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Friday Digest: Gilad Shalit, Gaddafi, F. Hollande


This is our new Friday Digest! Every Friday, this weekly news round-up gives us the occasion to share with you news from various topics: politics to arts, entertainment, media, science, sports, fun and less fun news…

This digest is a list of news published this week on the Internet (Friday to Friday), selected by the Sama Team, and it is by no means exhaustive. If you want to suggest a news to be added in the next Friday Digest, contact us.

 

Centenarian completes marathon, sets record
Fauja Singh finished dead last at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday. But even though it took him eight hours, he had every reason to beam. By completing the 26.2 mile course, Singh — nicknamed the Turbaned Tornado — became the oldest undisputed runner to finish a marathon. He is 100. Singh, born in rural India in 1911, did not start running marathons until he was 89, after he moved…

Hollande Wins Runoff to Become Socialist Candidate for French Presidency
More than six months before the French presidential election, the main candidates appear to be set, with François Hollande, 57, winning a runoff election on Sunday to become the Socialist Party’s presidential candidate. With about 2.2 million of 2.7 million votes counted, Mr. Hollande, a lawyer and career politician, was ahead of the party leader, Martine Aubry, by about 56 percent to 44 percent in their…

Another day, another sex scandal: Now DSK is dragged into underage prostitute racket
Only 24 hours after escaping  sexual assault charges in France, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been implicated in an investigation into underage prostitution. The former head of the International Monetary Fund is among politicians and business leaders allegedly named in a ‘black book’ of clients at a luxury hotel which was said to double as a brothel. A judicial Inquiry into prostitution…

Gilad Shalit freed in Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has arrived back in Israel following his release from five years’ captivity, as part of a prisoner exchange deal. Sgt Shalit was first taken from Gaza to Egypt, where he was released to Israeli officials and later crossed the border. Meanwhile the first of 477 Palestinians to be released on Tuesday have arrived in Gaza amid rapturous scenes. Another 550 jailed Palestinian are to be freed…

Gaddafi nearly captured on Wednesday
Libyan commandos fighting Muammar Gaddafi came close to capturing the toppled leader on Wednesday when they raided a private home in Tripoli where he appeared to have been hiding, Paris Match magazine said on Thursday. Citing a source in a unit which it said was coordinating among intelligence services from Arab states and Libyan rebels, the French weekly said on its website that these services…




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