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Mothers of Tiananmen dead fight to keep truth alive

The last thing Zhang Xianling told her son was not to go to Tiananmen Square. Zhang's 19-year-old son Wang Nan bled to death over several hours after being shot in the head and denied medical care, and was buried nearby. Now 76, Zhang has become one of the leaders of the "Tiananmen Mothers".

14 Dems express opposition to Venezuela sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen Democratic members of Congress are voicing opposition to authorizing unilateral U.S. sanctions against Venezuela ahead of a House vote Wednesday.

Labour loses control of Tower Hamlets amid intimidation claims

Labour lost control of London's Tower Hamlets in an election marred by allegations of voter intimidation. Labour still won most votes and claimed 20 seats, two more that the "Tower Hamlets First" party of re-elected mayor Lutfur Rahman, but lost overall control of the council. The Electoral Commission announced it will investigate why the borough took so long to count the results, with voters going to the polls on Thursday. A spokesperson for the commission earlier said: "Clearly there have been issues at the Tower Hamlets count and we need to make sure we understand what happened, and the reasons for it, before reaching any conclusions.

Obama postpones review of US deportation policy

President Barack Obama has postponed a review of US deportation policy for undocumented workers, hoping to give legislative reform a better chance, a White House official said. Obama called on Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to "hold on the release" of the results and recommendations of a review of procedures for deporting undocumented workers, the official said. In doing so, the White House hopes to keep Republican push-back in Congress at bay, postponing a review that could drive those on the opposite side of the isle from legislative compromise. Obama has previously warned that a narrow window remains to pass legislative immigration reform before mid-term elections, seeking to keep alive perhaps his last hope for a major second-term domestic achievement.

91-year-old Rep. Hall ousted in Texas GOP primary

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Congressman Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, was ousted Tuesday in the Texas Republican runoff by a candidate barely half his age.

Tea Party cruises to wins in Texas Republican primary runoffs

By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas Republicans aligned with Tea Party darling Ted Cruz were projected to win primary runoffs on Tuesday for two of the state's most powerful posts, while U.S. Representative Ralph Hall, 91, was ousted by a challenger about half his age. The Tea Party win over established politicians boosts the stature of U.S. Senator Cruz, a possible 2016 Republican presidential contender, and returns some luster to the Tea Party movement after several candidates were defeated by mainstream Republicans in primaries in other states last week. Hall, the oldest serving member of the House of Representatives, lost in a Republican primary runoff election to Tea Party-backed challenger, John Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney.

French opposition boss quits over Sarkozy funding scandal

The leader of France's embattled centre-right opposition quit following claims that invoices for former president Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 election campaign were fraudulently billed as party expenses. Jean-Francois Cope agreed to step down at the request of fellow heavyweights in the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) following the latest twist in an scandal engulfing him and a PR firm owned by two close friends. The 50-year-old leader's position became untenable after Sarkozy's former deputy campaign director gave an explosive television interview on Monday evening. Jerome Lavrilleux tearfully claimed that bills for Sarkozy's failed 2012 re-election campaign were passed off as invoices for party meetings in order to skirt round France's strict limits on campaign financing.

Texas VA Run Like a ‘Crime Syndicate’

For years, employees at a Texas VA complained that their bosses were cooking the books. For years, the VA insisted there was no widespread wrongdoing.

US nears decision on training Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, in an open move that would significantly boost U.S. support to forces who have been asking for three years for military help in their quest to oust President Bashar Assad, administration officials said Tuesday.

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.