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White House orders security review in wake of Washington navy yard rampage

The US government ordered a clutch of security reviews on Tuesday as investigators attempted to find out why a troubled former reservist walked on to the oldest military installation in the United States with at least one weapon, opened fire and killed 12 people before he was shot dead.

Syria crisis: deadly bomb blast hits Turkish border crossing

A car bomb exploded on the Syrian side of the main Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 20, the Turkish news agency Dogan said.

Iran hints at nuclear compromise

Iran‘s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has given the clearest signal yet that the country’s newly elected president and moderate cleric,Hassan Rouhani, has the authority to conduct direct talks with the US and offer compromises in nuclear talks.

Brazilian president postpones Washington visit over NSA spying

The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, snubbed Barack Obama on Tuesday by postponing an official visit to Washington in protest at the spying activities of the US National Security Agency.

New Jersey boardwalk fire caused by electrical problem – source

Last week’s massive boardwalk fire in New Jersey began accidentally as the result of an electrical problem, an official briefed on the investigation said on Tuesday.

Professor Stephen Hawking backs right to die for the terminally ill

Professor Stephen Hawking, who once said he thought assisted dying was “a great mistake”, has changed his stance to support the right of terminally ill people who are suffering to end their lives.

New census bureau survey: women earn $11,500 less than men annually

Women in full-time work earned an average of $11,500 less than their male counterparts in 2012, according to new data released Tuesday from the US census bureau’s annual survey.

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