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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.Â 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.Â 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 â€śreal independenceâ€ť and help it join the â€śinformation worldâ€ť. 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 â€śagainst apostrophesâ€ť hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a â€śNo to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes!â€ť Change.org petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were.Â â€śWith this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all,â€ť he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short â€śa,â€ť or consonants similar to â€śsâ€ť and â€śshâ€ť.Â 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 â€śbottle,â€ť pronounced â€śshisha,â€ť is written â€śs'i's'aâ€ť, while â€śeast,â€ť pronounced â€śshyghys,â€ť becomes â€śs'yg'ysâ€ť. Those are hardly the worst: The word for â€śskierâ€ť will be â€śs'an'g'ys'yâ€ť and that for â€ścrucialâ€ť will be â€śs'es'u's'iâ€ť. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written â€śQazaqstan Respyâ€™bliâ€™kasyâ€ť. 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.Â â€śThe guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no,â€ť Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph.Â Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused â€śmuch discussion,â€ť this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards.Â But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words.Â â€śFrom a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve,â€ť 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 â€śwork with the new alphabetâ€ť before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. â€śHe wants to go into history â€¦ as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet,â€ť Mr Sarym said. â€śYou 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.â€ť
Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperation
Saudi 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.
With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally
There 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.
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Japan Timeline and Information
910 AD Fujiwara no Asatada, a Japanese poet, designated one of the 36 Immortals was born.
1596 AD there was an earthquake in Japan; several cities made ruins, and thousands perished.
1792 AD - in Kyushu Island, Japan: collapse of old lava dome during eruption of Unzen volcano caused avalanche and tsunami that killed an estimated 14,300 people. (Most were killed by the tsunami.) Japan's greatest volcano disaster.
1896 AD - an earthquake and tidal wave killed 27,000 in Sanriku, Japan
1923 AD - in Japan: magnitude 8.3 earthquake destroyed one-third of Tokyo and most of Yokohama. More than 140,000 killed.
1995 AD - a magnitude: 6.9 earthquake hit Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, Japan
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