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Trump Campaign Uses Shutdown To Accuse Democrats Of Being Complicit In Murder Click Here to Open in a New Window

Trump Campaign Uses Shutdown To Accuse Democrats Of Being Complicit In MurderWASHINGTON ― It only took a government shutdown for President Donald Trump to return to his original campaign message: Undocumented immigrants are dangerous and out to get Americans.



House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment Settlement Click Here to Open in a New Window

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.



Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent Crime Click Here to Open in a New Window

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



Alaska Native group slams planned shamanism event Click Here to Open in a New Window

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.



Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress Click Here to Open in a New Window

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.



Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet Click Here to Open in a New Window

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.”



Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperation Click Here to Open in a New Window

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.



With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally Click Here to Open in a New Window

With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tallyThere 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.



With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down Click Here to Open in a New Window

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.



The women who marched in 2018 Click Here to Open in a New Window

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.



This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government Shutdown Click Here to Open in a New Window

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.



Student hospitalized after eating Tide Pods Click Here to Open in a New Window

Student hospitalized after eating Tide PodsUtah State University student ingested detergent.



SoftBank group completes acquisition of Uber stock Click Here to Open in a New Window

TOKYO, Japan - On Friday, the SoftBank-led group of investors confirmed that they had completed the acquisition of Uber Technologies stock, worth $9.3 billion.

The acquisition, which has trig


Nestle to launch KitKat ruby chocolate for Valentine’s Day Click Here to Open in a New Window

TOKYO, Japan - Ahead of Valentine’s Day, Nestle is set to unveil its new flavor ruby chocolate - the KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Ruby.

The new flavor KitKat, which will come as a treat t


North abruptly cancels Olympics delegation visit to Seoul Click Here to Open in a New Window

SEOUL, South Korea - On Saturday, after North Korea cancelled the planned visit by its delegation to Seoul, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said that the sudden cancellation was “not


Pentagon’s new defense strategy prioritizes China and Russia Click Here to Open in a New Window

WASHINGTON, U.S. - In Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy, unveiled on Friday by the Defense Secretary James Mattis, China and Russia were highlighted as top threats for the nation.

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South Korea faces backlash after Olympics deal with North Click Here to Open in a New Window

SEOUL, South Korea - Following a deal struck between South Korea and North Korea to march under a unity flag in next month’s Olympics - the deal faced sharp criticism in Seoul.

On Thurs


Legendary Chef of Chefs Bocuse Dies at 91 Click Here to Open in a New Window
PARIS - Paul Bocuse, who died on Saturday at age 91, combined a passion for food and women with a nose for self-publicity that brought him fame and fortune far beyond his native France. Decades befor
Shiseido unveils battery-free LED eyelashes Click Here to Open in a New Window
PanARMENIAN.Net - Japanese beauty company Shiseido has unveiled new battery-free LED lashes through 'wireless power feeding' technology that transmits power using micro waves from remote places, Globa
US Pacific Military Chief Calls China a Disruptive Force Click Here to Open in a New Window
NEW DELHI - The head of the U.S. military's Pacific command called China a disruptive power in the Indo-Pacific region on Thursday and urged countries in the area to build capabilities and work toget
Australian PM in Japan to Boost Military, Economic Ties Click Here to Open in a New Window
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull traveled to Japan Thursday on a mission to boost defense ties amid China's aggressive maritime expansion and North Korea's escalating nuclear weapons program
Suzuki Burgman Street premium scooter spied ahead of 2018 Auto Expo debut Click Here to Open in a New Window
Suzuki is gearing up to venture into the nascent premium scooter segment in India which is currently populated by the Aprilia SR150 and Vespa 150. The Japanese two wheeler maker looks set to debut its


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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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