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How To Pick An English Name (Tip: Stay Away From Food)

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Oct 21 2014

China Central Television has a guide for helping people pick alternative English names for those studying the language or working for international firms. Among its warnings: “Many Chinese like to pick names that are in fact, not names.”

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Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

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Oct 21 2014

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Tuesday in Pretoria, South Africa, Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

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Tuesday in Pretoria, South Africa, Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

Tuesday in Pretoria, South Africa, Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

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Track star Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic athlete, was given a verdict of culpable homicide by a judge in South Africa in September — a conviction that could have put him in prison for 15 years. As we reported at the time, Pistorius was found not guilty of the more serious charge of premeditated murder.

The Two-Way reported:

“[Judge Thokozile Masipa] said there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support the notion that Pistorius, 27, knew that Reeva Steenkamp was behind a locked toilet door in his home when he fired several shots on the morning of Valentine’s Day 2013.”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/10/21/357738319/oscar-pistorius-gets-5-years-in-prison-for-killing-girlfriend?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Chinese Telecom Company Offers To Make Pockets iPhone-Sized

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Oct 21 2014

China Unicom’s tailor has set up a sewing machine, ready to alter concerned customers’ pants so that the larger version of the phone will fit in their pockets.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/10/21/357737277/chinese-telecom-company-offers-to-make-pockets-iphone-sized?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Nigeria Joins Senegal In Gaining ‘Ebola-Free’ Status

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Oct 20 2014

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about how Nigeria and Senegal were able to rid their countries of Ebola, despite the ongoing outbreak in West Africa.

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Ebola In Church: A Reverend’s Quarantine Spreads The Word

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Oct 20 2014

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Reverend Dr. Herman Browne voluntarily quarantined himself for 21 days after his wife’s friend tested positive for Ebola. On Sunday, he returned to his church, Trinity Cathedral, to preach to his congregation about Ebola prevention.

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Reverend Dr. Herman Browne voluntarily quarantined himself for 21 days after his wife's friend tested positive for Ebola. On Sunday, he returned to his church, Trinity Cathedral, to preach to his congregation about Ebola prevention.

Reverend Dr. Herman Browne voluntarily quarantined himself for 21 days after his wife’s friend tested positive for Ebola. On Sunday, he returned to his church, Trinity Cathedral, to preach to his congregation about Ebola prevention.

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Night clubs have shut their doors. Soccer leagues have been suspended. And a strict curfew is keeping the streets empty at night.

But there’s one place in Monrovia where people continue to gather despite the threat of Ebola: Sunday church service.

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Priests use tweezers to deliver the Holy Communion wafer at Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia to prevent the spread of Ebola.

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Priests use tweezers to deliver the Holy Communion wafer at Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia to prevent the spread of Ebola.

Priests use tweezers to deliver the Holy Communion wafer at Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia to prevent the spread of Ebola.

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Since Ebola began in Liberia’s capital city, more people have started coming to Sunday service at Trinity Cathedral, says the very Reverend Dr. Herman Browne. And like many priests across Monrovia, Browne has been spreading the word about Ebola prevention through his sermons.

But Browne’s message this week was personal. It came from his family’s encounter with the virus.

For the past three Sundays, the reverend had been under a volunteer quarantine. This week he returned to the pulpit and explained to his congregation what happened.

It all began when his wife, Trokon Browne, went to see a close friend. “The friend … broke down, fell on the floor and started to cry,” Herman said. “Some illness had returned to her, and she was explaining it to Trokon.”

These were warning signs about Ebola. Trokon knew that. But her nurturing instincts kicked in. She embraced and fed her friend anyway.

“I said that was a crazy thing to do,” Herman said to his congregation, “because the lady was vomiting and had diarrhea.”

Two days later, the Brownes learned that the friend had Ebola.

One of the reasons Ebola continues to spread in Liberia is that people who know they’ve been exposed to the virus often keep it a secret until they’re desperately ill and highly contagious. They fear the embarrassment, the stigma and the prospect of losing their income.

But the Brownes went public.

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Since the Ebola epidemic started, attendance at Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia, Liberia, has risen by about 20 percent, a church leader says.

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Since the Ebola epidemic started, attendance at Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia, Liberia, has risen by about 20 percent, a church leader says.

Since the Ebola epidemic started, attendance at Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia, Liberia, has risen by about 20 percent, a church leader says.

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“I left work immediately, wrapped up everything, called the treasurer, the bishop, my colleagues,” Herman said. Then Trokon and Herman quarantined themselves for 21 days.

Even their children we’re not allowed to come upstairs until the couple knew they did not have Ebola.

Herman said he was hoping his congregation would learn a powerful lesson from his family’s experience: “Once you slip mentally, in terms of being aware and conscious, the smallest slip could cause you grave harm,” he said after the church service.

That’s a message Liberians have heard constantly from the government. But many people in Monrovia say they don’t trust a government. They consider it corrupt. So the messages can have more of an impact when they come from a spiritual leader.

Reverend Browne begun educating his congregation about Ebola long before it affected the family directly. And it’s clear the message has been received at the church. People sanitize their hands before entering the cathedral. A priest delivers the Holy Communion wafers with tweezers. The church program tells the congregation: “Do not hide sick persons.”

But Trokon Browne says those are relatively easy steps. What’s harder, she says, is to keep a safe distance when a friend or family member is sick, perhaps with Ebola.

“I cannot see my husband sick and not touch him. Or I cannot see my child sick,” she said. “Ebola might as well kill us. So it’s still very hard. Trust me it’s still very hard.”

It’s also hard for some people to accept the way Ebola appears to punish those who are trying to follow Christian teachings, Herman Browne said. That’s why some in his congregation consider the disease demonic.

“Those who don’t care and those who don’t want to express their care are those who survive. Those who actually care are those who die,” he said. “At the heart of it, for some of us with religious eyes, is an anti-care, anti-love message. And that can be very draining.”

This time, the message is less harsh. Trokon wasn’t infected. And her sick friend was one of the lucky ones who survived Ebola.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/10/20/357399593/ebola-in-church-a-reverends-quarantine-spreads-the-word?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Beijing Marathoners Powered Through Thick Smog

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Oct 20 2014

Before Sunday’s Beijing Marathon, smog levels were 12 times above what is considered safe for humans. But organizers refused to cancel. Instead, they handed out sponges to clean exposed skin.

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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

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Oct 19 2014

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An artist’s rendering of the flyby with Mars orbiters taking cover. Note that the image says “spacecraft not to scale.”

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An artist’s rendering of the flyby with Mars orbiters taking cover. Note that the image says “spacecraft not to scale.”

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Mars is about to get a visitor that comes around only once in a million years or so.

The arrival of a “mountain-sized” comet, Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), is made all the more extraordinary by the fact that humans — who were busy refining their stone-tool-making skills the last time such an event might have occurred — now have spacecraft from multiple countries at the Red Planet to see it happen.

“Think about a comet that started its travel probably at the dawn of man and it’s just coming in close now,” Carey Lisse, a senior astrophysicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, said at a news briefing about Comet Siding Spring last week. “And the reason we can actually observe it is because we have built satellites and rovers. We’ve now got outposts around Mars.”

As the nucleus of the comet passes about 80,000 miles from the Martian surface The nucleus of the comet will make its closest approach to Mars at 1:32 p.m. ET on Sunday, orbiters from NASA, Europe and India are all being repurposed to quickly observe the comet flyby and then beat a retreat before the comet’s tail swings by.

As The Associated Press writes: “The orbiting craft will observe the incoming iceball, then hide behind Mars for protection from potentially dangerous debris in the comet tail. NASA’s Opportunity and Curiosity rovers will be shielded by the Martian atmosphere. They should have the best seats in the house.”

Emily Lakdawalla, a senior editor for The Planetary Society, says: “There are tons and tons of scientific observations planned by Mars orbiters, Mars rovers, and Earth-based observatories. In fact, most of the facilities that are planning to observe Siding Spring have already begun their work, and will continue observation for days after the encounter.”

Lakdawalla adds: “It’s not like a Mars landing; there won’t be a single moment when a bunch of serious-looking engineers suddenly erupt into cheers. Instead, there’ll be many smaller, non-televised moments as instrument teams receive their data from far-flung spacecraft and telescopes, spread out over the next several days. For the most part, the images of the comet won’t be instant classics; many will show only a single pixel, or a faint smudge. Some of the data won’t even arrive on Earth until the middle of next week.”

As astronomer Phil Plait, who writes the Bad Astronomy blog for Slate, notes:

The NASA comet page says the coma (the big fuzzy cloud of gas surrounding the solid nucleus of the comet) is about 20,000 km across. At closest approach, that means that if you were standing on Mars, the comet would appear to be over 8° across! That means that if you have a big hand, you could just barely block it with your upraised fist.

“That’s astonishing. What a view that would be! And while the astronomer part of my brain is envious and wishes we could see something like that from Earth, the human part of my brain is screaming obscenities at the astronomer part of my brain. In real life, it’s probably best comets keep their distance from us.”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/10/18/357184354/mars-probes-give-scientists-box-seats-for-rare-comet-flyby?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

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Oct 19 2014

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Pope Francis opens the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, on Saturday.

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Pope Francis opens the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, on Saturday.

Pope Francis opens the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, on Saturday.

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A synod of Catholic bishops gathered at the Vatican has decided to eliminate a landmark opening to gays that had appeared in an interim summary of discussions made public earlier this week that had appeared to signal a possible shift in the tone of the church.

The move to scrap the message about gays, as well as one that would have signaled more acceptance of divorced church members, is seen as a sign of deep division in the ranks of the bishops.

The Associated Press reports:

“The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to gays that stripped away the welcoming tone contained in a draft document earlier in the week.

“Two other paragraphs concerning the other hot-button issue at the synod – whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive communion – also failed to pass.”

According to the BBC: “The Pope said the full draft document, including the rejected paragraphs, should nonetheless be published.

“Correspondents say the text welcoming gay people and remarried Catholics had been watered down in the final version that was voted on – but it appears that they still met with resistance from conservatives.

“Speaking after the vote, Pope Francis told attendees he would have been ‘worried and saddened’ if there had not been ‘animated discussions’ or if ‘everyone had been in agreement or silent in a false and acquiescent peace’, AP news agency reported.”

As The National Catholic Reporter’s Vatican correspondent Joshua McElwee told NPR when Tuesday’s preliminary summary was released, the bishops had said they wanted “to reach out to modern society and walk with people as they apply church doctrine alongside mercy.”

But by the time of the their final report today, the language on gays and divorced members was gone.

Meanwhile, NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome that the mayor of the Italian capital, Ignazio Marino, has defied the a law against gay marriage in the country by registering 16 same-sex marriages celebrated abroad.

“Marino said his decision … is an important step in the fight for equal rights for all,” Sylvia reports.

“The move came after the interior minister, Angelino Alfano, sent a notice to local prefects saying registrations of gay marriages would be voided,” Sylvia says. “Registrations had already been under way in several Italian municipalities, including Milan and Bologna.”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/10/18/357192760/vatican-bishops-scrap-opening-to-gays-divorced-members?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Saudi Cleric’s Death Sentence Focuses Shia Anger On Ruling Family

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Oct 19 2014

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Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr lies wounded in the back of a police car following his arrest in July 2012. A Saudi court sentenced him to death this week for disloyalty to the ruling family and other charges.

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Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr lies wounded in the back of a police car following his arrest in July 2012. A Saudi court sentenced him to death this week for disloyalty to the ruling family and other charges.

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr lies wounded in the back of a police car following his arrest in July 2012. A Saudi court sentenced him to death this week for disloyalty to the ruling family and other charges.

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Protests broke out in Saudi Arabia this week over the death sentence of a leading Shiite cleric. Human rights activists call his sentencing political and warn that by killing him, the country may deepen sectarian discord and spur more violence.

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was a leading voice during protests in 2011 and 2012 by the minority Shiite Muslim community.

The Shiites were demanding reforms to anti-Shiite practices that shut them out of top government employment and prevent them from building places of worship. Saudi Arabia’s ruling family and the majority of the country are Sunni Muslims.

Nimr was a bold voice for Saudi Shias.

“From the moment you’re born, you’re surrounded by fear,” he said in a 2011 sermon. “The people took to the streets demanding freedom, dignity and reform. We don’t mind getting arrested with those who’ve been detained and we don’t even mind shedding our blood for their sake.”

Less than a year later, Nimr was arrested, and shot and wounded in the process. Police claim he used violence against them; his supporters and family say that’s not true.

He was sentenced to death Wednesday on charges that include being disloyal to the ruling family, using violence and seeking foreign meddling.

Human Rights Watch researcher Adam Coogle says the sentencing was political and could bring more unrest.

“This can end up festering over a long period of time and ultimately leads to instability,” Coogle says.

Coogle says the court that sentenced Nimr, a specialized criminal court, was originally formed to try terrorism cases but is now being used to silence critics. Nimr’s nephew, an activist, was also sentenced to death in the same court. Human Rights Watch is calling for the court to be abolished.

Coogle says western allies like the U.S. need to address Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

“If we’re going to support human rights in Syria, for example, it’s also important to have conversations with our own ally,” he says.

In Saudi, small protests have begun.

In the eastern province of Qatif, home to a large part of Saudi’s Shiite community, protesters called for the downfall of the ruling family. If Nimr is killed, activists warn, the unrest will grow.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/10/18/357108117/saudi-clerics-death-sentence-focuses-shia-anger-on-ruling-family?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Oscar Pistorius’ Sentencing And The Classic True Crime Novel

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Oct 18 2014


Twenty years after 0.J. Simpson’s “Trial Of The Century,” another murder trial featuring a global sports star has taken its place in the spotlight.

The crime in question is that of double amputee and superstar Oscar Pistorius, who shot and killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. Pistorius escaped a murder charge, but he was convicted of culpable homicide. His sentencing hearing has been going on all week.

Pistorius never denied shooting Steenkamp. He even handed himself over after it happened. He says he fired that gun thinking an intruder was breaking into his house. So there’s been a killing, and we know who did it. The question is why.

Which makes it a good time to re-read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It’s a classic of the true crime genre, the one against which all others are judged, and the most disturbing, compelling, book I’ve ever read. The big reveal in In Cold Blood isn’t who killed the Clutter family — you know who murdered Herb, Bonnie and their two teenage kids. The challenge for Capote, and the reason it’s the perfect book to read now, is that he managed to make the story gripping even though you know the end.

He spent hours interviewing everyone involved. He sat down with the killers, and developed personal relationships with them. Dick Hickock and Perry Smith had heard about some money in a safe in the home of Herb Clutter. Their plan was to rob the house and kill the family, leaving no witnesses behind.

Capote uses a number of different perspectives — the killers themselves and also neighbors and investigators — to weave his story together. He wrote In Cold Blood like a novel, re-creating dialogue, which became controversial when the book was published.

“You exist in a half-world suspended between two superstructures, one self-expression and the other self-destruction,” Capote writes about one of the killers. “You are strong, but there is a flaw in your strength, and unless you learn to control it the flaw will prove stronger than your strength and defeat you.”

He could have been writing about Oscar Pistorius. Could the killing of Reeva Steenkamp have been purely an accident? Either way, like one of Capote’s anti-heroes, Pistorius has shown himself to be a flawed character, and the end result was tragic.

Mandy Wiener is the author of One Tragic Night.

Read an excerpt of In Cold Blood

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/10/17/356894792/oscar-pistorius-sentencing-and-the-classic-true-crime-novel?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world