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Friday Digest: W. Maathai, Fukushima, Libya


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.

 

80 people arrested at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest
About 80 people have been arrested as demonstrators who were camped out near the New York Stock Exchange marched through lower Manhattan. The “Occupy Wall Street” protest is entering its second week. Demonstrators said Saturday that they are protesting bank bailouts, the mortgage crisis and Georgia’s execution of Troy Davis. At Manhattan’s Union Square, police tried to corral the demonstrators using orange…

Geithner sounds alarm on Europe
U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner warned Saturday that the sovereign debt and banking crisis in Europe represents “the most serious risk now confronting the world economy.” In an official statement to the International Monetary Fund, Geithner also discussed the need to both support the U.S. economy in the short term and take steps to lower the nation’s long-term deficits. But his strongest comments were directed…

Saudi king grants voting rights to women
Saudi King Abdullah announced Sunday that the nation’s women will gain the right to vote and run as candidates in local elections to be held in 2015 in a major advancement for the rights of women in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. In an annual speech before his advisory assembly, or Shura Council, the Saudi monarch said he ordered the step after consulting with the nation’s top religious clerics…

First African woman to win Nobel Peace Prize dies
Wangari Maathai, the first African woman recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, died after a long struggle with cancer, the environmental organization she founded said Monday. She was 71. One of Kenya’s most recognizable women, Maathai won the Nobel in 2004 for combining environmentalism and social activism. She was the founder of the Green Belt Movement, where over 30 years she mobilized poor women to plant 30…

Dry Ice On Mars Photographed From NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
This isn’t one of those really, really, really magnified images. It’s a Martian landscape. The shot (which looks like a moldy, spotted piece of toast) is actually of the Martian surface near the planet’s South Pole, covered in dry ice. According to NASA, warmer weather begins to cause the sublimation (changing directly to a gas state from a solid) of the carbon dioxide present in the area. As the CO2 becomes a gas…

Talks begin on UN study of health, environmental impacts of Fukushima accident
Members of a United Nations task force looking into the health and environmental impacts of the accident earlier this year at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan today began discussions on how to move forward with their assessment. “This basically is a management meeting about how we assess the risks and effects,” said Wolfgang Weiss, Chair of the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Claims Diplomatic Immunity, Asks New York Court To Dismiss Hotel Maid’s Lawsuit
Dominique Strauss-Kahn claimed Monday he has diplomatic immunity and asked a New York court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the hotel maid who says he sexually assaulted her. Attorneys for the former International Monetary Fund leader filed the motion in a Bronx court, arguing judges there do not have the ability to try the case, because Strauss-Kahn’s time as head of the fund gives him immunity from…

Interpol issues arrest warrant for Gadhafi son
Interpol issued a Red Notice arrest warrant Thursday for Saadi Gadhafi, one of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons, for allegedly taking property through force and intimidation while serving as the head of the Libyan Football Federation. A Red Notice allows Interpol, the international police agency, to circulate an arrest warrant widely with the intention of extraditing a suspect. Earlier this month, Saadi Gadhafi fled to…




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