Killer Tornado Kills 89 People In Missouri; European Union Sanctions Syria

May 23, 2011

At least 30 people are dead after a powerful tornado smashed through Joplin, Mississippi late Sunday afternoon, according to Reuters. The Joplin Globe reports coroners of two counties are setting up a temporary morgue on one street corner while officials fear the death toll could soar to 100 people. The AP says the path of the tornado was four miles wide.

President Obama arrived in Ireland, just days after Queen Elizabeth paid a visit there. Although he's also going as a head of state, CNN says the President will visit a tiny village that was home to an ancestor on his mother's side. It's a brief stopover: he'll spend a couple of days in Britain, move on to France for the Group of Eight summit, and finish in Poland with a meeting of Central European leaders, according to Voice of America.

The European Union is the latest to impose economic sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The AP reports the 27-member bloc sanctioned 13 people linked to the Syrian leadership but not the President; now Assad is part of the group. The EU is outraged over Syria's crackdown on civilians; it's believed Syria has killed at least 900 people in two months of violent suppression. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit