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The Top 10 Stories of May 9, 2011

Quote of the day.
"We're an Army that's in uncharted territory here. We have never fought for this long with an all-volunteer force that's 1% of the population." - Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff, on a new study concluding that U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan are experiencing some of the greatest psychological stress and lowest morale in five years of fighting.
(USA Today)

1. Faith-based disaster relief.
"When it comes to disaster relief, the link between church and state has never been stronger than during the most recent storms in the South, say federal officials and the leaders of faith-based disaster relief work."
(New York Times)

2. Muslim-Christian violence in Egypt.
"Muslim-Christian sectarian violence intensified in Egypt this weekend, spurring an emergency meeting of the Cabinet and public exhortations from Coptic Christians for international protection."
(CNN Belief Blog)

3. Obama security team divided on raid.
"President Obama faced sharply divided counsel and, to his mind, barely better-than-even odds of success when he ordered the commando raid last week that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the president said in an interview broadcast Sunday."
(Washington Post)

4. Taliban considering options.
"The U.S. killing of the Al Qaeda leader may give the Afghan militants incentive to negotiate. But the aftermath of his death could just as easily embolden them in their war against the West."
(Los Angeles Times)

5. Afghanistan-attack on Kandahar.
"Security forces said to be close to quelling Taliban assault that has left at least 22 people dead in Kandahar city."
(Al Jazeera)

6. Border crossing by cellphone.
"Guides still accompany the bulk of the migrants crossing the border, activists and Border Patrol agents say. Those guides are in regular radio contact with confederates, who warn of trouble ahead. But the Border Patrol has been noticing cases of migrants crossing alone but in cell contact with guides."
(New York Times)

7. Syria escalates crackdown.
"A military crackdown on Syria’s seven-week uprising escalated Sunday, with reinforcements sent to two cities, more forces deployed in a southern town and nearly all communications severed to besieged locales."
(New York Times)

8. Libya-supplies low in Misurata.
"Food and fuel supplies are running low in the besieged western Libyan city of Misurata, where government shelling and rocket strikes on the port have slowed humanitarian deliveries."
(Los Angeles Times)

9. Mississippi flood to crest Monday.
"Forecasters say the Mississippi River could crest late Monday at Memphis -- hours sooner than previously predicted -- but the mayor says the city’s ready for it."
(Chicago Sun-Times/AP)

10. Japan closes nuclear reactors.
"A Japanese utility agreed Monday to shutter three nuclear reactors at a coastal power plant while it builds a seawall and improves other tsunami defenses there."
(Associated Press)

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