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Thousands Fleeing Fighting in Deir Ezzor Arrive at Camp North of Raqqa2m44s

Thousands Fleeing Fighting in Deir Ezzor Arrive at Camp North of Raqqa

Thousands of civilians fleeing fighting in Deir Ezzor arrived at a camp for displaced people in Ein Issa, located north of Raqqa in Syria, in mid-September. This footage from the anti-government SMART News Agency was shared on September 22. A press release from the Syrian Democratic Forces said over 12,000 people were in the camp as of September 20, up from 7,500 at the end of August, according to the UNHCR. The Syrian Democratic Forces, which are backed by the US, are fighting Islamic State forces in Deir Ezzor from the east while the Syrian regime and its allies approach the city from the west. On September 16, SDF claimed that Russian airstrikes hit one of their positions east of the city. The Islamic State said that a SDF coalition airstrike killed civilians in a town south of Deir Ezzor on September 14. Credit: YouTube/SMART News Agency via Storyful

Howard Students Chant 'No Justice, No Peace' During James Comey Speech55s

Howard Students Chant 'No Justice, No Peace' During James Comey Speech

Howard University students held signs and chanted “no justice, no peace” during ex-FBI director James Comey’s speech at the historically black university’s convocation event in the Cramton Auditorium in Washington, D.C., on September 22. A student activist group based at Howard, HU Resist, protested against Comey for his views on police and his handling of Ferguson, “saying”: https://twitter.com/HUResist/status/911256533417132032 he is “a white man trying to silence and overshadow the voices of Black people.” The group also protested the university’s administration, saying that “[Howard]chooses to stand for police violence and anti-Blackness before their students today.” Credit: Twitter/Abigail Hall via Storyful

Howard Student Protesters Blocked from Entering for Comey's Speech37s

Howard Student Protesters Blocked from Entering for Comey's Speech

A group of protesters disrupted former FBI Director James Comey’s speech during Howard University’s convocation ceremony on Friday, September 22. Another 100 or so students weren’t able to gain entry to the event and protested outside. The group HUResist organized the protest. “We will not let the voice and opinions of white supremacy live on this campus,” the group tweeted before the protest. The group also said Comey created the term Ferguson Effect, a theory that scrutiny of the police makes them less effective, “to victim blame Black people and the Black Lives Matter movement.” “We deserve to be safe, respected, and heard,” the group tweeted. “(Howard University) chooses to stand for police violence and anti-Blackness before their students today.” Some students also started a counter chant of “let him speak” during the protest. Outside, the students who could not gain entry to the auditorium started their own protest, which included reciting the names of those killed by police. This video shows the scene outside the auditorium. Credit: Twitter/Mike Brooks via Storyful

Holiday Rep Shares Video of Hurricane Maria's Impact on Dominican Republic3m32s

Holiday Rep Shares Video of Hurricane Maria's Impact on Dominican Republic

Fabien Stalheuer, a vlogger and holiday rep who lives in the Dominican Republic, shared videos of the strong winds and heavy rain brought by Hurricane Maria, and of the aftermath of the storm, to his YouTube page on September 20. The downgraded Category 3 storm was approaching the Turks and Caicos islands on Thursday night. Credit: Fabsen Vlogs via Storyful

Barzani Makes Final Push for Kurdish Independence Ahead of Referendum1m00s

Barzani Makes Final Push for Kurdish Independence Ahead of Referendum

Iraqi-Kurdistan’s President Masoud Barzani made his final push for a yes vote in next week’s independence referendum at a 40,000-strong rally in Erbil on Friday, September 22. The rally concludes weeks of campaigning amid growing regional pressure to call off the vote on Monday. Footage by the Kurdish news outlet Rudaw show the huge crowd filling the stands and pitch at the Franso Hariris Stadium. Credit: Facebook/Rudaw via Storyful

Syrian Democratic Forces Control East-West Route in Raqqa as Islamic State Loses Ground3m49s

Syrian Democratic Forces Control East-West Route in Raqqa as Islamic State Loses Ground

This video is said to show a spokeswoman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) driving reporters from the western part of Raqqa to the east on September 22, as the areas of the city under Islamic State (IS) control tightened. The spokeswoman describes moving east past Panorama Park towards President Square, which she says she hopes will be renamed in the future. Inside a building, she shows what describes as a sniper lookout location and says SDF troops have completely surrounded the National Hospital. A local news outlet said SDF forces had still not gained control of the National Hospital in Raqqa on September 22 because there were still IS snipers inside. The same local news outlet reported widespread surrender of IS forces to SDF on September 22 and said IS did not hold Friday prayer services both because of the intensity of SDF bombing and because IS preachers had left the city. The SDF tweeted a map of the territory remaining in central Raqqa where fighting with IS forces continued. Credit: YouTube/ANHA via Storyful

Drone Pilot Shows Extreme Skill During Train Side Flight4m04s

Drone Pilot Shows Extreme Skill During Train Side Flight

Drone racing pilot Paul decided to put his skills to the test against oncoming trains in Reno, Nevada, with a trip to the railway track. Flying the lengths of the railway line and managing to perch on the roof of the train, Paul’s drone flying skills capture the beauty of Nevada from a unique perspective. Credit: NURK FPV via Storyful

Dad Helps French Bulldog Taste Test Dog Food7m01s

Dad Helps French Bulldog Taste Test Dog Food

When it comes to dog food, there are so many different varieties of brands to choose from and it can get a little confusing. David Freiheit decided to take it upon himself to see which food is superior. Freiheit added, “I have noticed a major change in the pet food market, specifically as it relates to the quality of the foods we are now feeding our dogs and cats. Being a natural creator and explorer, I wondered if my dog would have any preference among the finest selection of dog foods, so we did a taste test. And of course, I would not leave myself out.” Credit: David Freiheit via Storyful

Video Shows Family Owned Business Destroyed by Hurricane Maria in St Croix4m18s

Video Shows Family Owned Business Destroyed by Hurricane Maria in St Croix

Shaher Saker’s family- owned business was destroyed by Hurricane Maria after it made landfall in St Croix, US Virgin Islands, on September 20. This video shows the damage caused by the hurricane. Shaher told Storyful, “We were not covered by our insurance … we have lost everything.” Credit: Shaher Saker via Storyful

Man Protects Reputation of Bull Terriers With Rap54s

Man Protects Reputation of Bull Terriers With Rap

This thoughtful guy gave us a little piece of his mind regarding the sometimes-negative reputation Staffordshire Bull Terrier receive when it comes to their perceived aggression. Owner Adem, alongside Ziggy the dog, created this rap to change the public opinion. Adem has set up a fundraiser where he will be trying to raise money for a rescue center for these dogs. Credit: Ziggy Trixx via Storyful

‘White Allies Only’ Rally in St Louis Protests Acquittal of Officer who Shot Black Man48s

‘White Allies Only’ Rally in St Louis Protests Acquittal of Officer who Shot Black Man

“A White Allies Only” march was held near the Busch Stadium, St Louis, where Billy Joel was playing, on September 21, to protest the acquittal of a white police officer who had shot dead a black man in 2011. Protests began on September 15, after a judge ruled former St Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley was not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Credit: Twitter/Search4Swag via Storyful

Talented Waiter Wows Diners With His Amazing Echoing Skills38s

Talented Waiter Wows Diners With His Amazing Echoing Skills

While holidaying in Maderia, Portugal, Wouter decided to get some drinks in a local restaurant – little did he know the surprise that was in store. Afonso the waiter brought more to the table than drinks. The talented waiter managed to wow the crowd with his impressive ability to create echo sounds using only his voice. Credit: Wouter van der Put via Storyful

'White Silence Is Violence' Protest Held Near Billy Joel Concert in St Louis40s

'White Silence Is Violence' Protest Held Near Billy Joel Concert in St Louis

Hundreds of mostly white protesters gathered near the Busch Stadium, St Louis, where Billy Joel was playing, on September 21, to protest the acquittal of a white police officer who had shot and killed a black man in 2011. Protests began on September 15, after a judge ruled former St Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley was not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Credit: Twitter/Buka Meri via Storyful

Diver Captures Amazing Swim With King Penguins2m03s

Diver Captures Amazing Swim With King Penguins

Ever wonder what it’s like to swim with penguins? This footage, filmed by Gavin off Macquarie Island – the UNESCO Heritage Site halfway between Antartica and New Zealand – captures what it’s like to dive with king penguins. Speaking about the dive with Storyful, Gavin said: “I decided to use a modified golf ball retriever that had a GoPro attached to the end. I was able to extend the GoPro into the water and captured these inquisitive King Penguins that were swimming around.” Credit: Gavin Klee via Storyful

Students Occupy University of Barcelona to Demand Independence Vote46s

Students Occupy University of Barcelona to Demand Independence Vote

Students occupied the University of Barcelona on Friday, September 22, in another grand display of support for the referendum on Catalan independence planned for the start of next month. The central government in Madrid has blocked the vote and chartered three ferries in the ports of Barcelona and Tarragona to house additional police dispatched to the region. Each of the ferries has a capacity of over 6,500 passengers. Large numbers of supporters of Catalan independence have protested repeatedly over the last week as political tensions between the regional government and Madrid came to a head with raids on administrative offices and arrests of officials. Credit: Twitter/Jordi Sancho via Storyful

Students Occupy University of Barcelona in Catalan Independence Vote Standoff1m20s

Students Occupy University of Barcelona in Catalan Independence Vote Standoff

Students occupied the University of Barcelona on Friday, September 22, in another grand display of support for the referendum on Catalan independence planned for the start of next month. The central government in Madrid has blocked the vote and chartered three ferries in the ports of Barcelona and Tarragona to house additional police dispatched to the region. Each of the ferries has a capacity of over 6,500 passengers. Large number of supporters of Catalan independence have protested repeatedly over the last week as political tensions between the regional government and Madrid came to a head with raids on administrative offices and arrests of officials. Credit: Twitter/JoanMunoz12 via Storyful

Wind Lashes Dominican Republic as Hurricane Maria Passes Through13s

Wind Lashes Dominican Republic as Hurricane Maria Passes Through

Wind and rain pummeled the Dominican Republic on September 21 as Hurricane Maria passed over the island’s north coast, leaving more than 100,000 residents on the island country without power The downgraded Category 3 storm was moving toward the Turks and Caicos Islands on September 22. Credit: Twitter/Marco Pereira via Storyful

This Might Be Why Women Live Longer Than Men1m23s

This Might Be Why Women Live Longer Than Men

From performing outrageous backflips to a room full of fresh graduates to hugging lions and falling headfirst onto a packed dining table, these men put their lives on the line in the name of entertainment. Credit: Various via Storyful

Devious Cat Pushes Tomcat Off Balcony1m27s

Devious Cat Pushes Tomcat Off Balcony

A playful tomcat fell from a balcony when pushed by another devious little cat. Yaro, the black and white cat, was hiding behind a mat when play-fighting with a smaller grey cat. Suddenly, Yaro was flung from the balcony and went flying into the trees below. Thankfully he was not hurt and walked away as if nothing had happened. Credit: Yaro Na Klaro via Storyful

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Published: September 21, 2017Updated: September 22, 2017
Highly Venomous Red-Bellied Black Snake Captured in Office1m39s

Highly Venomous Red-Bellied Black Snake Captured in Office

This business owner was lucky enough to be able to call on a set of hands that can deal with such a dangerous reptile; the red-bellied black snake. This footage of capturing the snake was recorded in Donnybrook, Queensland, Australia in September. There is a Facebook page where additional information can be found. Credit: Snake Catcher Moreton Bay via Storyful

How to Scare Your Parents... With Four Simple Words!1m23s

How to Scare Your Parents... With Four Simple Words!

Children are professionals at getting under their parents’ skin and it can be accomplished with these timeless statements. With four simple words, you can scare the pants off your parents, with extra points going if you frighten them over the phone. Just please don’t give them a heart attack! Credit: Various via Storyful

French Labour Reform Protests Kick Off in Final Push Against Law Changes31s

French Labour Reform Protests Kick Off in Final Push Against Law Changes

A new wave of protests against France’s President Emmanuel Macron kicked off across France on Thursday, September 21, days before Macron’s signature labor reforms are due to be signed into law by executive order. Last week, at least 200,000 protesters came out across the country against the overhaul of laws that will give employers more power to negotiate pay and employment conditions, while reducing the cost of sacking staff. Thursday’s protests were called by France’s largest trade union, CGT, with the support of the smaller Solidaires union. However, French trade unions are split over the reforms, with both the CFDT and the FO withholding their support for the protests for a second week. Footage by a student activist in Clermont-Ferrand, in the Auvergne region, shows protesters marching with a banner calling for Macron’s resignation. Macron caused a media storm when he described opponents as “faineants,” or slackers, in an address given in Athens earlier this month. Credit: Twitter/Barberis Matthieu via Storyful

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Published: September 21, 2017Updated: September 22, 2017
Explosion Disrupts Jewish New Year Celebrations in Ukraine53s

Explosion Disrupts Jewish New Year Celebrations in Ukraine

As Hasidic Jews converged on the central Ukrainian town of Uman to mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, an explosion in a garage near the main celebrations lightly injured two Israeli pilgrims. Police are investigating the cause of the explosion as a criminal case, according to the Kyiv Post. Thousands of pilgrims make their way to Uman each year to pray at the grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful