Did the Dutch PM Ride His Bike to Meet Obama?

The Netherlands is renowned for its excellent bicycle infrastructre that spans the entire country. It is a common and popular method of transportation for people of all ages, and accounts for 59% of trips within cities. But when Obama flew to the Netherlands to meet world leaders, did the Dutch PM actually ride his bike to meet him?

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A tweet was shared by around 1500 people showed the Dutch PM riding on his bike, allegedly headed to meet Obama and other world leaders.

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Twitter users have pointed out that this photo is actually two years old https://twitter.com/letterror/statuses/448810667777474560

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As the tweet went viral, it sparked conversation about the infrastructure in the Netherlands, bike safety, and the eco-friendliness of biking.

Erwin Boogert chimed in asserting that the PM goes to his office on his bike everyday:

The popularity of a tweet invites scrutiny:

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Mesut Özil and Manuel Neuer: High school team mates?

After Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved German compatriot Mesut Özil's tame penalty kick early in his team's recent Champions League match with Arsenal, some pundits questioned whether Neuer's friendship with Özil gave him the edge in stopping the shot and preventing his team from going behind. One photo in particular - published in several high profile news outlets - suggests that the history between the two goes all the way back to high school......

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Twitter account @Football_GIF makes Neuer-Özil school link

This tweet, posted on the night of the match, seems to be the original source - let's do some verification in the fact checking footnotes.

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This profile of Özil and Neuer (in German) may hold further clues, but sadly my German isn't up to picking through the details: http://www.welt.de/sport/fussball/em-2012/article106387698/Neuer-unschei... . On the whole I'm inclined to say that Neuer isn't the kid in the photo, but it's difficult to know 100% either way. We await further updates!

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This profile of Özil explains that he and Neuer went to the same school, but that the German keeper was a few years ahead of the Arsenal playmaker. This makes sense when you bear in mind that Neuer is 27, while Özil is only 25: http://www.sport.net/the-making-of-arsenals-mesut-ozil_67387

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Guardian, Yahoo, Sun show Neuer and Özil posing for a team photograph at school

The photo of Özil - recognizable as a child - and another boy, claimed to be Neuer, has appeared in several international news outlets (in print and online) thus far:

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Instability in Sinai following removal of Morsi

Egypt's Sinai region has seen continued instability in recent weeks, following the Army's removal of Mohammed Morsi as the country's president. Several attacks against the army and police have taken place, notably in the north Sinai city of el-Arish.

Sinai is a popular tourist destination for western tourists, though many have speculated that the area has also seen an influx of weapons in recent years from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

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Video claims to show RPG attack on cargo vessel in Suez Canal

Video claiming to show the targeting of a cargo ship in the Suez Canal with RPG

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This Twitter account claims this is the statement issued by Kataeb al-Furqan promising more attacks on ships - it must be posted somewhere (Egy media are referring to a statement claiming responsibility) but I can't find the original: https://twitter.com/EgySpecialForce/status/375614551510630401/photo/1

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The video has also been posted by prominent activist Wael Abbas on YouTube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=buS4mfEX3w0 and there's a useful comment in Arabic: "That place is probably "Al-Kab" after the "Permit collection area" for the Ismailia-Port Said Road. I say that because I know the area well, I'm from Ismailia and I come and go from Port Said. I can tell this area from the vegetation around the canal. Anyone who thinks that the police and army wouldn't let someone get that close to the canal, let me tell you that the road is only 500-700m away from the canal and anyone can stop their car and go get close to the canal. I'm not confirming or denying the video, just trying to think with you guys."

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There is no visual of the impact of the first RPG, all you can get is the sound of a small explosion. The visual of the second RPG looks a little fishy to me - there's seemingly no damage to the ship and the camera doesn't stick around long enough for a good view of what happens next. I'm going to hunt to see where else this has been posted, and to see if any major news outlets have picked it up.

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Around 3 seconds in there's a blurry visual of the possible name of the vessel on the bow of the ship: Asia. Having searched we can find a ship that matches this possible name: the Cosco Asia. Using marinetraffic.com we can see that the Cosco Asia did indeed pass through the Suez Canal on September 1, 2013 http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?zoom=9&oldmmsi=356581000&o...

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This video was posted to On Masr channel on Sep 4: first port of call - no pun intended - is to check that there was a Cosco ship in the vicinity in the past few days.

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Soldier dead in sinai

El-Arish, Egypt (NTN24) - At least four people are shot dead, including an army officer in clashes between an armed gang and the Egyptian army and police in the north Sinai town of el-Arish, according to security sources.

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مصرع مجند من قوة تأمين فندق سينا صن برصاص مسلحين #سيناء #Sinai— Sinai سيناء (@muhamedsabry) August 1, 2013

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Sky news reports one dead in attack on El-Arish hotel, military/police conscript

Sky News Arabic has reported the attack, claiming that a conscript (could be attached to the police or the army) has been killed.

مراسلنا: مقتل مجند #مصري في هجوم على قوة تأمين فندق خاص بالشرطة في العريش بسيناء— سكاي نيوز عربية-الآن (@SkyNewsArabia_B) August 1, 2013

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Twitter user @iAHMEDsalih claims the hotel targetted is the Sinai Sun hotel

@SkyNewsArabia_B Sina Sun hotel— Free #NGOtrial (@iAHMEDsalih) August 1, 2013

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This tweet from a local journalist seems to confirm that the Sinai Sun was the target of the attack. https://twitter.com/muhamedsabry/statuses/362887372121182208

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This Google Map shows the Sinai Sun hotel in Arish, on 26 July Street.

TT @Fo2ElSoto7 - Translated Twitter Narrative July 26th Ibrahim Gamal Eldin

Ibrahim Gamal Eldin requested translations of his tweets published from the Alexandria Field Hospital on July 26th between 125pm and 440pm (Local time). There are many narratives covering many sides of the tragedy unfolding in Egypt. These tweets tell one story of personal loss amidst the chaos.

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@Fo2ElSoto7 @deenahsn - very important to have first hand histories right now - we are happy to help record your account for EN audience— meedan (@meedan) July 28, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Tear gas smell filling the hospital, gunfire sound clearly audible." #Alexandria #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Child injured. #Alexandria pic.twitter.com/HGI8uNvNzj" #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "one of the #Alexandria casualties. pic.twitter.com/zrEY6teH8t" #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Shot in the eye in #Alexandria pic.twitter.com/larJhqiQYk" #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "The number of the casualties is beyond the #Alexandria hospital's capacity. pic.twitter.com/l9Iej6x8af" #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Doctors at Uni Hosp: 50+ injuries in ER in addition to the ones at the reception. All live ammunition wounds."#Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "@mohamed_tarik I'm at the public hospital, we need doctors and people to check supplies needed." #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "3 people died. #Alexandria" #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Worth mentioning there's no Army or Police around/inside the #Alexandria Uni Hospital." #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Accounts of the injured who just arrived conf they were attacked w/automatic firearm,Army unable to intervene"#Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "FYI:none of the injured in the hosp is MB. All accounts of the injured confirm MB attacked'em w/auto firearm."#Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Another child among the #Alexandria casualties pic.twitter.com/dBvZLEXSmK" #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 28, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7"Big number of casualties can't make it to Uni Hosp, get treatment in makeshift hosp behind Mohamed Ahmed resto"#Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 28, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7"Big number of casualties can't make it to Uni Hosp, get treatment in makeshift hosp behind Mohamed Ahmed resto"#Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 28, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Photographer Baha' Al-Din Mostafa got wounded, he's at the makeshift hospital @Boo_Ph #Alex" #Alexandria #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 28, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Can hear gunfire around the hospital. Tear gas is filling the air." #Alexandria #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 28, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Two more hours to go for my uncle, pray for him." #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 28, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Add one more to the death toll, my uncle died." #Alexandria #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 28, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "My uncle got shot in the back. My uncle is not a Muslim Brother. He just joined rallies like everyone else." #Egypt @meedan— Deena (@deenahsn) July 28, 2013

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TT @Fo2ElSoto7 "Eyewitnesses confirm:MB marched in 3 lines:children,women,men. They attacked w/rocks, glass, clashed, then shot live rounds"— Deena (@deenahsn) July 27, 2013

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US NSA admits to big data surveilance project PRISM

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US surveillance programs expanding under Obama

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The Guardian reports, "The former director of the US National Security Agency has indicated that surveillance programs have "expanded" under Barack Obama's time in office and said the spy agency has more powers now than when he was in command."

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Update from the US Director of National Intelligence

The PRISM program is explained in this June 8th letter from the DNI.

"PRISM is not an undisclosed collection or data mining program. It is an internal government
computer system used to facilitate the government’s statutorily authorized collection of
foreign intelligence information from electronic communication service providers under
court supervision, as authorized by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
(FISA) (50 U.S.C. § 1881a). This authority was created by the Congress and has been widely
known and publicly discussed since its inception in 2008."

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NSA PRISM legal considerations

Doc says, "I believe Google’s ability to monitor online activities by individuals on a massive scale serves as a model for governments to do the same."

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Doc Searls from Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society has blogged an overview of the debate on the NSA PRISM program.

DNI Statement on Recent Unauthorized Disclosures of Classified Information

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The Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, released this statement on June 6th.

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Orin Kerr quotes from his 2011 Brooking Center essay-

The benefit of computer surveillance is that it can process information quickly and inexpensively to learn what would have been unknowable. Assembling and processing information may lead to plausible conclusions that are far more far- reaching than the information left separate. If so, data manipulation can have an amplifying effect, turning low impact information in isolation into high impact information when processed.

Reaping these benefits requires surveillance systems that allow the initial collection and processing. To reap those benefits, the best way to design surveillance systems is to allow the initial collection but then place sharp limits on the later stages such as disclosure.

"The NSA call records program appears to be that idea on steroids: Collect everything, and then control access to the database created. But I’m left puzzled as to what the legal basis is for what appears to be happening. Where are they getting the Terry standard here?"

The Terry Standard being the 4th Admendment standard that defines when the police can justifiably stop a person and question them. If we carried the analogy through, we might imagine that the government assumes it has access to the metadata that tells them what street their suspect is walking down and when - the discretion comes at the point they decide to 'look at the data.'

Ikhwan Online Alexandria Gathering Photo from July 11

Was an old photo used to support the reporting of a gathering in Alexandria last night?

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The December 19, 2012 Posting Using Same Photo from Alamat Online

اعتبرت مجلة "فورين بوليسي" الأمريكية أن نتائج المرحلة الأولى من الاستفتاء الذي قال فيها 57% من المصريين "نعم" للدستور، تمثل صفعة لمزاعم رئيس حزب الدستور د. محمد البرادعي منسق جبهة الإنقاذ الوطني، والذي ادعى أن الدستور لا يمثل المصريين، ودعا أنصاره للمقاطعة ثم دعاهم بالتصويت لرفض الدستور.

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#fail - Uh Oh - Photo Previously Used in December 2012

@elijahzarwan @Ikhwanweb good eye. This website used the same photo in December. http://t.co/myXwTzbJW6— Basil الضبع (@basildabh) July 12, 2013

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Sweaters in Alexandria in July?

.@Ikhwanweb seems like it was pretty cold in Alexandria last night with all the sweaters in the picture #fail— Mohamed Younis (@MrMYounis) July 12, 2013

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The Tweet from Ikhwan official account

More than 120K protest against #Military_Coup in Alexandria مسيرة بالإسكندرية رفضًا للانقلاب العسكري على الشرعية http://t.co/xB0yqEcoki— Ikhwanweb (@Ikhwanweb) July 12, 2013

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July 5 Clashes in Cairo

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6 October Bridge Shooter

A screen capture from the youtube video below - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R47VbFq2hjI&feature=youtube_gdata_player - of the moment the weapon was discharged. Shortly after this we see a victim being carried away. Please add any information you have on this into the footnotes below.

Live fire on 6 Oct Bridge earlier today in Cairo. Asking ?s about this on Checkdesk http://t.co/RuHB4w1TPz pic.twitter.com/bIkQfyLuug— ed bice (@edbice) July 5, 2013

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Video of Live Ammunition Shooting in Cairo

Here is the video uploaded by youtube user Well Farouk

دعاة السلمية بيهاجموا متظاهرى التحرير .. ويشهد ان التحرير لم يتحرك باتجاة رابعة العدوية

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At 0:06 we see the flash of the weapon

At 0:09 we see the shooter recoil from what appears to be a rock or other thrown projectile

From 0:21 - 0:42 we see a body being carried from the point of the shooting

We need help to determine questions around the affiliations of the shooter, the victim and the exact time and location of the event.

The MT (Google) translation of the title from Youtube: Brotherhood firing on demonstrators top liberalization Bridge October

فيديو اطلاق نار من جانب الاخوان على متظاهرين في التحرير https://t.co/RV7L8PCTpB— Gamal Selim (@gimbo) July 5, 2013

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Casualties in Cairo

MT (Bing) Generated Translation: One shot dead in district, Abdel Moneim Riad

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Shot by MB's live ammo or bird shots in Maspero. 2 killed as per Dr Mona Mina. pic.twitter.com/OBcdbkdcXj— The Big Pharaoh (@TheBigPharaoh) July 5, 2013

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Doctor Mona el Mina in Cairo reports two casualties

حالتين وفاة في التحرير برصاص حي في الصدر ..— Mona Moen Mina (@Dr_Mona_Mina) July 5, 2013

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الدكتورة منى مينا من أكثر المصادر الطبية الموثوق فيها “@Dr_Mona_Mina: حالتين وفاة في التحرير برصاص حي في الصدر ..”— نازلي حسين (@nazlyhussein) July 5, 2013

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CNN reporter Arrested in Cairo?

@BenCNN arrested?

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@bencnn has been arrested, according to CNN. #egypt— Matt Bradley (@MattMcBradley) July 5, 2013

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According to this tweet from @benCNN he is sipping tea and was not arrested https://twitter.com/bencnn/status/353263280480993280

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Cnn crew in Cairo fine. Sipping tea by the Nile, enjoying the evening cool, waiting for Army officer to return our camera. #Egypt #30June— benwedeman (@bencnn) July 5, 2013

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Egypt's Next Revolution

We are watching and waiting on the announcement from the SCAF today July 3, 2013.

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Army states that Morsi is out of job as of 7pm Cairo time

علمت "بوابة الأهرام"، أن المفاوضات التي سعت لها القيادة العامة للقوات المسلحة مع الدكتور محمد مرسي رئيس الجمهورية لإقناعه بإعلان تنحيه باءت بالفشل. وأوضح مصدر رئاسي أن فشل التشاور جاء رغم مطالبة القيادة العامة للقوات المسلحة الرئيس مرسي بإعلان تنحيه مقابل تأمينه والحيلولة دون مساءلته قانونيا.

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Ahram Gate says Morsi no longer president of Egypt as of 7pm Egypt time http://t.co/NC9xyKUzwZ (site is crashing, can't link)— שחררו את פלסטין (@SultanAlQassemi) July 3, 2013

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Coup or Revolution?

The interwebs are on fire with discussions that all circle around that word of the week in Egypt: Legitimacy.

The revolution naysayers and President Morsi himself point at the legitimacy of an elected leader and the fundamentally anti-democratic nature of SCAFs ultimatum.

Beneath all of this is the fact that the Egyptian people came to the streets in what has been called the largest protest gathering in human history. Does this validate the SCAFs actions or has it just provided them with the cover needed to regain power? The SCAFs actions in the coming hours, weeks and months will reveal the answer to this question.

Do you want to know who toppled Morsi? It was not the military. It was this: pic.twitter.com/BBHEUa1Icc— The Big Pharaoh (@TheBigPharaoh) July 3, 2013

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heard that the military helicopters that were flying above protestors on 30th of June are the takers of these photos. So they were securing themselves to take the decision?
Its for sure people's movement and will BUT it matched something the military wanted I think!

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there is an interesting note in the conversation thread under the original tweet: "Amani Mahgoub ‏@Amani207 2h
@Raleigh1960 @MimiMadeira1 Google earth calculated protesters in all governorates to be around 30 million person, yet they call it coup!!" That tweet at: https://twitter.com/Amani207/status/352569687101550592 - will start another report on that link.

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nonetheless, the crowdsizes and time stamps of the photo and the video do reinforce that this image is accurrate

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However, that video has a strong watermark (AMAY) that is not visible in the twit pic

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In a comment thread under that tweet, I read that the photo was taken from this video from AMAY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxhcDzoCe9g

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Wow... RT @IvanCNN: Egyptian soldiers praying on the Jemaa bridge across the nile River at sunset in Cairo. pic.twitter.com/Y7ID8KsrmQ— Nervana Mahmoud (@Nervana_1) July 3, 2013

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A sight RT @_amroali: In #Cairo, army spreads over Cairo University Bridge (via Tamer Shawki) pic.twitter.com/iqJqxH1LTd” #Egypt— Bassem Sabry باسم (@Bassem_Sabry) July 3, 2013

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Army deploying around Cairo

Armoured car retreating, a bit. "Go back!" Islamist chant. pic.twitter.com/GiEBFtQbuS— Kareem Fahim (@kfahim) July 3, 2013

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Can we find any pictures proving this?

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Free Syrian Army strikes Hezbollah positions in Lebanon

Reports are emerging that the Free Syrian Army has retaliated against Hezbollah, attacking artillery positions in the Hermel region of Lebanon. The retaliation comes after days of successive Hezbollah shelling of the FSA in Syria.

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Lebanese media: Lebanon's military denies FSA claims of cross-border attacks

Al Mayadeen has quoted unnamed Lebanese military sources denying FSA claims of a cross-border attack on Hermel.

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Disputed border clashes: Hermel borders Syrian district of al-Qusayr

Lebanese newspaper "Daily Star" reports that Hermel has been the scene of several clashes between Hezbollah and FSA in recent days, with casualties on both sides.

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Local sources seemingly deny attacks - Al Jazeera reporter on Twitter

A journalist at Al Jazeera English, Basma Atassi, tweets taht the info she has suggests Al-Arabiyya's reporting is wide of the mark.

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Media reports strikes - analysts suggest attacks on Lebanese soil risky move for FSA

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Here's a link to Arabiyya English tweeting on the news. They cite the FSA as original source. Curiously the Arabic Twitter feed has not reported this news. https://twitter.com/AlArabiya_Eng/status/304555894002286592

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Naharnet are a Lebanese publisher quoting al-Arabiyya. I'm looking for a clip of Arabiyya announcing this,. They have been widely quoted as reporting this news.

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