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Comparing two pieces of video purporting to show CCTV of scene in and around time of #Nemtsov  killing in Moscow. Wide shot video emerged a couple of days ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqFdS332BQg&t=72 and now comparing to street level video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/SDa5ba20Azw What can we see in both videos to use as points of reference? 
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Neal Krawetz

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World Press Photo strands by decision to award staged photos.
https://nppa.org/node/70388
WPP wrote, "The contest requires photojournalists do not stage pictures to show something that would otherwise have not taken place." The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) interprets this as "permission to photographers to set-up or stage scenes that would 'ordinarily' take place." NPPA also notes that "serious students of Ethics and Photojournalism may have a problem with the conclusion".
The photographer told World Press about this photograph, "My cousin accepted to be portrayed while fornicating with a girl in his friend's car. For them it was not strange. There are parkings popular for the couples exchanging sex with others, also single men and women can watch anonymously the ...
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Amid scathing criticism, WPP re-opened their investigation into these staged photos.  WPP just disqualified Giovanni Troilo.
http://www.worldpressphoto.org/content/world-press-photo-withdraws-award-giovanni-troilo%E2%80%99s-charleroi-story

According to WPP, a key issue was that a picture allegedly taken in Charleroi, Belgium was actually from Molenbeek, Brussels. This was false information and led to the disqualification.  NOTE: Troilo was NOT disqualified for staging photos; he was only disqualified for misrepresenting the location.
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Two RAF fighter jets intercepted two Russian bomber aircraft off the British coast on Wednesday. Several hours after this incident, Zevda, a government-owned Russian television channel, released video (http://tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i_mire/content/201502190952-euht.htm)  they said shows NATO fighter aircraft escorting Russian military aircraft.  Zevda did not explicitly state when the footage was filmed. However, based on the lighting conditions and the squadron insignia seen on the RAF jets, Storyful has ascertained that at least part of this footage shows an interception on January 28 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31049952) rather than Wednesday's incident. 

On Wednesday, the fighter jets were deployed from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. However,  the squadron badge on one of the British fighter jets seen at 0.27 in the video is that of the 1 Squadron (http://www.raf.mod.uk/organisation/1squadron.cfm) which is based in RAF Lossiemouth, not Coningsby.  Based on this, we are able to conclude that at least part of this footage is of the January interception when jets from RAF Lossiemouth were scrambled to intercept two Russian Tu-95 aircraft (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31049952).

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Allegedly, some audio of the incident via https://twitter.com/TheAviationist/status/568755251987283968 :

https://soundcloud.com/tomteej/russian-air-force-strategic-bomber-hf-voice-18-february-2015-1929-gmt 

Couldn't hear any specific locations, times / names in there - just numbers (radio frequency?), and confirming transmissions.
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Video circulating purporting to show shots being fired at the free speech event in Copenhagen yesterday. Location seems to match up but not sure if this is genuine. Can't spot the original uploader. Anyone see any discussion of this elsewhere? 
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Original version on liveleak is gone: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a19_1423943264. I'm thinking it is a photo-shopped version of the still images blended with the audio that BBC got. But does anyone know for sure? 
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Is anyone able to assist in translating this video of the Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba? Kotsaba faces treason charges after he called for the boycotting of mobilization against separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine.
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There's more to the story of Roman Kotsaba and you can't go just by what he or Amnesty International say about this because both are self-interested or parties parties. You need more sources.

While you can choose not to believe the Ukrainian authorities, they say they found $18,000 in his apartment, which is a lot of money for this region, and they claim he is collaborating with Russian intelligence.

Independently, we know that his employer, Nevskiye Novosti in St. Petersburg, in fact has set up a number of fake "Ukrainian" sites which are in fact pro-Moscow sites disseminating disinformation.  It's not clear whether he is involved in one of these war propaganda/disinformation sites which you really can't portray as just "having a different opinion." They are orchestrated, paid, pro-government sites. The businessman reported as behind them by independent St. Petersburg journalists has large Russian Defense Ministry contracts.

http://www.interpretermag.com/russia-this-week-the-kremlins-growing-army-of-internet-trolls/#5012

Kotsaba has also appeared multiple times on Russian state media associated with some of the most outrageous face news stories, TV1, Rossiya 24.

So you have to look at content and not be colour-blind to it in the name of free expression, and see if in fact he is knowingly engaged in state-funded war propaganda or even incitement of hatred and violence because that is not ethical journalism, and may not even meet the European free speech test.

This is not a clear-cut case of "war resistance" or "conscientious objection." It's a case of someone charged with operating in concert with Russian intelligence, for pay, to undermine Ukraine by inciting draft avoidance.

This is no David McReynolds.
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Brian Kieran
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Seeking translation of, and any other information on, audio purporting to be #AQAP speech by Harith Al-Nathari commemorating killed ex-Leader of Ansar Al-Sharia (Libya),Muhamad AlZahawi.
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AFP has reported that Al-Azhar called for "killing, crucifixion and chopping of the limbs of Islamic State terrorists". I've run this statement from Grand Imam el-Tayeb through Google Translate and it doesn't appear to contain such sentiments. Any help with translation or enlightenment on where such a statement was made would be appreciated. 
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استنكر الإمام الأكبر أ.د/ أحمد الطيب، شيخ الأزهر الشَّريف بشدَّة العمل الإرهابي الخسيس الذي أقدم عليه تنظيم داعش الإرهابي الشيطاني من حرق وإعدام الطيار الأردني معاذ الكساسبة، مؤكداً أن الإسلام حرم قتل النفس البشرية البرئية قال تعالى: (وَلَا تَقْتُلُوا النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ) والنبيّ - صلى الله عليه وسلم - لعن هؤلاء حيث قال: ( الانسان بنيان الربِّ ملعون من هدمه ) وحرَّم كذلك التمثيل بالنفس البشرية بالحرق أو بأي شكل من ...
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the statement says that their actions could warrant the punishment set for such hideous acts in the quran which could be crucifiction or cutting off the limbs. 
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Amnesty International’s Joanne Mariner sat down with two survivors of a mortar attack that killed five people who were queuing for humanitarian aid in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, on Friday, January 30. This video features a report on current civilian casualties in the region.
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Joe Galvin
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#DailyDebunk - Widely-shared images of Palestinian selfie while being chased by Israeli forces is a staged image. See more details here: https://twitter.com/lisang/status/562479896191336448  The image was originally posted to the Facebook page of Tamer Nafar, a Palestinian rapper. See here: https://www.facebook.com/tamer.nafar/photos/a.381099778700042.1073741829.377357379074282/597811877028830/?type=1
Tamer Nafar posted this photo on 2015-02-02. 236 likes. 10 comments. 34 shares.
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Τhx Joe. Too good to be true.
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Iranian Fars News indicating this is their own video from Tikrit. Does it look legit to you? http://english.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13931211001508
Iraqi Forces Blast ISIL Terrorists in Tikrit Attack TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi army with help from volunteer forces broke the ISIL terrorists apart in Tikrit in a major offensive against the Takfiri group. [VIDEO]. ارتش عراق - سربازان عراقی 03-03-2015. More ISIL Terrorists Captured, Killed as Tikrit's ...
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I thought I had seen the video before. So Fars is just using stock firefight video??? Crazy. 
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Donie O'Sullivan
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Seeking the Arabic translation of Mohammed Emwazi's name to aid in investigating his footprint on social.  Emwazi was named as the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" by the Washington Post this morning. 
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+Chris Kabusk had done some work on tracing him a few months ago. 
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Seeking help translating video described as Burmese refugees in China
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Brian Kieran
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Seeking further information on video purporting to show #IslamicState militants attacking a Peshmerga barracks in Kirkuk. Note the pickup truck with Peshmerga flag at 1.56 and numberplate at 2.10. Also looking for translation of text at start of video: https://archive.org/details/kirkuk-iqtiham
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Joe Galvin
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Anyone able to identify the details of the license plates in these two screengrabs from images described as captured in #Derna  in #Libya ? Do they indicate a location? 
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One of our contacts in Libya says the number 10 on the plate to the left means Darna city as a location.​
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Gibran Ashraf
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Can any Turkish speakers here translate Erdogan's latest tweets where he is supposedly calling out Obama, Biden and John Kerry for their silence on the Chapel Hill shooting? 

https://twitter.com/RT_Erdogan/status/565989599399673857 (5 tweets)
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“ABD'de 3 Müslümanın öldürülmesiyle ilgili şu ana kadar Başkan Obama, Biden ve Kerry'nin açıklama yapmamış olması manidardır.”
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Precisely. Which is what makes his statements interesting - if not hypocritical
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Joe Galvin
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Seeking to geolocate this video, described as the capture of #Nofaliyah  in #Libya  by an #IslamicState  affiliated group. Though the terrain and layout of the town seen in the video is similar to Nofaliyah I can't pinpoint the location. 
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#Ukraine  Any Russian speakers able to help with translating the following document? It has been shared alongside pictures of alleged phosphorus gas victims inside a hospital in Donetsk in late Jan. Would be interesting to know if this doc is relevant. uk +Derek Bowler 
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The ethical issues are irrelevant because names can be blacked out and the document still used for any report.

But I really have to question what is going on here.

First of all, the repeated claims of the use of phosphorous have been completely debunked by Human Rights Watch. It's a staple of Russian state propaganda to keep promoting them anyway. So that's why we have yet another allegation of this nature. Repeat: there are no credible findings of the deliberate use of phosphorous on people in Ukraine.

Phosphorous itself is not illegal although it's often characterized as such by Russian propaganda. It can be used for highlighting terrain at night. What is unlawful for those countries that have signed the pacts on it is to use it as an offensive weapon, and in civilian areas. Repeat: no credible information has been found to date of this deliberate use on civilians.

Second of all, you really DO need to have the ENTIRE document translated because that will let you know there is NOTHING ABOUT GAS in this document -- hello!

The document merely tells you the effects witnessed on the tissue of the lungs, etc. with description and measurements -- nothing about any chemical/gas substance found.

Then the last paragraph as Gurdiev has translated here describes a foreign metal object indeed -- but that has nothing to do with any gas/phosphorous/chemicals -- it's just a piece of metal shrapnel that in itself doesn't tell you who shot that shell or where it came from.
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Seeking more information in this video purporting to show multiple rockets being launched in Donbass, #Ukraine . Chatter on social media suggests that the video possibly shows either a BM-27 or BM-30 "Smerch" being launched. Have we seen anything corroborate this? https://twitter.com/Conflict_Report/status/562583112136540160

 
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Joe Galvin
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Seeking to verify images described as showing a mass grave on #MountSinjar  in #Iraq . The images were shared to the Facebook page of Ahmed Shingaly, who describes himself as a Kurdsat journalist. Anyone able to provide any more information on these images? https://www.facebook.com/shingaly1/posts/899331993430971
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عمليات التنقيب ما زالت مستمرة في المقبرة الجماعية و ثم اخراج بقايا و عظام سبعة و عشرون شخصاً للان من المقبرة ، علماً ان صباح هذا اليوم تم العثور على هذه...
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Interesting thoughts, thanks Neal. The uploader shared two more photos later that day: https://www.facebook.com/shingaly1/posts/899356410095196
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