NewsBites: Venus Advances in US Open, Officials Condemn Burn Quran Day + More

Venus Williams, the American No. 3 seed, outlasted No. 6 Francesca Schiavone to secure her spot in the US Open semifinals for the first time since 2007. [US Open official site]

The plan by a tiny Florida church to burn Qurans on Sept. 11 is drawing condemnation from top U.S. officials and religious leaders, including the White House, the State Department and Gen. David H. Petraeus, who warned Tuesday that it could endanger U.S. troops in the Muslim world. [WaPo]

In a speech scheduled for delivery Wednesday afternoon in Cleveland, Obama will restate his long-held position that the nation cannot afford to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of families, White House officials said. [WaPo]

Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey will be 2010 Kennedy Center honorees. [LA Times]

Approximately 500 women were raped in eastern Congo in July and August, demonstrating that both rebel militias and government troops used sexual violence as a weapon, two senior United Nations officials said Tuesday. [NY Times]

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