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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Court Issues Warrant for Musharraf
An anti-terrorism court judge issued an arrest warrant Saturday for former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, state-run television reported. The warrant is the latest legal trouble to face the retired general, a one-time U.S. ally who left Pakistan for Britain in 2008 after being forced out of the presidency he secured in 1999 military coup…
Sudan governor expels French aid group from Darfur
Sudanese authorities said on Monday they had expelled French aid group Medecins du Monde from a state in the Darfur region, accusing it of spying on the government and helping rebels. U.N. sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Sudanese security officials raided the group’s compound and arrested staff in south Darfur’s capital Nyala on Thursday. “I announced today my decision to expel the group from the state,”…
Oscar Favorites: Who’s Ahead?
The top contenders for the 83rd Academy Awards, according to the latest votes on NYTimes.com and from The New York Times Facebook community…
Silvio Berlusconi: Sex charge trial to begin in April
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has been indicted to stand trial on charges of paying for sex with an under-age girl and abuse of power. Examining judge Cristina Di Censo said the process would start on 6 April, after prosecutors in Milan asked for an immediate trial. Mr Berlusconi denies paying for sex with Karima El Mahroug when she was 17. He also rejects claims that he abused his power by seeking her release when she…
Where has Mubarak stashed his millions?
Global efforts are intensifying to seize assets belonging to Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, following the revolution in the north African nation. The former Egyptian leader may now be residing in Sharm el-Sheikh following his flight last week from Cairo — but where is his fortune? What moves have been made to track down Mubarak’s assets? Switzerland’s government said Friday it had moved to freeze assets in the country’s…
Revealed: how energy firms spy on environmental activists
Three large energy companies have been carrying out covert intelligence-gathering operations on environmental activists, the Guardian can reveal. The energy giant E.ON, Britain’s second-biggest coal producer Scottish Resources Group and Scottish Power, one of the UK’s largest electricity-generators, have been paying for the services of a private security firm that has been secretly monitoring activists…
Aung San Suu Kyi threatened with ‘tragic end’ over stance on sanctions
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, and her party will “meet their tragic ends” if they keep up their opposition to an end to Western sanctions, state media has warned in a commentary. The threat follows a recent statement by Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) that argued that the punitive measures were helping to pressure the authorities and had not affected the economy of Burma, also known as Myanmar…
Apple Supplier Sustainability Report Shows 24.5% More Audits
Apple released its 2011 Progress Report for Apple Supplier Sustainability Monday, ahead of next week’s Apple shareholder meeting. The report offers several examples of Apple improving worker conditions, employer practices, material sourcing, and other changes in its supply chain, including a 24.5% increase in the number of independent audits on work sites in that chain. In 2009, Apple conducted 102 such audits, including 83…
World Bank: Food prices at “dangerous levels”
Global food prices have hit “dangerous levels” that could contribute to political instability, push millions of people into poverty and raise the cost of groceries, according to a new report from the World Bank. The bank released a report Tuesday that said global food prices have jumped 29 percent in the past year, and are just 3 percent below the all-time peak hit in 2008. Bank President Robert Zoellick said the rising prices…
Thousands attend funeral of man killed in Iranian protests
Thousands of people, many of them Iranian government supporters, turned up in Tehran on Wednesday for the funeral of a man killed in anti-government protests. The gathering near Tehran University comes amid tension in the nation following a crackdown on anti-government protests. Government officials said 26-year-old Saneh Jaleh was shot to death Monday by members of an outlawed group called the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran…
Made in China: World’s Harshest Water Shortage
China is running out of water. Fast. Which is troubling for a growing nation of 1.3 billion people. Lots of water-poor nations are out there, but today’s average Chinese exists on one-tenth the amount of water used by the average global citizen. Water shortages may be China’s number-one long-term problem; the World Bank warns of “catastrophic consequences for future generations.” Though giant rivers criss-cross China…
CBS News’ Lara Logan Assaulted During Egypt Protests
On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a “60 Minutes” story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy. In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded…
Riot police attack Bahrain protesters
The swelling protests against Bahrain’s rulers gained momentum Wednesday with huge crowds calling for a sweeping political overhaul and the kingdom’s stunned leaders appearing to shift tactics after attempts to crush the uprising stoked rage on the streets and sharp criticism from Western allies. The widening challenges to the Arab world’s political order — emboldened by the downfall of old-guard regimes in Tunisia and Egypt…
Secret Report Ordered by Obama Identified Potential Uprisings
President Obama ordered his advisers last August to produce a secret report on unrest in the Arab world, which concluded that without sweeping political changes, countries from Bahrain to Yemen were ripe for popular revolt, administration officials said Wednesday. Mr. Obama’s order, known as a Presidential Study Directive, identified likely flashpoints, most notably Egypt, and solicited proposals for how the administration could push…
Facebook revolution – bad for business?
Over the course of the last week Egyptian protestors have credited Facebook for helping them organize and over throw the government. Talking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Wael Ghonim said he’d like to meet Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg one day and thank him. Facebook has played down its role, saying it was, “their bravery and determination [of protesters] that mattered most.” The revolution that took place in Tunisia and then in Cairo…
EU seeks to unblock funding for South Sudan
Unblocking development aid to help South Sudan will provide the European Union’s development ministers with a conundrum at their informal meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (22 February). In the south of what is still Africa’s largest country, voters overwhelmingly backed independence from the north in a referendum last month. The split is expected to take place in July. But close to €300 million in development funding for the whole of Sudan…
Raucous supporters rally around Libyan leader after day of violence
Raucous pro-government demonstrators took to the streets of Libya’s capital overnight Thursday, state television reported, hours after at least seven were killed in clashes between security forces and those opposed to the North African nation’s longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.Images from state television, labeled as “live” at what would be early Friday morning, featured men chanting pro-Gadhafi slogans, waving flags and singing…