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Progressive Activists Divided On What Immigration Compromises They Will Accept
News ImageAs the federal government partially shut down at the stroke of midnight early Saturday morning, progressive activists presented a united front with congressional Democratic leadership.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:08:00 -0500
Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak Up
News ImageWhen Joelle Casteix heard Pope Francis accuse sex abuse victims in Chile of slander,the pontiffs words hit close to home.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:42:17 -0500
House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment Settlement
News ImageA Republican tasked with fighting against sexual harassment in Congress secretly settled a misconduct complaint filed against him by a former aide, The New York Times first reported Saturday.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:14:36 -0500
Philippines says it won't be embroiled in US-China sea spat
News ImageMANILA, Philippines (AP) The Philippines said Sunday that it won't get embroiled in a fresh spat between the U.S. and China involving Beijing's protest of an American warship passing near a Chinese-controlled shoal also claimed by the Philippines.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:09:19 -0500
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel
News ImageGunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul and killed at least 18 people, most of them foreigners, sparking a 12-hour battle with Afghan forces backed by Norwegian troops that left terrified guests scrambling to escape. Several Ukrainians were among those killed in the Taliban-claimed assault on the six-storey Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital, Ukrainian foreign ministry official Vasyl Kyrylych confirmed to AFP, adding that more information would be released Monday. Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said 14 foreigners were among the dead, but did not specify their nationalities, in comments to Afghanistans Tolo News hours after the overnight attack that ended Sunday.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:20:02 -0500
13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1
News ImageDavid and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to a combined 75 total counts, including charges of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:45:37 -0500
N. Korean arts delegation to visit South on Sunday: Seoul
News ImageNorth Korea has informed Seoul it will send a delegation on Sunday to prepare cultural performances during the Winter Olympics, the South's unification minister said, a day after Pyongyang abruptly cancelled the visit. The North had initially planned to send a seven-member advance team headed by the leader of a popular all-female Western-style band for a two-day visit from Saturday to inspect venues for proposed performances in Seoul and the eastern city of Gangneung. Hyon Song-Wol, reportedly an ex-girlfriend of leader Kim Jong-Un, would be the first North Korean official to visit the South in four years.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:32:35 -0500
Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse
News Image"This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought"
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:07:10 -0500
Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet
News ImageKazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag: the lowly apostrophe. A vast but sparsely populated country wedged between Russia and China, Kazakhstan came under the rule of its northern neighbour as Russia and Britain jostled for control of Central Asia in the Great Game. It also came under its linguistic influence, and to this day, many Kazakhs speak more Russian than their Turkic native tongue. This became especially concerning after Russian state media, which remain popular in Kazakhstan, helped whip up Russian-speaking separatists to fight government forces in Ukraine in 2014. In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has said this will give Kazakhstan real independence and help it join the information world. But a cumbersome version of the new alphabet chosen by Mr Nazarbayev last autumn has sparked rare dissent in this authoritarian country due to its ample apostrophes. Of 32 letters in the alphabet, nine are written with an apostrophe. Mr Nazarbayev meets with Vladimir Putin in December. He has tried to gently assert Kazakhstan's independence from its former overlord Credit: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP An against apostrophes hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a No to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes! petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were. With this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all, he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short a, or consonants similar to s and sh. Setting them apart with an apostrophe allows the alphabet to be typed on a standard Latin keyboard, but also produces odd flurries of punctuation and many eyesore words. For instance, the word for bottle, pronounced shisha, is written s'i's'a, while east, pronounced shyghys, becomes s'yg'ys. Those are hardly the worst: The word for skier will be s'an'g'ys'y and that for crucial will be s'es'u's'i. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written Qazaqstan Respyblikasy. The palace of peace and reconciliation designed by Norman Foster in Astana, Kazakhstan Credit: Sergei Bobylev/\TASS via Getty Images Some have speculated that Mr Nazarbayev picked the apostrophes to keep Kazakh distinct from the Latinised alphabets of other Turkic languages and placate Russia, which since Soviet times has feared pan-Turkic movements along its southern border. The guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no, Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph. Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused much discussion, this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards. But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words. From a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve, said political analyst Dosym Satpayev. Mr Nazarbayev appears with Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday. He has tried to balance relations with the United States, Russia and China Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg In his video, Mr Zholdas suggested replacing the apostrophes with accent marks over the nine letters in question, a move he said could be supported by 70 per cent of computer fonts. Despite the defence of his version in December, Mr Nazarbayev also said there was still time to work with the new alphabet before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. He wants to go into history as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet, Mr Sarym said. You can choose any version and let it be called the Nazarbayev version, but do it right so there aren't problems now, and so that tomorrow we won't have to do an upgrade.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:35:37 -0500
The women who marched in 2018
The women who marched in 2018One year into President Trump's administration, another Women's March. Here are scenes from the New York City event.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:37:28 -0500
Government Shuts Down After Senate Blocks Short-Term Spending Bill
News ImageWASHINGTON With less than two hours to go before a deadline to avert a government shutdown, 48 senators blocked a four-week government spending extension, leaving lawmakers scrambling ahead of a shutdown set to take effect at midnight.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:25:53 -0500
New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into Orbit
News ImageNew Zealand successfully launched a rocket into orbit on Sunday, becoming the 11th country to achieve the feat.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:41:44 -0500
Turkish troops enter Kurdish enclave in northern Syria
News ImageHASSA, Turkey (AP) Turkish troops and Syrian opposition forces attacked a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on Sunday in their bid to oust from the area a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia, which responded with a hail of rockets on Turkish towns killing at least one refugee.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:35:47 -0500
Signs For The 2018 Women's March Prove The Movement Isn't Going Anywhere
News ImageLast year, New York City saw hundreds of thousands of protesters spill into the streets of Manhattan for the Womens March.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:30:43 -0500
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had child abuse images on his computer, police announce as they search for new person of interest
News ImageChild abuse images, snorkel equipment and handwritten notes were among the items found in the hotel room of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, police have revealed. Following a three-month investigation, Las Vegas Police released a 81-age report on the mass shooting which killed 58 people and injured at least 500 more in October. Paddock opened fire on a crowd of approximately 22,000 at country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the balcony of his 32nd-floor hotel room before killing himself.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:08:12 -0500
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