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Nelson Mandela is dead at 95. Here is his first televised interview from 1961.
The Libyan assembly voted to make Islamic law the basis of legislation and state institutions. 
Egypt’s draft constitution, which must be approved by referendum this month or next, has been rejected by the Muslim Brotherhood.
30,000 Eritreans have been abducted and taken to Sinai for torture and ransom demands since 2007.
Investigators uncovered a mass grave in Mali believed to be missing soldiers.
The UN approves intervention in the Central African Republic. 
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian rebels shot an Iraqi freelance journalist dead at checkpoint. 
Shi’ite fighters from Afghanistan appear to have joined the fight on the side of Assad. 
The US will destroy Syrian weapons at sea.
The Guardian held a live Q&A with Kilian Kleinschmidt, the manager of the Zaatari refugee camp.
Syrian jihadist fighters (primarily the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) have kidnapped 50 Kurds, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
French investigators find no proof of radiation poisoning in Arafat’s remains.
Bedouin Arabs living in Israel are planning a day of rage in Negev to protest Israeli plans to resettle them.
Lebanon puts Tripoli under military control.
Hassane Laqees, a major Hezbollah figure, was assassinated in Beirut.
52 were killed in an assault on the Defense Ministry compound in Sana’a, Yemen.
12 mourners were killed at an Iraqi funeral Sunday. At least 20 were killed in violence across Iraq on Tuesday. Suicide attacks on Iraqi police intelligence headquarters and a shopping mall on Thursday.
Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab has been denied early release.
US propaganda campaigns in Afghanistan designed by contractors are failing, and costing the US a lot of money.
Filmmaker Chris Terrell on his experiences being embedded with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan.
The impasse over the Bilateral Security Agreement continues. It was the big topic at the annual NATO conference.
The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction John Sopko has raised objections to the military finding that there was no wrongdoing in the decision to keep building a headquarters in Afghanistan that was unneeded, unwanted and ultimately unused. Sopko has said he is opening a new probe.
Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index for 2013 has Afghanistan ranked 175th out of 177. 
The US military has halted supply shipments from Pakistan into Afghanistan as a result of protests against drone strikes. 
Imran Khan: Pakistan’s relationship with the US is one of “slavery not friendship.”
Omar Waraich on Pakistan’s new top general Raheel Sharif for The New Yorker.
A Pakistani working as a CIA operative speaks to Spiegel about his work.
Maulana Fazlullah, newly elected leader of Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan has returned to Pakistan.
A reader’s guide to protests in the Ukraine.
Ukrainian protesters settle in for the long haul.
Two terror suspects currently in Guantánamo are suing the Polish government in the European Court of Human Rights over their torture at a CIA black site.
Snowden leaks show that the NSA gathers 5 billion records per day monitoring cell phone geolocation and use across the globe.
Photo: Sanabis, Bahrain. A teenaged protester holds a stone during anti-government demonstrations over the death of 15-year-old Ahmed Abdul Ameer who died of injuries sustained during protest clashes. Mohamed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty

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Photo: Sanabis, Bahrain. A teenaged protester holds a stone during anti-government demonstrations over the death of 15-year-old Ahmed Abdul Ameer who died of injuries sustained during protest clashes. Mohamed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty

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