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Rapid Reads: 6 Big stories of the day

Ashley Austrew is a freelance writer who loves tacos, Target and screen time. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, The Stir, Mommyish and more.

NASA talks Mars, Michelle Obama talks girls, Pope Francis goes home and more big news

Hit the snooze button one too many times this morning? That's OK because we've got all the morning news you missed. Here are the top stories everyone will be talking about today:

1. Family meeting

World leaders will gather in New York City today for the U.N. General Assembly. On the agenda: Syria's migrant and refugee crisis, how to deal with ISIS, conflict with Iran, climate change, and other issues relating to global peace and security. The meeting also gives Obama a chance to meet face-to-face with several leaders. So far he's scheduled sit-downs with Raúl Castro, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and possibly Vladimir Putin. It will be interesting to see what comes out of these talks — especially the meeting with Putin, who hasn't attended a General Assembly meeting in nearly 10 years. — USA Today

More: Angelina Jolie continues her work with the United Nations

2. Bon voyage

Pope Francis returns to the Vatican today after a successful U.S. tour that ended with him apologizing for the church's sexual abuse scandals and promising to hold abusers accountable. While here, the pope also took on climate change, poverty, immigration, and human rights. He pulled no punches, and some even speculate his strong words played a part in inspiring John Boehner's resignation on Friday. Religious or not, many were impressed with his powerful statements and there is no denying his massive influence. — Reuters

3. Changing the world

This weekend was the fourth annual Global Citizens festival — a one-day music festival that combats global poverty — and Michelle Obama used the occasion to make a special announcement. She joined Beyoncé on stage to announce a new campaign called 62 Million Girls that will work to support girls' access to education. The name comes from the 62 million girls worldwide who lack access to education due to economic and social barriers. The campaign will work to create opportunities for these girls to get an education and stay in school. — Refinery29

More: 8 Inspiring quotes from Michelle Obama's Chicago high school grad speech

4. ET phone home

NASA is scheduled to make a big announcement about Mars today, and no one knows what it is. There's been speculation, of course. Some people think NASA will announce evidence of a past civilization, others think the news is that life currently exists on Mars. The most plausible theory is that they've confirmed evidence of water on the red planet, which would be a huge discovery. — CNN

5. A bold statement

Street Artist Banksy is closing Dismaland, his dystopian theme park exhibit, and sending the timber and fixtures to Calais to be used in building shelters at Syrian refugee camps. Dismaland has been sold out every day for five weeks and brought in an estimated £20 million. It includes a wide range of work from artists around the world and takes on social and political issues using Banksy's classic, clever style. Banksy credits 10 of the pieces to himself, including Cinderella's castle, which will now be used to shelter migrants. — Huffington Post

More: Graffiti art you could actually hang indoors

6. Break a leg

Comedian Trevor Noah begins his run as the new host of The Daily Show tonight. For the past two weeks, he's been doing un-aired test shows in front of a live studio audience. Now it's time to see if he'll sink or swim as Jon Stewart's successor. Noah is still finding his style, much like Stewart was when he first started his hosting run, so there's plenty of room for him to grow. Jon Stewart is a hard act to follow, but we look forward to seeing what Trevor Noah can do and wish him the best of luck. — The New York Times

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