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WORLD: Syria launches assault

The above image, taken from a YouTube video, shows anti-government protesters holding a huge national flag during a pro-democracy demonstration after Friday prayers in Damascus. Syrian troops have been sent to the border near Turkey to battle opposition groups in the town of Jisr al-Shughour.

TECH: Internet a Human Right

A United Nations report declared Internet access a human right in a report released Friday. “The unique and transformative nature of the Internet not only enable[s] individuals to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression, but also a range of other human rights, and promote[s] the progress of society as a whole,” the report reads. So feel free to leave your opinion in the comments! The L.A. Times has the document online.

POLITICS: Sarah Palin E-mail Bonanza

Feel up for some reading? At 1 p.m. EST, the state of Alaska will give 17 media organizations and individuals 24,199 pages of e-mail correspeondence from Sarah Palin’s government. That’s about the equivalent of 16 copies of “War and Peace.” No one knows exactly what will be in the e-mails, and they have been redacted (by some of the same staff that worked for Palin). Still, you will be able to peruse them later on the Post here.

WORLD: NATO’s future uncertain

Departing Pentagon chief Robert Gates gave a harsh warning to NATO members saying the American military alliance with Europe faces a dismal future and U.S. political leaders may not find it worth the cost. The NATO relationship has been strained for some time and Gates pointed to NATO’s involvement in Libya and Afghanistan as examples of NATO’s weakness.

TECH: Guy rocks Google Doodle

So I’m pretty sure this guy won the Google guitar contest: