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Friday Digest: Blond hair, Stem cells, Korea, Sarkozy…


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!

 

Karzai meets Nato to discuss Afghanistan exit strategy
Leaders of Nato’s 28 nations have begun discussions with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the future of the alliance’s military campaign in Afghanistan. The talks in Lisbon focus on pulling combat troops out by the end of 2014. Nato’s secretary general said the goal was “Afghan leadership” but Nato had a “continuing commitment” to the country. On Friday, the military alliance agreed to develop a joint missile…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11802121

South Africa Fears Millions More H.I.V. Infections
South Africa, already home to 5.7 million H.I.V.-positive people, more than any other nation, can expect an additional five million to become infected during the next two decades even if the nation more than doubles its already considerable financing for treatment and prevention and gives prevention a higher priority, according to a report presented here Friday to the country’s leading advisory body on AIDS policy…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/world/africa/20safrica.html

Patients face eviction after Suu Kyi visit
Burma’s government ordered more than 80 people at a shelter for patients with HIV and Aids to leave after a visit by newly-freed democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the centre’s organisers said today. Suu Kyi, released a week ago from seven years under house arrest, visited the shelter on the outskirts of Rangoon on Wednesday, promising to provide it with badly needed medicines. She also addressed a crowd…
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/patients-face-eviction
-after-suu-kyi-visit-2139347.html

Peacekeepers ‘brought cholera to Haiti’
Allegations that UN peacekeepers are the source of Haiti’s cholera epidemic are being formally investigated by the organisation. Despite weeks of denials by the UN and the World Health Organisation (WHO), there seems little doubt now that the deadly bacterium, which has left thousands of people sick or dead, was brought into the country by infected troops from Nepal, where the disease has broken out…
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/peacekeepers-brought
-cholera-to-haiti-2139739.html

Why the salt miners of Uganda’s lakes are dying for a deal on climate change
Didas Yuryahewa, bent double and waist-deep in water, holds his breath as he struggles to gouge out another shovel of stinking black mud. The air is thick with the bad-egg stench of hydrogen sulphide mixed with ammonia. The equatorial sun beats down on his naked back, leaving a salty sheen. In the good times, Yuryahewa – and hundreds of other salt miners at Lake Katwe in western Uganda – can make a reasonable living…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/21/climate-change-
uganda-salt-miners

Pope’s condom comments welcomed by campaign groups
Catholic reformers and groups working to combat HIV have welcomed remarks by Pope Benedict that the use of condoms might not always be wrong. The Pope said their use might be justified on a case by case basis to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids. The remarks, due to be published in a book next week, mark a softening of his previously hard line against condoms in the battle against HIV, analysts say…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11804943

iPad ‘newspaper’ created by Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch, head of the media giant News Corp, and Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple, are preparing to unveil a new digital “newspaper” called the Daily at the end of this month, according to reports in the US media. The collaboration, which has been secretly under development in New York for several months, promises to be the world’s first “newspaper” designed exclusively for new tablet-style computers…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/nov/21/ipad-newspaper-steve-
jobs-rupert-murdoch

‘Harry Potter’ Has $330 Million Debut Weekend
The seventh Harry Potter movie opened to a jaw-dropping $330 million in global ticket sales over the weekend, underscoring the magical powers of the Warner Brothers marketing and distribution departments. That brawny total easily made “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” No. 1 in North America, where the boy wizard generated an estimated $125.1 million. It was the second biggest domestic opening…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/22/business/media/22potter.html

For Russia’s Poor, Blond Hair Is Snippet of Gold
The road into town is a potholed track, passing villages of log cabins and fallow fields that speak to the poverty that has gripped this part of central Russia for as long as anyone can remember. But on a lane where geese waddle through muddy puddles, a brick building holds crate upon crate of this region’s one precious harvestable commodity: human hair, much of it naturally blond. For the global beauty industry…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/22/business/global/22blond.html

Stem cells could help blind patients to see within six weeks
Blind patients suffering from a type of eye disease that strikes in childhood will become the second group of people in the world to receive stem cells derived from spare IVF embryos left over from fertility treatment. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the go-ahead for the controversial transplant of embryonic stem cells into the eyes of patients with Stargardt’s macular degeneration…
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/stem-cells-could-help-blind-patients
-to-see-within-six-weeks-2140301.html

JFK’s Secret Service agents reflect on loss of a president
After mostly avoiding the spotlight for decades, many of the former U.S. Secret Service agents who were assigned to protect President John F. Kennedy are now offering their accounts of the day he was assassinated, 47 years ago Monday. After the first shot hit the president, former agent Clint Hill says, “I saw him grab at his throat and lean to his left. So I jumped and ran.” Hill is the man seen running…
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/11/22/jfk.anniversary.agents/index.html

Euro and shares rise after Irish rescue deal
European shares and the euro have both risen slightly in value, as markets gave a muted welcome to the bail-out for the Irish Republic. It comes as Dublin is set to begin the formal process of applying for up to 90bn euros (£77bn; $124bn) of European Union-led loans agreed on Sunday. The UK’s FTSE 100 was up 0.5%, while Germany’s Dax had added 0.6%, and the euro had strengthened to $1.376…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11808577

N. Korea fires on S. Korea, killing 2 and injuring more than a dozen
North Korea fired artillery toward its tense western sea border with South Korea on Tuesday, killing two South Korean marines, the South’s Defense Ministry said. Fifteen other South Korean soldiers were wounded, five of them seriously, defense officials said. Three civilians were injured in the attack. At least 200 rounds of artillery hit an inhabited South Korean island in the Yellow Sea after the North started firing…
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/11/23/nkorea.skorea.military.fire
/index.html

Apple says no to Yes Men’s fake iPhone site
One thing Apple doesn’t seem to suffer well: imitators, even those with do-gooder intentions, and especially those with a bone to pick about Apple buying minerals from countries that use those funds for wars. On Nov. 16, the same day that Apple released the Beatles on iTunes, the Yes Men — practical jokers with a streak of cyber-activism who target “leaders and big corporations” who they say…
http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/11/22/5509098-apple-says-no-to
-yes-mens-fake-iphone-site

Aung San Suu Kyi and son Kim reunited after 10 years
The younger son of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met his mother for the first time in a decade. Aung San Suu Kyi greeted Kim Aris at Rangoon airport as he arrived. Mr Aris had travelled to Thailand before his mother was freed on 13 November and waited to be granted a visa to Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi has been kept in detention for much of the past 21 years by the ruling generals…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11817685

Journalists Say Sarkozy Called Them ‘Pedophiles’
Apparently enraged by allegations of scandal that he has dismissed as “ridiculous” and “grotesque,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy exploded during an off-the-record briefing last week, calling the reporters present “pedophiles,” the French magazine L’Express reported on Monday. Mr. Sarkozy reportedly lost his temper on Friday when asked about allegations that he used illegal kickbacks from arms sales to Pakistan…
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/journalists-say-sarkozy-called-them
-pedophiles/

New Zealand mine: ‘No survivors’ after second blast
All 29 miners trapped in a New Zealand coal pit since Friday are believed to be dead after a second explosion. Police Supt Gary Knowles said there was no hope that anyone could have survived the “massive” underground blast at the Pike River mine on South Island. Prime Minister John Key said the loss of life was a national tragedy. There had been no contact with the men – 24 New Zealanders, two Australians, two Britons…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11662533




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