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Posts falsely claim photo shows Italian president arrested by US forces
A photo has been circulating on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit alongside claims it shows Italian President Sergio Mattarella being arrested by US forces. The claim is false; the photo actually shows former US ambassador to India Kenneth Juster with a security detail for the US secretary of the state in October 2020. Mattarella has not been arrested.
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Trump Left Biden a ‘Generous’ Note
Former President Donald Trump left a note for President Joe Biden, contrary to a popular claim online suggesting that he did not. Biden confirmed he received a letter, which he called “generous,” but did not disclose its contents.

“The president wrote a very generous letter,” Biden said when asked about the letter, after signing several executive orders in the Oval Office. “Because it was private I will not talk about it until I talk to him, but it was generous.”
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Viral Meme Strips Context from Lawmakers’ Quotes on Protests
A viral meme presents quotes from some Democratic lawmakers to misleadingly suggest they were advocating violence. They were supporting protests over various issues.

While it’s true that the lawmakers made the statements, the quotes are presented without any information about when they were made, the topics they addressed or the actions that followed.
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False claim that Covid-19 is not real misattributed to US professor
Social media posts and an online article claim a Cornell University professor said seven university labs are suing US health authorities for fraud after determining that Covid-19 does not exist. This is false; Covid-19 is a contagious disease that has killed more than two million people worldwide, Professor Robert Oswald described the comments attributed to him as a “fabrication,” and the universities identified by name said they are not involved in such a lawsuit.
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