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Day: November 1, 2017

Country changes name to distance itself from Russia
ENGLISH, Europe

Country changes name to distance itself from Russia

    Kazakhstan has announced plans to switch the from Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet, its third change in less than 100 years. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has announced that the government of the former Soviet Republic will appoint a commission to oversee the “gradual transition of the Kazakh alphabet to the Latin-based script until 2025,” Al Jazeera reports. Kazakh is a Turkic language that was written in Arabic script until the 1920s. In 1929 the Soviet Union replaced the Arabic script with Latin, but 11 years later Latin was replaced with the Cyrillic alphabet, to be “more in line with the rest of the USSR”, the BBC says. Kazakhstan was a Soviet Republic before it declared its independence in 1991, but Russian is still more widely spoken in the country than Ka...
The Loophole Developers Use To Avoid Building More Affordable Homes
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

The Loophole Developers Use To Avoid Building More Affordable Homes

    House builders are using a legal loophole to wriggle out of developing thousands of affordable homes in order to maximise profits, a housing charity has claimed. Shelter has released a dossier it claims shows the number of affordable homes in new-builds drops drastically after developers submit a viability assessment when applying for permission to build. These assessments allow developers to put in planning applications which do not hit council targets for affordable homes – claiming if they were to build those houses it would mean profits would be severely reduced. One council told HuffPost UK it feels it has no choice but to accept the lower affordable housing figure, or risk no development happening at all. According to Shelter, at least 2,500 affordable homes across E...
Frankenstein baby born at Florida hospital on Halloween
America, ENGLISH

Frankenstein baby born at Florida hospital on Halloween

    A Florida couple got an extra treat on Halloween a baby Frankenstein. Make that Oskar Gary Frankenstein, who made his entrance into the world four days late and after 14 hours of labour on Tuesday at Winter Park Memorial Hospital. Parents Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein tell news outlets that Baby Frankenstein weighed in at 6 pounds (3 kilograms), 9 ounces (255 grams) and is 20 inches (50 centimeters) long. The baby’s grandmother Jennifer Frankenstein tells WKMG the family is ‘super excited.’ She said Oskar is her first grandchild and the Frankenstein family’s first baby born on Halloween, although she does have a 13-year-old daughter who shares the same birthday as ‘Frankenstein’ author Mary Shelley. Winter Park is near Orlando in central Florida.
Brexit deal will favour EU
ENGLISH, Europe

Brexit deal will favour EU

    David Davis has suggested Britain's EU divorce deal will "favour" remaining member states as he signalled ministers are ready to accept demands to enshrine the Brexit agreement in law. Revealing the sixth round of formal negotiations will begin next week, the Brexit Secretary said the Government viewed Britain's withdrawal agreement and a deal on the future UK-EU relationship as inseparable. But, speaking to the House of Lords EU Committee, Mr Davis hinted Britain might have to pay a price in the divorce agreement as he looks to strike a long-term trade deal. In the infamous words or the famous words of the EU, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, he told peers. And we see these as being linked to each other. The withdrawal agreement, on balance, will probably fav...
First Secretary Damian Green to be Investigated Over Claims Of Inappropriate Behaviour
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

First Secretary Damian Green to be Investigated Over Claims Of Inappropriate Behaviour

    Damian Green is being investigated by the Cabinet Secretary over claims he made inappropriate advances to a female activist Theresa May has ordered an investigation into allegations that her effective deputy, Damian Green, made inappropriate advances to a female activist. Kate Maltby, who is three decades younger than the First Secretary of State, told The Times that Green had touched her knee during a meeting in a Waterloo pub in 2015 and a year later sent her a suggestive text message after she was pictured wearing a corset in the newspaper. Green said any allegation that he made sexual advances to Maltby was untrue (and) deeply hurtful. Labour activist claims she was warned not to report rape at party event Maltby wrote that the encounters left her feeling awkward embar...