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Jan. 21- Smuggled pictures proved that the Syrian government routinely tortured and executed about 11,000 prisoners, possibly allowing the Syrian government to be internationally prosecuted criminally. A defected military police photographer took the pictures, which date from the beginning of uprisings in 2011 to August 2013. The pictures show that detainees were beaten, starved, strangled and restrained. Some detainees remain unaccounted for, and it is clear that this evidence accounts for only a small part of the situation. The pictures were revealed only a day before the Geneva II peace talk conference in Switzerland, the biggest diplomatic effort to end the turmoil that has occupied Syria for three years, causing some controversy with nations that are attempting to remain diplomatic.
Mexico City, Mexico
Juba, South Sudan
Jan. 14- Rebels in South Sudan launched an attack in order to retake the oil-producing capital of Malakal, which caused 200 people to drown while fleeing the fighting on a ferry. This marks the deadliest clash in the four-week period of South Sudan's conflict, which started after violence broke out among the presidential guard. Peace talks were held on Jan. 14, but they are making little progress.
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