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- Photographers covering the crisis in the Central African Republic rescue the archive of one Africa’s best contemporary photographers, Samuel Fosso, after his studio was looted.
- AP journalists witnessed a horrific killing in CAR by soldiers just moments after being spoken to by the country’s new interim president who called for peace and order.
- Former Rwandan intel chief Pascal Simbikangwa’s trial began in Paris.
- An online campaign by journalists and activists for the freedom of Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt went viral.
- Egypt’s army chief, Al-Sisi, will run for president.
- The Syrian government will participate in the second round of Geneva peace talks.
- Syria missed a February 5 handover deadline for chemical weapons, putting the process way behind schedule.
- Syrian rebels freed hundreds in a prison break in Aleppo.
- Iraqi Kurds join Syrian rebels in their fight.
- David Luban writes that the US has a moral debt – and Syria offers a chance to start paying it.
- The central leadership of Al Qaeda has officially broken ties with the Syrian jihad group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
- ISIS signed a truce with Islamist rebel brigade Suqour al-Sham.
- Human Rights Watch reports that Iraqi security forces are abusing women in detention.
- A series of bombings in Baghdad on Monday killed 23; four bombings on Tuesday killed 7; another series of explosions on Wednesday killed 34.
- Iran stated a willingness to reduce the military capability of the Arak reactor.
- On January 27, Iran executed poet Hashem Shaabani, charged with “waging war against God,” among other things, after three years of harsh detention.
- The eleven candidates for the Afghan presidency and their bios.
- Election coverage shows the growth of new media in Afghanistan.
- The New York Times reports that Karzai engaged in secret contact with the Taliban over a potential peace agreement without the involvement of the US or other Western countries.
- The US froze the assets of three suspected members of the Haqqani network.
- Peace talks began Thursday between the Pakistani government and the Taliban.
- Per the Pakistani government’s request, the US is said to have sharply curtailed drone strikes while peace talks are pursued.
- Eight were killed in a suicide bombing targeting Shi’ites in Peshawar Tuesday.
- The killings of journalists in Pakistan have given the Taliban significant control over a terrified media.
- Huma Yusuf on the Pakistani Taliban PR campaign.
- Inside Pakistan’s anti-bomb school.
- The Pakistani military is constructing a permanent base in Swat Valley.
- Official investigation has shown that Britain had an advisory role in a 1984 massacre in India, a government attack against Sikh separatists at the Golden Temple in Amritsar which left hundreds or thousands (depending on who’s counting) dead.
- Photojournalist James Nachtwey was shot while covering election violence in Thailand.
- A who’s who among the battle lines being drawn in Ukraine.
- An infographic of attacks on journalists during violence in Ukraine.
- Ice hockey in post-war Bosnia.
- An Olympics in the shadow of a war zone.
- Vancouver-based industrial rock band Skinny Puppy sent a $666,000 invoice to the US government after learning that their songs were played to prisoners at Guantánamo by a prison guard who was a fan.
- Former Navy undersecretary and Center for New American Security CEO Robert Work to be nominated to the position of deputy secretary of defense.
- Women Under Siege wants your photography of women in conflict.
- Jonathan Alter challenges both former Defense Secretary Gates’ new memoir, Duty, and his overall foreign policy record in the New Yorker.
Photo: Aleppo, Syria. Vehicles are engulfed in flame in the aftermath of a barrel bombing. AP.
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