The Top 10 Stories of June 18, 2012

By Duane Shank 6-18-2012

Quote of the day.
"When the Nobel committee awarded the peace prize to me, they were recognising that the oppressed and the isolated in Burma were also a part of the world, they were recognising the oneness of humanity.” Aung San Suu Kyi, delivering her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in 1991 when she was under house arrest.

1. White House receives political cover on immigration from religious groups.
President Barack Obama is receiving political cover for his decision to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants from two big groups with whom his relations have been rocky: evangelical Christians and Catholics.
(CNN Belief Blog)

2. Southern Baptists set for a notable first.
The Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination born in 1845 in defense of slavery and a spiritual home to white supremacists for much of the 20th century, is poised to elect its first African-American president.
(New York Times)

3. CHA urges expanded religious exemption.
The Catholic Health Association, a major supporter of President Barack Obama''s health reform law, is urging the government to expand its definition of religious employers who are exempt from the requirement to provide contraceptives and sterilization free of charge to their employees.
(Catholic News Service)

4. Congress returns facing a must-do list.
Congress returns to Washington this week to confront some of the most substantive and politically nettlesome issues lawmakers will face between now and the November election.
(Washington Post)

5. Islamist candidate is apparent victor in Egypt.
Egyptian news organizations declared Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood the winner of the country’s first competitive presidential race on Monday just hours after the ruling military council issued an interim constitution granting itself broad power over the future government, all but eliminating the president’s authority in an apparent effort to guard against just such a victory.
(New York Times)

6. Greek voters give Europe and single currency a chance.
European leaders working to avert a meltdown of the single currency gained some respite when Greek voters handed a narrow victory to mainstream conservatives and the chance to forge a pro-euro and pro-bailout coalition.

7. Socialists’ victory in France buttresses Hollande’s power.
President François Hollande’s Socialists and their allies won an absolute majority in runoff parliamentary elections on Sunday, strengthening the hand of Mr. Hollande both at home and in Europe, where he is pressing for less austerity and more growth in the face of a deepening recession.
(New York Times)

8. Syria accused of violence rise after U.N. monitor halt.
Syrian security forces pounded opposition areas across the country on Monday, activists said, adding that at least 23 people had been killed in clashes they say have escalated since international observers suspended their mission.

9. Iran nuclear talks resume in Moscow.
the two-day meeting, which began on Monday, follows a bruising May session in Baghdad during which Iran nearly walked out of negotiations aimed ultimately at keeping it from joining the exclusive club of nations with atomic weapons.
(Al Jazeera)

10. G20 to press Europe for lasting fix for debt crisis.
World leaders, relieved that pro-bailout parties won a narrow election victory in Greece, will pile pressure on Europe at the G20 summit on Monday to outline a lasting strategy to save the euro currency and end financial turmoil.

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