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The Top 10 Stories of June 30, 2011

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Quote of the day.
"A non-violent protest of 4,000 people or more, even if they only march to a checkpoint or a settlement, and especially if the Palestinian police does not deter them, will be unstoppable. Such a great number of determined people cannot be stopped by tear gas and rubber bullets." - Unnamed Israel Defense Forces officer on the possibility of a mass civilian uprising in the West Bank.

1. Leith Anderson to retire as pastor.
"Anderson, who will take the title of pastor emeritus, said he will continue to serve as president of the National Association of Evangelicals."
(Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

2. President warns taxes must rise.
"In a 67-minute news conference, Mr. Obama cast the budget battle as a tug of war between the interests of the rich -- like owners of corporate jets, who he said get generous tax breaks -- and those of the middle class, the elderly and children."
(New York Times)

3. Appeals court upholds individual mandate.
"A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the most contentious provision of the health-care overhaul law, ruling that Congress can require Americans to carry insurance coverage."
(Washington Post)

4. Ohio collective-bargaining law on ballot.
"We Are Ohio, the coalition leading the effort to repeal Senate Bill 5, directed a parade of thousands through Downtown yesterday that culminated in the delivery of nearly 1.3 million signatures to the secretary of state to place Ohio's new collective-bargaining law on the November ballot."
(Columbus Dispatch)

5. U.S. monthly combat deaths in Iraq at 3-year high.
"The American military announced on Thursday that three more American soldiers had been killed this week, as the combat-related deaths for United States forces in Iraq reached a monthly toll not seen since 2008."
(New York Times)

6. U.S. drone targets leaders of Somali group.
"A U.S. drone aircraft fired on two leaders of a militant Somali organization tied to al-Qaeda, apparently wounding them, a senior U.S. military official familiar with the operation said Wednesday. … The airstrike makes Somalia at least the sixth country where the United States is using drone aircraft to conduct lethal attacks."
(Washington Post)

7. Obama sees precision strikes as key to al Qaeda defeat.
"Precision strikes and raids, rather than large land wars, are the most effective way to defeat Al Qaeda, the Obama administration has concluded in a newly released counter-terrorism strategy."
(Los Angeles Times)

8. Syria pulls its armed forces from some contested cities.
"The Syrian military and the government's security forces have largely withdrawn from one of the country’s largest cities as well as other areas, … leaving territory to protesters whose demonstrations have grown larger and whose chants have taunted a leadership that once inspired deep fear."
(New York Times)

9. Greece votes for five-year austerity plan.
"But no sooner had the MPs cast their ballots and European Union leaders had welcomed the 'landmark' vote, the real drama began outside parliament where another approach to democracy saw protesters battle with riot police."

10. Cairo street clashes leave more than 1,000 injured.
"The fiercest street fighting seen in central Cairo since the fall of Hosni Mubarak has left more than 1,000 people injured, as popular dissatisfaction with the military-led transitional government boiled over into violence."

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