The Top 10 Stories of May 23, 2012

By Jack Palmer 5-23-2012

Quote of the day.
“I feel freedom and for the first time, my voice and opinion really counts.” - Mounira Fawaz, after casting her vote in the Egyptian presidential elections, the first democratic election in the country’s history.
(Al Jazeera)

1. 'Fiscal cliff' could cause U.S. recession.
A stalemate over how to tackle a series of fiscal deadlines at year's end would likely push the United States economy into recession in the first half of next year, the Congressional Budget Office warned on Tuesday.

2. For Native American women, scourge of rape, rare justice.
One in three American Indian women have been raped or have experienced an attempted rape, according to the Justice Department. Their rate of sexual assault is more than twice the national average.
(New York Times)

3. Mass arrests as Montreal student protest turns ugly.
At least 100 people have been arrested in Montreal as the latest in a series of protests against a planned rise in student tuition fees turned ugly.

4. Foreign aid bill being considered by Senate.
A $52.1 billion State Department and foreign aid budget began moving through the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, carrying with it new conditions on assistance to Pakistan and making deep cuts from post-war police training funds for Iraq.

5. Egyptians vote to elect new president.
Egyptians are heading to polling stations across the country in the country's first democratic presidential election. Fifty million people are eligible to cast their ballots, and voter turnout was expected to be high as two days of voting began on Wednesday.
(Al Jazeera)

6. 'Detailed proposal' emerging at Iran nuclear talks.
World powers holding talks with Iran on its nuclear aspirations are proposing "confidence-building" and "reciprocal" steps to allow the country to prove its program is solely for peaceful use, a Western official told CNN.

7. Pakistani who helped U.S. sentenced to prison.
A Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden was convicted of high treason Wednesday and sentenced to 33 years in prison, officials said, a verdict that is likely to further strain the country's relationship with Washington.
(Associated Press)

8. U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan will leave post.
The leading American diplomat in Afghanistan, Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, will leave his post this summer for health reasons after serving here less than a year, a State Department official said Tuesday.
(New York Times)

9. In Europe, time for 'plan b,' only there’s no plan, and no time.
The news that’s shaking markets this morning isn’t necessarily Greece, though it is inextricably linked, it’s that the Germans stood firm in their stance against offering eurobonds as a solution to the sovereign-debt crisis.
(Wall Street Journal)

10. Foreign aid workers kidnapped in Afghanistan.
At least four aid workers, including two female British medics, were kidnapped in Afghanistan's northeastern Badakhshan province, Afghan officials said Wednesday.
(Wall Street Journal)

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