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The top 10 stories of June 13, 2011.

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Quote of the day.
"Today we come together because we have the chance to save another four million lives. …To those who say fine but we should put off seeing through those promises to another day because right now we can't afford to help: I say - we can't afford to wait." UK Prime Minister David Cameron, pledging an additional £814m ($1.3bn) to help vaccinate children around the world against preventable diseases like pneumonia.
(BBC)

1. American Muslims search for identity.
"Some have reacted to a decade of stares, cutting comments, airport humiliations and disturbing incidents of homegrown terrorism by drifting away from their religion, some by deepening their faith, and a few by turning to the very extremism that sparked the mistrust they encounter."
(Washington Post)

2. Sharia myth sweeps America.
"It's worth taking a look at some facts to understand why an Islamic code has become such a watchword in the 2012 presidential campaign."
(Amy Sullivan, USA Today)

3. F.B.I. Agents to Push Privacy Bounds.
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention."
(New York Times)

4. U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour.
"The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy 'shadow' Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks."
(New York Times)

5. Obama weighs Afghanistan pullout
"Amid growing doubts in Congress over the war's cost, the Obama administration begins an internal debate this week on how many troops to bring home, and when."
(Los Angeles Times)

6. Syria storms militant city.
"Syrian forces stormed a city yesterday which had become a symbol of militant opposition after an intense artillery and tank bombardment."
(The Independent)

7. Militants emboldened in Yemen.
"Islamist extremists, many suspected of links to al-Qaeda, are engaged in an intensifying struggle against government forces for control of southern Yemen, taking advantage of a growing power vacuum to create a stronghold near vital oil-shipping lanes, said residents and Yemeni and U.S. officials."
(Washington Post)

8. Fierce fighting in western Libya.
"Battles between pro-democracy fighters and forces of Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, are continuing across the west of the country, as rebels say they are advancing towards the capital."
(Al Jazeera)

9. U.S. pressuring Netanyahu to accept peace plan.
"Washington is pressuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accede to its proposal to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on the basis of U.S. President Barack Obama's May 19 speech."
(Haaretz)

10. Passing: Clara Luper, a Leader of Civil Rights Sit-Ins, Dies at 88.
"Her name does not resonate like that of Rosa Parks, and she did not garner the kind of national attention that a group of black students did when they took seats at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in February 1960. But Clara Luper was a seminal figure in the sit-ins of the civil rights movement."
(New York Times)

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