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Friday Digest: 9/11 Memorial, iPhone 5, NASA


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.

 

Strauss-Kahn returns home to France
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has returned home to France for the first time since a New York hotel maid accused him of attempted rape, unleashing a scandal that dashed his chances for the French presidency. New York prosecutors later dropped their case against Strauss-Kahn, who had been chief of the International Monetary Fund, because of questions about the maid’s credibility. Strauss-Kahn had been…

U.N.: 750,000 people in Somalia face ‘imminent starvation’
A record 4 million people in Somalia need humanitarian aid and 750,000 people are in danger of “imminent starvation,” the United Nations said on Monday. Famine in the African nation has spread to the Bay region, which is now the sixth area in Somalia suffering from an acute shortage of food, according to the the U.N.’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network…

Rwandan living in France accused of genocide
Rwandan campaigners have filed a case against an exile living in the Paris region for crimes against humanity and genocide. They claim that 21 people now living in France are being investigated in connection with the 1994 massacres but say police are not moving fast enough. The Collectif des partis civils pour le Rwanda (CPCR), which works for civil cases to be brought against alleged genocide perpetrators…

iPhone 5 Preorders Begin In Germany For Deutsche Telekom Customers
Good news for a certain cross-section of German Apple hardware enthusiasts: the iPhone 5 is now available for preorder. German phone carrier Deutsche Telekom will immediately begin taking preorders from its customers for the iPhone 5, a DT spokesman told Bloomberg News. The report does not note whether or not this move to take reservations for the next-generation iPhone is approved by Apple, but…

Missing 9/11 memorial invitations leave families anxious, confused
Some families of 9/11 victims say they are confused, anxious and surprised as the 10th anniversary approaches because they have not received invitations to the Sunday ceremony opening the ground zero memorial. Gillian Joseph, who lost her husband Stephen in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, said she is thinking of canceling her plans to attend the memorial because the whole thing seems…

Three Men Hanged For Having Gay Sex In Iran: Reports
Three men were executed by hanging in Iran for “forbidden acts against religion,” according to AFP. Iran Human Rights explains that the state-run Iranian news agency ISNA reported that the men were put to death for acts against sharia, “based on the articles 108 and 110 of the Iranian Islamic penal code.” Articles 108 and 110 of the penal code are part of the chapter covering the punishment of sodomy, according…

Dead NASA Satellite Will Soon Fall To Earth
NASA says one of its dead satellites will soon fall to Earth but there’s very little chance that it will hit someone. The space agency doesn’t know when or where its 20-year-old satellite will drop. It will probably be in late September but could fall in October. And it could land anywhere south of Juneau, Alaska, and north of the tip of South America. NASA says there is only a 1 in 3,200 chance…

In Shift, Iran’s President Calls for End to Syrian Crackdown
For years, posters celebrating the decades-old alliance joining Syria and Iran festooned the streets and automobiles of the Syrian capital — the images of Presidents Bashar al-Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad embroidered with roses and daffodils. But that alliance is now strained, and on Thursday, President Ahmadinejad of Iran became the most recent, and perhaps the most unexpected, world leader…




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