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  1. Misleading images used to highlight Ethiopia hunger

    Peter Mwai

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    Old and unrelated images are being shared online in an attempt to highlight food supply shortages in parts of Ethiopia's Amhara region.

    The images are being used to call for aid to people in the Wollo area of the Amhara region.

    It’s been affected by fighting between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front rebels, who crossed in to Amhara from the north, and regional and federal government forces.

    Some online users are portraying the area as more deserving of aid than areas in Tigray.

    However some of the images are from different times or places, and unrelated to the current situation.

    One image in a widely-shared tweet is from Mogadishu, Somalia and was taken a decade ago, while another is actually from Tigray.

    A screengrab of the tweet

    Another example we saw is also from more than a decade ago and from the Somali speaking region of Ethiopia, not from the Amhara region.

    A screengrab of the tweet

    The UN has said that the food supply situation in the Amhara region has been affected by fighting.

    According to UN report on 2 September, there’s an estimated 1.7 million people facing food insecurity in both the Amhara and Afar regions, but they also say 5.2 million are in need in Tigray.

  2. Is the PM keeping pledge on people forced to sell homes for care?

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    Woman in a care home

    At prime minister’s questions, Boris Johnson was asked by the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, whether his previous guarantee that “no one who needs care has to sell their home to pay for it” still stood.

    Mr Johnson did not confirm whether it did. The pledge was in the Conservatives’ 2019 manifesto.

    When the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, was asked about on the BBC’s Today programme he said: "We will also make sure that everyone is able to access what's called the deferred payment agreement... which means no one will ever have to sell their house in their life time."

    We’ve looked at the pledge, how the language has changed and whether it can be met under the new plans.

    You can read what we found here.

  3. Were top Taliban commanders released under Trump's deal?

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    Joe Biden said in his televised speech on Tuesday that Donald Trump's deal with the Taliban had authorised “the release of 5,000 prisoners last year, including some of the Taliban’s top war commanders, among those who just took control of Afghanistan".

    It is true that the Trump administration reached a deal last year with the Taliban to release 5,000 Taliban members in exchange for 1,000 prisoners from the Afghan security forces.

    This swap was finally completed in September 2020, when more than 400 Taliban prisoners who had committed “major crimes" according to the Afghan government, were eventually given their freedom following pressure from the United States.

    So were there Taliban “top war commanders” among those released?

    Afghan government officials certainly believe there were and have told the Americans of their concerns.

    Reported to have been among them was Mawlavi Talib, a senior Taliban commander who oversaw the attack on the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah.

    It’s also important to note that other Taliban commanders were released long before the Trump administration’s agreement.

    For example, several senior Taliban members were released from Guantanamo Bay during the Obama administration in 2014 as part of a prisoner exchange.