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Friday Digest: South Sudan, Murdoch, Karzai


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.

 

It’s official: South Sudan a new country
South Sudan took a seat at the world’s table early Saturday as citizens of the new country took to the streets to celebrate. Cars rolled through the capital of Juba. Occupants waved flags and honked horns to celebrate sovereignty recognized Friday by Sudan. “The Republic of the Sudan announces its acknowledgement of the establishment of the Republic of South Sudan as a sovereign state within the 1956…

Ahmed Wali Karzai, Afghan President’s Brother, Assassinated
President Hamid Karzai’s half brother, the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan and a lightning rod for criticism of corruption in the government, was assassinated Tuesday by a close associate. His death leaves a dangerous power vacuum in the south just as the government has begun peace talks with insurgents ahead of a U.S. withdrawal. Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of the Kandahar provincial council…

Egypt Purges Mubarak-Era Police Officers
Egypt’s transitional military government announced the early retirement of more than 600 senior police officers on Wednesday. It was an effort to mollify thousands of protesters at a six-day-old protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square who have been demanding swifter justice for those complicit in wrongdoing under President Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in February. The Interior Ministry said 18 police generals…

Phone hacking: Murdoch goes on defensive over ‘total lies’ by MPs
Rupert Murdoch has mounted a robust defence of New Corporation’s management of the phone-hacking scandal, insisting the company has handled the crisis “extremely well in every possible way”, making only “minor mistakes”. As the FBI launched an investigation into allegations that News of the World journalists also tried to hack into the phones of victims of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Murdoch told…

Indonesian maid escapes execution in Saudi Arabia
Just three weeks ago, Darsem binti Dawud Tawar was facing execution by beheading in Saudi Arabia for murder, which she claims was an act of self-defense. Now, finally back home in Indonesia, she is a free woman — after supporters paid more than $500,000 in “blood money.” Holding her young son tightly, as she faced the glare of the media, Darsem was reunited with her family on Wednesday at the…

Sudan Strikes Could Be War Crimes, Report Says
An unpublished report from the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Sudan gives details of violence that has erupted in an important border state, including widespread aerial bombardments that kill civilians, executions, possible mass graves and attacks on churches. The report emerged as the newly minted Republic of South Sudan, which officially seceded from the northern part of the country…

Jailed MDC activists denied access to medical treatment
This was revealed today by defence lawyer, Jeremiah Bamu at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts where the eight, including 16 other MDC activists who are out on bail appeared for their routine remand hearing. The 24 MDC activists are facing trumped up charges of murdering a police officer at Glen View 3 Shopping Centre in May. The police officer was killed by unknown revellers at a night club. Bamu said…

Microsoft Accidentally Reveals Secret Social Project “Tulalip”
Is Microsoft working on launching a social networking service to compete with Facebook and Google Plus? Writers for Fusible, who were the first to report it, seem to think so after a team from Microsoft accidentally published the splash page shown below to the doman name Socl.com. Members of the Google+ network were among those to take notice. The project, entitled Tulalip, advertised…




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