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Venezuelan prisoners brutally beaten, and a toxic lake that catches fire by itself

A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris.

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Story 1: Venezuela

Amateur video has been secretly filmed in a prison near the Venezuelan capital Caracas showing prisoners being beaten. Detainees smuggled it out to their families, who managed to post the clip to Facebook. A warning - some people may find these scenes disturbing.

Story 2: India

Imagine a lake that's so toxic it's covered in foam and catches fire entirely by itself. If you don't believe that's possible, take a listen to our Observer from the southern Indian city of Bangalore.

Story 3: Russia

Is Russia waging a holy war in Syria? Some internet users believe so. They've posted photos that they say back up their claims. But are Russian troops really brandishing crosses on their tanks? The short answer: no. Watch as we debunk another internet hoax.

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