The Top 10 Stories of June 14, 2012

By Duane Shank 6-14-2012

Quote of the day.
"The most important thing the Arab spring brought us was to give women leadership roles. When women become leaders of men, and men are following, when women sacrifice themselves and get killed in front of men, when they get detained for political issues and men don''t feel ashamed of women who are arrested, this is a change." - Tawakkul Karman, Yemeni activist who won the Nobel peace prize for her part at the forefront of the popular revolution against the former dictator Saleh's rule.

1. Bishops defend fight against Obama’s policy on birth control coverage.
Ten years after a raging scandal forced the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops to adopt a package of policies for combating sexual abuse, the prelates on Wednesday heard a generally positive assessment of their progress at their annual meeting, and turned their attention to their newest overriding concern: their campaign to protect religious liberty.
(New York Times)

2. Bishops agree to prepare message on work and the economy.
The U.S. bishops June 13 approved a proposal to draft a statement on work and the economy as a way to raise the profile of growing poverty and the struggles unemployed people are experiencing.
(Catholic News Service)

3. Faith groups tout anti-discrimination bill.
Thirty-seven faith groups wrote senators June 12 urging passage of a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
(Associated Baptist Press)

4. Senate rejects food-stamp cuts.
The decades-old farm and food stamps coalition held in the Senate on Wednesday, as 13 Republicans joined Democrats in blocking a tea party-led effort to cut nutrition funding almost in half and shift control back to the states.

5. May sees pickup in homes facing foreclosure.
Lenders initiated foreclosure proceedings against more U.S. homeowners in May, setting the stage for increases in home repossessions and short sales -- scenarios that could further weigh down home values in coming months.
(AP/Boston Globe)

6. U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa.
The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator, according to documents and people involved in the project.
(Washington Post)

7. Scores killed in Iraq attacks.
At least 93 people have been killed in a series of bombings and shootings across Iraq, with many of the attacks targeting Shia pilgrims during a major religious festival, police and hospital sources say.
(Al Jazeera)

8. U.N. monitors find Syria's Haffeh battered, deserted.
U.N. monitors, who have been trying to enter the town after several days of intense clashes between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebel fighters, were forced to turn back on Tuesday when a mob attacked them.

9. Egypt grants military wide arrest powers.
Egypt’s Justice Ministry warned Wednesday that the military has broad powers to arrest civilians in what appeared to be preparations for potential protests ahead of two critical court decisions expected Thursday.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

10. Greek crisis hits hard at the pharmacy.
From road-builders to priests to military suppliers, most walks of life have been affected by the government’s desperate bid to stanch the drain of euros from its coffers. Now health care is on the line, with pharmacists who are owed millions of euros by the government insurance system demanding in recent weeks that their clients pay the full sticker price for medicine.
(Washington Post)

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