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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.

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Iran prepares to release film-maker from Evin prison
The Iranian Government has indicated that it is preparing to release Jafar Panahi, the award-winning film-maker who has been jailed in Tehran since early March. Last week, Iran’ss Islamic Revolutionary Court announced that it had instructed the Tehran prosecutor general to re-examine Panahi’ss case. “Legal procedures of [Panahi’ss] case have been almost completed and there is much hope that he will be released soon,” said…

Mugabe police arrest gay rights workers in Zimbabwe
Police have arrested two members of a gay organisation after they posted a letter in their office from Willie Lewis Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco, criticising the Zimbabwean president’s opposition to homosexuality, their lawyer said today. Ellen Chadehama, 34, and Ingatius Mhambi, 38, are employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe organisation. They were arrested on allegations under Zimbabwe’s…

The End of 24, and Hopefully the Idea that Torture Works
Picture it: the clock’s ticking, and someone you think is a terrorist is sitting right in front of you, tied to a chair. You think this person has necessary information that will stop a bomb from exploding on a subway train, so you pick up a knife, and hold it to their eyeball. You tell them that if they don’t give you all the information they have, you’ll press the blade right into their cornea. Sound familiar? It might, if you’re a fan of the…

U2’s 2010 North American Tour OFF
U2’s debut gig at Britain’s iconic Glastonbury festival has been canceled because of lead singer Bono’s back injury. Concert promoters Live Nation said Tuesday that the North American leg of U2’s tour will be postponed until 2011. Festival organizers said Bono called founder Michael Eavis to tell him. In a statement on Glastonbury’s Web site, Eavis said it “was obvious from our telephone conversation that U2 are hugely…”

One-Hundred Unanswered Lost Questions
Or, if not 100, then a number close to that. Our main question is still just “Walt?!”

ZIMBABWE: Life is just not getting any better
The death of Zimbabwe’s secretary for agriculture, Renson Gasela, and two other senior officials from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in a car accident recently has highlighted the country’s inability to respond to accidents, emergencies or disasters. It took more than eight hours for the men to receive assistance after the accident because police in the nearby southeastern mining town of Zvishavane had no transport…

Taliban Slay Elders Over Aid Money
In many of the hamlets of eastern Afghanistan, the elders have become used to late-night knocks at the door and masked Taliban gunmen demanding money, but this year was different. When the men came, the elders refused to pay. The Taliban response in the impoverished Dwa Manda district of Khost Province was swift and brutal. They kidnapped 15 elders from villages that refused to turn over money they had received from…

Google Pac-Man eats up work time
The Pac-Man game Google put on its home page gobbled up almost five million hours of work time, suggests a study. The playable version of the classic video game was put on Google’s front page on 21 May to celebrate 30 years since the launch of Pac-Man in Japan. The search giant reworked the game so the layout was arranged around letters forming its name. The Pac-Man game proved so popular that Google has now made it…

Concern over human cost overshadows iPad launch
The American electronics giant Apple was investigating damaging allegations last night that Chinese workers making its new iPad device were subjected to such “inhumane” treatment that some of them took their own lives by jumping off factory roofs. Documents seen by The Independent reveal there are widespread failures by Apple’s suppliers to respect standards on labour rights and safety specified by the company…

American-Born Citizen Wrongfully Detained for Looking Mexican
“Because of the way I look, I have Mexican features, they pretty much assumed that my papers were fake,” Eduardo Caraballo commented after spending the weekend in jail, detained by federal immigration authorities in Chicago. Caraballo was born an American citizen in Puerto Rico and moved to the mainland United States at eight months old. Last week, he was arrested in connection with a car robbery (he denies involvement and…

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