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Friday Digest: Ahmadinejad, Wyclef, Dirty stones…


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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The list goes from oldest to newest news.  See you on Sunday, for our weekly Twitter Sunday!

Sarkozy threatens immigrants who target police
President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that he wants to revoke the French citizenship of immigrants who put the lives of police officers in danger as part of a “national war” on delinquency. In a speech in Grenoble, the site of recent urban unrest, Sarkozy said that the current list of causes for revoking French nationality would be reevaluated and “rights and benefits” accorded to illegal immigrants would be reviewed…
http://hosted2.ap.org/apdefault/2e515285f07040df999bd6b670db791c
/Article_2010-07-30-EU-France-Revoking-Citizenship/id-65d5d0778f1349829eb2864e809854c2

U.N. extends Darfur peacekeeping mission
The United Nations Security Council has renewed the mandate of its mission in the Darfur region of Sudan for another 12 months. Council members made the decision Friday, a day before the current mandate was due to end. They demanded that the parties involved in the conflict immediately end the fighting as well as attacks on civilians, peacekeepers and humanitarian personnel…
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/07/31/un.sudan.mission/
index.html

Dutch troops end Afghanistan deployment
The Netherlands has ended its military involvement in Afghanistan, after four years in which its 1,950 troops have won praise for their effectiveness. Dutch military chief Gen Peter van Uhm said security had improved in Uruzgan province during the Dutch deployment. But he acknowledged that “a lot still has to happen” after the withdrawal…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10829837

Iranian woman facing stoning: ‘I’m afraid of dying’
In a room thousands of miles from her prison cell in northeastern Iran, the fear that has gripped Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani for years was clear and almost palpable. “The day I was given the stoning sentence, it was as if I fell into a deep hole and I lost consciousness,” said a human rights advocate, reading aloud from a letter attributed to Ashtiani. “Many nights, before sleeping, I think to myself how can anybody be…
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/07/30/iran.stoning/index.html

India welcomes Burmese general with open arms
India welcomed the head of Burma’s isolated military government yesterday, despite international criticism and extended aid to the regime for railroad and agriculture projects, as New Delhi competes to assert its influence in the region. India’s relationship with Burma, considered a pariah in some quarters for its suppression of democracy and human rights…
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-welcomes-burmese
-general-with-open-arms-2036920.html

Bing and Google in a Race for Search Features
Edwin Perello discovered that Bing, the Microsoft search engine, could find addresses in his rural Indiana town when Google could not. Laura Michelson, an administrative assistant in San Francisco, was lured by Bing’s flight fare tracker. Paul Callan, a photography buff in Chicago, fell for Bing’s vivid background images. Like most Americans, they still use Google as their main search tool. But more often, they find themselves…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/technology/02google.html

Robert F. Boyle, Film Designer for Hitchcock, Dies
Robert F. Boyle, the eminent Hollywood production designer who created some of the most memorable scenes and images in cinematic history — Cary Grant clinging to Mount Rushmore in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” the bird’s-eye view of the seagull attack in “The Birds,” the colorfully ramshackle shtetl for “Fiddler on the Roof” — died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 100…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/04/movies/04boyle.html

Ahmadinejad Assassination Attempt? Grenade Attack Reported Near Iran Leader’s Convoy
A handmade grenade exploded Wednesday near President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s convoy in western Iran, but the leader was not harmed, a conservative website reported. The website, khabaronline.ir, said the blast took place in Hamedan as Ahmadinejad was on his way to address a crowd. The president gave his speech as planned and it was broadcast live on state TV…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/04/ahmadinejad-assassination
_n_669956.html

Cross-dressing men flogged in Sudan for being ‘womanly’
A group of young Muslim men have been publicly flogged in Sudan after they were convicted of wearing women’s clothes and make-up. The court said the 19 men had broken Sudan’s strict public morality codes. Police arrested them at a party where they were found dancing “in a womanly fashion”, the judge said…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-10871494

Cancer Cells Gorge on Fructose to Grow and Spread
Just a spoonful of fructose makes the cancer cells divide… Doesn’t have quite the life-affirming ring to it, does it? A new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is challenging the idea that all sugars are processed equally, as producers of sugar subsitutes would like consumers to believe…
http://www.takepart.com/news/2010/08/04/cancer-cells-gorge-on-
fructose-to-grow-and-spread

Musician Wyclef Jean to run for Haiti president
Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean has said he will run for president of the earthquake-hit Caribbean country. The Fugees star will officially announce his candidacy on Larry King’s CNN show on Thursday, media reports say. Haiti is scheduled to elect a new leader on 28 November. The country was hit by a devastating earthquake in January which killed more than 250,000 people…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-10865575

Supermodel Campbell testifies about receiving ‘dirty-looking stones’
Supermodel Naomi Campbell took the stand Thursday in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and said she received a gift of “dirty-looking stones” that she assumed was from him. Campbell was handed the stones following a dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela in 1997. “When I was sleeping I had a knock on my door. I opened the door and two men were there. They gave me a pouch and said, “A gift for you.'”…
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/08/05/sierra.leone.
supermodel.testimony/index.html




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