The Top 10 Stories of May 29, 2012

By Jack Palmer 5-29-2012

Quote of the day.
"You were often blamed for a war you didn't start, when you should have been commended for serving your country with valor. You were sometimes blamed for misdeeds of a few, when the honorable service of the many should have been praised. You came home and sometimes were denigrated, when you should have been celebrated. It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened." - President Obama, in a “welcome home” message to veterans in a Memorial Day speech at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., 37 years after the war ended.
(Los Angeles Times)

1. On Memorial Day, Obama talks of closure for wars old and new.
Under a scorching Washington sun, Obama addressed families of fallen American troops in recent wars, reminding them that he put an end to U.S. combat in Iraq and put a timeline on the war in Afghanistan.
(Los Angeles Times)

2. Flat U.S. wages help fuel rebound in manufacturing.
The celebrated revival of U.S. manufacturing employment has been accompanied by a less-lauded fact: Wages for many manufacturing workers aren''t keeping up with inflation.
(Wall Street Journal)

3. In far Northwest, a new border focus on Latinos.
Since the terrorist attacks of 2001, the federal government has kept a more careful watch on the country’s northern border. Here on this remote peninsula over the past six years, the number of Border Patrol agents has risen tenfold, from 4 in 2006 to about 40.
(New York Times)

4. Pope's butler to cooperate fully with leaks probe.
One of the Vatican's biggest scandals in decades appears to be widening with reports that an Italian cardinal may be involved in a power struggle involving leaked documents, corruption and intrigue. The pope's butler, who has been arrested in the scandal, has pledged to cooperate in the probe.
(USA Today)

5. Annan tells Assad 'bold steps' needed to halt Syria violence.
International mediator Kofi Annan told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday that "bold steps" were required for his six-point peace plan to succeed, including a halt to violence and release of people arrested in the uprising, a statement said.

6. Further Syrian ambassadors expelled in Europe.
German, Italian and Spanish foreign ministries have announced that Syrian ambassadors are being expelled — following similar moves by France, Britain, Australia, and Canada after a massacre in which the United Nations says families were shot at close range in their homes.
(Associated Press)

7. NATO: Senior al Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan.
A senior al Qaeda leader and another member of the terrorist network were killed in a security operation by Afghan and coalition forces, NATO said Tuesday.

8. Protests erupt as runoff set for Egypt's presidential election.
New protests erupted in Egypt's capital after news that ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak's former premier will face off against a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country''s presidential runoff.

9. Second big quake hits northern Italy, 10 dead.
An earthquake struck northern Italy on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, damaging buildings and spreading panic among thousands of residents still living in tents after a tremor shook the region just over a week ago, destroying their homes.

10. Rwanda 'supporting DR Congo mutineers.'
The UN says it has evidence that a rebellion in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being fuelled by recruits and support from neighbouring Rwanda.

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