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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 Muellers investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 elections.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:14:14 -0500
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 pontiffs words hit close to home.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:42:17 -0500
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.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:14:36 -0500
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotelGunmen 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
Two Navy commanders charged with homicide

Two Navy commanders charged with homicideRachel Maddow reports that two of the U.S. Navy commanders involved in the deadly ship collisions last year are being charged with negligent homicide among other charges.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:43:21 -0500
Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch'

Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch'By Mert Ozkan and Ellen Francis HASSA, Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey opened a new front in Syria's nearly seven-year-old war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of a further strain on relations between Ankara and Washington. The operation, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" by Ankara, pits Turkey against Kurdish fighters allied to the United States at a time when ties between Turkey and Washington - NATO allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State - appear dangerously close to a breaking point.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:25:21 -0500
With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down

With just 3 students, small-town high school closing downROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly online classes or studying alone.

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:17:55 -0500
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 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

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.

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:20:53 -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
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