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According to the UN, the death toll in Syria has topped 100,000. 
The Guardian dedicated Thursday to coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis — 4.25 million internally displace, 2 million fled the country. The entirety of the coverage is here in live blog form and archived here, but some highlights include an interactive map of the whereabouts of refugees, audio dispatches from refugee camps and an animated video breaking down the numbers on the crisis.
2 congressional panels have cleared the way for arms shipments to Syria, which could occur in the coming weeks. 
The State Dept. pays police in rebel-controlled parts of Syria a stipend of $150 a month. 
A UN team charged with investigating the use of chemical weapons has arrived in Syria. 
Polish journalist Marcin Suder was reportedly abducted in Idlib province.
Some background on heat-seeking, shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles in Syria. 
The Syrian conflict has cut the country’s annual wheat harvest in half, the lowest level in three decades. 
The Egyptian army has given the Muslim Brotherhood until Saturday afternoon to sign on to the roadmap for political reconciliation.
Concerned aid agencies have voiced fears that UN intervention will worsen the humanitarian situation in the Congo. 
Colum Lynch on secret US war in Somalia. 
US federal prosecutors have charged fugitive militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar in the January Algerian gas plant attack that killed 30.
Freelance Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Hidar Shaea has been freed from prison after serving three years of a five year sentence for various charges widely considered to have been trumped up in retaliation for his coverage of both militancy and the Yemeni government’s security measures. 
The Israeli energy minister, Silvan Shalom, says that talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators could occur for the first time in three years on Tuesday. There has been no immediate confirmation of this.
The EU officially put the armed wing of Lebanon’s Hezbollah on its terror list. 
Former Iraq war vets watch the country they were sent to descend into violence yet again.
Simultaneous raids on Abu Ghraib and Taji prisons set more than 500 inmates free with the help of some guards. 
Rather amusingly, an Iranian group has belatedly extended an invitation to Edward Snowden to come to Iran and “elaborate” on information that he might have. 
Even though the US handed over roughly 3000 Afghan prisoners at Bagram to Afghanistan in March, it still holds about 60 non-Afghans there, all without charge or trial, some for a decade. 
The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction raised concerns that the culvert denial systems meant to protect against IEDs were either improperly installed or not installed at all by Afghan contractors. 
Burma freed another 73 political prisoners. 
The Korean War ended 60 years ago this week — here, Irish veterans remember it at the BBC and a British soldier reflects at The Guardian. 
A Dutch judge blocked the extradition of a Pakistani terror suspect to the US over concerns that he was most likely tortured. 
A commission report stated that since 1958 the conflict in Colombia has claimed 220,000 lives and four of every five victims have been civilian noncombatants. 
According to a new Washington Post-ABC poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that the NSA’s surveillance infringes on some Americans’ privacy, and about half believe it infringes on their own.
An amendment from Rep. Justin Amash (R. Mich.) intended to prevent the NSA from using the Patriot Act to collect phone records failed in the House, but by a surprisingly narrow margin. Here’s a visualization of that vote.
And here’s how Nancy Pelosi had a hand in defeating the amendment.
The NSA says it doesn’t have the technology to oversee its own internal employee emails. 
A federal appeals court ruled that NYT reporter James Risen has to testify in the trial of one of his alleged sources, a CIA officer accused of giving him classified information. Risen has vowed to fight the ruling and has declared he would go to jail before complying.
Charlie Savage on how the Roberts court shaped the secret FISA court. 
The prosecution gave closing arguments that ran nearly 5 hours Thursday in the Bradley Manning case. Army Prosecutor Maj. Ashden Fein declared Manning to have had “evil intent” and called him a “traitor.” The defense gets their chance at closing arguments today.
A woman in rural Idaho is suing the President over NSA surveillance. 
The Electronic Frontier Foundation on the dismaying efforts in Congress and the DOJ to narrow the definition of “journalist.”
The Senate held the first hearings in five years on Guantánamo.
71 Guantánamo detainees will come before review panels in “parole-board-style hearings” at the prison/naval base. The Navy has refused to disclose when this will happen, whether or not media will be present and who will go first.
Radley Balko, author of Rise of the Warrior Cop, has an essay in the WSJ on reconsidering the highly militarized approach to police work in the US. 
An excellent look into the Obama administration’s war on leaks and whistleblowing. 
New exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum focus on artistic interpretations of conflict, including former drone operator Omer Fast’s chilling video installation “5,000 Feet is the Best.”
NYT’s Room for Debate takes up the issue of whether NYC police chief Ray Kelly ought to be the nomination for DHS.
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Photo: Aleppo, Syria. FSA fighters take up a defensive position. Reuters. 

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Photo: Aleppo, Syria. FSA fighters take up a defensive position. Reuters. 

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