The Top 10 Stories of October 23, 2012

By Duane Shank 10-23-2012

Quote of the day.
"Women play a significant role in development. [But] their abilities to contribute to rural development and family wellbeing are limited by inequalities in choices of occupations, wages and incentives; responsibility for care work; and access to, and control over, productive resources." Paula Kantor, a senior gender scientist at the Malaysia-based WorldFish Center, on the gender gap in agricultural development.

1. Obama keeps Romney on his heels in last debate.
President Obama and Mitt Romney clashed repeatedly over foreign policy here Monday night, with the president arguing assertively that Romney has lacked the consistency or clarity of vision to lead the country while the Republican nominee charged that Obama has been weak and ineffective in the face of growing turmoil in the world.
(Washington Post)

2. Obama, Romney pumped for dash to the finish.
Their debates now history, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday open a two-week sprint to Election Day powered by adrenaline, a boatload of campaign cash and a determination to reach Nov. 6 with no would-have, should-have regrets in their neck-and-neck fight to the finish.
(Associated Press)

3. Less religious are less likely to vote.
A new poll released on Monday from Public Religion Research Institute finds that Americans who are unaffiliated in their religious views or who are less religious are less likely to head to the polls this election season. 
(Christian Post)

4. Housing a forgotten issue in U.S. elections.
Lost in the campaign arguments over who’s to blame for a weak economy and sluggish hiring is what has and hasn’t been done to improve home sales and housing finance, key causes of the nation’s severe financial crisis and ones that continue to drag against a robust recovery.
(McClatchy News)

5. Guardsmen battle in job market.
More than nine months after returning from a second deployment to Iraq, Kentucky National Guard Lt. David Doggette has been struggling to translate his broad military experience — ranging from driving a tank to leading a platoon — into a good civilian job.
(USA Today)

6.  Lebanon and Jordan move quickly to contain Syria-related violence.
Lebanon and Jordan moved aggressively on Monday to squelch the spread of violence from Syria’s deadlocked civil war, the most significant register yet of alarm over the strife spilling over Syrian borders.
(New York Times)

7. Over 100,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon. 
In all, more than 358,000 Syrians fleeing the 19-month-old conflict have registered in four neighboring states, including Iraq, and tens of thousands more have fled but not sought international assistance.

8. France to send drones to Mali region.
France will move surveillance drones to West Africa and is holding secretive talks with U.S. officials in Paris this week as it seeks to steer international military action to help Mali's feeble government win back the northern part of the country from al-Qaida-linked rebels.
(Associated Press)

9. Jimmy Carter says Mideast peace is 'vanishing.'
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Monday during a visit to Jerusalem that the prospect of an Israel-Palestinian peace accord is "vanishing," blaming Israeli settlement of the West Bank.
(Associated Press)

10. Farewell to Afghanistan, with sadness and affection.
Kabul has been home for more than three years, but on this trip my assignment as a foreign correspondent here is ending, and I will join the American exodus from its long war in Afghanistan.
(Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times)

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