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The top 10 news of June 23, 2011.

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Quote of the day.
"I'm fine. I'm out. I'm back with my family. I'm very happy." --Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, released on bail yesterday after 81 days in detention.
(Guardian)

1. Obama announces plan to bring home 33,000 troops.
"President Obama charted a middle course Wednesday for ending the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, outlining a departure plan that will remove troops faster than his commanders had requested but more slowly than many of his political allies would like."
(Washington Post)

2. As politics of war shift, risks for Obama ease.
"When President Obama expanded the Afghanistan war a year after taking office, Republicans fiercely criticized his deadline to bring troops home. But his decision on Wednesday to accelerate their withdrawal came with few reprisals, a sign of a remarkable shift in the politics of war."
(New York Times)

3. Obama defers to public on drawdown.
"President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to pull 33,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan well before next year's election, signaling a rapid drawdown sure to please Americans weary of the nearly decade-long war and its costs."
(McClatchy News)

4. Cameron welcomes Obama plan.
"After the US president declared the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban a success, Cameron, in a statement issued on Thursday, said the UK would keep its own force levels in Afghanistan 'under constant review.'"
(Guardian)

5. Increased pressure on debt-reduction deal.
"Congressional leaders from both parties made new and competing demands Wednesday in exchange for their votes to raise the nation’s debt limit, increasing pressure on a bipartisan group attempting to negotiate a debt-reduction deal with the White House."
(Washington Post)

6. Border shooting renews debate on use of force.
"The Mexican government and immigrant rights group condemned the shooting of a man trying to cross the border fence into the U.S. on Tuesday evening. Federal authorities say the man was throwing rocks at the agents."
(Los Angeles Times)

7. Some farmers say no to subsidies.
"With budget cuts all the rage in government, Craig Lang, a dairyman and president of the Iowa Farm Bureau, proposed something that would have been unthinkable in farm country a few years ago: ending direct payments to farmers for crops."
(New York Times)

8. Republicans challenge war powers.
"House Republican leaders have launched the most serious challenge to the war-making power of the presidency in more than a decade, proposing to cut off funding for U.S. direct military engagement in Libya."
(Politico)

9. Gaddafi vows to resist NATO strikes.
"Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has accused NATO of murder and said his regime has its 'back to the wall,' three days after a NATO air strike on a house in Tripoli killed civilians."
(Al Jazeera)

10. Refugees flee border camps in Syria.
"Hundreds of Syrian refugees are fleeing across the border into Turkey to escape an assault by Syrian troops in the area."
(BBC)

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