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The Nation No sooner am I settled in an interviewing room in the police station of Kirkuk, Iraq, than the first prisoner I am there to see is brought in, flanked by two policemen and in handcuffs. I awkwardly rise, unsure of the etiquette involved in interviewing an ISIS fighter who is facing the death penalty. He is small, much smaller than I, on first appearances just a boy in trouble with the police, his eyes fixed on the floor, his face a mask. We all sit on armchairs lined up against facing walls, in a room cloudy with cigarette smoke and lit by fluorescent strip lighting, a room so small that my knees almost touch the prisoner’s—but he still doesn’t look up.

Kano Ships Its First 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits, Fueled By $1.5M Kickstarter Kano Computing, a startup that plays in the learn to code space by adding a step-by-step hand-holding layer atop the Raspberry Pi single-board microcomputer to make hacking around with code and learning about computational thinking child’s play, has shipped all the hardware kits in its first batch of crowdfunded orders and pre-orders. That’s around 18,000 kits in all, co-founder Alex Klein confirmed to TechCrunch. “They are all in the wild, they are out of our hands.

learn french Welcome to the “Phonetique” site. It is aimed at learners of French as a foreign language, but can also be used by native French speakers. On these pages, you will be able to hear all the sounds of the French alphabet, and those of the international phonetic alphabet. You will also find exercises to learn how to distinguish between sounds, as well as games to help you practise the sounds and rhythms of the French language.

China military develops robotic submarines to launch a new era of sea power China is developing large, smart and relatively low-cost unmanned submarines that can roam the world’s oceans to perform a wide range of missions, from reconnaissance to mine placement to even suicide attacks against enemy vessels, according to scientists involved in these artificial intelligence (AI) projects. The autonomous robotic submarines are expected to be deployed in the early 2020s. While not intended to entirely replace human-operated submarines, they will challenge the advantageous position established by Western naval powers after the second world war. The robotic subs are aimed particularly at the United States forces in strategic waters like the South China Sea and western Pacific Ocean, the researchers said. The project is part of the government's ambitious plan to boost the country's naval power with AI technology.

OPEC Graphique et données The new OPEC Reference Basket (ORB) Introduced on 16 June 2005, is currently made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Islamic Republic of Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Qatar Marine (Qatar), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela). Notes: As of January 2006: The Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly & Yearly averages are based on daily quotations. As of January 2007: The basket price includes the Angolan crude "Girassol". Koreana #Literature ON THE ROAD Beginning and Ending in Haenam Read more > #Literature TALES OF TWO KOREAS Testimonies on Divergences in Music Read more > #Life AN ORDINARY DAY Honest Days, Shared With Neighbors Read more > #Life BOOKS & MORE ‘Almond’,‘Efficacious Underworld: The Evolution of Ten Kings Paintings in Medieval China and Korea’,‘Korea Tour Comics’ Read more > #Life ENTERTAINMENT Unmasking Personas Read more > #Life ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS Shrimp: A Tasty Gift from the Autumn Sea Read more > #Life IN LOVE WITH KOREA Illuminating Korean Cinema Read more > #Life LIFE STYLE From Instant to Restaurant-Quality Foods Read more > #Literature ON THE ROAD Beginning and Ending in Haenam Read more > #Literature TALES OF TWO KOREAS Testimonies on Divergences in Music Read more > #Life AN ORDINARY DAY Honest Days, Shared With Neighbors Read more >

Flotilla Simplifies Electronics Tinkering — Just Add Pi The U.K.-made low-cost Raspberry Pi microcomputer — which was itself conceived with the idea of encouraging kids to learn coding (yet ended up inspiring makers of all ages) — has been a fertile seeding ground for other computing and electronics education projects. Such as the kids’ focused DIY computer kit, Kano, which shipped its first batch of kits last fall, after raising some $1.5M in crowdfunding in 2013. EcoMate2000 Electronic Dictionary of Finance EN/FR FR/EN With the financial jargon becoming more and more complex for native and non-native speakers alike, there is a need for up-to-date multilingual reference tools. After several years of in-depth, meticulous lexicographical research EcoLinguae is now in a position to present a rich and comprehensive bilingual online translating and explanatory dictionary of economy, banking, business and finance. With more than 6850 entries per language, the dictionary tackles all domains of today's business life, from the most recent Stock Exchange instruments to corporate and trade finance, risk management, accounting, credit practices and custody. EcoMate2000 is now available for online consultation here. Select the source language, type the word that you are looking for, and then click the magnifier. 

Dispute after state authorised expropriation of farm Government has begun unilaterally expropriating farms against which land claims have been lodged and where price negotiations with owners have stalled. Two game farms in Limpopo appear to be the first properties that will be expropriated without following a court process. The owners, who dispute the validity of the land claims lodged against their property, want R200m for the land, while government has offered them R20m. A letter written to Akkerland Boerdery, owners of a luxury hunting farm in Makhado in Limpopo, read in part: “Notice is hereby given that a terrain inspection will be held on the farms on April 5 2018 at 10am in order to conduct an audit of the assets and a handover of the farm’s keys to the state.”

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The Japan times Japan’s postwar pacifism will face a critical challenge this year that could drastically change the course of this country forever: the July Upper House election. Right-leaning parties, most notably the ruling Liberal Democratic Party led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will try to capture more than two-thirds of the 242-seat chamber in the election, and thus have the seats required to initiate a national referendum to revise the war-renouncing Constitution. But which parties currently advocate constitutional revision?

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