The Top 10 Stories of July 2, 2013

By Duane Shank 07-02-2013

Quote of the day.
“They are literally hurting people, and it is wrong. It’s about violating people’s deepest moral values. Even when you have a majority, you’re not allowed to violate moral values.” Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, on the “Moral Monday” protests against budget and benefit cuts being made by the state legislature.
(New York Times)

1. Firefighters look to make headway against deadly Arizona wildfire.
Weary crews on Tuesday looked for a break in the weather to gain ground against a fierce Arizona wildfire that has already killed 19 of their fellow firefighters in the worst wildland fire tragedy in 80 years.
(Chicago Tribune/Reuters)

2. G.O.P. groups offering cover for lawmakers on immigration.
As the push to overhaul the immigration system has made Senator Marco Rubio and other Republicans pariahs among some rank-and-file, well-financed forces in the G.O.P. have begun running interference.
(New York Times)

3. Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein to join Canada''s tar sands ''healing walk.''
Native elders to lead a spiritual gathering to heal land, air, water and all living forms harmed by world''s largest industrial project.

4. Edward Snowden''s asylum options narrow.
A growing number of countries have rejected the asylum requests of fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, as he attempts to avoid extradition to the U.S.

5. U.S. drone strikes more deadly to Afghan civilians than manned aircraft.
A study conducted by a U.S. military adviser has found that drone strikes in Afghanistan during a year of the protracted conflict caused 10 times more civilian casualties than strikes by manned fighter aircraft.

6. Egypt President Morsi warns of army ultimatum confusion.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi says he was not consulted by the army before it set a 48-hour ultimatum to resolve the country''s deadly crisis.

7. New Australian PM packs cabinet with women.
Record number of 11 women find place in Kevin Rudd''s cabinet, up from nine in previous government of Julia Gillard.
(Al Jazeera)

8. Battle lines drawn as protesters seek overhaul of Chile''s political system.
As candidates for November''s presidential election are harassed by demonstrators, frontrunner Michelle Bachelet hopes to secure office through a pact with the Communists.

9. UN takes over Mali peacekeeping mission.
U.N. troops have taken over the peacekeeping mission in Mali from their African counterparts at a ceremony in the capital Bamako. A ceremony paving the way for the 12,600-strong force took place on Monday in Bamako.
(Al Jazeera)

10. China’s underground churches thrive despite government disapproval.
The underground church, also known as the family church or the home church, has been around for generations. It began as a way for Christians to worship, as practicing Christianity was highly frowned on in China for most of its communist history under Mao Zedong.
(McClatchy News)

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