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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Nigeria – lead poisoning kills 100 children in north
More than 100 children have died of lead poisoning in Nigeria in recent weeks, health officials say. The number has been rising since March, when residents started digging illegally for gold in areas with high concentrations of lead. The victims were from several remote villages in the northern state of Zamfara…
New oil plume evidence uncovered
As if the pictures of birds, fish and animals killed by floating oil in the Gulf of Mexico is not disturbing enough, scientists now say they have found evidence of another danger lurking underwater. The University of South Florida recently discovered a second oil plume in the northeastern gulf. The first plume was found by…
World Cup prostitution sparks HIV concerns, legalization debate
Activists in South Africa are worried that sex work, including forced prostitution, will jump during the World Cup, and that up to 40,000 women could be trafficked. It’s rekindled the debate over possible legalization. A group of 15 pupils – mostly girls – is gathered in a small room this morning in Durban, South Africa’s third-largest city…
Why is there so much movie violence against women?
Michael Winterbottom’s new film, The Killer Inside Me, has achieved a certain notoriety for its rapt attention to the murder of its female leads. It’s particularly the death of a prostitute, Joyce, played by Jessica Alba, which has divided viewers. The murder hardly came as a surprise to me, given that when I went to see the film I had…
Google Faces Police Investigation Over Privacy Breach
Australia announced a police investigation Sunday into whether Google illegally collected private information from wireless networks, becoming at least the second country to probe the Internet giant’s “Street View” mapping service…
Sudan: Rising inter-tribal violence in the south and renewed clashes in Darfur cause new waves of displacement
As of May 2010, at least 4.9 million people are internally displaced in Darfur, the Greater Khartoum area, South Kordofan and the ten States of Southern Sudan, with unknown numbers of internally displaced people in the other northern and eastern States. They make up one of the two largest internally displaced populations…
First convictions for 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal too little, too late
Following convictions on Monday of seven Indian citizens for the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak disaster, Amnesty International has called on the Indian and US governments to take the next step by bringing the US-based Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) to justice. Seven Indian nationals, who formerly worked for the Indian…
Twitter Now Has 190 Million Users Tweeting 65 Million Times A Day
Twitter COO Dick Cosotolo offered some updated stats at the Conversational Media Summit today in New York City. Twitter is now attracting 190 million visitors per month and generating 65 million Tweets a day. “We’re laying down track as fast as we can in front of the train,” says Costolo. These numbers are up slightly…
Former CIA analyst alleges China-Saudi nuclear deal
A former CIA officer who managed intelligence reports on Saudi Arabia has sent an uncleared manuscript to congressional offices claiming that China supplied nuclear missiles to the kingdom early in the George W. Bush administration. “I believe the People’s Republic of China delivered a turn-key nuclear ballistic missile…
600 Killed in Darfur During the Month of May
To this day, I can remember the excitement I felt upon learning that the West Wing, my favorite TV drama, was featuring an episode about Darfur, home to the genocide I’d been struggling to end for years through my work with STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition. “This is it,” I thought. “We activists haven’t just…
Efforts in Gulf to Limit Flow of Spill News
When the operators of Southern Seaplane in Belle Chasse, La., called the local Coast Guard-Federal Aviation Administration command center for permission to fly over restricted airspace in Gulf of Mexico, they made what they thought was a simple and routine request. A pilot wanted to take a photographer from…