Rock pioneer Lou Reed dead at 71, hugely influential guitarist and songwriter. (Rolling Stone).
The NSA may have monitored Angela Merkel’s phone for more than 10 years. (The Guardian).
As Fed meets next week, maybe a little inflation would be a good thing? (New York Times).
Ted Cruz visits Iowa, raising talk of 2016 presidential run. (NBC News).
Syria files plan to destroy chemical weapons, sticks to tight timeline. (Globe and Mail).
Thousands march in Asia’s largest gay parade, support marriage bill. (GlobalPost).