USA: Romney - Democrats use Akin to discredit GOP. Well, no kidding. I'm glad he's calling this nonsense for what it is: 'The leaders of our party have pretty much unanimously said, "Mr. Akin, get out of the race."'
USA / Space: Neil Armstrong dies at 82. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden:
"On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of the Armstrong family on the passing of Neil Armstrong. As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind's first small step on a world beyond our own.
"Besides being one of America's greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation.
"As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero."
Italy / USA: Unicredit Bank in Iran sanctions investigation. BBC reports that Unicredit is cooperating with a US investigation over a possible breach of Iran-related sanctions.
Afghanistan: Haqqani figure confirmed killed. Fox reports that Badruddin Haqqani, the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani militant network has been killed in an airstrike in Pakistan, citing Afghan intelligence sources.