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House GOPers Say A Secret Memo Could End The Trump-Russia Probe. Their Staff Wrote It.

House GOPers Say A Secret Memo Could End The Trump-Russia Probe. Their Staff Wrote It.WASHINGTON ― 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 Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 elections.




POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 8:14 PM

Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak Up

Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak UpWhen Joelle Casteix heard Pope Francis accuse sex abuse victims in Chile of slander, the pontiff’s words hit close to home.




POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 9:42 PM

House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment Settlement

House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment SettlementA 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.




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2018 8:14 PM

Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent Crime

Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent CrimeThere's been a string of violent crimes in Montego Bay




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2018 2:01 PM

China says US warship violated sovereignty near Scarborough

China says US warship violated sovereignty near ScarboroughBEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government on Saturday accused the U.S. of trespassing in its territorial waters when a U.S. guided missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2018 6:26 AM

Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet

Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabetKazakhstan'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 Respy’bli’kasy”. 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.”




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2018 9:35 AM

Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperation

Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperationSaudi 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.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2018 3:20 AM

This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government Shutdown

This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government ShutdownFlu cases are continuing to rise in the U.S., with some states, such as California, seeing record numbers of patients seeking medical attention.




POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 8:52 PM

Alaska Native group slams planned shamanism event

Alaska Native group slams planned shamanism eventANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native group spoke out Friday against a shamanism retreat, saying the event commercializes and exploits the spiritual healing practices of indigenous people.




POSTED JANUARY 19, 2018 10:22 PM

Michigan State University Officials Stand by President Amid Criticisms of Nassar Case

Michigan State University Officials Stand by President Amid Criticisms of Nassar CaseThe Michigan State University Board of Trustees are supporting the school president Lou Anna Simon amid calls for her resignation due to the Larry Nassar sexual assault investigation.




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2018 3:25 PM

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