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Nigeria ex-president Obasanjo holds talks to free schoolgirls

Nigeria's former president Olusegun Obasanjo has met with people close to Boko Haram in an attempt to broker the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants, a source close to the talks told AFP. Reports of the talks emerged Tuesday as Boko Haram was blamed for fresh attacks targeting the security forces, public buildings and a school in its northeastern stronghold. Cameroon also said it had begun deploying 3,000 extra troops to buttress its border with Nigeria against the threat posed by marauding militants. On Monday evening, Nigeria's chief of defence staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, said the 223 girls still missing had been located but cast doubt on the prospect of any rescue by force.

4 police die in attack on Tunisia minister's home

Tunis (AFP) - Four Tunisian police officers were killed during a "terrorist" attack on the home of the interior minister of the west-central Kasserine region, a ministerial spokesman said.

34 Year GOP Rep Loses To Tea Party

With loss of Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) to a Tea Party backed candidate on Tuesday, there will be no World War II veterans on Capitol Hill for the first time since the 1940s.

Snowden worked as a spy 'at all levels': NBC

US fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden "trained as a spy" and worked "undercover overseas" for intelligence agencies, he told NBC News in aired excerpts from an interview. In his first interview in US media, Snowden hit back at claims that he was merely a low-level contractor, saying he worked "at all levels from -- from the bottom on the ground, all the way to the top." Snowden, who has been charged in the United States with espionage, was granted asylum by Russia in August 2013 after shaking the American intelligence establishment to its core with a series of leaks on mass surveillance in the United States and around the world. He said he had worked covertly as "a technical expert" for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, as well as as a trainer for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

US lifts restrictions on assistance to Madagascar

The United States lifted all remaining restrictions on direct assistance to Madagascar in light of successful elections and installation of a new government five years after a 2009 coup. Madagascar's new President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who was sworn into office in January, launched a charm offensive against the world's biggest aid institutions earlier this year hoping to revive the support to his impoverished country. Major donors like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United States and the European Union cut off the flow of aid to the Indian Ocean island after the coup. "We have lifted all remaining restrictions on direct assistance to Madagascar," State Department spokeswoman Jan Psaki said in a statement.

Brazil police fire tear gas at World Cup protesters

Brasilia (Brazil) (AFP) - Brazilian police fired tear gas to break up a protest by bow-and-arrow wielding indigenous chiefs who joined forces with anti-World Cup demonstrators to condemn the money spent on the tournament. Wearing traditional clothing including feather headdresses and face paint, about 500 chiefs mainly from the Amazon basin on Tuesday joined another 500 protesters rallying for various social causes in Brasilia's government square and began marching toward the capital's World Cup stadium. The protest, which brought together 100 ethnic groups from across Brazil, included Kayapo chief Raoni, an 84-year-old leader famous for fighting to protect the Amazon rainforest alongside pop music star Sting. They soon came down from the roof and rejoined the rest of the protesters along the main avenue where Brazil's government ministries are located.

#YesAllWomen Has Jumped the Shark

The hashtag has seen a remarkable, and valuable outpouring from women highlighting many forms of misogyny. But it’s being capsized by trivial tweeters, and can we be sure misogyny was the root of Elliot Rodger’s actions?

State Department tells U.S. citizens to leave Libya immediately

The State Department on Tuesday told U.S. citizens in Libya to leave immediately, warning that the security situation in the country was "unpredictable and unstable." "The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately," the State Department said in a new travel warning. "Because of the presumption that foreigners, especially U.S. citizens, in Libya may be associated with the U.S. government or U.S. NGO's, travelers should be aware that they may be targeted for kidnapping, violent attacks, or death.

Veterans groups cry foul at senator's criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four prominent veterans groups are exchanging accusations with Republican Sen. Richard Burr after he criticized the groups for declining to embrace his call for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign amid reports of treatment delays and falsified records at VA hospitals.

Obama lawyer to look into CIA officer revelation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's top lawyer will look into how the name of the CIA's top official in Afghanistan was accidently revealed to thousands of journalists, the White House said Tuesday.

APNewsBreak: Obama delays DHS deportation review

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress to act on immigration this year.

Up to Speed: The Thai Coup

Is the army restoring order—or just keeping its least favorite political party out of power? From the major players to what they’re fighting about, all the key details out of Bangkok.

Canines Help Soldiers Connect and Heal in Counseling

At Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Lexy,  a 5-year-old German shepherd, is successfully persuading soldiers home from the war to come in and stick with counseling. Related: One dog’s powerful healing effects on two wounded veterans. Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols said he originally wasn’t interested...

US recommends its citizens depart Libya 'immediately'

The US State Department recommended Americans in Libya "depart immediately," in its latest travel warning on Tuesday. The warning comes amid worsening unrest in Libya, where militia battles have plunged the country into chaos. "Due to security concerns, the Department of State has limited staffing at Embassy Tripoli and is only able to offer very limited emergency services to US citizens in Libya," the travel warning said. "Because of the presumption that foreigners, especially US citizens, in Libya may be associated with the US government or US NGOs, travelers should be aware that they may be targeted for kidnapping, violent attacks, or death," it added.

USS Bataan moves into Mediterranean

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy warship USS Bataan has moved into the Mediterranean Sea and could be used, if needed, for any possible evacuation of American personnel from Libya.

U.S. Military in Afghanistan By the Numbers: 2,184 Dead, 19,600 Wounded

President Obama’s plan to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the end of the combat mission this year will begin the full withdrawal of all U.S. military forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, bringing an end to America’s longest war. Over the...

Mali's defence minister resigns

Bamako (AFP) - Mali's Defence Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga resigned Tuesday, a week after army forces were overcome by armed rebels in the restive northeastern town of Kidal, a presidential spokesman said.

US skeptical on Nigeria claim that schoolgirls located

The United States expressed skepticism Tuesday that more than 200 schoolgirls held by Boko Haram militants had been located by Nigeria, stating that it had no "independent information" on the matter. The country's highest ranking military officer on Monday said that Nigeria had located the missing teenagers, kidnapped mid-April by the armed militant group. But one day later, US State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told journalists that the there was no "independent information from the United States to support these reports." With 80 US military personnel sent to neighboring Chad for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, the United States is the biggest foreign participant in the effort against Boko Haram.

White House probes CIA station chief 'outing' blunder

The White House has ordered an investigation into the blunder which saw the CIA's Afghanistan station chief accidentally identified, an official said Tuesday. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said White House Counsel Neil Eggleston has been asked to examine the circumstances surrounding the gaffe over the weekend. "The Chief of Staff has asked the White House Counsel, Neil Eggleston, to look into what happened and report back to him with recommendations on how the Administration can improve processes and make sure something like this does not happen again," Hayden said. The agent's name was revealed in a pool report sent out by a Washington Post reporter to journalists based on a list of officials provided by the White House who were taking part in a security briefing for President Barack Obama during his surprise weekend visit to Bagram Air Base.