Quote of the day.
”An agreement has been reached clearly with Nato that no bombardment of civilian homes for any reason is allowed. Even when they are under attack, they (coalition forces) cannot use an airplane to bomb Afghan homes.” - Afghan President Hamid Karzai at a press conference in Kabul yesterday.
1. Evangelicals push Congress for immigration changes.
Leaders from a wide-ranging group of evangelical organizations -- from Focus on the Family to the Southern Baptist Convention to the National Latino Evangelical Association -- came together in Washington to push for a revamped immigration system that provides a path to citizenship for some of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants.
2. Anglicans threaten rift with government over gay marriage.
The threat of an unprecedented clash between church and state over the issue of gay marriage has opened up after the Church of England delivered an uncompromising warning to the government against pressing ahead with controversial proposals.
3. Vatican says U.S. nuns must promote church teachings.
The Vatican insisted after a high level meeting Tuesday that American nuns must faithfully promote age-old church teachings, after the women were accused by Rome of flouting core doctrine and taking an overly liberal "feminist" bent.
4. Senate farm bill off to rough start.
The Senate farm bill stumbled badly coming out of the gate Tuesday evening, but its floor managers promised to persevere despite the partisan dysfunction that so plagues Congress this year.
5. Group planning centers to treat combat trauma.
Pledging to overhaul the way the military handles the least visible wounds of war, a private foundation will unveil a $100 million plan on Wednesday to construct state-of-the-art treatment centers for brain injuries and psychological disorders at nine of the largest bases in the country.
(New York Times)
6. Heavier weapons push Syrian crisis toward civil war.
With evidence that powerful new weapons are flowing to both the Syrian government and opposition fighters, the bloody uprising in Syria has thrust the Obama administration into an increasingly difficult position as the conflict shows signs of mutating into a full-fledged civil war.
(New York Times)
7. Aid organizations need donations to fight food shortages in West Africa.
Millions of people in West Africa''s Sahel region face severe food shortages that could be catastrophic if international aid falls short in the coming weeks, according to representatives of Catholic and other humanitarian organizations.
(Catholic News Service)
8. Egyptian presidential hopeful attacks Islamists to gain support.
Just days before the final round of Egypt’s presidential election, religion has become a deciding factor for many voters, who face a stark choice between a conservative Islamist and a secular former military officer.
9. Kenya wants EU to attack Somalia.
Kenya''s prime minister has asked for funds and troops from the US and Europe in a "final onslaught" on the Somali port of Kismayo, the main stronghold of the Islamist militant group al-Shabab.
10. Moscow meeting on Iran nuclear program salvaged but progress remains elusive.
After a week of acerbic fencing between Tehran and Brussels, tempers appear to have been assuaged for the time being by an hour-long Monday night phone call between the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton and the chief Iranian negotiator, Saeed Jalili.