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Friday Digest: Qaddafi, Oscars, John Galliano, TED, iPad…


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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Obama announces Libya sanctions
Jeremy Bowen, invited to Tripoli by Libyan authorities, says the revolt is spreading. The US has announced sanctions against the Libyan government, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the body’s Security Council to take “decisive action” over the Libya crisis. US President Barack Obama signed an executive order blocking property and transactions related to the country. Transactions involving assets of Muammar Gaddafi…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12585949

US scientists examine possible link between dolphin deaths and BP oil spill
Scientists are looking for a possible link between a surge in deaths among baby dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico and the BP oil spill. So far this year, 29 newborn dolphins have washed up on the northern shores of the Gulf of Mexico, far higher than seen in typical years. US government scientists said it was too early to conclude that there is a link with the explosion at BP’s well last April, which dumped 4.9m barrels of oil…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/25/gulf-of-mexico-dolphin-deaths

U.N. Votes to Impose Sanctions on Qaddafi
The U.N. Security Council moved as a powerful bloc Saturday to try to halt Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s deadly crackdown on protesters, slapping sanctions on him, his children and top associates. Voting 15-0 after daylong discussions interrupted with breaks to consult with capitals back home, the council imposed an arms embargo and urged U.N. member countries to freeze the assets of Gadhafi, four of his sons and a daughter…
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/02/26/world/africa/AP-Libya-Diplomacy.html

‘King’s Speech’ rules at the 83rd Oscars
The story of a king overcoming a speech impediment to lead his people through World War II took top honors at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. “The King’s Speech” won the best picture, best actor, best director and best original screenplay Oscars at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre Sunday night. The saga of how a college student created Facebook, which is now credited helping citizens overthrow their leader in the Mideast, lost out on…
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/27/academy.awards/index.html

X-Rays and Unshielded Infants
It was well after midnight when Dr. Salvatore J. A. Sclafani finally hit the “send” button. Soon, colleagues would awake to his e-mail, expressing his anguish and shame over the discovery that the tiniest, most vulnerable of all patients — premature babies — had been over-radiated in the department he ran at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. A day earlier, Dr. Sclafani noticed that a newborn…
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/health/28radiation.html

The top 10 tweets on Academy Awards night
As much competition as there is at the Academy Awards, Oscar night on Twitter is far more cacophonous. Social network traffic soars during the Oscars, as viewers compare notes on the broadcast. The Academy Awards might be “movie’s biggest night,” but it’s also social media’s. Multitasking co-host James Franco tweeted from backstage. Mark Ruffalo, nominated for best supporting actor in “The Kids Are All Right,” even tweeted his…
http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/97647fa212f54cf6bf9b2e98ee19fa57/Article_2011-02-28-Oscars%20Top%20Tweets/id-80192137d51f4e0a801cc7f2b86c895e

Well-Oiled Security Apparatus in China Stifles Calls for Change
The call to action shot across mobile phones and Internet chat sites, urging people to converge on 13 Chinese cities to demand an end to corruption, inflation and the strictures of authoritarian rule. “The Chinese people do not have the patience to wait any longer,” said one message. The anonymous organizers got a sizable turnout — but in China, most of those who poured into squares and shopping centers were police officers…
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/world/asia/01china.html

John Galliano Fired By Dior
Designer John Galliano is set to be fired by Christian Dior, Women’s Wear Daily reports. Dior’s president and CEO told the fashion newspaper, “I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior.” Last week, a couple called the police at a Parisian cafe after the designer was said to have made anti…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/01/galliano-fired-dior_n_829629.html

Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter Account Hacked At TED
Ashton Kutcher is one of the most popular users on Twitter, now with 6.3 million followers. Only five accounts have more followers, but Kutcher’s account was hacked today at TED, RWW reported this evening. The hack appears to have taken place over a local network at TED by someone nearby Kutcher. RWW noted it was “particularly humorous,” but also embarrassing for Twitter, and speculated it could hurt the social network…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/02/ashton-kutcher-twitter-hacked_n_830619.html

Ivorian women fatally shot at rally
Security forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, Cote d’Ivoire’s disputed president, have shot dead at least six women at a demonstration in support of his rival, Alassane Ouattara. Thursday’s shooting took place after several hundred women gathered in the Abobo neighbourhood of Abidjan, the country’s commercial capital, shouting “Gbagbo, get out!” and “Alassane for president”, a resident told the AFP news agency. Mohamed Dosso, an assistant…
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/03/201133135346891629.html

In Colombia, New Gold Rush Fuels Old Conflict
Officers pored over intelligence reports describing the movements of two warlords with private armies. Then the helicopters lifted off at dawn, carrying an elite squad armed with assault rifles to the newest front in this country’s long war: gold mines. Seizing on the decade-long surge in gold prices, combatants from multiple sides of the conflict are shifting into gold mining, among them leftist guerrillas from the Revolutionary…
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/04/world/americas/04colombia.html

Apple refunds $100 to recent buyers of old iPad
Apple will give $100 back to shoppers who bought a first-generation iPad at one of its retail stores or through its online store in the past two weeks. This Apple policy kicks in when the company permanently reduces the price for one of its products. Apple unveiled a new version of its tablet computer, the iPad 2, on Wednesday. At the same time, it cut prices for old iPads by $100. Apple Inc. says retail customers need to present the original…
http://hosted2.ap.org/APDefault/f168093f9a814015b5d643bdfacd8014/Article_2011-03-03-Apple%20iPad%20Refund/id-6b63800e0c6a4c85bd1ca2bc4489b2bf

COTE D’IVOIRE: Paul, “People burn tyres with the bodies to defuse the smell”
When people in parts of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, see smoke these days, they don’t know if just tyres are burning, or tyres and bodies, resident Paul* told IRIN. Paul lives in Abobo, a district thousands of people have fled in recent days because of heavy fighting between forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo and armed groups backing Alassane Ouattara. “When we see smoke, we figure residents are probably taking…
http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92092




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