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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PAKISTAN: Sectarianism infects hospital wards
Religious, political and ethnic divisions have claimed hundreds of lives in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, but also influence the chances of survival for the injured. A doctor in the emergency ward of Civil Hospital Karachi, one of the city’s largest public hospitals, told IRIN: “After a terrorism incident, we are under intense pressure…
Egypt arrests 55 Sudanese migrants en route to Israel
Egyptian authorities arrested on Sunday 55 Sudanese migrants, including women and children, making their way to the Israeli border along Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, security sources said. Officials discovered the group, comprising 40 men, nine women, and six children, when the truck they were hiding in was stopped at a checkpoint at dawn…
Disfiguring disease on the rise in Afghanistan
In Kabul, a city of less than two million people, some 270,000 Afghans are living with a disfiguring disease called cutaneous leishmaniasis. With nearly one million cases occurring worldwide each year, and numbers continuing to rise, the World Health Organization (WHO) is racing to find ways of providing treatment and reducing infection…
Why Cholera in Haiti, Why Now?
Haiti is currently facing its first cholera outbreak in a hundred years. It’s not a surprise, exactly. It was something public health experts have been afraid of since the earthquake. But after nine months, we were starting to hope maybe it wouldn’t happen. According to the BBC, 196 people have now died, and 2,634 have been hospitalized as the result…
Sony retires the cassette Walkman after 30 years
After retiring the floppy disk in March, Sony has halted the manufacture and distribution of another now-obsolete technology: the cassette Walkman, the first low-cost, portable music player. The final batch was shipped to Japanese retailers in April, according to IT Media. Once these units are sold, new cassette Walkmans will no longer be available through…
Chile Miners Honored by President in Capital
They autographed soccer jerseys, received medals and posed with the Phoenix 2 rescue capsule like celebrities. They even battled the government in a friendly soccer match. The victory tour for “los 33,” the 33 miners trapped deep underground for 69 days, continued Monday with a whirlwind visit to Santiago, Chile’s capital city, where they were greeted by…
France could pass pension reform Tuesday; strikes continue
With controversial pension reform measures nearing a vote Tuesday, the country’s finance minister says she doesn’t expect ongoing strikes to cause a significant blow to France’s growth forecast for this year. “There are no winners and no losers in this affair. What is important is to take responsibility, to realize that the economy needs to keep going…
Argentina’s former president dies after heart attack
Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, the president’s husband and predecessor, died Wednesday, his doctor said. The political leader suffered heart attacks in the city of Calafate, where the couple was staying, Argentine TV reported. Kirchner was a likely candidate in next year’s presidential elections as well as being the head of a union of…
Is Sony making a PlayStation phone?
The fabled PlayStation Phone has finally surfaced, and it is definitely packing Google’s Android OS. A few months ago, rumors surfaced about the existence of a PlayStation Phone, a hybrid mobile and gaming device with a 5-megapixel camera, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, slide-out gaming pad and the Android Gingerbread OS. While those reports contained…
We must act decisively to save our world
This week, I have had the opportunity to meet with ministers and country delegates from around the world who have gathered in Nagoya, Japan, to set a global conservation action plan for the next ten years. This is a critical moment in time for environmental ministers gathered here to work together to set bold, ambitious targets to protect nature…
North Korea troops ‘fire into South Korea’
North Korean troops have fired across the border into South Korean territory, reports say. The shooting occurred in Hwacheon, some 90km (56 miles) north-east of the South’s capital, Seoul, according to reports from South Korea’s YTN TV. Yonhap news agency said two shots were aimed at a South Korean military unit. The Reuters news agency quoted a…