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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 toll

At 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
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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”.

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, called on both sides to protect civilians and warned that political and military leaders could be held to account for crimes.

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We want him to leave, that’s it

South Sudan rebels take Bor town after ‘coup attempt’

South Sudanese rebels have taken over a key town, the military has said, as fighting continues after Sunday’s reported coup attempt.

Mr Machar, the former vice-president, has asked the army to remove President Salva Kiir

In the escalating tension the UN estimates that some 20,000 people have sought refuge in their compounds in Juba.

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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
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newyorker:

A look at Nelson Mandela’s life in photographs: http://nyr.kr/1f0y85H
Above: Mandela salutes the crowd in Galeshewe Stadium, near Kimberley, South Africa, on February 25, 1994, during a three-day campaign swing for the April all-race general election. Photograph by David Brauchli/AP.

newyorker:

A look at Nelson Mandela’s life in photographs: http://nyr.kr/1f0y85H

Above: Mandela salutes the crowd in Galeshewe Stadium, near Kimberley, South Africa, on February 25, 1994, during a three-day campaign swing for the April all-race general election. Photograph by David Brauchli/AP.