Emil Yerimbetov

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China's 'new normal' sees government apply brakes to accelerating economy

I just spent a week in China, where I participated in the Boao Asia Forum, a conference similar to the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The topic of my panel was what president Xi Jinping has called the Chinese economy’s “new normal”: an era of relatively slower growth, …

Texas judge refuses to lift block on Obama immigration plan

Federal judge in Texas rejects Justice Department request to lift a ban on Obama’s proposal that would have shielded millions from deportation<p>A federal judge in Texas has refused to lift a temporary block on a White House immigration plan that would have shielded millions of undocumented migrants …

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

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Ukraine conflict at 'crossroads' as troop deaths shake truce

The deaths of three Ukrainian soldiers after a two-day lull in clashes with pro-Russian separatists highlighted the fragility of the ceasefire as the UN said some five million people needed humanitarian aid due to the conflict.<p>The envoy to Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Cooperation …

There are tantalizing signs of liberal reforms in North Korea

"Reform" remains a taboo word in the North. But new measures in the countryside appear to sanction people farming for the market rather than for the state. It represents a tacit abandonment of state collectives in favour of family farming, and seems already to have had an effect.<p>For the first time …

North Korea

50+ Inspiring Small Kitchens You'll Absolutely Fall In Love With

Even tiny kitchens can have serious style.<p>These charming and stylish designer kitchens have all the inspiration you need to spice up your tiny cooking space.

Countertops

The Skills Gap: America's Young Workers Are Lagging Behind

New findings suggest that U.S. millennials are far less competent than their peers in Europe and Asia.<p>Young American workers today are more educated than ever before, but the nation’s largest generation is losing its edge against the least and most educated of other countries, according to a …

10 Ridiculously Sexist and Dangerous Laws From Around the World

Once in a while in the U.S. we hear about a bill or a law that seems like it must be a joke. For example, in Florida it is illegal for a single woman to parachute or skydive on a Sunday. This week in Montana, a legislator explained that he seriously wants to make it illegal for women to wear yoga …

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

<b>1.</b> Japan and Jordan are still working to secure the release of two of their nationals held by Islamic State militants after the deadline passed for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner in exchange for the captives.<p><b>2.</b> Greece's new radical government will hold its first talks with eurozone finance …

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The Age of Unicorns

Stewart Butterfield had one objective when he set out to raise money for his startup last fall: a billion dollars or nothing. If he couldn’t reach a …

Syriza’s historic win puts Greece on collision course with Europe

European politics has been plunged into a volatile new era following a historic victory in Greece’s general election by far-left radicals committed to ending years of austerity.<p>More than five years into the euro crisis that started in Greece in October 2009 and raised questions about the single …

Europe Appeals to Putin’s Ego As it Seeks Peace in Ukraine

Given the amount of blood still being spilled on a daily basis in the war in eastern Ukraine, it may seem premature, if not also in bad taste, to …

There Are 3 Men Who Truly Run New York, And One Is In FBI Custody

According to a federal complaint filed by Robert Ryan, an investigator with the office of US Attorney Preet Bharara on Wednesday, Silver is being charged with five counts of corruption, mail fraud, wire fraud, and extortion charges. The complaint identified the charges as relating to nearly $6 …

Ukraine Has Lost A Crucial Airport To Russia-Backed Rebels

"Taking into account the danger and in order to save lives ... it was decided yesterday to move out of the terminal's territory and to the new lines," Vladyslav Seleznyov, the spokesman for the Ukrainian military, said in a briefing.<p>Fighting over the airport had taken on a new intensity within the …

5 iPhone Apps You Just Can't Miss This Week

MECC<p>DMA Design Limited/Psygnosis Limited<p>Tiertex Ltd./LucasArts, U.S. Gold Ltd.<p>id Software, Inc./Apogee Software, Ltd.<p>Brøderbund/Terebilov KA<p>Sierra …

Dungeons and Dragons

Oil prices fall again on the back of IMF pessimism

Brent oil fell to under $50 a barrel after the international Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global economic growth.<p>The IMF appraisal indicates less demand for fuel.<p>Oil prices have dropped by more than half since June as output soared while demand and consumption has slowed.<p>Saudi Arabia, Iran …

Caught between greed and religion: the battle for Kansas public education

In a hypothetical Venn diagram, one circle representing extremist Christians and the other fundamentalist capitalists, the lens-shaped overlap contains Sam Brownback, the newly re-elected governor of Kansas. It also includes a broad spectrum of citizens who have supported him: working-class members …

Eight Things You Might Not Know About the State of the Union

First Read<p>If you’re like many Americans – let’s say 30 million of them or so – you’ll be tuning in to the State of the Union Tuesday night. The annual tradition of a presidential speech/national checkup/policy wishlist/political gauntlet-throwing dates back to America’s early history, but it’s only …

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This Map Explains Why The F-35 Has Turned Into A Trillion-Dollar Fiasco

It's been a bad month for the F-35, the ever-delayed fifth-generation fighter plane. A congressional report obtained by Bloomberg this week identifies a range of flaws with the plane's computer system, while a different software glitch discovered in December could render the plane's on-board cannon …

What does Microsoft have planned for Wednesday’s Windows 10 event?

Microsoft will unveil the first major Windows update under new CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday. Obviously, it’s a big day for the Redmond-based giant …

Windows 10

Kremlin says Kiev's actions damage prospects for Ukraine summit: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Tuesday increased military activity by Ukrainian government forces had undermined hopes of arranging a four-way summit on the conflict in east Ukraine, Russia’s RIA news agency reported.<p>Members of the Ukrainian armed forces drive armored vehicles in the town …

China denies suggestions it stole designs for new U.S. fighter

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> China has strenuously denied it stole designs for America's next generation fighter jet, calling the accusations "baseless."<p>The Foreign Ministry in Beijing responded Monday to the publication by German magazine Der Spiegel of new documents purportedly from NSA leaker Edward …

UK debate over Islam and 'Britishness'

A UK government letter to 1,000 imams urging them to promote 'Muslim British identity' draws criticism - and praise.<p><b>London, United Kingdom -</b> A new row has erupted between the British government and Muslim organisations after the minister responsible for community cohesion wrote to hundreds of imams …

Foreign Policy

Google-Led Report On Europe’s Right To Be Forgotten Coming This Month

Google is gearing up to respond to European privacy regulators’ call, from last fall, that it should be implementing search de-listing requests across Google.com domains, not just European sub-domains — as it currently is.<p>Search de-listing refers to Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten‘ ruling …

Judiciary

Why Suppressing Free Speech to Protect Religion Is a Bad Idea

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, much of Europe and now the U.S. it seems is edging towards censorship of anything that could be construed as offensive to a religion. This includes a report compiled by the NYPD on Islamic terrorism, which some Muslim organizations apparently want …

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