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To understand life in East Germany, all you need is this board game

The board game called Bürokratopoly isn't about getting filthy rich, though players might feel filthy after they're done playing. The popular German game was created by dissidents in communist East Germany years ago as a satire about power and corruption. Now it has become a teaching tool for German kids trying to understand what it was like to live in the Communist East.

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News that a detained Syrian cartoonist is dead is impossible to verify

A Syrian cartoonist is arrested in October 2012 and disappears into the security services of Bashar al Assad. Now there are reports that the cartoonist died in prison, the cause described as everything from torture to an untreated illness. But not everyone buys the story. A dialogue begins on Facebook and Twitter about whether the cartoonist is really dead. His family -- and many friends and colleagues -- says he's still alive though they haven't seen or heard from him since the cartoonist was detained. Who to believe? That's the morose challenge for relatives, friends and colleagues of those arrested in war-torn Syria.