Syrian opposition says 1,000 people have been killed in the last 8 days. According to the Associated Press, Syria's main opposition group says 1,000 people have been killed by government forces in the last eight days. A spokeswoman for the Syrian National Council says troops loyal to President Bashar Assad have intensified their onslaught in opposition areas despite saying it would accept a U.N. peace plan. Bass-ma Kod-man-i says 160 people were killed in Syria on Monday alone.
National Debt Matches Entire Yearly Economic Output. According to many analysts, the United States now faces a debt as big as the nation's entire economic output for a year. That means it would take every American dollar produced in an entire year to just barely pay off the current debt. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said, "The consequences are grave moving forward because not only is the debt high, but according to the Congressional Budget Office and all the experts who are looking at it, there's no plan in place to change that any time in the near future." A recent report from the Senate Republican Budget Committee states that by 2019, under President Barack Obama's budget the government will be spending more money to pay down interest on the national debt than it will be spending on national defense.
Ahmadinejad claims Iran can survive a 2-3 year oil blockade. According to Reuters, Iranian media quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying that Iran has enough funds to withstand a total embargo on its oil sales for two to three years. His words came days before the resumption of talks with world powers on Tehran's nuclear programme. The European Union is set to impose a total embargo on Iranian crude oil from July following similar measures imposed by the United States to try to force Iran to abandon uranium enrichment.
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