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World Tour 2013: Top Stories In 26 Countries

From Melbourne to Moscow to Machu Picchu, we are all counting down the hours on an eventful 2013. News was made across the globe: deadly attacks at the Boston marathon and a Nairobi mall, national farewells in Venezuela and South Africa, revelations from Edward Snowden and Pope Francis, natural disasters, gay marriage debates and horsemeat scandals

One can reflect on a year in many different ways — we decided to classify the most notable stories, by country (26 to be precise) that we've covered across our roving Mondo map.

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Migrant Lives

When Migrants Vanish: Families Quietly Endure Uncertainty

Zimbabweans cling to hope even after years of silence from loved ones who have disappeared across borders.

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Illustration by Matt Haney, GPJ

HARARE, ZIMBABWE — Blessing Tichagwa can barely remember her mother. Like hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans, Noma Muyambo emigrated to South Africa in search of work, leaving baby Blessing, now 15, behind with her grandmother.

The last time they saw her was nine years ago, when Blessing was 6. Muyambo returned for one week, then left again — and has not sent any messages or money since.

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