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China's Xi Jinping consolidates power with new ideology

  • unwieldy: At panel groups to discuss Xi Jinping's keynote speech, top leaders carefully echoed the unwieldy phrase" Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era ".
  • pantheon: Both are strong signals that Xi Jinping will achieve what predecessors have failed to do for 20 years- he will officially join the pantheon of China's transformative leaders by getting his name written into the party constitution at the close of congress next week.
  • usurp: He named top cadres Bo Xilai, Zhou Yongkang and Sun Zhengcai as among a group of " hugely corrup t" high-ranking officials who" plotted to usurp the party's leadership and seize state power ".

Moscow gets a much needed facelift. But is it worth the cost?

  • overpower: Moscow is a city that's notorious for its grand, overpowering architecture.
  • humanize: Modernizing and humanizing it by enabling public access and convenience is no small task.
  • thoroughfare: Some of Moscow's major downtown thoroughfares have been closed for months at a time and completely dug up, bringing howls of outrage from local residents and businesses whose lives were disrupted.
  • imaginable: Outdoor kiosks, small businesses selling everything imaginable that proliferated after the collapse of the USSR, have been almost completely cleared from city streets.
  • intolerable: Moscow traffic, always verging on paralytic, sometimes became an intolerable nightmare; road rage incidents multiplied.

'Death Island'

  • surround: As my companions and I jump off the boat and walk along a deserted beach a pack of dogs surrounds us, barking furiously.
  • creak: The door opens with a creak and we are inside a long dormitory with hundreds of beds, divided by panels of wood.
  • infest: With few washing facilities and no change of clothes, inmates soon became infested with lice.
  • obelisk: On a small hill by the camp, there is a 25m-high obelisk adorned with a red star and hammer and sickle.
  • corrugated: At Kholmogory, where much of the convent is now held up by scaffolding and wrapped in corrugated iron, I met Ele na, a parishioner who sings in the convent choir.

Lessons from Catalonia

  • proscribe: In Nigeria, the military viewed Ipob as a terrorist group and the authorities got it proscribed as such.
  • whereabouts: The whereabouts of its leader Nnamdi Kanu is now a subject of controversy- his supporters say the army has detained him but the military authorities have denied this.
  • averse: While Nigerian authorities appear averse to the idea of negotiations with advocates of secession movements, Paul Bi ya, Cameroon's president of 35 years and counting, has called for dialogue.