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Here's What's Happening With The Dreamer Program That Helped Lead To A Shutdown
News ImageWASHINGTON There are a few massive disconnects as Congress and the White House spar over a plan to reopen the government, but one of the biggest is whether relief for young undocumented immigrants, which Democrats are demanding in a deal, is an urgent problem.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:36:24 -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
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
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
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
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! Change.org 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
Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperation
News ImageSaudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh on Sunday called for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers beyond 2018 after a deal to shore up crude prices. This is the first time OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia explicitly calls for extending a 2016 deal between oil producers to cut back production to combat a global oil glut.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:20:53 -0500
Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress
News ImageHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday he wasnt planning on leaving Congress any time soon, but he also didnt disclose whether he will serve another term in the House of Representatives.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:02:07 -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
North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South
News ImageSEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea on Saturday proposed sending a delegation led by the leader of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:34:54 -0500
Turpin family home was 'littered with faeces and dead cats and dogs'
News ImageFormer Texan neighbours of David and Louise Turpin, the American couple whose 13 children were discovered chained and malnourished last week, have described a previous home littered with faeces, dead animals and a makeshift classroom. Ricky Vinyard, a tree feller from Rio Vista also told how one Christmas eight bikes arrived but remained untouched outside until they bleached in the sun. And that one of the daughters once ran away from home, only to be returned to her parents by another local resident. It was waist-deep in filth. There were dead dogs and cats in there, he told the Los Angeles Times. He described how he found two Chihuahuas that had survived by eating waste from a mound of soiled nappies in a trailer behind the property where the children slept. There were no beds, just mattresses." Inside the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home he said that: "There wasnt a place that wasnt filthy. Everything had locks on it: the closet had locks, the toy chest, the refrigerator. The Turpin parents have pleaded not guilty to charges of turture Credit: Damian Dovarganes/Damian Dovarganes Source: AP The couple, David 56 and Louise, 49, claimed to home-school their children, and the faeces-littered living room included eight small desks, a chalkboard, alphabet and number signs stapled to the wall. The family lived in the rural neighbourhood, south of Dallas with eight children from approximately 2000 to 2004 before they abandoned the property and moved to Perris in California. There, last week, both were each charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse, the abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment relating to the children aged from two to 29. They pleaded not guilty to all counts and are being held in custody on $9 million bail each. (6.5m) David Turpin was also charged with one count of a lewd act on a child by force. If convicted, they face up to 94 years to life in prison. Facebook photos showed the family visited Las Vegas and Disneyland The new revelations came as a California politician began drafting legislation to give greater oversight of home-schooled children, in a bid to prevent a repeat of the horrors. Jose Medina told The Telegraph: What happened in the city of Perris was tragic, and it was horrific. And I would like to try to do everything I can to ensure that it doesnt happen again. The Turpins' 13 children, aged between two and 29, had all, except the eldest, been exclusively home-schooled - meaning that, under California law, there was no outside contact. One of the reasons this went undetected was because the parents could keep the children hidden from the public, said Mr Medina. So Im looking at what the state can do, so that kids can no longer be kept in captivity.Two million children in the US are home-schooled, representing three per cent of all American youngsters, according to the Mike Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). The trend began in the 1970s, he told The Telegraph, but has increased in recent years. By contrast, in the UK only 30,000 children were educated at home in the 2016/17 academic year, out of over eight million.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:31:43 -0500
House GOPers Say A Secret Memo Could End The Trump-Russia Probe. Their Staff Wrote It.
News ImageWASHINGTON House Republicans spent the end of the workweek telling everyone who would listen that the American people must be allowed to see a top-secret four-page document that could bring an end to special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 elections.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:14:14 -0500
With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally
News ImageThere were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed. Investigators opened 25,339 murder probes last year, up nearly 25 percent from the 2016 tally, interior ministry data released on Saturday showed. Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled vicious drug cartels that have increasingly splintered into smaller, more bloodthirsty, gangs.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:20:29 -0500
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