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Why is the new Spanish dictionary enraging people?

New official Spanish dictionary enrages people

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The Real Academia Española, the royal institution responsible for overseeing the Spanish language, published the 23rd edition of its dictionary. The newest version is not only the largest, with 93,111 words on 2,376 pages, but it is also the most polyphonic and multicultural version ever, replacing traditionally Spanish words with “Americanisms.” "Hackers" and "wifi" are right alongside other popular English terms like "tweet," "tablet," and "hyperlink.” In total, there are now 28,000 English words in the dictionary, which is double compared to the previous edition in 2001. Co
New laser permanently changes your eye color

New laser permanently changes your eye color

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A clinic in Barcelona has developed a laser that can permanently change the color of human eyes without surgery or side effects for around $2,500. "Vision collects more than 90 percent of the information we use and process, but it is also important in communication, seduction and emotions," Dr. Pedro Grimaldos, the treatment's creator, said. Over the course of five sessions, the laser removes the surface layer of melanin to change the color of the iris naturally. Only healthy patients above legal age are considered for the treatment. The treatment can also be used to correct heterochr
NSA affair still causing rifts in German government

Bundestag NSA investigation may have a leak

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Following the revelations from U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden, the German Bundestag created an investigation commission to determine the scale of the NSA’s activities in Germany. The German Chancellery, the executive office of Chancellor Angela Merkel, recently issued a letter to the members of the commission containing a stark warning regarding treason charges if information from the commission is leaked to the press. The Chancellery says that in at least four cases the media had quoted information from confidential documents that had been left with the commission. The letter now

More and more Russians seeking asylum in Ukraine

More and more Russians seeking asylum in Ukraine

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Russian citizen Vladimir Malyshev says he supports the opposition to the current Russian government. He took part in the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine, and now Malyshev helps the refugees from Donbas. He says he decided to stay in Ukraine because felt his life would be threatened if he returned to his motherland. He is not the only one. The number of Russians who seek asylum in Ukraine has significantly increased; since the beginning of 2014, 91 citizens of the Russian Federation applied to obtain the status of refugee or person in need of protection, according to the state migrat
Bolivian man buried alive, suspected of being a witch

Bolivian man buried alive, suspected of being a witch

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A disturbing crime was reported in the town of Irocota in southwestern Bolivia this week. Villagers buried a 61-year-old man alive after they accused him of using witchcraft to kill another farmer. The burial was said to have happened during the uproar of the nation's presidential elections, when authorities were too preoccupied to save the man. Relatives identified the alleged “witch” as responsible for the farmer’s death. So far, no one has been taken into custody for the burial. Bolivian authorities and international organizations, including the UN, have expressed concer
Couples marry in the street to help public servants' protest

Couples marry in the street to help public servants’ protest

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A massive group of couples was married in the streets of Uruguay this week. One of the biggest complaints from people working in the Civil Registry Office is that it is significantly behind in registering marriages. There are more than 40 marriages ceremonies scheduled per day and when they get behind, they don’t reschedule, so many couples come in to get married but leave still engaged. To clear up the backlog, civil registration officers announced that they would be marrying anyone and everyone who showed up at the offices. Throngs of people came out in the pouring rain to be quick
Fury: Elementary teachers to write comments instead of grades

Fury: Elementary teachers to write comments instead of grades

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Grades are no longer used in evaluating students in elementary schools, and while this change has received a lot of support from parents, teachers are not happy about it. The new system requires all teachers to write comments every day on each student’s progress, along with numerous other weekly and monthly evaluation reports. They are only supposed to have 35 pupils in one class, but in reality that number usually goes up to 50. A teacher is expected to monitor and evaluate up to 1,000 students at the same time, because they teach many different classes. The requirements in terms o
Public jobs in exchange for votes

Public jobs in exchange for votes

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Hungary's local government elections ended without surprises and with low participation, but several days after the vote, reports of electoral abuses and malpractices began to surface. The often criticized public work program of the central government happens to be a great tool to influence the outcome of elections, especially in places where poverty and unemployed are rampant. This is particularly true in Northeastern Hungary, where the votes of the Roma minority can easily decide the outcome of municipal elections. The deal is simple: If you vote for the right representative, you
Surge in farmers' suicides because gov't lied to them

Surge in farmers’ suicides after gov’t lied

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Nearly 250 farmers have committed suicide in the Indian state of Telengana in the past four months after losing their crops to an erratic monsoon. Most of the farmers in the state depend on the torrential rain, due to the lack of adequate irrigation facilities, but even farmers with irrigation facilities were unable to put them to good use because of an unprecedented energy crisis in the state. This situation was made worse by broken campaign promises from state politicians. The state's new government came to power after promising a waiver for loans to help the farmers in distress.
Police chief: We are dealing with escalating terrorist threats

Police face escalating terrorist threats

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Police across the U.K. are dealing with “exceptionally high” numbers of terrorist investigations and foiling several plots a year, according to terrorism experts. "So far this year we have made 218 arrests and are running exceptionally high numbers of counter-terrorism investigations, the likes of which we have not seen for several years,” Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Marc Rowley, who serves as the National Policing Lead for Counter Terrorism, said. His announcement came after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that British jihadists would be tried for treason if they
First trial against presumed French jihadists fighting in Syria

First trial against presumed French jihadists fighting in Syria

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A symbolic first-of-its-kind trial recently started in France. Two men, Flavien and Farid, are accused of planning to be jihadis in Syria. Flavien, a South Korean adopted by a French couple, converted to Islam while in prison and decided to go to Syria when he was freed in 2012. He admitted during the trial that he was interested in how explosive devices are made. He is a staunch supporter of Al-Qaeda and even tried to recruit new Muslim converts, including his adoptive mother. Flavien was in contact with Farid, who is also a known criminal. Although Farid claims he never thought of g
Ukrainians asked not to use Russian social networks

Ukrainians asked not to use Russian social networks

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Security services of Ukraine recently asked citizens to be careful using the Internet and not to go on Russian social networks, according to Markiyan Lubkivsky, an adviser in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Lubkivsky says that such sites — including the most popular social network for Russian speaking people, VK — are actively used in the propaganda war against Ukraine and to gather information about Ukrainians. Recently, VK was added to the list Roskomnadzor, a Russian organization responsible for overseeing the media, as an "organizer of the information dissemination.” This mea
Thousands of coral reefs at risk due to smoke haze

Thousands of coral reefs at risk due to smog haze

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Hundreds of thousands of coral reefs near Sumatra are now threatened because a smog cloud is blocking the reef's sunlight exposure. Coral reefs need sunlight for photosynthesis, and the process cannot be achieved when the haze, smoke and other atmospheric pollutants are blocking the sunlight from reaching the water. The last time coral reefs in Sumatra were dying at an exponentially increasing speed was back in 2000, when the region was hit by smog as severe as the current one. The community, young people and students have worked together to develop and recover the coral reefs usi
Devastating floods in Italy expose poor money management

Devastating floods in Italy expose poor money management

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Genoa, large coastal city in the Northwest of Italy, was flooded yet again. The Bisagno River overflowed due to incredibly heavy rain, submerging the city and killed killing one person. The same happened in 2011, but the death toll was four. The storm later moved north, flooding a vast area on the other side of the mountain behind Genoa, flooding several towns. The bad weather moved south and then east, killing three more people. Legambiente, Italy's most influential environmental non-government organization, says that 87 percent of the towns in the Piemonte region, are under hydrogeolo
Cops come under attack from criminals in Delhi

Cops come under attack in Delhi

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Three attacks on cops were reported in New Delhi just in the last six days. A police officer was killed, and two others were seriously injured. A police constable was shot dead when unidentified men opened fire on cops two days ago. In another incident during the week, criminals had shot at police officers, who were not hurt. In the latest incident, the Assistant Commissioner of Police was brutally beaten by a gang. He is in a hospital in critical condition. These are just a few examples of incidents showing the deteriorating law and order situation in the country’s capital, with crimi
Bullying in elementary schools at all time high

Bullying in elementary schools at all time high

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Bullying is out of control in Japan. Elementary schools nationwide, both public and private, report a record high number of bullying cases, according to an investigation by the Ministry of Education. Incidents of violent verbal and physical abuse in the school have increased to more than 1 million for the first time ever. "Slander and ridicule" is the most common insult in elementary school, representing 64.4 percent of reported cases. Slander online, using mobile phones and computers, is involved in 4.7 percent of the incidents, showing an increasing tendency for cyber bullying in schools.
Calling auditors 'thieves' or worse will put you in jail

Insulting tax auditors will put you in jail

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Portuguese citizens who insult tax officers may be risking a jail sentence. The punishment is included in the Portuguese government's annual budget, which equates tax officials to police officers. Starting 2015, insulting a tax officer will be considered a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. It is the same punishment that a citizen can receive for assaulting verbally or physically a police officer, detective, or soldier in Portugal. The government wants to combat a practice that has become recurrent in the last two years: Taxpayers insulting and physically hitting audi
Synthetic fibers from Egyptian sand

Synthetic fibers from Egyptian sand

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An Egyptian research team has developed a new version of fiberglass, using silica sand from Sinai, which can be used for making planes and cars. The team, headed by Ahmed Al-Sayed Awad of the Institute of Petroleum Research, was able to create polymers with mechanical strength and resistance to corrosion. In addition to that, they have a low manufacture and maintenance cost. Silica sand is characterized by high purity and is considered one of the finest sands in the world. It is a major component of all types of glass, and its reserves in Sinai are up to 27 million tons. The Egypt
More and more Algerian men against marriage

More and more Algerian men against marriage

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Single men in Algeria are on the rise. Algeria is the fourth on the list of Arab country with most late marriages. The image that men have of marriage has dramatically changed over the period of a few years. About 12 million Algerian women are single and many do not marry when they are young anymore because men themselves refuse to commit and want to remain single. Half of the men in Algeria, who are more than 30 years old, reject even the idea of marriage because of material or psychological reasons, according to sociologists. For most, monthly salaries are insufficient and the real es
Synthetic cannabis becomes a problem in Russian city

Synthetic cannabis threatens city

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The residents of the city of Kirov in Central Russia have decided to fight against synthetic cannabis, a mixture of different plants used to create a range of designer drugs that mimic the effects of marijuana. Although synthetic cannabis is illegal, it's very popular among younger people, and the drug is very easily purchased online. Anti-drug campaigns will visit public schools and explain the dangers of synthetic drugs, and activists are volunteering to take part in awareness campaigns aimed at letting parents know what these drugs are. Different substances are added to syntheti

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