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In 2007, two Reuters employees — photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh — were killed by a U.S. helicopter strike in Baghdad. The U.S. military issued an official statement claiming that the attack occurred after security forces came under fire from men accompanying the reporters, and that the rules of engagement were followed in returning fire. Reuters was skeptical of these claims and sought footage of the incident from the camera mounted in the Apache helicopter involved in the attack. The Pentagon refused the request. Now WikiLeaks claims to have secured it from whistleblowers and posted it here. If the footage is genuine, the Pentagon should reconcile its claims with the action captured on tape:
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On the eve of Independence Day in Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko delivered a speech in Belarusian instead of Russian for the first time in 20 years, disproving rumors that he can no longer speak the language.
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