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39 Congolese soldiers will stand trial for war crimes, primarily mass rape.
Al Shabab attacked a police station north of Mogadishu, killing 28.
Fighting in the southwest of Darfur over the past three weeks has killed 200 people in two Arab tribes, the Salamat and the Messeiriya.
A bomb in Sinai killed 11 Egyptian troops.
Opponents of the current military administration in Egypt clashed with supporters on the two-year anniversary of fatal clashes between protesters and security on Mohammed Mahmoud Street in Cairo.
The Syrian Army has wrested Qara, a key stop in supply routes on the Lebanese border, away from rebels. 
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad on the transition of the Syrian conflict from a revolution to a straight-up civil war.
A bomb at a government building in Damascus killed 31, including, according to an activist group, four generals.
Dozens of Americans have either traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight alongside the rebels.
Transporting the chemical weapons out of Syria proves to be tricky.
BuzzFeed on Hezbollah’s regime support in the upcoming fight for Qalamoun.
Dexter Filkins on Syrian violence spilling over into Lebanon. 
A pair of explosions at the Iranian embassy in Beirut killed 23.
Israel has secretly detained a suspected Al Qaeda biological weapons expert without charge or trial since July of 2010.
More than 5500 have been killed in violence in Iraq since April.
A Kuwaiti man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a tweet supposedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
Iran’s senior negotiator in Geneva is insistent on the right to enrich uranium.
64% of Americans support a nuclear deal with Iran.
According to Human Rights Watch, Iran is forcibly deporting Afghans by the thousands.
The US and Afghanistan have finalized a bilateral security agreement, one which sets up post-2014 American troop presence and international assistance. Afghanistan, however, may not sign the agreement until after the April elections, much to Washington’s dismay. Here’s an explainer of some of the sticking points in the draft deal. Here’s the full text.
Some background on the loya jirga.
The beheaded bodies of six government contractors were found in the south of Afghanistan.
A drone attack in northwest Pakistan on Thursday killed 6 (or maybe 5), including  suspected members of the Haqqani Network and Taliban. This is only the second strike to occur outside of the FATA. 
Seven members of the Pakistani Taliban were killed by a suicide bomber in an interesting case of “red on red” violence, explained by the increasing rifts within or among the area’s militant groups.
Pakistan plans to try Musharraf for treason.
A Bosnian court has released 10 Bosnian Serb war crimes convicts because the wrong criminal code had been applied at their trials.
Northern Ireland’s Attorney General John Larkin is pushing for police and state investigators to stop trying to solve the cases of killings prior to the 1998 agreement, saying the ongoing investigations hinder the ongoing peace process as 3700 cases remain hopelessly unresolved.
Former members of a British undercover unit in Northern Ireland have admitted to the BBC that they killed unarmed civilians while tasked with “hunting down terrorists” in the 70s. The unit’s operational records have been destroyed and the members refuse to speak about specific incidents.
The US is at work behind the scenes on UN negotiations to create an online right to privacy. The US hopes to stop this proposal by Brazil and Germany, which could check NSA surveillance.
A secret 2007 deal between the US and UK allows the NSA to analyze and store the phone, email and internet records of UK citizens not suspected of wrongdoing.
The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the NSA datamining program.
The NSA has had an 888% increase in records requests in the past fiscal year.
North Korea has detained an American Korean War veteran.
Meet “Fat Leonard,” the rich Malaysian contractor who sits in the center of a massive Navy bribery scandal.
Three women have passed Marine combat infantry training (a fourth has nearly passed, delayed by an injury), becoming the first to do so.
Photo: Aleppo, Syria. A Free Syrian Army fighter looks out from a damaged shop. Molhem Barakat/Reuters. 

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Photo: Aleppo, Syria. A Free Syrian Army fighter looks out from a damaged shop. Molhem Barakat/Reuters. 

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