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Toll of the polls.

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On 7 March, Iraq went to the polls for the country's second parliamentary election since the invasion in 2003. Full results aren't expected for weeks yet, although unofficial early reports suggest a close race between the major coalitions -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law alliance, the Iraqiya coalition and the Iraqi National Alliance.

There were more than twice as many security personnel this time around as there were watching over the 2005 poll. But this year's election was still the more deadly of the two.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.