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Friday Digest: Israel, Syria, Mubarak, Sea ice


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.

 

Thailand: Investigate Murder of Environmentalist
The Thai government should urgently and thoroughly investigate the murder on July 28, 2011, of Thongnak Sawekchinda, a prominent environmental activist in Samut Sakhon province, Human Rights Watch said today. More than 20 environmentalists and human rights defenders have been killed in Thailand since 2001, and few of those responsible have been held to account. A gunman riding pillion on a motorcycle…

Israel ‘ready to negotiate borders with Palestinians’
The offer, which emerged tonight appeared to represent a major climb-down by Mr Netanyahu, who has consistently refused to discuss specific borders of a future state. A government official in Jerusalem told The Daily Telegraph the offer was dependent on the Palestinians dropping their campaign for statehood at the United Nations next month and accepting Israel as a Jewish state….

Syrian troops killed nearly 100 people in 2 days
After killing nearly 100 people in two days, Syrian troops tightened their siege on the city of Hama Tuesday by taking up positions near homes and sending residents fleeing for their lives. The escalated crackdown on anti-government protests has already brought an international outcry and new European Union sanctions on members of President Bashar Assad’s regime. On Tuesday, Italy recalled…

Mubarak wheeled into Cairo courtroom for his trial
An ailing Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into a Cairo courtroom in a stretcher Wednesday — the first Arab leader to face a judge since the uprisings started in the region this year. The former Egyptian president was placed in a black cage made of iron bars and mesh. He peeked between the bars — dressed in a white shirt — as the trial got under way. His two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were placed…

Brazil baby saved from being buried alive dies
A newborn girl was saved from being buried alive when she started crying at a funeral home, but she died Wednesday after being rushed back to a hospital, medical officials said. A 14-year-old mother who was seven months pregnant gave birth to the girl Tuesday at the Santa Casa de Misericordia hospital in the nearby city of Araxa, according to a police statement. It said the hospital…

Behind Spider-Man’s mask — a new, multi-racial face
In the Ultimate Universe of Marvel Comics, Peter Parker — the original alter ego of Spider-Man — is dead, and his replacement is a half-African-American, half-Latino teenager named Miles Morales. Wednesday, a new book — Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 — debuts, and the world will get to see the new web-slinging super hero. The book will be a glimpse into the Ultimate Comics universe after…

4 Reasons We Should Be Worried About July’s Near Record-Breaking Sea Ice Melt
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)  just released figures for July’s arctic sea ice averages. The bad news: Last month’s average arctic sea ice extent is the second-greatest loss of summer sea ice since satellite tracking began in 1979. Arctic sea ice extent basically measures how far sea ice stretches over the Earth’s surface. It includes any satellite data cell with a surface…




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