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Friday Digest: Twitter, H5N1, Turkey


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.

 

North Korea’s Kim Jong Il dies; South goes on high alert
Seoul put South Korean forces on high alert and Pyongyang urged an increase in its “military capability” as the death of North Korea’s enigmatic leader Kim Jong Il spurred fresh security concerns in the tense region. A tearful state TV broadcaster reported Kim’s death Monday. She said the 69-year-old leader died Saturday due to “overwork” while “dedicating his life to the people.” North Korea’s official…

Alwaleed Bin Talal Invests $300 Million In Twitter
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he and his investment company are investing a combined $300 million into the microblogging site Twitter. Alwaleed said Monday the joint investment with his Kingdom Holding Company represents an interest in investing “in promising, high-growth businesses with a global impact.” Twitter allows users to send short messages of up to 140 characters. It has been…

Egyptian troops charge protesters in pre-dawn raid
Egyptian troops and riot police raided Cairo’s Tahrir Square early on Tuesday in their latest attempt to evict protesters who want the ruling military to immediately step down, according to a field hospital doctor. It was the second pre-dawn raid in as many days on the city’s central square. It comes as Egypt’s ruling generals are coming under mounting criticism at home and abroad over the excessive use of force…

HK kills 17,000 chickens after H5N1 bird flu found
Hong Kong health authorities are slaughtering more than 17,000 chickens at a market after a chicken carcass there was found to be infected with bird flu. Officials in the southern Chinese city said Wednesday that the bird tested positive for the dangerous H5N1 strain of avian influenza. They have also banned live poultry imports for three weeks and are trying to determine whether the infected chicken was imported…

Turkey Recalls Ambassador to France
Turkey’s prime minister says his country is recalling its ambassador to France and halting official contact in retaliation for a vote in the French Parliament making it a crime to deny the WWI-era mass killings of Armenians was a genocide. Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said Thursday that Ankara was halting military cooperation between the two countries by suspending joint maneuvers and restricting French military flights…

France recommends removal of risky breast implants
Tens of thousands of women with risky, French-made breast implants should have them removed at the state’s expense, France’s health minister recommended Friday, in an unprecedented move that could have implications across Europe and South America. Xavier Bertrand said the mass removals were “preventive” and not urgent, and French health officials said analyses so far have found no link between the…




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