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I like this visualisation, perhaps because its crude, almost childish look contrasts with the horror it depicts in such a simple way: worldwide dictators ordered by the number of killings, one drop, on million dead.

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Kim Jong-il, the former supreme leader of North Korea who died on Saturday of cardiac arrest at 69, was known for his quirks, including an obsession with Elizabeth Taylor. But scientists say his idiosyncrasies added up to some serious diagnoses.

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North Korea, one of the world's poorest and most isolated countries, is rapidly adding users to its mobile phone network. But don't expect that to increase the information flow to dissidents. The proliferation of gadgets is making North Korea's security services increasingly nervous - and the best dissent technologies are still illegal and risky.