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Target set for e-mails

The Department of State has proposed a deadline of the middle of January to finish its review and release 55,000 pages of former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s work e-mails she sent through a private server and has since turned over to the department. Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal e-mail account for government business has prompted concerns about transparency and security. The Jan. 15 deadline came to light in a document filed on Monday in a Washington federal court in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Vice News against the department seeking Clinton’s e-mails. “The department understands the considerable public’s interest in these records and is endeavoring to complete the review and production of them as expeditiously as possible,” acting director of Information Programs and Services John Hackett said in the filing. “The collection is, however, voluminous and ... presents several challenges.”


Massacre survivor quits

One of the few cartoonists to survive a Muslim militant attack on Charlie Hebdo journal is leaving the publication, saying he can no longer bear the pressure. Renald Luzier, better known as Luz, announced his decision in an interview in Liberation. “Every print-run was torture because the others are no longer there,” said Luz, who drew the cover picture on the first post-attack edition of Charlie Hebdo, but had recently declared he would no longer draw cartoons of the prophet Mohammed because he was fed up with it.


Executioners wanted

The Ministry of Civil Service yesterday advertised vacancies for eight executioners after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of last year. The ministry said that no qualifications were necessary and that applicants would be exempted from the usual entrance exams. It said that as well as beheadings, the successful candidates would be expected to carry out amputations ordered by the courts under the kingdom’s strict version of Shariah law.


Teachers launch strike

Teachers yesterday went on strike to protest against a proposed reform of secondary education. Minister of National Education Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, 37, has come under fire for the disputed reforms. Among the most contentious elements is a proposal to reduce the teaching of Latin and Ancient Greek in favor of a general class on classical culture. Teachers are also furious at plans to give schools more autonomy in a system that has previously sought to ensure that all children at high school level receive exactly the same education.


‘Le selfie’ enters dictionary

Two of the bibles of the French language, the Petit Larousse encyclopedic dictionary and Le Petit Robert, have developed a few new culinary and artistic tastes. The editors on Monday announced the latest editions would contain 300 new words and expressions, including “focaccia,” biryani, goji and “vegan.” Showing it is moving with the times, and in defiance of the Academie Francaise’s diktat’s on Anglicisms, next year’s edition of Larousse will include what Liberation newspaper described as the “unbearable” word “selfie” — plus its Quebecois equivalent “egoportrait” — as well as “big data” and “open data,” “community manager” and “bitcoin.”

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