The Top 10 Stories of July 23, 2012 | Sojourners

The Top 10 Stories of July 23, 2012


Quote of the day.

“Even in the darkest of days, life continues and people are strong,” President Obama speaking in Aurora, Colorado,following the fatal shooting rampage that took place during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises on Friday.

(The New York Times)

1. Aurora worshipers seek solace, guidance.

Worshipers in this city rocked by Friday's mass shooting flocked to church Sunday, seeking solace within their faith communities.

(USA Today)

2. US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s.

The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

(The Associated Press)

3. Penn State hit with $60 million fine.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced a $60 million fine against Penn State University on Monday and banned its football team from the postseason for four years.


4. Iraq Insurgents Kill Nearly 100 After Declaring New Offensive.

In a coordinated display intended to show they remain a viable force, Iraqi insurgents launched at least 37 separate attacks on Monday morning, setting off car bombs, storming a military base and ambushing checkpoints, Iraqi authorities said.

(The New York Times)

5. EU tightens arms embargo on Syria.

The European Union on Monday tightened sanctions on Syria and required member nations to board ships and airplanes carrying suspicious cargo to the country, as foreign ministers warned that the escalating violence there was sparking a refugee crisis for its neighbors.

(The Associated Press)

6. Syrian Conflict Draws In Christians.

Syria's conflict, increasingly characterized as a Muslim sectarian war, is now also threatening to engulf the country's estimated 2 million Christians.

(The Wall Street Journal)

7. Syria 'will not use' chemical weapons on its own people.

Syria says it will not use chemical weapons against its own people, but would do so against an external attack.


8. Afghan policeman kills 3 Americans.

An Afghan policeman opened fire at a training center in western Afghanistan on Sunday, killing three Americans, a police official told CNN.


9. Prosecutors, regulators close to making Libor arrests.

U.S. prosecutors and European regulators are close to arresting individual traders and charging them with colluding to manipulate global benchmark interest rates, according to people familiar with a sweeping investigation into the rigging scandal.


10. Famed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya dead in car crash.

One of Cuba's best-known dissidents, Oswaldo Paya, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, died on Sunday in a car crash, government and opposition sources said.