travelers from boarding flights. Israeli police detained 30 activists who landed in Israel.
The space shuttle Atlantis landed for the final time Thursday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marking the end of the 30-year U.S. space shuttle program. STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for the Atlantis vehicle, which spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles.
High school and university students staged a "Kiss in" outside the palaces of the city courts in Conception, Chile in response to Presient Pinera's announcement on new government policies for education on July 6, 2011. Thousands of students and teachers began protesting in cities across Chile in April, demanding improvements to the education system.
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