The Top 10 Stories of January 31, 2012

By Duane Shank 1-31-2012

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Quote of the day.
“At first, we were occupying parks, then homes. We are starting locally, but it’s a national movement.” - Sofia Teona, an organizer with Occupy Atlanta, on the movement now occupying homes and organizing protests at housing auctions to support those affected by the foreclosure crisis.
(Christian Science Monitor)

1. Ruling on contraception draws battle lines at Catholic colleges.
"Many Catholic colleges are pushing back against a ruling by the Obama administration that the new health care law requires insurance plans at Catholic institutions to cover birth control."
(New York Times)

2. Arab Spring ushers in harsh season for Christians.
"The Arab Spring uprisings that have toppled secular dictatorships in the Middle East and North Africa have unleashed long-suppressed freedoms that have allowed Islamic parties to gain a share of political power they have been denied for decades. Their rise is creating near-panic among ancient Christian communities that dot the Muslim world and predate Islam by centuries."
(USA Today)

3. Local groups start fight against trafficking.
"If hotel workers in Indianapolis know how to spot sex trafficking this weekend, it may be because of Catholic nuns and a college student in South Bend. Just in time for the Super Bowl."
(South Bend Tribune)

4. Five things to watch in Florida.
"After a 10-day, post-South Carolina slog characterized by relentless attacks on Newt Gingrich from Mitt Romney’s forces, Florida on Tuesday will vote in its 2012 Republican presidential primary."

5. Senators push for Keystone pipeline approval.
"A group of 44 U.S. senators, all Republican but one, have signed on to proposed legislation that would authorize the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline despite the refusal of President Obama to advance the project."
(Washington Post)

6. Obama opens up about drone strikes.
"President Obama offered a vigorous defense of the use of unmanned aircraft to kill Al Qaeda operatives and other militants in Pakistan''s tribal areas and in the process, officially acknowledged the highly classified CIA drone program."
(Los Angeles Times)

7. Drone strike on al-Qaeda kills 13 in southern Yemen.
"At least 13 people have been killed in air strikes on militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in southern Yemen, … One tribal leader said at least four of the dead were local al-Qaeda leaders."

8. U.S. says Assad''s fall inevitable.
"The US has said the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is coming to an end, as Western and Arab nations push for a UN Security Council resolution."
(Al Jazeera)

9. Iran offers to extend inspection by U.N. team.
"Iran’s foreign minister offered on Monday to extend a three-day visit to his country by United Nations inspectors in what seemed to be a further attempt to lower the strident tone of a crisis with the West over Tehran’s nuclear program after the imposition of new economic sanctions."
(New York Times)

10. Sheltering activists shows widening rift between U.S., Egypt.
"The State Department''s decision to provide refuge for three U.S. pro-democracy workers in Egypt illustrated the widening gulf between Washington and an ally it considers key to stability in the Middle East."
(Los Angeles Times)

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