Tuesday's coverage: witness in Tehran, banned in Darfur, housing starts

Here are the stories we're covering today:

In world news:

Tehran shooting. Scott Peterson reports an eyewitness account of the shooting at a big rally by Iranian election protesters.

The BRIC summit. Fred Weir on the meeting in Siberia of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, and China as they talk over a new "supra-national" currency and “old empires.”

Popular mercy in China. Peter Ford on the power of the Internet. A karaoke bar waitress who won nationwide sympathy and support on the Internet after killing a local official who demanded sex was freed Tuesday by a Chinese court.

Banned in Darfur. Rob Crilly on the state of relief efforts in the region now that Sudan is blocking NGOs from returning to Darfur. Will aid orgs find a way around the restrictions?

Taxing profits abroad. John Hearne on Obama’s proposal to close a tax break for corporations doing business overseas. It's causing an uproar in Ireland, Bermuda and the Netherlands, where much of the foreign profits have ended up.

• Carter's return. Josh Mitnick and Erin Cunningham probe whether Jimmy Carter’s visit to Israel and Palestinian territories is helpful or harmful to the peacekeeping process?

Iran's too-quick election. Scott Peterson looks at the main evidence that Iran's vote was rigged: The speed of the count.

Tamil Tigers return. A roundup of coverage of this story.

In US news:

• What President Lee wants. Howard LaFranchi on what South Korea's president, who has been more confrontational toward North Korea than his predecessors have been, is seeking from President Obama during his visit to Washington Tuesday.

• Computer error. Alex Marks explores whether a computer problem experienced by a flight controller contributed to the Air France disaster.

• Searching North Korea's cargo. Greg Lubold on the US Navy's role as lookout for North Korean ships that may be toting clandestine cargo. It will somehow have to walk the line between enforcer of the UN resolution and instigator of a showdown with an unpredictable regime. What protocols will it follow as it undertakes this delicate and risky job in the world's shipping lanes.

• Already changed climate. Pete Spotts reports the decennial review of climate change in the US, which indicates that the effects are already upon us.

Housing starts jump. Laurent Belsie on a 17 percent surprise.

• The slave trade. Howard LaFranchi reports on a new global survey of human trafficking.

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