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WSJ Reporter: Trump May Have Reneged On Border Wall Deal To Hold On To Campaign Issue

WSJ Reporter: Trump May Have Reneged On Border Wall Deal To Hold On To Campaign IssueWall Street Journal White House reporter Eli Stokols has a possible theory about why Donald Trump reportedly accepted a border wall offering from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — then reneged.




POSTED JANUARY 22, 2018 12:31 AM

Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress

Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In CongressHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday he wasn’t planning on leaving Congress any time soon, but he also didn’t disclose whether he will serve another term in the House of Representatives.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2018 12:02 PM

Canadian billionaire and his wife were murdered, private investigators say

Canadian billionaire and his wife were murdered, private investigators sayA billionaire and his wife found dead side-by-side were both murdered, a report by private investigators has said.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2018 11:34 AM

Leaders to meet with white separatist town official in Maine

Leaders to meet with white separatist town official in MainePORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Leaders in a Maine town said Sunday they will meet with their town manager, who has come under fire for espousing white separatist views.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2018 1:44 PM

Vietnam jails former PetroVietnam official for life, another for 13 years

Vietnam jails former PetroVietnam official for life, another for 13 yearsA court in Vietnam sentenced one former official from state oil and gas group PetroVietnam to life in prison and another to 13 years on Monday for embezzlement and violating state rules amid a widespread corruption crackdown, state media said. Dinh La Thang, a former politburo official and the most senior Vietnamese politician to be tried in decades, was jailed for 13 years for violating state rules, the state-run Voice of Vietnam said.




POSTED JANUARY 22, 2018 12:27 AM

Anti-Abortion Harassment Goes Way Beyond Picketing Clinics

Anti-Abortion Harassment Goes Way Beyond Picketing Clinics“Can I pray for you?” a woman asked after I shared my abortion story at the Women’s March Convention in Detroit last year.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2018 5:46 AM

N. Korean arts delegation to visit South on Sunday: Seoul

N. Korean arts delegation to visit South on Sunday: SeoulNorth 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.




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2018 6:32 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

U.S. Army helicopter crash in California kills two soldiers: official

U.S. Army helicopter crash in California kills two soldiers: official(Reuters) - A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter crashed early Saturday morning in California, killing two soldiers, a spokesman for the Army said. An investigation is ongoing into the crash of the AH-64 Apache helicopter on the sprawling National Training Center at Fort Irwin in southern California, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Brown, U.S. Army spokesman, said in a statement emailed to Reuters. Another Army spokesman said that the pilot and the co-pilot were killed, but did not give their names, saying their families had yet to be notified.




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2018 11:15 PM

Trump's Biggest Con May Be The One He Has Played On American Workers

Trump's Biggest Con May Be The One He Has Played On American WorkersThe Donald Trump presidency is now one year old and in many respects ― the unhinged tweeting, the contempt for democratic norms, the potential collusion with a hostile foreign power ― it has been unlike any presidency in history.




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2018 8:00 AM

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