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From today, January 21, 2018
- The Donald Trump Show Wraps Up First Season
- Photos of the week: 1/12 - 1/19
- How a government shutdown will affect you
- Fox News Guest Goes Off The Rails: 'White Supremacists Are American Citizens'
- Googe CEO: A.I. more important to humanity than fire, electricity
- Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking
Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.
- Deported Man's Wife Will Be State Of The Union Guest
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) was so moved by the story of Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old man deported to Mexico this week after living most of his life in the U.S., that she plans to bring his wife Cindy Garcia as her plus-one guest to the 2018 State of the Union address.
- Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet
Kazakhstan'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.?
- Meteorite hunters find first fragments of Michigan meteor
- Mattis unveils new National Defense strategy
- Trump Appointee Carl Higbie Resigns Following Offensive Comments
Carl Higbie, the chief of external affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service, resigned Thursday after CNN unearthed a litany of offensive and discriminatory remarks he?d made on various radio segments.
- Delta issues new rules on emotional support animals
- Trump Flubs Key Line In Anti-Abortion Speech
Trump made the flub in his address during the 45th annual March for Life rally, which marks the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. ?Right now, in a number of states, the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother?s womb in the ninth month,? Trump said. Trump called on legislators to outlaw late-term abortions in his address.
- Car plows into crowd along Brazil?s Copacabana beach, killing baby
- Classmate speaks out about California ?House of Horrors? victim
- Mom Of Racist-Ranting Alabama Student Says She Didn't Raise Her That Way
- Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent Crime
- Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensive
Turkey on Saturday launched a new air and ground operation to oust a Kurdish militia from their northern Syrian enclave, defying US warnings that the action risked further destabilising the area after almost seven years of civil war. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had repeatedly vowed that Turkey would root out the "nests of terror" in Syria of the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia which Turkey deems a terror organisation. Turkey's army said operation "Olive Branch" began at 1400 GMT and was aimed at the YPG and Islamic State (IS) jihadists.
- Twitter Concedes Russian Influence Before U.S. Election Was Greater Than Initially Thought
At least 677,774 people in the United States followed, retweeted or liked content distributed by Russian government-linked Twitter accounts in a 10-week span prior to the 2016 U.S. election, Twitter announced Friday.
- 13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1
- Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning. The conservative-majority court granted a bid by Republican legislators in North Carolina to suspend the Jan. 9 order by a federal court panel in Greensboro that gave the Republican-controlled General Assembly until Jan. 24 to come up with a new map for U.S. House of Representatives districts.
- Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In Office
- Why the H3N2 ?Aussie Flu? Strain is Such a Brutal Virus
- Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest Reworking
A photo-editing battle has erupted over this somewhat unsettling snap of President Donald Trump?s face on a stack of German newspapers: PsBattle: Trump screaming in a stack of newspapers from photoshopbattles The viral image was actually part of an advertising campaign for the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper back in 2016, reports AdWeek.
- Puerto Rico finances under scrutiny amid plea for help
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) ? Top financial officials in Puerto Rico offered a peek Friday into why the U.S. territory is mired in an 11-year recession as a federal control board demanded more transparency and information about the island's finances.
- The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week
- Hezbollah slams US decision to keep troops in Syria
Lebanon's Hezbollah movement on Friday said a US pledge to keep its troops in Syria to defeat the Islamic State group was just a "flimsy excuse" to occupy the country. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that US forces would remain in Syria to both fight IS and counter the influence of President Bashar al-Assad. Assad is a key ally of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which has deployed its forces to keep the Damascus regime in power.
- 'Leaning Out': Aerial photography by Jeffrey Milstein
- Two children charged with killing half-a-million bees on Iowa farm
The boys, aged 12 and 13, have been charged with knocking over 50 beehives at the Wild Hill Honey farm in Sioux City which caused half a million bees to freeze to death in late December. Wild Hill Honey owner Justin Engelhardt claimed the boys had caused $60,000 (£42,000) of damage in what he called a ?completely senseless? act. Mr Engelhardt said he and his wife had discovered the destruction on 28 December when they went to dust snow off the hives.
- The Electrification Era Moves Closer for Cars
- Make No Mistake, Trump's Government Shutdown Is About Racism
Lost in the shitstorm over ?shithole? was another equally damning example of President Donald Trump?s blatant racism and sexism. It was an outward display of a mindset that in many ways has paved the way for the government shutdown we?re facing now. Last week, NBC News reported that last fall, the president of the United States asked a career intelligence analyst ?Where are you from?? She responded, ?New York,? and that should have ended the conversation.
- Watch the World's First Ever Drone Surf Rescue
- Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry Seaborn
- Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) ? Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day Friday.
- Anderson Cooper Tells Conan Haiti Is 'Among The Richest Countries I've Ever Been To'
- How to Solidify Your Retirement Fund
The traditional three-legged retirement stool -- consisting of pensions, personal savings and Social Security benefits -- is looking wobblier than ever. Defined benefit pension plans, which have been disappearing for some time, are now on the verge of extinction. Just 8 percent of private employers offered pension plans in 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Man, woman, child pulled out of truck after crash involving LA County sheriff's deputies
- Texas judge pushes jury for acquittal in child trafficking case, saying God told him to do it
District judge Jack Robison interrupted jurors? deliberations to say they should not convict 32-year-old Gloria Elizabeth Romero Perez. Judge Robison then reportedly recused himself for the remainder of proceedings. Perez, of Buda, Texas, was convicted anyway on one count of continuous traffic of a person and jailed for 25 years, the site said.
- Mexico Is Buying Some of America's Most Powerful Weapons (But Why?)
Mexico is on the verge of being a failed state, swept by violence from powerful drug cartels who have turned the nation's cities and villages into bloody battlegrounds. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department approved a $98.4 million weapons sale to Mexico, including RGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles, Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) systems designed to shoot down antiship missiles and Mark 54 antisubmarine torpedoes. The high-tech weaponry is intended for the Mexican Navy's new Sigma 10514?class long-range patrol ships.
- Women's March Draws Massive Crowds In Cities Across The Nation
WASHINGTON ? Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in cities across the nation on Saturday in a defiant stand against President Donald Trump, who today marks the anniversary of his inauguration amid a government shutdown.
- Takata Recalls 3.3 Million More Airbags
- Aly Raisman Tells Nassar 'You Are Pathetic' After He Complains About Sentencing Hearing
Olympian Aly Raisman addressed serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar in court Friday with a powerful statement, calling the former USA Gymnastics team doctor ?pathetic? for complaining about the length of his sentencing hearing and ?a monster? for abusing the trust of his young patients.
- Kremlin 'regrets' Ukrainian law recognising Russian occupation
Of course, Russia will remain committed to the word and spirit of the Minsk accords with other guarantor countries France and Germany, but we regret that such steps only distract us from the desired goal," the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. The EU-brokered Minsk peace agreement, backed by Moscow and Kiev, was first reached in late 2014 and then re-worked in early 2015 with the help of Germany and France, but is violated almost daily.
- 'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion
- Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacks
PHOENIX (AP) ? The nine shooting deaths around metropolitan Phoenix that occurred in just a three-week span seemed unconnected at first glance. The victims differ in age, gender and geographical location. But the more law enforcement investigated, the more correlations came to light.
- 11 Asian Beef Recipes You'll Be Eating On Repeat
- How to Make a Headboard: 18 DIY Headboard Ideas
- India's Ballistic Missile Test Is a 'Direct Threat,' a Chinese State-Owned Newspaper Says
- One year into Trump's presidency, is the Russia probe what will bring him down?
Now James Comey is gone, fired by Trump for failing to end the Russia inquiry. The most critical of the three is headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former head of the FBI who has expanded his inquiry to looking at Mr Trump?s murky business affairs. The activities of Trump?s son, Donald Trump Jr and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, are under intense scrutiny from Mueller?s investigators.
- This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government Shutdown