7:45am

Tue July 29, 2014
The Two-Way

China Puts Former Top Communist Party Official Under Investigation

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 10:49 am

Zhou Yongkang, who at the time was Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in 2012.
Ng Han Guan AP

The central committee of China's Communist Party placed a former top-ranking official under investigation on Tuesday.

China's state-run news agency Xinhua says Zhou Yongkang is accused of "serious disciplinary violation."

Reporting from Beijing, NPR's Anthony Kuhn tells our Newscast unit that while there is no specificity to those charges from the party, this usually implies that criminal corruption charges will follow.

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7:35am

Tue July 29, 2014
Health

A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

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7:20am

Tue July 29, 2014
Middle East

For Two Years, He Smuggled Photos Of Torture Victims Out Of Syria

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:06 pm

This is one of the some 55,000 images the former Syrian military police photographer known as Caesar smuggled out of the country between 2011 and 2013. The regime used numbers — written on white cards and sometimes directly on the skin — to identify the dead, which branch of the Syrian government had held them and when they died.
Courtesy Syrian Emergency Task Force

Warning: This report contains descriptions and an image that could disturb some readers.

The savage and protracted conflict in Syria has left more than 170,000 dead. Now, there are allegations of torture and killing of political prisoners opposed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Those allegations appear to be supported by evidence: tens of thousands of photographs.

The man who says he took the pictures worked as a military police photographer for the Assad regime and defected last year.

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7:15am

Tue July 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Israel's Prime Minister Says Gaza War Could Be 'Prolonged'

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 10:43 am

In the morgue of Gaza's Shifa hospital, Palestinian relatives mourn following an explosion that reportedly killed at least 10 people Monday, nine of them said to be children.
Adel Hana AP

Despite calls from the United Nations for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned his country to prepare for a "prolonged" war.

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6:26am

Tue July 29, 2014
Parallels

For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:35 am

A volunteer at a Christian church in Qosh, Iraq, loads aid onto a handcart Monday for delivery to displaced Shiites who are sheltering there.
Alice Fordham NPR

The muscular farmer sits in the basement kindergarten of the church, perched on a tiny chair intended for a child. He and his family are spending the holiday here, after being forced to flee from extremists.

"Our village is more than 300 years old," Ahmed Ali says of Shreikhan, near Mosul, "and we never had any such problems."

For most Muslims around the world, Eid is a time for gifts, feasts and visiting relatives. But for him and others in a militant-controlled swath of northwest Iraq, it's a strange and unhappy holiday.

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6:25am

Tue July 29, 2014
U.S.

N.H. Promises To Let D.C. Residents Buy Booze There

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:00 am

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5:38am

Tue July 29, 2014
Business

Zillow To Buy Rival Real Estate Site Trulia

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:35 am

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5:35am

Tue July 29, 2014
Latin America

Venezuelans Celebrate Chavez With A Focus On His Handwriting

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4:56am

Tue July 29, 2014
Sports

What Ray Rice's 2-Game Suspension For Assault Says About The NFL

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 10:50 am

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4:56am

Tue July 29, 2014
NPR Story

On NASA's Birthday, Mars Rover Sets A Mileage Record

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:35 am

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