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  WSJ Reporter: Trump May Have Reneged On Border Wall Deal To Hold On To Campaign Issue   Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:31:05 -0500

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.



  Federal Workers Forced To Go Without Pay As Government Shutdown Extends To Day 3   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:32:53 -0500

Federal Workers Forced To Go Without Pay As Government Shutdown Extends To Day 3WASHINGTON ― The government shutdown is about to get a lot more visible.



  Canadian billionaire and his wife were murdered, private investigators say   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:34:00 -0500

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.



  Leaders to meet with white separatist town official in Maine   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:44:38 -0500

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.



  Student hospitalized after eating Tide Pods   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:10:49 -0500

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



  Vietnam jails former PetroVietnam official for life, another for 13 years   Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:27:40 -0500

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.



  Anti-Abortion Harassment Goes Way Beyond Picketing Clinics   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:46:01 -0500

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.



  N. Korean arts delegation to visit South on Sunday: Seoul   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:32:35 -0500

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.



  Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:35:37 -0500

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.”



  The women who marched in 2018   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:37:28 -0500

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.



  Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:02:07 -0500

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.



  House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment Settlement   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:14:36 -0500

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.



  The Latest: Russia warned Kurdish officials of Turkey attack   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:12:05 -0500

The Latest: Russia warned Kurdish officials of Turkey attackHASSA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):



  U.S. Army helicopter crash in California kills two soldiers: official   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:15:18 -0500

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.



  Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:07:10 -0500

Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse"This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought"



  Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:20:02 -0500

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 Afghanistan’s Tolo News hours after the overnight attack that ended Sunday.



  Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:18:32 -0500

Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife traffickingThai 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.



  This Is What The Future Of Legal Weed Looks Like   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:46:01 -0500

This Is What The Future Of Legal Weed Looks LikeThe green revolution is here ― and it’s mostly black, brown and female.



  Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In Office   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:18:14 -0500

Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In OfficeDonald Trump has officially completed one full year as president, and holy moly what a year it’s been.



  Why Not Apply the Pakistan Precedent and Suspend Military Assistance to Lebanon?   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:13:00 -0500

Why Not Apply the Pakistan Precedent and Suspend Military Assistance to Lebanon?Duplicity that undermines America’s regional policy should not be supported with U.S. resources. The administration’s decision to suspend military assistance to Pakistan is a bold move that may have detrimental consequences for the U.S.-led effort in Afghanistan.



  Government shutdown: What's closed, who's affected   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:29:54 -0500

Government shutdown: What's closed, who's affectedWASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they'll be able to return to work and how long they'll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown.



  Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry Seaborn   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:23:21 -0500

Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry SeabornEd Sheeran announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn on Saturday in an Instagram post that was pretty darn adorable.



  China's top paper says U.S. forcing China to accelerate South China Sea deployments   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:59:41 -0500

China's top paper says U.S. forcing China to accelerate South China Sea deploymentsChina's top newspaper, decrying Washington as a trouble-maker, said on Monday U.S. moves in the South China Sea like last week's freedom of navigation operation will only cause China to strengthen its deployments in the disputed waterway. China's foreign ministry said the USS Hopper, a destroyer, came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan island, which is better known as the Scarborough Shoal and is subject to a rival claim by the Philippines, a historic ally of the United States. It was the latest U.S. naval operation challenging extensive Chinese claims in the South China Sea and came even as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.



  With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:17:55 -0500

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.



  Manifestaciones masivas en la segunda Marcha de las Mujeres   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:29:17 -0500

Manifestaciones masivas en la segunda Marcha de las MujeresMiles de personas participan en la “Marcha de las mujeres, en Washington, EEUU. EFE



  Turpin family home was 'littered with faeces and dead cats and dogs'   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:31:43 -0500

Turpin family home was 'littered with faeces and dead cats and dogs'Former Texan neighbours of David and Louise Turpin, the American couple whose 13 children were discovered chained and malnourished last week, have described a previous home littered with faeces, dead animals and a makeshift classroom. Ricky Vinyard, a tree feller from Rio Vista also told how one Christmas eight bikes arrived but remained untouched outside until they bleached in the sun.  And that one of the daughters once ran away from home, only to be returned to her parents by another local resident. “It was waist-deep in filth. There were dead dogs and cats in there,” he told the Los Angeles Times. He described how he found two Chihuahuas that had survived by eating waste from a mound of soiled nappies in a trailer behind the property where the children slept. “There were no beds, just mattresses." Inside the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home he said that: "There wasn’t a place that wasn’t filthy. “Everything had locks on it: the closet had locks, the toy chest, the refrigerator.” The Turpin parents have pleaded not guilty to charges of turture Credit:  Damian Dovarganes/ Damian Dovarganes Source: AP The couple, David 56 and Louise, 49, claimed to home-school their children, and the faeces-littered living room included eight small desks, a chalkboard, alphabet and number signs stapled to the wall. The family lived in the rural neighbourhood, south of Dallas with eight children from approximately 2000 to 2004 before they abandoned the property and moved to Perris in California. There, last week, both were each charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse, the abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment relating to the children aged from two to 29. They pleaded not guilty to all counts and are being held in custody on $9 million bail each. (£6.5m) David Turpin was also charged with one count of a lewd act on a child by force. If convicted, they face up to 94 years to life in prison. Facebook photos showed the family visited Las Vegas and Disneyland The new revelations came as a California politician began drafting legislation to give greater oversight of home-schooled children, in a bid to prevent a repeat of the horrors. Jose Medina told The Telegraph: “What happened in the city of Perris was tragic, and it was horrific. And I would like to try to do everything I can to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.” The Turpins' 13 children, aged between two and 29, had all, except the eldest, been exclusively home-schooled - meaning that, under California law, there was no outside contact. “One of the reasons this went undetected was because the parents could keep the children hidden from the public,” said Mr Medina. “So I’m looking at what the state can do, so that kids can no longer be kept in captivity.”Two million children in the US are home-schooled, representing three per cent of all American youngsters, according to the Mike Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). The trend began in the 1970s, he told The Telegraph, but has increased in recent years. By contrast, in the UK only 30,000 children were educated at home in the 2016/17 academic year, out of over eight million. 



  Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Year After The First Women's March, Energy Is Still High   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:52:54 -0500

Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Year After The First Women's March, Energy Is Still HighNEW YORK ― Marsha Annon and Yong Lee didn’t attend the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.



  Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest Reworking   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:06:48 -0500

Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest ReworkingA 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.



  Germany's centre-left backs formal coalition talks with Merkel   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:32:21 -0500

Germany's centre-left backs formal coalition talks with MerkelGermany's centre-left Social Democrats voted Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, bringing Europe's top economy a step closer to a new government after months of deadlock. At a special party congress in the western city of Bonn, 372 out of 642 delegates (56 percent) backed SPD chief Martin Schulz's appeal to approve a preliminary coalition deal painstakingly hammered out with Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc. The veteran chancellor, in power for more than 12 years, said she welcomed the SPD's green light but warned that there were "many issues left to work out".



  Could the U.S. Navy Destroy North Korea?   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:17:00 -0500

Could the U.S. Navy Destroy North Korea?The navy can contribute to a joint or multinational campaign that destroys the Northern regime or its armed forces. How can the U.S. Navy destroy North Korea should Washington give the word? What the navy can do is contribute to a joint or multinational campaign that destroys the Northern regime or its armed forces.



  Alison Brie Talks Allegations Against Brother-In-Law James Franco At SAG Awards   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:44:51 -0500

Alison Brie Talks Allegations Against Brother-In-Law James Franco At SAG AwardsAlison Brie addressed the sexual misconduct allegations waged against her brother-in-law James Franco during a red carpet interview at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, saying that anyone who “feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward.”



  With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:20:29 -0500

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.



  The Latest: Pope departs Peru, concluding South America trip   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:13:00 -0500

The Latest: Pope departs Peru, concluding South America tripLIMA, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Peru (all times local):



  The Latest: US condemns Kabul hotel attack that left 18 dead   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:59:30 -0500

The Latest: US condemns Kabul hotel attack that left 18 deadKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on Afghanistan, where gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital, Kabul (all times local):



  Las Vegas Shooter Was Germophobe and Possibly Bipolar, Records Show   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:53:10 -0500

Las Vegas Shooter Was Germophobe and Possibly Bipolar, Records ShowPolice have learned more about Stephen Paddock



  Why you should join the Women's March   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:00:01 -0500

Why you should join the Women's MarchLast year’s presidential election inspired the biggest protest march in US history. There isn’t a list long enough for the reasons for to be marching but what happened in Las Vegas, now the site of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, could easily top the list.



  New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into Orbit   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:41:44 -0500

New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into OrbitNew Zealand successfully launched a rocket into orbit on Sunday, becoming the 11th country to achieve the feat.



  Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:23:32 -0500

Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax LawJust days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report.



  Saudi Arabia calls for oil producers to extend cooperation   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:21:06 -0500

Saudi Arabia calls for oil producers to extend cooperationTop oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Sunday for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC producers beyond 2018, after a deal to cut output succeeded in shoring up prices. The call, the first explicit invitation by Riyadh for long-term cooperation between oil producers, came with oil prices topping $70 a barrel thanks to the deal, after they dove below $30 a barrel in early 2016.



  Amazon opens its first supermarket with no check-outs   Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:17:05 -0500

Amazon opens its first supermarket with no check-outsAmazon employees have been testing it, but is the public ready for a cashier-less store?  More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle on Monday.  The store on the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters allows shoppers to scan their smartphone with the Amazon Go app at a turnstile, pick out the items they want and leave.  By combining computer vision, machine learning algorithms and sensors, the online retail giant can tell what people have purchased and charges their Amazon account. If someone puts an item back, they aren't charged.  The store is not without employees — Amazon says there will be people there making food, stocking shelves and helping customers. The store will offer ready-to-eat breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, as well as some grocery staples like bread, milk, cheese and chocolates. It'll also have Amazon Meal Kits.  A shopper enters the new Amazon Go store Credit: Bloomberg At about 1,800 square feet, the Amazon Go store adds to the company's growing physical store presence and its expansion into groceries after its purchase last year of organic grocer Whole Foods and its 470 stores.  Amazon now has more than a dozen Amazon Books stores, which also sell toys, electronics and small gifts. It has space in some Kohl's stores. Amazon also has small shops in several malls.  The company had announced the Amazon Go store in December 2016 and said it would open by early 2017, but it delayed the debut while it worked on the technology and company employees tested it out. 



  12-Year-Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies After Virus Test Comes Back Negative   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:33:28 -0500

12-Year-Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies After Virus Test Comes Back NegativeHis family is waiting for the autopsy results.



  Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:19:28 -0500

Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trialMILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial.



  Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent Crime   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:01:33 -0500

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



  Trump's Biggest Con May Be The One He Has Played On American Workers   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:56 -0500

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.



  Texas judge pushes jury for acquittal in child trafficking case, saying God told him to do it   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:26:00 -0500

Texas judge pushes jury for acquittal in child trafficking case, saying God told him to do itDistrict 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.



  South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president: reports   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:16:14 -0500

South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president: reportsBy Nqobile Dludla JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Leaders of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC)met on Saturday to outline the party's program for the coming year amid reports that its executive planned to force Jacob Zuma to quit as the country's president. An ANC spokeswoman declined to comment on a report by broadcaster eNCA saying that its newly-elected National Executive Committee (NEC) had resolved to ask Zuma - whose presidency has been hit by corruption allegations - to resign. If Zuma refused, he would be forced to step down by the party's six-strong leadership group, eNCA said.



  The Chinese Are on the Verge of Dominating a New Domain: Near Space   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:13:00 -0500

The Chinese Are on the Verge of Dominating a New Domain: Near SpaceIn November 2017, the Chinese conducted two flight tests of an operational prototype of a missile known as the DF-17. The successful tests marked the end of a concerted — and successful — Chinese effort to exploit and dominate a new operating domain: near space. The genesis of the Chinese effort can be traced back to the so-called Third Taiwan Strait Crisis.



  James Franco Attends SAG Awards Amid Allegations Of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:23:55 -0500

James Franco Attends SAG Awards Amid Allegations Of Sexually Inappropriate BehaviorJames Franco attended the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night despite having been accused earlier this month of sexually inappropriate behavior.