ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan’s autocratic leader has established a national holiday to honor the local dog breed. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov ordered the holiday praising the Alabai, the Central Asian shepherd dog, to be celebrated on the last Sunday of April when the ex-Soviet nation also marks the day of the local horse breed, according to Tuesday’s report in the daily Neutral Turkmenistan. The Central Asian nation of 6 million prides itself in horses and dogs, honoring its centuries-old herding traditions. Berdymukhamedov has ruled the gas-rich desert country since 2006 through an all-encompassing personality cult that styles him as Turkmenistan’s “arkadaq,’ or protector.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police released a photo of a man they said is a suspect who is wanted for the attempted murder of a stabbing victim in Hempstead six months ago, authorities said.The suspect, Jose or Luis Alberto Sorto, allegedly stabbed the victim several times on Washington Street near the corner of Vancott Avenue at 6:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, police said Tuesday.Third Squad detectives released the photo of the suspect—who’s last known address was on Hendrickson Avenue in Hempstead—in the hopes that someone would recognize him and turn him in.Police said that another suspect has already been arrested in connection with the stabbing, but did not release the alleged codefendant’s identity.Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of Jose or Luis Alberto Sorto, or anyone with any information about this case to call their toll free hotline: 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain confidential.