The Top 10 Stories of April 2, 2013

By Duane Shank 4-02-2013

Quote of the day.
"I made this decision to serve and help our sisters and mothers in the area. Our area of Bajur (tribal region) is poor and backward, we have problems in the health and education sectors — this is the reason I decided to take part in the election." Badam Zari, one of the first women to run for parliament from Pakistan’s conservative tribal regions.
(Al Jazeera)

1. Immigration advocates target lawmakers in home districts.
A coalition of evangelicals is expanding an advertising campaign on Christian radio that began last month in South Carolina to four more states: Texas, Florida, Colorado, and North Carolina. The ads feature local pastors making a moral case for revamping immigration laws, including offering a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
(Washington Post)

2. Immigration plan heads to bill writing — and devilish details.
Politics still might get in the way of a final agreement on a bipartisan immigration bill. Now that labor and business have agreed on an immigrant temporary-worker program, a bipartisan group of eight senators say they’ve cleared every major policy hurdle and are ready to introduce the most dramatic overhaul to the U.S. immigration system in decades.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

3. Firearms advocates target gun-control measures.
Gun-control measures that seemed destined to become law after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., are in jeopardy amid a fierce lobbying campaign by firearms advocates.
(Washington Post)

4. Can Washington get veterans off the streets?
Despite funding that has reached $5.8 billion annually and a slew of innovative community partnerships, the Obama administration is lagging in its goal to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015.
(NBC News

5. Top climate activist to retire from NASA.
James E. Hansen, the nation’s most outspoken scientist on global warming, is stepping down from his federal post to engage full time in activism on the issue.
(Washington Post)

6. North Korea to restart nuclear facilities.
North Korea will restart all nuclear facilities at its main Yongbyon complex, in the latest move which is likely to escalate tensions further with South Korea and the United States.
(Al Jazeera)

7. March was bloodiest month in Syria war.
March was the bloodiest month yet in Syria's two-year conflict, with more than 6,000 people killed, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.

8. UN to vote Tuesday on treaty regulating arms trade.
The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote Tuesday on what would be the first U.N. treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar international arms trade after Iran, North Korea, and Syria blocked its adoption by consensus.
(Associated Press)

9. Japan shifting further away from pacifism.
Iron Fist is one of the latest signs that Japan’s anxiety about China’s insistent claims over disputed islands as well as North Korea’s escalating nuclear threats are pushing Japanese leaders to shift further away from the nation’s postwar pacifism.
(New York Times)

10. Eurozone unemployment rate hits 12 percent.
The rate of unemployment in the eurozone hit a record high of 12 percent in February, official figures have shown. The number of people unemployed in the 17 member states rose by 33,000 during the month, to hit 19.07 million.

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