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Friday Digest: Russia, Eurozone, Congo…


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.

 

Putin’s party barely hangs onto its majority
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party saw its majority in Russia’s parliament weaken sharply, according to preliminary election results released Monday, a humiliating setback for the man who has steadily tightened his grip on the nation for nearly 12 years. Some opposition politicians and election monitors said even a result of around 50 percent for Putin’s United Russia party was inflated because of vote fraud…

Xbox upgrades aim to be ‘future of TV’
An update rolling out Tuesday for the Xbox Live network aims to do what Microsoft has been teasing for a while — turn a platform designed primarily for video games into one that will be the major hub for all television viewing. Microsoft promises the update, which it calls “the future of TV,” can “transform every Xbox 360 into an all-in-one device to enjoy your entertainment.” “The update is another huge step…

Kepler 22-b: Earth-like planet confirmed
Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an Earth-like planet in the “habitable zone” around a star not unlike our own. The planet, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light-years away and is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, and has a temperature of about 22C. It is the closest confirmed planet yet to one like ours – an “Earth 2.0”. However, the team does not yet know if Kepler 22-b is made mostly of rock, gas or liquid…

Eurozone leaders reach new deal without backing of Britain
A majority of European leaders agreed early Friday on a new deal to try to resolve the continent’s debt crisis, but some countries including Britain refused to back a broader treaty change. The 17 members of the eurozone, which share the embattled single currency, reached a deal for a new intergovernmental treaty to deepen the integration of national budgets. Six other EU nations supported the deal…

Kabila Named Winner of DRC Presidential Election
Incumbent Joseph Kabila has been named the winner of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election. VOA’s West Africa correspondent Scott Stearns reports that official results released Friday showed Mr. Kabila winning last week’s election with 48 percent of the vote. Veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi was second with 32 percent. The results were released three days later than originally planned…




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