Zuma resigns… on Valentine’s Day
By France 24
15 February 2018 | 4:52 am
This went to air shortly before Jacob Zuma resigned - we take a look at the press and social media exasperation at "The Long Goodbye".
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Nine months after the military coup in Myanmar, this team of investigators works together with Myanmar citizens, witnesses and journalists, who can anonymously submit photos and videos online.Myanmar Witness then verifies and archives these online claims, which can be used as potential evidence in future human rights proceedings.We tell you more on this segment of Truth or Fake.
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