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Gibran Ashraf
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For those interested - Chinese military launched a propaganda video today showing off a few shiny toys including carrier operations including take offs; take off and flight of its F-22 raptor copy (based on designs it allegedly stole) the X-20, along with what looks eerily close to predator drones and AIM-20 missiles in addition to other military capability. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJiK_t1BqyA

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Eliza Mackintosh

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Any Italian speakers out there? I was hoping to get a translation on this video of migrants in Ventimiglia that is trending on Facebook. The uploader has posted a few different videos and photos from the town. It would be great to have some more context about what she is saying. Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/emilia.clementi.5/videos/1050427648309622/
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Hi Eliza. She is commenting what's happening in Ventimiglia Railway Station.
She's very angry with Italian politicians, especially Italian PM Matteo Renzi, deputy PM Angelino Alfano, and Italian president of Camera dei Deputati Laura Boldrini for what she defines a too permissive approach to immigration.
She refers to them using gross words (she other uses "fitusi" or "mondezza",  Southern Italy dialect words meaning "shit" and "rubbish") and she asks them to host at their homes the immigrants now in Ventimiglia.
She says it's a shame what's happening there: immigrants standing there "are human lives in need of assistance" ... "they need to go back to their homes" (...) because "they bring us scabies and other diseases". She continues to repeat "shame on you Renzi, shame on you Boldrini and Alfano, you have to resign".
At the end she makes clear she is not racist, she is not against immigrants, she is just against politicians and the business of immigration.
In her biography, she defines herself a "make up artist" from Sicily, based in Rome. Let me know if you need any other help!
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Rachael Kennedy
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Ukraine  - 
 
We've been trying to verify the authenticity of the following video, allegedly showing the hanging of a pro-Russian soldier and his heavily pregnant wife by soldiers of Ukraine's Donbas battalion. We're pretty sceptical for a number of reasons, but we were wondering if anyone else has been looking into this too? WARNING: video is of a graphic nature. +Derek Bowler +Eliza Mackintosh +Joe Galvin +James Miller 
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This video shows you how to use a harness to convincingly fake hang someone. It's even easier if you use one rope, but just hide the harness with the head-bags: https://revision3.com/filmriot/hangman
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Gibran Ashraf
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Islamic State  - 
 
This video is being described as the mass funeral for victim's of Friday's IS suicide bomb attack on a Saudi mosque - can any one confirm?

https://twitter.com/Hayder_alKhoei/status/602956180210786304/video/1
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Gibran Ashraf
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You guys probably have seen this - a news site is claiming that a Turkish couple uploaded this footage of when the Nepal earthquake struck - looks to be near Durbar square

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpWZeZi2aqw

Original article: http://on.ryot.org/1OFPY30
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The birds flying up reminds me of the big one in Santa Cruz (initially 7.1, downgraded to 6.9; Oct 17, 1989 @ 5:04pm; I was 1 mile from the epicenter).  Birds immediately took off and were everywhere... And they continued to take off and fly around buildings each time there was an aftershock.  Really creepy.
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Madeleine Bair

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We're searching for new citizen/activist videos from #WesternSahara. A contact there shared with us recently: There are daily protests in the occupied territory, with the upcoming vote at the UN at the end of the month. The city of Smara is on fire, though no-one seems to be noticing. Just a couple of days ago a human rights delegation, including people from the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, were attacked in Laayoune as they were visiting Aminatou Haidar and had to take refuge... The news blackout is tremendous and the extent to which Morocco has blocked information is tremendous.  Equipe Media and the Sahrawi Center for Media and Communication are potential sources for news and videos. 
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There is a call for protest 1 May (http://mapnr.blogspot.ca/2015/04/blog-post_964.html+Khalil Asmar or +Fred Henri may know more, and how to obtain video
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Della Kilroy

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New video footage showing the aftermath of the ‘Paniai massacre’ in West Papua has been uploaded by Minority Rights Group International (MRG). The video, shot by citizen journalists, includes first-hand testimony from survivors of the massacre last December as well as graphic footage taken in the immediate aftermath.
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Eliza Mackintosh

Islamic State  - 
 
Seeking translations on these two videos shared by the official page for the activist group Coordinating Syrian Revolution in Yalda, a local activist group that provides content related only to Yalda and surrounding areas. They have recently been sharing footage related to clashes in Yarmouk refugee camp with Islamic State militants.

Local activists accounts sharing the footage say that mosques in Yalda are playing messages calling on Islamic State militants to surrender. The second video is described as capturing mosques celebrating the control of the neighborhood adjacent to al-Zein in Yarmouk refugee camp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0XjyY8e6sM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHwcyNVioZo
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Hi Newsroom !

a lot of things are being said about this supposedly fraud video filmed in Nigeria this week end. An independant monitoring commission said it's old, mentionning the ballot. Any information on this ? can someone help us find the original video to proove it was posted before ?
I'm working on this with Brenna Daldorff.
This has been on since yesterday afternoon. Uhm this country God help us. Likes of Dele Momodu should pls send it viral
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Great! let's share info then. Brenna will ask you to be added to the newsroom.
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Donie O'Sullivan
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A video circulating online  that is described as showing today's A320 crash is from 2013 in Afghanistan. The footage is of a Boeing 747 en route to Dubai that crashed and caught fire on April 29,  2013, at Bagram Airbase in northeast Afghanistan.   #DailyDebunk  
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A small video we've made for France 24 on how to verify what's on the Internet.
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Donie O'Sullivan
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Ukraine  - 
 
Looking for a Ukrainian speaker to translate the wording around this crest. #Ukraine  
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Vasylkiv Self Defence  "Vidsich" (literally -> Rebuff).

more content here http://www.vidsich.com/
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Gibran Ashraf
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mr riski

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In today's #Bestof2012 feature, E. Tammy Kim revisits the site of the Rodney King riots, asking residents and shopowners about healing, rebuilding, and remaining in infamous South Central, now "South LA":

"'What do you remember about the riots?' I asked.

'Which ones?' she said, reminding me of her age and the 1965 riots in Watts. And then, before I could answer, she replied, 'The fires, the fires.'"

http://www.guernicamag.com/features/south-l-a-twenty-years-later/
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I remember South Central riots - lived through them in LA. Scary. Worse than the big Northridge earthquake. 
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Liss Nup
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"News" of Fidel Castro's death was tweeted from a Twitter account that is just one day old. Happily, most Twitter users weren't born yesterday and caught on pretty fast.
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Joe Galvin
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Daily Debunk  - 
 
Widely-shared video showing #NepalQuake  hitting swimming pool an old video from #Mexico  in 2010. See details here: https://twitter.com/Joey_Galvin/status/592580850178469889
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David Clinch
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Some very dramatic videos emerging from forest fires in Russia. This is amongst the most dramatic but unlikely to be the original. Is there an earlier version without music on VK or somewhere else?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwOvM_fGcHE
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In the YouTube description it says this video is from Odnoklassniki, very likely that guy is the author
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Rachael Kennedy
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#Ukraine  We're looking into the following video in which Alexander Khodakovsky is said to have talked about hanging 'traitors' up by their feet during a meeting of the self-proclaimed DNR. Help on the translation and any extra info would be appreciated. +Eoghan mac Suibhne 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-cS08vN2B4
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Thank you for this +Maria Zhdanova. Really appreciated
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Joe Galvin
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We're checking out the reports of the Tunisia town of Tatouine being used as a waypoint for Islamic State fighters en route to Libya (http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/23/africa/tunisia-fallout/index.html). It doesn't appear, as has been reported elsewhere, that the town is a waypoint for IS, or is under direct threat from IS. Anyone have any more information on this story?
The area around Tataouine was once a backdrop for "Star Wars." Now, the town a way-station for jihadists crossing the Tunisia-Libya border.
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Yeah, seems like that.
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Peadar Grogan

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#tunisia   #islamicstate   #ONR  - Seeking translation of text and audio described as an Islamic State statement in which it claimed responsibility for the March 18 attack on the #Bardo museum in Tunisia. The statement can be found here: http://nasher.me/ngi/, and an audio file, believed to be the same statement, can be found here: https://archive.org/details/bouthiop_moakt.
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. بيان تبني عملية متحف باردو في تونس الإسلام. قال تعالى: { وَظَنُّوا أَنَّهُم مَّانِعَتُهُمْ حُصُونُهُم مِّنَ اللَّهِ فَأَتَاهُمُ اللَّهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَمْ يَحْتَسِبُوا وَقَذَفَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمُ الرُّعْبَ }[ الحشر: 2]. الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على من بعث بالسيف ...
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