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News Wrap: Census Finds Young Adults Hit Hard by Recession

September 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM EST
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KWAME HOLMAN: New numbers from the U.S. census painted a stark picture today of how the recession has hit young adults.

The 2010 data found unemployment among those in their 20s is the highest since World War II. As a result, record numbers of young adults are living with their parents, and almost one in five are living in poverty. They’re also choosing to delay getting married or buying a home.

The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, blamed the U.S. and Western nations today for the world’s economic and other ills before the U.N. General Assembly. Diplomats, including the U.S. and French delegations, responded by walking out. In all, more than a dozen followed while the 30-minute speech was still under way.

MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD, Iranian president (through translator): It is as lucid as daylight that the same slave masters and colonial powers that once instigated the two world wars have caused widespread misery and disorder with far-reaching effects across the globe since then.

And they continue to control the international political centers and the Security Council. Dear colleagues and friends, do these arrogant powers really have the competence or ability to run or govern the world?

KWAME HOLMAN: As in previous speeches, Ahmadinejad also questioned the Holocaust and he accused the West of using it to maintain unwavering support of Israel.

Hundreds of Palestinians protested today against U.S. opposition to Palestinian statehood efforts in the U.N. Demonstrators waved flags and chanted against the U.S. position. They gathered outside the Palestinian president’s office in the West Bank and in Gaza.

In his U.N. speech yesterday, President Obama again urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to seek statehood only through direct talks with Israel.

In Yemen, at least 15 people were killed as government forces attacked protesters in Sana’a with mortars, grenades and sniper fire. The clashes broke a cease-fire negotiated on Tuesday. Amateur video from the city showed thick smoke rising above the skyline. The latest violence took the death toll to 100 across Yemen since Sunday.

The top U.S. military officer accused Pakistan today of exporting violence to wage attacks inside Afghanistan. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, pointed to the Haqqani militant network based in Pakistan. That group has been implicated in a series of recent high-profile attacks.

ADM. MICHAEL MULLEN, Joints Chiefs chairman: The Haqqani Network, for one, acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s internal services intelligence agency. With ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted that truck bomb attack, as well as the assault on our embassy.

We also have credible intelligence that they were behind the June 28 attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul and a host of other smaller, but effective operations.

KWAME HOLMAN: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also testified. He said the U.S. has warned Pakistan’s intelligence agency that future cross-border attacks won’t be tolerated. The Pakistani interior minister, Rehman Malik, rejected the U.S. accusations. And he warned against any American ground incursion into Pakistan.

There was word today that a bedrock assumption of physics may be in jeopardy. Scientists in Europe reported they have clocked subatomic particles, called neutrinos, going faster than the speed of light, 186,282 miles an hour. That’s not supposed to be possible under Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity. The researchers said, if the findings check out, it will force a fundamental reassessment of modern physics.

Those are some of the day’s major stories.