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The Top 10 Stories of July 21, 2011

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Quote of the day.
"I think we have a very good structure in place that will diminish the likelihood of another collapse caused by financial irresponsibility. On the whole, I'm very pleased with how it worked out." - Rep. Barney Frank, on the first year of the finance reform act.
(New York Times)

1. Pastors urge White House to protect poor.
"President Obama and senior members of his staff met with eight religious leaders at the White House on Wednesday to discuss protecting programs for the poor and vulnerable in deficit reduction and debt ceiling negotiations."

2. Obama opens door to short-term deal.
"The contentious budget talks that have dominated Washington for months intensified Wednesday, prompting President Obama to say he would accept a short-term hike in the debt ceiling if it gave lawmakers time to finalize a comprehensive deal."
(Washington Post)

3. The end of an era as space shuttle lands.
"The shuttle Atlantis touched down before dawn on Thursday, marking the sunset of NASA's 30-year space shuttle program."

4. Florida rejects child-abuse prevention funds.
"Florida lawmakers have rejected more than $50 million in federal child-abuse prevention money. The grants were tied to the Obama administration's health care reform package, which many lawmakers oppose on philosophical grounds."
(McClatchy News)

5. Prison hunger strike continues.
"More than 400 inmates at four California prisons are in the third week of a hunger strike to protest long, punitive stays in isolation cells."
(Los Angeles Times)

6. Bodies on the streets in Syria.
"Human rights activists and residents of Homs, Syria's third largest city, are reporting intense gunfire as security forces conduct raids and arrests."
(Al Jazeera)

7. U.S. pledges $28 million for Somalia.
"The US has pledged an additional $28m in aid for people affected by the drought and food crisis in Somalia, but stressed the money would not be used to provide assistance in areas under the control of the rebel group al-Shabaab."

8. Europe takes bigger role in Mideast peace push.
"With Middle East talks at a standstill, the Obama administration now finds itself on the sidelines, and Europe is emerging as the key diplomatic actor."
(New York Times)

9. The true test is yet to come for British PM.
"After the dramatic collapse of trust in the two other great institutions of British life, the media and the police, Prime Minister David Cameron is struggling to keep a third, his Conservative Party, insulated from the scandal that threatens to jeopardize his government."
(Globe & Mail)

10. U.N. countries divided over climate role.
"Western nations clashed with Russia and developing countries on Wednesday over whether climate change was a security matter meriting the attention of the security council, the most powerful UN body."

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