The Top 10 Stories of December 15, 2011

By Duane Shank 12-15-2011

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Quote of the day.
"This is the largest corporate step up to the challenge that is beginning to apply direct resources to the fight against slavery. … a game-changing investment." - Gary Haugen, president and CEO of International Justice Mission, which received one of a total $11.5 million in grants made by Google to organizations working to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

1. NAE releases paper on climate, poverty.
"'Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment,' explores why evangelicals should consider environmental change, what science says about climate change and how changes in the environment worsen the effects of poverty."
(Associated Baptist Press)

2. U.S. flag ceremony ends war in Iraq.
"The flag of American forces in Iraq has been lowered in Baghdad, bringing nearly nine years of US military operations in Iraq to a formal end."

3. Shutdown talk about 2012 politics.
"Waiting until past midnight and with little notice, the House Appropriations Committee early Thursday released details of a $1 trillion-plus spending package that had been largely resolved with Senate Democrats but is now at risk of unraveling in a government shutdown fight driven by 2012 politics and a debate over tax cuts."

4. Republicans turn Keystone XL pipeline into election issue.
"Republicans are pushing to accelerate the timetable for the pipeline decision and make it a major election issue, emphasizing jobs and energy security."
(Washington Post)

5. Nearly 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted.
"An exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released on Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought."
(New York Times)

6. Death sentences hit a 35-year low.
"The number of state executions continued to decline in 2011, according to an annual report issued today, and for the first time in 35 years, the number of new death sentences meted out fell to below 100."
(USA Today)

7. Panetta says gains a turning point in Afghanistan.
"Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Wednesday that security gains seen in parts of Afghanistan over the last year represented a 'turning point' in the decade-old conflict."
(Los Angeles Times)

8. Egyptians vote in second round elections.
"Egyptians have flocked to the polls in nine provinces across the country for the second round of voting in the first parliamentary election since a popular uprising toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in February."
(Al Jazeera)

9. Syria authorized forces to shoot to kill.
"Syrian soldiers said their commanders told them to stop anti-government protests 'by all means necessary,' Human Rights Watch has said."

10. DR Congo opposition calls for protests.
"The Democratic Republic of Congo's main opposition party has called for mass protests to 'protect' the victory it claims to have won in last month's disputed presidential election."
(Al Jazeera)

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