For the first time, the Turkish government offered condolences on Wednesday to the descendants of Armenians who were killed by the Ottoman Army in 1915. But it stood by its official position that the events were not a genocide, as they have been called by several Western governments and international organizations.
The office of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan posted a lengthy statement on the matter on its website, and it was translated into nine languages, including Armenian. The statement encouraged people to talk about and remember their losses “with maturity.”
“And it is with this hope and belief that we wish that the Armenians who lost their lives in the context of the early 20th century rest in peace, and we convey our condolences to their grandchildren,” the statement said.
Uganda’s army, backing its neighbour South Sudan against a four-month-old rebellion, said on Wednesday U.N. peacekeepers should have done more to stop insurgents slaughtering hundreds of civilians there last week.
Uganda sent troops into South Sudan shortly after fighting broke out between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar in mid-December.
In the latest major violence in the increasingly ethnic conflict, rebels hunted down men, women and children taking refuge in a mosque, church and hospital in oil town Bentiu where the U.N. has a base, according to a report from the global body. [ID:nL2N0ND0MP]
Most Californians support dramatic changes set to take hold in public education, including funneling more money to schools with disadvantaged students and implementing rigorous national standards known as the common core curriculum, a new poll shows.
Nearly three-quarters of Californians also say they support free preschool for all 4-year-olds, a measure that has been proposed by Democrats in the legislature but met with skepticism by Governor Jerry Brown, the poll by the Public Policy Institute of California released Wednesday night showed.
“Public support is solidly behind the significant changes that are being made to school funding and classroom curricula this year,” said PPIC President Mark Baldassare.
An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.
The shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the latest in a string of deadly attacks on foreign civilians in the Afghan capital this year.
Two of the dead Americans were a father and son, Minister of Health Soraya Dalil said, adding that the third American was a Cure International doctor who had worked for seven years in Kabul.
A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.
Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a “bionic eye,” he has regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.
“It’s awesome. It’s exciting - seeing something new every day,” Pontz said during a recent appointment at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. The 55-year-old former competitive weightlifter and factory worker is one of four people in the U.S. to receive an artificial retina since the Food and Drug Administration signed off on its use last year.
The city claims in its 57-page lawsuit that the scheme began after the onset of the global economic crisis and continues to this day.
To carry out the scheme the defendant exchanges - including, but not limited to the New York and Chicago stock exchanges, and NASDAQ - together with the defendant brokerage and high frequency trading firms - among them, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Co., Citigroup, Credit Suisse, and the Charles Schwab Corp. - employed “devices, contrivances, manipulations and artifices to defraud in a manner that as designed to and did manipulate the U.S. securities markets and the trading of equities on those markets,” the city says in the complaint.
These “devices and contrivances” included “electronic front-running,” essentially early notice of investors’ intention to buy or sell securities; “rebate arbitrage,” a form of kickback payment; “slow-market arbitrage,” playing the price of a stock of one exchange against its price on another; “spoofing,” phony cancellation orders intended to game the market at its opening or close; “layering,” the issuance of a wave of false orders; and “contemporaneous trading,” obtaining nonpublic information regarding the trading intentions of the plaintiffs and then transacting against them, the complaint states.
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Susan Patton, also known as “The Princeton Mom,” wrote a “concerned parent” letter to The Daily Princetonian last year advising female students that they needed to focus less on their studies and more on catching a future husband — before they got too old.
While this very old-fashioned advice delighted conservatives of the Phyllis Schlafly genre, it did not go over too well with the very women Patton was ardently trying to save from a life of lonely spinsterhood.
Fact is, notes Salon writer Sara Eckel, Susan Patton ignores the facts. Waiting to get married after 25 is statistically a good idea, because people who marry later in life stay married longer.
Despite her numerous interviews and appearances in TV, Susan Patton was never challenged with hardboiled facts until a panel discussion recently at Princeton. And despite the fact that she is clearly wrong — about a lot of things — Susan Patton continues to dish out advice that could have come straight from a 1950s copy of Good Housekeeping.
I’ll give Susan Patton this: she’s a tough cookie. She was outnumbered on the panel and, with the possible exception of her son and her dog, was in a room that was almost entirely against her. Her “two-pronged” approach statement got her applause, and some students approached her to chat after the talk was over, but no one spoke out in her defense. Nevertheless, Patton was energetic and gregarious when we stepped down from the platform. We shook hands before we left, and she told me she enjoyed talking to me even if she didn’t always agree with me.
I honestly don’t have a problem with Patton herself. I think she sincerely believes her advice is beneficial to women. And like the kooky aunt at the wedding, she has the right to say what she likes.
My problem is with a culture that gives a megaphone to a woman with nothing to offer but retrograde opinions and no facts to support them. My problem is with national newspapersthat treat the statement “men won’t buy the cow if the milk is free” as an argument worthy of its op-ed page. My problem is with television news producers who can’t be bothered to do a quick Google search before inviting an anti-feminist boogie-woman on the air.
It has been widely reported that Cliven Bundy’s family claims to have ranched in the Bunkerville area since the 1870s even though a federal judge held a different view of Bundy’s history. … Rawlinson wrote that it wasn’t until roughly 1954 that “Bundy or his father or both have grazed livestock on public lands owned by the United States and administered by the BLM.”
Clark County Recorder documents show the 160-acre Bunkerville ranch Bundy calls home was purchased by his parents, David and Bodel Bundy, from Raoul and Ruth Leavitt on Jan. 5, 1948.
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This has potential - it could be good, it could be bad, it could be the network hoping for this century’s “Carol Burnett” show.
Maya Rudolph will make her return to NBC next month with some song and sketch — not to mention, a little help from her famous friends.
The network has slated her variety show special, titled “The Maya Rudolph Show,” to air on May 19 at 10 p.m.
The “Saturday Night Live” vet — who recently starred in another Peacock comedy series, “Up All Night” — will be joined by Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes and Chris Parnell.