- Human Rights Watch issues a report accusing the Syrian government of torturing and abusing detainees at 27 facilities across the nation.
- UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says the continued arming of both sides in Syria is fueling violence and must be halted at all costs.
- Bombings in several Iraqi cities kill at least 36 people and wound nearly 100 others.
- Iraqi women playing basketball are among those highlighted at a film festival.
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