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Massacre in Syria, Earthquake in Italy, SpaceX docks

By Olivia Ma

Director, Google News Initiative

Everyday on the CitizenTube channel (and @CitizenTube on Twitter), along with our curation partners @storyful, we look at how the top news stories are covered on YouTube. Each week we post a weekly recap of the top news stories of the week, as seen through the lens of both citizen-reported footage and professional news coverage.


  • We were horrified to see footage of a massacre in a village called Houla near Homs, Syria.  At least 32 children were killed.  (Warning: extremely graphic footage) 
  • We were shocked as Italy endured both a strong earthquake and a bomb blast outside a school in a two-day period.
  • We viewed SpaceX successfully launch the first commercial supply flight to the International Space Station.
  • We witnessed a protest march in Montreal that began with people banging pots and pans end with police arresting 400 students.
  • We followed the presidential candidates on the US campaign trail as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney kept up strong attacks on one another with biting new TV ads.
  • We marveled at a rare solar eclipse in Asia and parts of the western United States that turned the sun into a 'ring-of-fire'.
  • We saw the U.S. State Department. and Amnesty International release their respective 2011 Human Rights reports.
  • We observed hundreds of anti-NATO protesters march through the streets of Chicago ahead of the opening of the NATO summit there.
  • We said goodbye to a music legend as Robin Gibb, member of the Bee Gees, passed away aged 62.
  • We saw celebrations in London and elsewhere as Chelsea Football Club took home the coveted Champion's League trophy.

Come back to watch the news unfold on YouTube.