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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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Burned girl a symbol of Roma hate and hope
Natalka Kudrikova is a bright-eyed, three-year-old girl recovering from the severe burns she suffered when far-right extremists threw a Molotov cocktail into her home. Her family and authorities say she was targeted because they are Roma, or gypsies. Natalka lost 80 percent of her skin, two fingers (a third was later amputated) and…
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/06/25/roma.
prejudice/index.html

Iran begins loading Bushehr nuclear reactor
Iran has begun loading fuel up its first nuclear power station in a ceremony attended by Russian officials. Russia will operate the Bushehr plant in southern Iran, supplying its nuclear fuel and taking away the nuclear waste. Iran has been subject to four rounds of UN sanctions because of its separate, uranium enrichment…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11045537

Goldman Sachs Leverages Into the Nuclear Energy Business
A major player in the global financial crisis is putting stock in another business with a history of meltdowns—nuclear power. Goldman Sachs, a big beneficiary of President Barack Obama’s Wall Street bailout, recieved an undisclosed amount of uranium when it took over London-based commodities-trading outfit…
http://www.takepart.com/news/2010/08/20/goldman-sachs-
leverages-into-the-nuclear-energy-business

Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan
South Sudan should prepare to deal with a humanitarian crisis regardless of the outcome of an independence referendum set for January, a government official warned on Thursday. The south’s minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, James Kok Ruea, said that foreign aid agencies and the United Nations…
http://www.africaninterest.com/africa/humanitarian-crisis-in-
south-sudan/

WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Sweden With Rape
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose whistle-blowing website caused uproar last month with a leak of secret U.S. military files on Afghanistan, has been charged in Sweden with rape and molestation, the National Prosecutor’s Office said on Saturday. Assange was quoted by a Swedish daily as denying the allegations…
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/08/21/world/europe/
international-us-sweden-wikileaks.html

France begins Roma expulsion
The first 79 Roma who agreed to a so-called “voluntary return procedure” will be put on an afternoon flight to Bucharest, the first such expulsion since Sarkozy last month vowed action against Roma, Gipsy and traveller communities. France intends to fly 132 more to Timisoara, in western Romania, and Bucharest on Friday…
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/
7953528/France-begins-Roma-expulsion.html

Fate of Stolen Van Gogh Is Unclear
A Van Gogh painting worth an estimated $55 million (35.4 million pounds) was stolen from a Cairo museum on Saturday and after reporting it had been recovered, the state news agency quoted a minister as saying it was still missing. Citing Culture Minister Farouk Hosni, the MENA news agency reported that security had caught…
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/08/21/world/international-
uk-egypt-painting-vangogh.html

Chatroulette Taken Down. Get Ready For Chatroulette V.2
Chatroulette, the service that lets strangers meet over video, has been taken down. A message reads “The experiment #1 is over for now. Thanks for participating – Redesigned and updated version of the website will be launched tomorrow.” We’ve also heard, but haven’t confirmed, that Napster founder Shawn Fanning…
http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/22/chatroulette-taken-down-get-
ready-for-chatroulette-v-2/

LRA spreading reign of terror in south Sudan
When the dreadlocked gunmen burst out of the jungle at night firing AK-47 assault rifles, the men of the village took up bows and arrows to defend their families. But the brave defence was futile. The rebels from the Lord?s Resistance Army (LRA) simply shot the men and dragged off others into the forest to join their force…
http://1-news.net/lra-spreading-reign-of-terror-in-south-sudan-afp/

Rwanda calls on UN as row with Zim escalates
Rwanda has appealed for United Nations intervention in its simmering diplomatic row with Zimbabwe as the two countries tussle over the release of a fugitive believed to be one of the masterminds of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The Zimbabwean government has refused to extradite Proitas Mpiranya to the UN’s…
http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article
&id=33637:rwanda-calls-on-un-as-row-with-zim-escalates&catid=39&Itemid=30

Brad Pitt ‘willing to look at death penalty’ over BP oil spill
Brad Pitt says the death penalty would be appropriate for those to blame for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, an English newspaper reports. The actor made the extraordinary comments in a documentary film on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Pitt, 46, is asked about the people responsible for the oil rig explosion…
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/people/brad-pitt-willing-to-look-at-
death-penalty-over-bp-oil-spill-20100824-13ixs.html

Somali ‘MPs killed’ in hotel raid
Somali gunmen have stormed a hotel close to the presidential palace and killed several MPs on the second day of an Islamist offensive, witnesses say. The BBC’s Mohammed Olad Hassan in Mogadishu says the men were disguised as government soldiers. They approached the Muna hotel, opened fire on a guard, then one of them…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11068805

Toshiba developing no-glasses 3-D televisions
Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday it is developing technology for a 3-D television that won’t require special glasses. Company spokeswoman Yuko Sugahara confirmed such technology was in the works. But she declined to comment on a report in the Yomiuri newspaper that the Tokyo-based…
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100824/ap_en_ot/as_japan_toshiba3d_tv

Robots write your messages in light over Trafalgar Square
An upcoming collaboration between revered German automaker Audi and Swedish-German design firm Kram/Weisshaar turns London’s Trafalgar Square into an interactive message center. Called Outrace, the installation uses eight industrial robots from Audi’s production line to deliver messages sent from people…
http://www.coolhunting.com/tech/outrace.php

Taliban poison attack or mass hysteria? Chaos hits another Kabul girls’ school
When the order came to evacuate the Totia high school, hundreds of girls ran from their desks clutching handkerchiefs and their headscarves over their mouths. School bags were abandoned as some leapt out of the ground floor windows of their dilapidated two-storey school block rather than trying to push their way…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/25/taliban-poison-attack-
girls-school

Nepal celebrates first international gay parade
Hundreds of gays, lesbians, transvestites and their supporters danced through the Nepalese capital in the country’s first international gay parade. The participants, dressed in colourful clothes, thronged the main streets of Kathmandu, led by Sunil Pant, a member of Nepal’s parliament and the nation’s most…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11093064

Survivor tells of escape from Mexican massacre in which 72 were left dead
Gunmen massacred 72 kidnapped migrants at a remote ranch in northeastern Mexico after they refused to either pay a ransom for their release or take jobs as hitmen, according to a survivor. The navy mounted an operation to secure the ranch after the man approached a checkpoint seeking medical help for…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/25/mexico-massacre-central-
american-migrants

Google set to compete with Skype
Google on Wednesday moved into direct competition with Skype, the internet telephony service, as it unveiled a feature that will enable its Gmail users to call landlines and mobile phones from their e-mail inbox. The new feature broadens Google’s growing array of communication products and creates a potent rival to Skype…
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/BUSINESS/08/25/google.skype.compete.ft/
index.html

US and UN plan response to DR Congo mass rapes
The US said Wednesday it was “deeply concerned” about reports of mass rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo and would work with the local government and the UN to bring the perpetrators to justice. “The United States is deeply concerned by reports of the mass rape of women and children … by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda … and elements of the Mai Mai, community-based militia groups in eastern…
http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20100826-us-and-un-plan-response-dr-congo
-mass-rapes

Leaked Screenshot Shows a Cleaner, Simpler IE9
The new design for Microsoft’s next web browser is expected to be unveiled September 15th, but the company’s Russian press site may have inadvertently spilled the beans a bit early. A screenshot of what appears to be the new IE9 made a brief appearance on the site before being yanked down. It wasn’t taken offline fast…
http://www.webmonkey.com/2010/08/leaked-screenshot-shows-a-cleaner-
simpler-ie9/

DR Congo killings ‘may be genocide’ – UN draft report
A draft UN report says crimes by the Rwandan army and allied rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo could be classified as genocide. The report, seen by the BBC, details the investigation into the conflict in DR Congo from 1993 to 2003. It says ten of thousands of ethnic Hutus, including women, children and the elderly…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11105289

Carter wins release of American from North Korea
Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to arrive in the United States Friday with a U.S. citizen who was imprisoned in North Korea after entering it illegally in January, the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, said. The communist nation sentenced the American, Aijalon Mahli Gomes, to eight years of hard labor and…
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/08/27/north.korea.carter/
index.html

Wheat DNA Cracked By Scientists, 5 Times The Length Of Human Genetic Code
British scientists have decoded the genetic sequence of wheat – one of the world’s oldest and most important crops – a development they hope could help the global staple meet the challenges of climate change, disease and population growth. Wheat is grown across more of the world’s farmland than any other cereal…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/27/wheat-dna-cracked-by-scie_n_
696801.html




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