The Top 10 Stories of October 5, 2011
Quote of the day.
"If the revolution stops now, we'll take 100 steps back. I have to keep my eyes open all the time so no one steals this revolution." - Rasha Azb, 28-year-old Egyptian activist, still protesting in a lonely fight for the ideals of those who fought and died for freedom.
1. Tutu attacks African National Congress over visa denial.
"Archbishop Desmond Tutu, visibly shaking with anger, compared the South African government unfavourably with the apartheid regime … after the Dalai Lama said he was forced to pull out of Tutu's 80th birthday celebrations because he had not been granted an entry visa."
2. Death row inmate gets sympathetic hearing.
"The Supreme Court appeared unusually sympathetic Tuesday to the plight of an Alabama death row inmate who could be executed because two lawyers handling his appeal had left their law firm without telling him."
(Los Angeles Times)
3. House approves spending bill.
"A stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded through Nov. 18 cleared Congress Tuesday after winning quick House approval over the objections of conservatives and tea party Republicans."
4. A fifth of war veterans have mental health issues.
"Nearly 20 percent of the more than 2 million troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from mental health conditions."
5. Cuts mean U.S. can no longer bail out NATO.
"Budget cuts mean the US will no longer be able to make up for the significant shortfalls that have plagued NATO's operations in Libya and Afghanistan, the US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, has warned."
6. Somalia's al-Shabab vows more attacks.
"Armed anti-government group warns of "more serious blasts" after bombing in Somali capital leaves at least 70 dead."
7. U.N. resolution on Syria blocked by Russia and China.
"Months of wrangling at the Security Council over a resolution condemning Syria collapsed on Tuesday after Russia and China vetoed a measure that contained a weak reference to the possibility of sanctions against Damascus."
(New York Times)
8. Taliban may be lying low.
"Ten years after the Afghan war began, President Obama says his strategy has turned the tables on the Taliban and allowed U.S. combat forces to begin withdrawing. But many Afghans counter that the insurgents are merely waiting out the U.S. drawdown, and worry that U.S. policy is turning the clock back to Afghanistan's pre-2001 civil war."
9. NATO air raids to continue in Libya.
"Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, says NATO air raids in Libya will continue as long as there is heavy ground combat between supporters of former leader Muammar Gaddafi and fighters loyal to the country's new leaders."
10. Hundreds of Peru sex slaves freed.
"Police in Peru say they have rescued almost 300 women from sexual exploitation in a three-day operation in the country's Amazon region."