**China Marks 24th Anniversary of Tiananmen Crackdown**
China is marking the 24th anniversary Tiananmen Square crackdown, amid tight security in Beijing and stifling censorship on the web.
Authorities every year work hard to prevent memorials and ban public discussion of the brutal military suppression on June 4, 1989, which ended weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations.
On Friday, police in Tiananmen Square and other prominent areas stood on guard for possible protests. Many activists have already been detained, placed under house arrest, or monitored closely in the lead-up to the sensitive anniversary.
Government censors are also working hard to scrub China's social media of any mention of the incident. On the popular, Twitter-like Sina Weibo, searches for all Tiananmen-related terms were blocked.
Attempting to get around the restrictions, many Chinese citizens instead posted pictures of candles, or cynically referred to May 35, rather than June 4 - a search term that is also blocked. Others encouraged people to wear black as a symbol of mourning for the victims of the incident.
** "Blade Runner" Appears in Court for the First Time**
South African track star Oscar Pistorius has made his first court appearence since being granted bail in February over the killing of his girlfriend.
The pre-trial hearing in Pretoria Tuesday was brief, with the magistrate agreeing to postpone the proceedings until August 19. Lawyers had asked for more time to prepare for the case.
Pistorious is facing murder charges for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home in Pretoria on February 14.
Pistorius, known as the "blade runner" for his carbon-fiber legs, has admiting shooting Steenkamp but insists he mistook her for an intruder.
Pistorius became an inspirational hero to millions as the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied competitors at the London Olympics last year.