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Friday Digest: Winehouse, Ai Weiwei, Dadaab


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.

 

Winehouse, a voice in control of her art, but little else
Sad? Unbearably so. Shocking? Unfortunately, no. As this is being written, no one is saying for certain how or why Amy Winehouse died Saturday. British authorities used the word “unexplained” to characterize the circumstances. Those with even casual knowledge of who she was, what she did and how she lived have their suspicions. The multitudes who loved her music are devastated…

Militants hang 8-year-old boy in southern Afghanistan
An 8 year-old boy was hanged by militants in Afghanistan’s Helmand province after the boy’s father — a police officer in the southern city of Gereshk — refused to comply with militants’ demands to provide them with a police vehicle, officials said. Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the hanging, saying “this action is not permitted in any culture or any religions,” according to…

Vatican Recalls Ireland Envoy Amid Abuse Uproar
Chafing under extraordinary criticism, the Vatican made the rare move of recalling its ambassador to Ireland on Monday following accusations that the Holy See sabotaged efforts by Catholic bishops to report clerical sex abuse cases to police. A Vatican spokesman said Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza was recalled to help prepare an official response to Irish complaints, but that the decision…

‘Dirty sock smell’ lures mosquitoes to a sticky end
Researchers in Tanzania have chemically reproduced the stench of smelly feet in an innovative new approach to combat the spread of malaria in the country. The scientific team at Tanzania’s Ifakara Health Institute has developed a potent serum — similar to that of human foot odor — to lure and kill mosquitoes, which can carry malaria and other diseases. Four times more powerful in attracting…

Ai Weiwei Publishes Police List of Studio Confiscations on Google Plus
Just yesterday, ARTINFO reported that previously detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei broke his social media silence with a new Google Plus account. His posts on the account are pretty harmless, but in a photo album, Ai has published the confiscation records from when government police raided his studio post-arrest. In an album titled “April 3, 2011 Beijing City Police Department Chaoyang…

McDonald’s Trims Its Happy Meal
Bowing to pressure from health advocates and parents, McDonald’s is putting the Happy Meal on a diet. The company announced Tuesday that it would more than halve the amount of French fries and add fruit to its popular children’s meal in an effort to reduce the overall calorie count by 20 percent. But McDonald’s appeasement only went so far. A toy will still come with each Happy Meal despite criticism…

Valedictorian sues school: Was she snubbed because of race?
A recent high school graduate from Arkansas is suing her school district, claiming it refused to recognize her as the school’s sole valedictorian because she is black. Kymberly Wimberly, 18, earned the highest grade point average in McGehee Secondary School’s 2011 graduating class. She did so as a young mother, according to the complaint she submitted to the U.S. District Court for Arkansas’ Eastern District…

Scant Evidence to Link 9/11 to Cancer, U.S. Report Says
There is not enough evidence yet to say whether the dust and smoke cloud produced by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center caused cancer, federal officials concluded in a report released on Tuesday. The finding, based on an initial review required by a new federal law, disappointed rescue and recovery workers and people who lived near the World Trade Center who have cancer diagnoses…

Britain, France Flirting with Letting Gaddafi Avoid Prosecution by the ICC
There are reports that both Britain and France are toying with the possibility of a peace plan in Libya by which Gaddafi will leave power but not be brought to justice before the International Criminal Court. Last month, a Pre-Trial Chamber issued an arrest warrant against Gaddafi for crimes against humanity and war crimes. On Monday…

Housekeeper’s Lawyer Says She Was Misquoted
A lawyer for the hotel housekeeper who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in May said Wednesday that taped conversations, two of them made a day after the encounter, prove that his client had no intention of exploiting the charges against Mr. Strauss-Kahn to make money. The lawyer, Kenneth P. Thompson, and the housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, spent much of the day at the district…

Twitter Is Putting Ads In Users’ Timelines–With Some Exceptions
Get ready to see more ads on Twitter–if you follow certain accounts. Twitter announced Thursday that it will be adding “Promoted Tweets,” or advertiser-sponsored Twitter posts, to users’ timelines. However, these ads will only appear to a user if she is following a brand that is participating in this advertising program. In other words, if you don’t want to see any ads, then don’t follow Twitter…

Doctors Battle Psychological Trauma in Dadaab Refugee Camps
In humanitarian crises, the immediate focus is often on providing food, shelter and medical treatment to those in need. But in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps, there is a small but concerted effort to help treat the psychological trauma suffered by refugees who have fled a lifetime of conflict. In the Doctors Without Borders hospital at the Dagahaley camp in Dadaab, Kenya, clinical psychologist…

French Report on Plane Crash Urges New Rules for Pilots
Following a detailed analysis of the circumstances that led to the crash of an Air France over the Atlantic Ocean two years ago, French accident investigators on Friday called for a series of significant changes to pilot training procedures aimed at helping flight crews to respond appropriately when they run into trouble at high altitudes. The recommendations, part of an update on the investigation…




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