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posted on 29 November 2015

Early Headlines: Vanishing Nature Language, Shale Debt Defaults, Greece Sex For Sandwich, Syria Advances Vs IS, Russia Sanctions Turkey And More

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Early Bird Headlines 29 November 2015

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  • The vanishing words we need to save (BBC News) Robert Macfarlane has pulled together nine glossaries of terms taken from 30 languages, dialects and sub-dialects around Britain and Ireland. They all describe aspects of weather, nature and terrain - and many of them are dying out, slipping out of conversation and off the tongues of those who once spoke them. They have been lost. Macfarlane wants them to be found. Described in his loatest book "Landmarks", this disappearing elements of language represent the disappearing connection between man and nature.



  • Young Greek women selling sex for the price of a sandwich, new study shows (The Washington Post) Hat tip to Sanjeev Kulkarni. Young Greek women are selling sex for the price of a sandwich as six years of painful austerity have pushed the European country to the financial brink, a new study showed Friday. The study, which compiled data on more than 17,000 sex workers operating in Greece, found that Greek women now dominate the country's prostitution industry, replacing Eastern European women, and that the sex on sale in Greece is some of the cheapest on offer in Europe.


  • Killing of prominent pro-Kurdish lawyer sparks protests in Turkey (Al Jazeera) A prominent lawyer and human rights defender, who faced a criminal charge for speaking in defense of Kurdish rebels, was killed Saturday in an attack in southeast Turkey in which a police officer also died, officials said. Tahir Elci, , a human rights defender who had faced a criminal charge for speaking in defense of Kurdish rebels, was shot while he and other lawyers were making a press statement. Two policemen and a journalist were also injured. It wasn't immediately clear who was behind the attack, and there were conflicting reports about what led to it


  • Syrian army advances against Islamic State east of Aleppo: Syria state TV (Reuters) The Syrian army captured territory from Islamic State east of Aleppo including several kilometers (miles) of highway linking the city with the jihadists' de facto capital of Raqqa, Syrian state TV reported on Saturday. The areas reported captured are east of the Kweires, air base seized from Islamic State control on Nov. 10 in one of several offensives being waged by the Syrian army with support from Russian air strikes, Iranian forces, and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. Reuters could not independently confirm the report.


  • Oil's Big Players Line Up for $30 Billion of Projects in Iran (Bloomberg) Total SA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Lukoil PJSC are among international companies that have selected oil and natural gas deposits to develop in Iran as the holder of the world's fourth-largest crude reserves presents $30 billion worth of projects to investors.


  • Putin, citing national security, signs Turkey sanctions decree (Reuters) President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing a raft of punitive economic sanctions against Turkey on Saturday, underlining the depth of the Kremlin's anger toward Ankara four days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. The decree, which entered into force immediately, said charter flights from Russia to Turkey would be banned, that tour firms would be told not to sell any holidays there, and that unspecified Turkish imports would be outlawed, and Turkish firms and nationals have their economic activities halted or curbed.

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