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Friday Digest: Solar storms, London, Japan


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.

 

Solar storms to hit Earth, power companies prepare: NOAA
Three large explosions from the Sun over the past few days have prompted U.S. government scientists to caution users of satellite, telecommunications and electric equipment to prepare for possible disruptions over the next few days. “The magnetic storm that is soon to develop probably will be in the moderate to strong level,” said Joseph Kunches, a space weather scientist at the Space Weather…

Police respond to isolated cases of unrest in north London
British authorities responded to isolated cases of unrest early Sunday, hours after demonstrators in north London burned police cars and set a bus and buildings ablaze to protest the death of a local man. At least eight officers wounded in the protests were hospitalized, including one with a head injury, police said. There were pockets of unrest in the Tottenham area early Sunday, police said…

China’s Premier Seeks Reforms and Relevance
China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao, stood amid funerary wreaths in Wenzhou, near where a high-speed train accident claimed 40 lives late last month, and pledged an “open and transparent” government inquiry into the disaster. “The key,” he said, “is whether the people can get the truth.” The next day, censors silenced the news media’s dogged reporting on railway negligence and corruption…

Japan Tsunami Caused Icebergs To Form In Antarctica
If a tsunami hits Japan, could Antarctica be affected? For the first time, scientists seem to have linked a catastrophic event over a hemisphere away with the creation of icebergs from the coast of Antarctica. According to NASA, Kelly Brunt, a cryosphere specialist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and her colleagues, were able to relate the two occurrences directly…

Hope and horror at world’s largest refugee camp
Humphry Musyoka, a doctor at the world’s largest refugee camp, knows well how quickly dehydration can ravage the body of a child. A young girl who seems OK one minute can turn on a dime. But Musyoka, who works at the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya, says he has no time to think about loss. “More are still coming, so we have to do something about that,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper…

Artist Ai Weiwei back on Twitter, defiantly attacking China over jailed friends
Ai Weiwei is back, and he’s not taking any prisoners. His Twitter missives, however, which began Monday night after a lengthy hiatus, may land the controversial contemporary artist back in a Chinese prison. In one tweet, he directly accused the government of illegally detaining innocent people who had connections to him. Ai, who was released from prison in June after a three-month stint…

Protests Force Israel to Confront Wealth Gap
They are mainstays of the society pages and glossy magazines. Some are praised for the hospital wings they have built, others are gossiped about for their quirks. But these days, the handful of wealthy families who dominate the Israeli economy are assuming a new role: one of the chief targets of the tent-city protesters who have shaken Israel in the past month. The “tycoons,” as they are known…




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