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Fact Checks

Photos of the Burj Khalifa have been doctored to include the Israeli flag
Two photos have been shared repeatedly in multiple posts on Facebook which purport to show Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, illuminated with the Israeli flag to celebrate a new peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The claim is false; the photos have been doctored to include an image of the Israeli flag.

Man assaulted at Portland Black Lives Matter protest did not die
Social media posts claim that a man assaulted during a Black Lives Matter protest in the US city of Portland died from his injuries. This is false; a man was beaten and injured in the Oregon city on August 16, 2020, but police confirmed that he is alive and the man spoke with local media after leaving the hospital.

No US post office advisory against mailing cash
A Facebook post shared tens of thousands of times claims the United States Postal Service advises customers “never to send cash in the mail,” and implies that voting by mail would also be unsafe. The claim about sending cash is partly false; a USPS spokesman said that the mailing of cash is not prohibited and can be insured, but using checks or money orders is safer because these methods are traceable.

This footage shows a protest against US President Donald Trump during his visit to the UK in 2018
A video of a protest in London has been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook alongside claims that the demonstration was organised in response to an August 2020 diplomatic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The claim is false; the footage in fact shows a protest in July 2018 against US President Donald Trump during his state visit to the UK.

The World Health Organization has not been kicked out of Tanzania
An article claiming that the Tanzanian government has kicked the World Health Organization (WHO) out of the country has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. The claim is false; there is no evidence of any such directive and a WHO representative in Tanzania confirmed that the office is still operational.

Misleading claim circulates online that drinking coffee with lime can relieve migraines
Multiple posts shared hundreds of times on Facebook claim that drinking black coffee mixed with lime juice can “reduce migraines”. The claim is misleading; health experts told AFP that while coffee may temporarily alleviate pain, combining it with lime could actually worsen headaches; Thailand’s Department of Health advised people suffering from headaches to consult a doctor instead of using home remedies.

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