There is clear evidence … of systematic torture and killing of detained persons by agents of the Syrian governmentSenior war crimes prosecutors say photographs and documents provide ‘clear evidence’ of systematic killing of 11,000 detainees. via the Guardian
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At least 10 people have been killed in a trolley bus explosion in the Russian city of Volgograd, according to officials, the third deadly attack in the past four days as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympics.
The Middle East has become a killing field for journalists. While the number of journalists killed for their work has declined in some places, the civil war in Syria and a renewal of sectarian attacks in Iraq have taken an agonising tollAt least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. via the guardian
Mass extrajudicial killings, the targeting of individuals on the basis of their ethnicity and arbitrary detentions have been documented in recent days. We have discovered a mass grave in Bentiu, in Unity State, and there are reportedly at least two other mass graves in Juba.
The United Nations said on Tuesday that it had found three mass grave sites in two different parts of South Sudan, while a senior official said the death toll in the country’s emerging civil war had run “into the thousands”.
We want him to leave, that’s it
South Sudan rebels take Bor town after ‘coup attempt’
In the escalating tension the UN estimates that some 20,000 people have sought refuge in their compounds in Juba.
Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
There are times where I have to pinch myself that I come from this man who is a fighterSouth Africa’s ailing first black President Nelson Mandela is putting up a courageous fight from his “deathbed”, his daughter Makaziwe Mandela says.
Senior Hezbollah leader killed in Beirut
Lebanon’s Hezbollah members and relatives carry the coffin of commander Hassan al-Laqqis during his funeral in Baalbeck, in Lebanon. Al-Laqqis, a Hezbollah commander who fought in Syria’s civil war was shot dead outside his home in Lebanon today. The group blamed Israel for the killing. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters