The Top 10 Stories of March 7, 2012

By Duane Shank 3-07-2012

Quote of the day.
"I fear for class warfare. It's so egregious these days, the disparity, and it's not just a talking point. If you''re not white, educated and almost willing to sacrifice your soul to a corporation, you'd better be afraid.” Kris Rankin, 65, of Dayton OH, speaking of the economy.
(Los Angeles Times)

1. Romney fails to quiet doubts over evangelical vote in South.
"Mitt Romney’s disappointing second-place finish in Tennessee last night deprived him of a victory that his campaign had hoped would dispel lingering doubts about the ability of a Mormon from Massachusetts to appeal to evangelical Christians in the Bible Belt."
(Boston Globe)

2. American aid missions fall victim to Mexico's turmoil.
"As Mexico battles narcotics and crime groups, U.S. medical and religious missions that for generations had come to build houses, tend the sick and conduct goodwill activities have been forced to retreat. The suspension of such missions has cast a terrible, unseen blow on hidden corners of Mexico."

3. Syrian Christians worry about life after Bashar Assad.
"Warnings of a bloodbath if Assad leaves office resonate with Christians, who have seen their brethren driven away by sectarian violence since the overthrow of longtime strongmen in Iraq and in Egypt, and before that by a 15-year civil war in neighboring Lebanon."
(Los Angeles Times)

4. Romney wins Ohio, five other states, but no knockout punch.
"Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum each won Republican presidential primaries in multiple states on Tuesday night, with Romney narrowly edging his rival in the key battleground of Ohio on a Super Tuesday that highlighted stubborn divisions in their party."
(Washington Post)

5. Republicans to push bill in an effort to add jobs.
"House Republicans will try this week to get back on the political message they want, job creation, and they are getting some help from President Obama and the Senate Democratic leadership, who share the need to appear cooperative on legislation to boost hiring."
(New York Times)

6. Obama challenges Iran to address nuclear issues in new talks.
"Saying new negotiations with Iran will provide 'a pretty good sense fairly quickly' of whether a diplomatic solution can prevent war, President Obama challenged Tehran to end the mounting crisis with the West over its disputed nuclear program."
(Los Angeles Times)

7. UN aid chief seeks access to battered Syrian city.
"The U.N. humanitarian chief headed Wednesday for a Syrian city where authorities have yet to let a Red Cross aid convoy into a former rebel area amid opposition reports of bloody reprisals by President Bashar al-Assad''s forces there."

8. Six UK soldiers dead in Afghan blast.
"Lt Col Gordon Mackenzie, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said the six soldiers were on a security patrol in a Warrior armoured fighting vehicle when it was caught in an explosion just over the Helmand border in Kandahar province."

9. Thousands march as South Africans strike.
"Thousands of people are taking to the streets in South Africa as a trade union federation called a nationwide strike to demonstrate for improved worker rights and against plans to introduce unpopular road tolls."
(Al Jazeera)

10. Despite Kremlin’s signals, U.S. ties remain strained.
"Senior U.S. officials said the anti-American rhetoric of Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin’s re-election campaign could hinder cooperation on pressing issues like Iran’s nuclear program."
(New York Times)

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