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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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The list goes from oldest to newest news.  See you on Sunday, for our weekly Twitter Sunday!

The Web Means the End of Forgetting
Four years ago, Stacy Snyder, then a 25-year-old teacher in training at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster, Pa., posted a photo on her MySpace page that showed her at a party wearing a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup, with the caption “Drunken Pirate.” After discovering the page, her supervisor at the high school told her the photo was “unprofessional,” and the dean of Millersville University School of…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/25/magazine/25privacy-t2.html

Sudan summons UNICEF representative to protest JEM pact
The Sudanese foreign ministry today summoned the deputy representative of UNICEF in Sudan and conveyed to him its “strong worded” rejection to a recent deal it signed with the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) recently related to child soldiers. The agreement sealed this week allows the UN to access to JEM bases to check that children are not being recruited as soldiers. The UN said children found in military areas or in…
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article35755

Tesla Electric Cars: Revved Up, but Far to Go
EARLY last year, Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors, strode into a giant hangar outside Los Angeles, in fitted jeans, leather boots and a designer jacket. With electronic dance music blaring, he whipped a black cover off a shiny silver car: a prototype of the Model S, an all-electric sedan…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/25/business/25elon.html

WikiLeaks Bombshell on Afghan War Boosted by ‘NYT,’ Hit By White House
Despite advance claims of secret documents coming soon, it still felt like this bombshell arrived almost out of nowhere Sunday afternoon:  WikiLeaks not only released more than  90,000 docs related to the U.S. and the war in Afghanistan, but The New York TImes played it for all it was worth (as it turns out, quite a lot).  In fact, the Times,  The Guardiian in London  and Der Spiegel had been studying the documents and preparing for this…
http://www.thenation.com/blog/37935/special-wikileaks-bombshell-
afghan-war-highlighted-nyt-hit-white-house

Lutherans Offer Warm Welcome to Gay Pastors
With a laying on of hands, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Sunday welcomed into its fold seven openly gay pastors who had until recently been barred from the church’s ministry. The ceremony at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco was the first of several planned since the denomination took a watershed vote at its convention last year to allow noncelibate gay ministers in committed relationships to serve the…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/us/26lutheran.html

Egyptian president unhappy over Bashir’s remarks on Halayeb: official
The Egyptian president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak skipped the summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan states (CENSAD) held in Chad this week to avoid meeting his Sudanese counterpart, said an Egyptian presidential source. Mubarak’s absence from the CENSAD summit and the African Union (AU) summit in Kampala prompted questions on his health status…
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article35760

UK accused over Congo mineral sanctions
Global Witness takes UK government to court for failing to list UK companies trading Congo conflict minerals for UN sanctions. The British government is acting unlawfully in refusing to put forward eligible UK companies and individuals trading in Congolese ‘conflict minerals’ for targeted UN sanctions, said campaign group Global Witness today in an application to the High Court for a judicial review…
http://uk.oneworld.net/article/view/165650/1/5795

U.S. Military Strike On Iran Likely, Ex-CIA Chief Says
A former CIA director says military action against Iran now seems more likely because no matter what the U.S. does diplomatically, Tehran keeps pushing ahead with its suspected nuclear program. Michael Hayden, a CIA chief under President George W. Bush, says that during his tenure a strike was “way down the list” of options. But he tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that such action now “seems inexorable.”…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/25/us-iran-military-strike
-likely_n_658522.html

Sudanese refugees find fame in Japan, raise money for education in Africa
Sudanese refugee Josephine Poni Daniel can be as shy as any other 16-year-old when discussing unfamiliar subjects. But ask about her first love, music, and her face brightens and she becomes vivacious and outspoken. “Music is fun; when I write lyrics or sing the music I feel good and forget my troubles,” says Josephine, lead singer for The Golden Blue Girls, one of three winners of a music contest that’s raising money and…
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/UNHCR/e60093126473
a0de6806fcbe0c6fe19b.htm

BP to set aside $32.2bn to cover oil spill costs
BP says it has set aside $32.2bn (£20.8bn) to cover the costs linked to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said the charge gave it a loss of $17bn for the three months between April and June – a UK record. BP also confirmed that chief executive Tony Hayward would leave his post by mutual agreement in October…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-10770252

How a “solar suitcase” is saving women’s lives in Nigeria
When obstetrician Laura Stachel arrived in rural Nigeria to collect data about maternal care, she was shocked to discover that women were dying in childbirth because clinics had no reliable power supply. After taking a course on solar electricity, she created what she calls the “solar suitcase” – which is now proving a life-saver in one of the hospitals she visited…
http://www.alertnet.org/db/blogs/43224/2009/05/2-182125-1.htm

Hungary Sued in Holocaust Art Claim
For more than two decades the heirs of a world-renowned Jewish collector have been petitioning the Hungarian government to return more than $100 million worth of art, most of which has been hanging in Hungarian museums, where it was left for safekeeping during World War II or placed after being stolen by the Nazis and later returned to Hungary…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/arts/design/28lawsuit.html

At 93, Louvre Pyramid architect I.M. Pei is still going strong
It’s 27 years since award-winning architect I.M. Pei began work on his glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris. But while the Pritzker Prize Laureate is recently retired, he considers his involvement in the pyramid to be ongoing and suggests there may yet be feathers to add to his cap…
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/07/28/im.pei.paris/index.html




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