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BBC, REUTERS (UK), AL JAZEERA (Qatar), CNN (US)

Protestors enraged by an anti-Islam film have stormed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, following similar rounds of violence in Libya and Egypt that had left four American diplomats dead in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

The BBC reported Thursday morning that protesters have stormed the embassy's security blockade in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, setting vehicles ablaze and gaining access to the building, even as security officials opened fire.

There is nothing more worthy of disdain than bandwagon outrage. Sigh. bbc.in/OrOyuh#Libya#Yemen

— mollifluous (@mollifluous) September 13, 2012

By midday, reporters on the ground in Sana'a said the violent protesters had been pushed back off embassy property.

CNN is reporting that riot police are also clashing with demonstrators outside the US Embassy in Cairo, with protesters throwing Molotov cocktails.

Violence erupted Tuesday night in Cairo and Benghazi, where US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other staff members were killed after an attack on the American embassy.

The heightened tensions in the Muslim world have been prompted by a trailer of an American produced film that allegedly blasphemes Islam's founding prophet, Muhammad.

US officials have confirmed 50 members of the Marine Corps and two warships have been dispatched to the Libyan coast to enforce the security of embassy workers, reports Al Jazeera.

President Barack Obama spoke of the attacks on Wednesday: "No act of violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America.

"We are the one indispensable power in the world," he said.

Reuters last night reported that US officials were examining whether the attack on American diplomats in Benghazi was premeditated.

Reuters cited an official as saying that the incident "bears the hallmarks of an organized attack," linking two Islamist militant factions - Ansar al Sharia and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb - as possibly being involved.

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New Probe Finds Pro-Bolsonaro Fake News Dominated Social Media Through Campaign

Ahead of Brazil's national elections Sunday, the most interacted-with posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and WhatsApp contradict trustworthy information about the public’s voting intentions.

Jair Bolsonaro bogus claims perform well online

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Laura Scofield and Matheus Santino

SÂO PAULO — If you only got your news from social media, you might be mistaken for thinking that Jair Bolsonaro is leading the polls for Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections, which will take place this Sunday. Such a view flies in the face of what most of the polling institutes registered with the Superior Electoral Court indicate.

An exclusive investigation by the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Agência Pública has revealed how the most interacted-with and shared posts in Brazil on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp share data and polls that suggest victory is certain for the incumbent Bolsonaro, as well as propagating conspiracy theories based on false allegations that research institutes carrying out polling have been bribed by Bolsonaro’s main rival, former president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, or by his party, the Workers’ Party.

Agência Pública’s reporters analyzed the most-shared posts containing the phrase “pesquisa eleitoral” [electoral polls] in the period between the official start of the campaigning period, on August 16, to September 6. The analysis revealed that the most interacted-with and shared posts on social media spread false information or predicted victory for Jair Bolsonaro.

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