The Top 10 Stories of September 24, 2012

By Duane Shank 9-24-2012

Quote of the day.
"We struggle first to have a vision for the future and second to ensure that women's rights are an essential part of human rights." Nehad Abu El Komsan, director of the Egyptian Center for Women''s Rights, on the “Arab Spring” and women.
(USA Today)

1. An Evangelical back from exile, lifting Romney.
Ralph Reed, who turned the Christian Coalition into a powerful political force, is planning a sophisticated, microtargeted get-out-the-evangelical-vote operation for Mitt Romney.
(New York Times)

2. ID laws could deter millions.
The combined effects of voter roll purges, demands for proof of citizenship and photo identification requirements in several states may hinder at least 10 million Hispanic citizens who seek to vote this fall, civil rights advocates warn in a new report.

3. 17 states see higher poverty rates.
States saw little relief from poverty in the past year, especially among children, the unemployed and those in the lowest income brackets. The latest Census figures show that 17 states had increases in the number of people living in poverty between 2010 and 2011.
(USA Today)

4. Report warns of global food insecurity as climate change destroys fisheries.
The Persian Gulf, Libya, and Pakistan are at high risk of food insecurity in coming decades because climate change and ocean acidification are destroying fisheries, according to a report released on Monday.

5. Deadly attack in Libya was major blow to C.I.A. efforts.
The attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans has dealt the Central Intelligence Agency a major setback in its intelligence-gathering efforts at a time of increasing instability in the North African nation.
(New York Times)

6. Egypt's new leader spells out terms for U.S.-Arab ties.
On the eve of his first trip to the United States as Egypt’s new Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi said the United States needed to fundamentally change its approach to the Arab world, showing greater respect for its values and helping build a Palestinian state, if it hoped to overcome decades of pent-up anger.
(New York Times)

7. Opposition meets in Syria amid fresh violence.
Syria's internal opposition met in Damascus, calling for a cessation of all violence, as airstrikes continue.
(Al Jazeera)

8. Israeli defense chief proposes West Bank pullout.
Israel’s defense minister called for a unilateral pullout from much of the West Bank in published comments Monday, saying Israel must take ‘‘practical steps’’ if peace efforts with the Palestinians remain stalled.
(Boston Globe/AP)

9. Suicide bomber kills 2, injures 45 in Nigeria.
A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic church conducting Mass in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing two people and wounding another 45 in a region under assault by a radical Islamist sect, officials said.
(Associated Press)

10. One-third of world population now online.
About one-third of the world's population now has access to the internet, but more needs to be done in order to achieve internet penetration targets as set out in the Millennium Development Goals, the International Telecommunications Union has said in a new report.
(Al Jazeera)

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