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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.

 

Activists: 70 Killed in Syria in 1 Day
Syrian activists say a wave of violence has killed more than 70 people in Syria in one day. The activists say many of those killed on Monday are Syrian soldiers who came under attack by army defectors in the southern province of Daraa. And in the restive city of Homs, the city morgue has received 19 corpses, all of them with bullet wounds. President Bashar Assad’s regime has been trying to crush an uprising…

Occupy Wall Street: New York police begin clearing Zuccotti Park
Police wearing helmets and carrying riot shields have began to clear Zuccotti Park in New York City’s financial district, where protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement have been camped since September. The office of the New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, said the protesters should “temporarily leave” the park and remove their tents and tarpaulins. The protesters said hundreds of police…

Explosions, gunfire rock Syrian capital
Explosions and gunfire rocked the Syrian capital early Thursday, an opposition group said, hours after military defectors struck a government intelligence complex in a bold assault reflecting surging resolve. The blasts come as international leaders intensify their pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to end violence against protesters in the uprising the United Nations says has killed 3,500 people…

Facebook and the fight against spammers
The wave of pornographic and violent images that flooded Facebook over the past few days has drawn attention to a side of the social networking mega-site most of its users don’t think about: Facebook is a coveted prize for hackers. “It’s hard to put it into perspective as to how good a job they’re doing (at preventing spam), because they have a giant target on their back,” said Chester Wisniewski, a senior analyst…

Google Music Features: The 7 Coolest Things About The New Service
Google Music launched on Wednesday at a star-studded event in Los Angeles. The search giant announced that their socially integrated iTunes rival would include a full-blown music store within the Android Market, a music storage space, tools for music discovery and a platform for independent artists to distribute their music directly to their fans. So far, the Internet’s response to the new service has been…

Italy’s Monti to map debt strategy in Brussels
Premier Mario Monti says he’s going to Brussels next week to meet with the European Commission and the French and German leaders to map out his strategy for saving Italy from the debt crisis. Monti announced the trip during a speech Friday to Italy’s lower Parliament chamber ahead of a confidence vote for his new government. On Thursday, Monti’s government won a confidence vote 281-25 in the Senate…

Authorities reopen probe into Natalie Wood’s 1981 drowning death
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is reopening its investigation into the death of movie star Natalie Wood, who drowned in 1981 while boating off Catalina Island near the California coast, authorities said Thursday. Homicide investigators are taking a new look at one of Hollywood’s most enduring mysteries after they were contacted by people who claimed they had “additional information” about the drowning…

Rwandan Is Convicted in 1994 Killings
It was one of the most notorious cases in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In a normally sleepy lakeside town, more than 2,000 Tutsis driven from their homes accepted a local priest’s offer of refuge in his church. But it was a ruse, and after days of siege the building was bulldozed, killing them all. About 4,000 other Tutsis were slaughtered in Kivumu, one of the bloodiest killing fields in the campaign…




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