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So far, so very good for Roger Federer at the French Open

  • path: Sharapova next plays Lucie Safarova, the first left-hander in her path this time and a Wimbledon semifinalist last year.
  • opponent: She may have to be tres, tres bien against her fourth-round opponent, Ekaterina Makarova, seeded ninth.
  • seed: If Monfils cannot unlock that rid dle, Federer will be looking at a quarterfinal against either another Frenchman, 12th- seeded Gilles Simon, or eighth-seeded Stan Wawrinka.
  • canvas: The canvas for Federer's strokes, the backhand as smooth as a cat's paw and the forehand with crackle and pop, was Damir Dzumhur.
  • seed: She may have to be tres, tres bien against her fourth-round opponent, Ekaterina Makarova, seeded ninth.

Russia releases 89-name EU travel blacklist

  • publish: The (German) government expects the Russian authorities to publish any 'barred' list as well as the judicial means of contesting it," the German foreign ministry said in a statement.
  • legal: In Wellmann's case, the German government will demand transparency and legal rights for each comparable case," Berlin said on Friday.
  • international: The list" was not based on international law, was not transparent and could not be challenged " in a court of law, he added.
  • oust: Russian President Vladimir Putin strongly denies backing the insurgency in eastern Ukraine that erupted after a pro-Krem lin president was ousted in February 2014.
  • judicial: The (German) government expects the Russian authorities to publish any 'barred' list as well as the judicial means of contesting it," the German foreign ministry said in a statement.

Blatter says he has surprises to improve FIFA image

  • arrest: Reflecting on a turbulent week that saw a spate of arrests of high-ranking FIFA officials amid an FBI investigation, Blatter said: " It was a very difficult Congress due to the circumstances of these events.
  • improve: Blatter says he has surprises to improve FIFA image- Yahoo News.
  • message: We have a meeting of the executive committee and they will listen to me, they will receive some information or some messages, some of them will be surprised.
  • tragic: Buoyant after being re-elected at the Congress of soccer's ruling body on Friday, the 79-year-old Swiss told FIFA TV he would have time to work on his plans after the " tragic events" involving officials at his organisation earlier this week.
  • spate: Reflecting on a turbulent week that saw a spate of arrests of high-ranking FIFA officials amid an FBI investigation, Blatter said: " It was a very difficult Congress due to the circumstances of these events.

Belgium, Czech Republic rapped over smacking children

  • abuse: While the council's European Committee of Social Rights cannot bring redress to victims of abuse, as the European Court might, its decisions are binding.
  • victim: While the council's European Committee of Social Rights cannot bring redress to victims of abuse, as the European Court might, its decisions are binding.
  • harm: Those in favour of a complete ban point to the mental and physical harm suffered by the child.
  • ban: Worldwide, 17 other countries have a complete ban on corporal punishment for children, notably in South America, Central America and Africa.
  • ban: Those in favour of a complete ban point to the mental and physical harm suffered by the child.

Truck bombs: the Islamic State's 'air force'

  • huge: Videos of the truck bomb attacks, which IS has also used in the battle of Kobane in northern Syria and on other fronts, show huge explosions that are visible from miles away.
  • straight: When a position is too well defended for a more conventional advance, a suicide driver steers a truck bomb, protected by the makeshift armour, through enemy fire and straight to his target.
  • government: The jihadists used about 30 explosives-rigged vehicles in the Iraqi city of Ramadi this month, blasting their way through positions government and allied fighters had managed to hold for more than a year.
  • professor: The (IS) offensives in Iraq may be the first time that VBIEDs have been used as part of the order of battle of a large attacking force in Middle Eastern warfare," said Andrew Terrill, professor at the US Army's Strategic Studies Institute.
  • initiate: The Tamil Tigers had integrated suicide car and truck bombs with an infantry assault before IS, but Davis points out they were mostly " solo attacks" to initiate battles.

Canada attorney general quitting politics

  • conference: The 49-year-old MP told a press conference he was leaving for " entirely personal reasons," to spend more time with his young wife, who is pregnant with their second child.
  • struggle: His departure after 18 years in politics comes at a bad time for the Conservative party, which is struggling in the face of an emboldened left.
  • oversee: MacKay has held several portfolios during his career, including foreign affairs and defense, overseeing most of Canada's 10-year combat mission in Afghanistan.
  • release: The high court also rejected a Tory proposal for Senate reform, an attempt to create a national securities regulator and a MacKay nominee to the top bench, and ruled against Ottawa on three occasions in its fight to prevent former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr's early release.
  • career: MacKay has held several portfolios during his career, including foreign affairs and defense, overseeing most of Canada's 10-year combat mission in Afghanistan.

Rwanda bans BBC broadcasts over genocide documentary

  • reject: The BBC has rejected the criticism and has said it stood by its journalism.
  • transgress: A statement read out by RURA director Patrick Nyirishema said the " airing of the documentary by the BBC constituted abuse of press freedom and free speech ", and that the broadcaster had also " violated its own editorial guidelines, transgressed journalistic standards and violated Rwandan laws.
  • editorial: A statement read out by RURA director Patrick Nyirishema said the " airing of the documentary by the BBC constituted abuse of press freedom and free speech ", and that the broadcaster had also " violated its own editorial guidelines, transgressed journalistic standards and violated Rwandan laws.
  • minority: An estimated 800,000 people, mostly minority Tutsis, were killed in just 100 days by Hutu extremists-- a rate of killing that was far faster than the Holocaust in World War II.
  • international: Prominent international academics, experts and diplomats have also accused the BBC of being " recklessly irresponsible" by allegedly promoting a revisionist account of the genocide in the documentary, notably by questioning the number of Tutsis who were killed.

Ethiopia opposition says elections an 'undemocratic disgrace'

  • credible: The African Union observer mission, however, described the polling as " credible" and " generally consistent with the AU guidelines on the conduct of elections in Africa.
  • intimidation: Ahead of Sunday's polls the opposition alleged the government had used authoritarian tactics to guarantee victory-- such as intimidation, refusing to register candidates or arresting supporters.
  • civil: After the elections, the United States, which enjoys close security cooperation with Ethiopia, also said it remained " deeply concerned by continued restrictions on civil society, media, opposition parties, and independent voices and views.
  • candidate: The Blue Party's spokesman, Yonatan Tesfaye, alleged that 200 party candidates were denied the right to stand for parliament and 52 party members were arrested in the run-up to the polls.
  • root: The European Union also said true democracy had yet to take root in Ethiopia, and voiced concern over " arrests of journalists and opposition politicians, closure of a number of media outlets and obstacles faced by the opposition in conducting its campaign.

China deployed artillery in S.China Sea: US officials

  • mistake: The Pentagon chief, speaking in Hawaii, also said "there should be no mistake: The United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows, as we do all around the world.
  • oppose: The militarization of these islands is something we're opposed to.
  • reclaim: We can confirm we have identified some weapons on one of these reclaimed Chinese islands," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.
  • naval: The United States has insisted the areas claimed by China are international waters and airspace, and has sent out surveillance planes and naval ships to drive home the point.
  • method: Beijing's actions in the South China Sea are " out of step with both international norm s" and the " regional consensus" that opposes coercive methods to resolve territorial disputes, Carter said.

Labour 'squeamish' on immigration

  • crisis: The Tories want to say that either it caused the financial crisis which it clearly didn't, or they want to say that it made it harder to deal with the financial crisis which it also didn't.
  • candidate: Candidates are required to gather the signatures of 35 MPs by 15 June to make it on to the ballot paper.
  • financial: Asked if it was wrong for the party to have run up a deficit before the financial crash, Yvette Cooper admitted: " I 'm saying that ideally you would have had it in surplus, so yes, we should have had it in surplus by that time.
  • announce: Ms Cooper is one of four MPs who have announced they will stand for the Labourleadership.
  • surplus: Asked if it was wrong for the party to have run up a deficit before the financial crash, Yvette Cooper admitted: " I 'm saying that ideally you would have had it in surplus, so yes, we should have had it in surplus by that time.

Officials: Gunmen hijack buses in Pakistan, kill 19

  • hijack: Officials: Gunmen hijack buses in Pakistan, kill 19- Yahoo News.
  • assailant: He said the assailants still hold some passengers, without giving an exact number, and that the operation to recover them is still underway.
  • passenger: Baluchistan Information Minister Abdur Rahim Ziaratwal said the abductors killed the 19 passengers and left their bodies behind as they escaped deeper into the mountains.
  • exact: He said the assailants still hold some passengers, without giving an exact number, and that the operation to recover them is still underway.
  • autonomy: Baluchistan is the scene of a low-intensity insurgency by Baluch nationalists, separatists and other groups demanding more autonomy and a greater share of the province's gas and mineral resources.

Mauritius president steps down

  • reform: The previous government had fought the elections on a platform of delivering constitutional reform-- notably with a divisive proposal to strengthen presidential powers.
  • corruption: Since his election defeat he has been embroiled in corruption allegations that have shocked the country.
  • resignation: A statement from the presidency said Purryag's resignation was in accordance with an earlier agreement with Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who was elected in December last year.
  • position: Ramgoolam himself had hoped to eventually run for the new, strengthened position.
  • embroil: Since his election defeat he has been embroiled in corruption allegations that have shocked the country.

UK Jewish group causes furore with women drivers ban

  • accuse: Fellow Belz member Judith Stein denied that the group oppressed women, and accused the Jewish Chronicle, which first published the letter, of being biased.
  • publish: Fellow Belz member Judith Stein denied that the group oppressed women, and accused the Jewish Chronicle, which first published the letter, of being biased.
  • oppress: I do not feel hard done by, I do not feel deg raded, I do not feel oppressed.
  • shelter: Women are sheltered and protected, not because they are browbeaten and forced to remain locked indoors, but rather because she is considered a precious jewel, a diamond, which needs to be protected at all costs," Stein said.
  • sense: In this sense it is no different from the driving ban on women in Saudi Arabia.

Silk Road mastermind jailed for life

  • site: Ulbricht created the site in January 2011, and owned and operated the underground site until it was shut down by the FBI in October 2013, when he was arrested in a San Francisco library.
  • prison: You should serve your life in prison," she told him.
  • sentence: Forrest said his sentence had to serve as a general deter rent, reflect the severity of his crimes and protect society.
  • arrest: Ulbricht created the site in January 2011, and owned and operated the underground site until it was shut down by the FBI in October 2013, when he was arrested in a San Francisco library.
  • education: What you did in Silk Road was terribly destructive to our social fabric ," said the judge, calling him a criminal whose graduate school education made his actions less explicable than a common drug dealer.

Haiti Struggles to Stem Cholera as Rains Come Early

  • disease: The number of Haitians infected by cholera has risen more than 300 percent in the past year as early rains, poor sanitation, and a lack of funding means the impoverished Caribbean nation struggles to stem the disease, the United Nations said.
  • infect: The number of Haitians infected by cholera has risen more than 300 percent in the past year as early rains, poor sanitation, and a lack of funding means the impoverished Caribbean nation struggles to stem the disease, the United Nations said.
  • federal: A New York federal judge threw out the lawsuit in January, saying the U.N. could not be sued because it has legal immunity.
  • quarter: An upsurge in the last quarter of 2014 continues to affect Port-au-Prince's metropolitan area, illustrating the shift of the epidemic from rural to urban areas," said the latest U.N. humanitarian agency ( OCHA) report on Haiti.
  • victim: The U.N. was sued in 2013 by the Boston-based rights group, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, demanding improved water and sanitation infrastructure, compensation for thousands of cholera victims and an apology.

Mine clearance starts in Colombia

  • sergeant: Who would have imagined an army sergeant and a Farc explosive expert spending days together exchanging opinions?
  • guerrilla: The Colombian army and Farc guerrillas have begun working together to clear landmines sown during 50 years of war, the government says.
  • preparation: Colombian soldiers have been practising with fake mines in preparation for demining in Cocorna municip ality, in Antioquia.
  • process: The government's chief peace negotiator in Hav ana, Humberto de la Calle, said: " Farc handed over a map and actively contributed in the process.
  • rebel: The Farc killed 11 soldiers in an ambush last month, causing President Juan Manuel Santos to order new air strikes on rebel positions.

US drops Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move

  • vehemently: Cuba has vehemently protested its 1982 inclusion on the blacklist-- which hampered its access to global markets and tarred it as an international pariah-- and had demanded that the decision be rescinded.
  • delegation: Delegations from the two nations have met four times since January seeking to carve out a path towards re-opening embassies, a first step towards normalizing diplomatic relations snapped in 1961.
  • terror: US drops Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move- Yahoo News.
  • landmark: US drops Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move- Yahoo News.
  • terror: Only Iran, Sudan and Syria still remain on the terror blacklist.

Hamlin wins the pole at Dover International Speedway

  • career: Truex, who has one of his two career Sprint Cup wins at Dover, joined Hamlin on the front row.
  • career: Truex is off to the best start of his career and has been inching closer toward a checkered flag.
  • edge: He edged Martin Truex Jr. on the final qualifying run to take the top spot for the 21st time in his career.
  • career: He edged Martin Truex Jr. on the final qualifying run to take the top spot for the 21st time in his career.
  • course: Truex is trying to snap a winless skid that stretches 68 races to the event on June 23, 2013, at the Sonoma road course.

This has been a month of extreme weather around the world

  • weak: It was long predicted but came far later and weaker than expected.
  • climate: Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, likens what's happening to a stewpot: Natural climate fluctuations such as El Nino go into it.
  • accept: Some scientists have theorized that the jet stream has been changing in recent years because of shrinking Arctic sea ice, an idea that has not totally been accepted but is gaining ground, Shepherd says.
  • climate: Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, likens what's happening to a stewpot: Natural climate fluctuations such as El Nino go into it.
  • possible: Other possible factors contributing to May's wild weather: the periodic warming of the central Pacific known as El Nino, climate change and natural vari ability, scientists say.

US Sanctions Against Zimbabwe to Stay in Place

  • policy: “I think actually it's a wise decision by the U.S. government to not change their policy," he said.
  • policy: I think for a long time now, U.S. government officials have said it's going to be an action-for-action policy, whereby the only instance our policy toward Zimbabwe would fundamentally change is if the government in Harare made positive improvements on issues related to human rights and good governance and respect for political rights.
  • opportunity: Mugabe has for years has used every opportunity to criticize Washington over the sanctions, saying they have been responsible for his country's economic woes and aimed at inciting Zimbabweans to overthrow the government.
  • elite: Smith said the Untied States did not feel pressured to change its policy by the European Union's decision last year to lift a visa ban and assets freeze against members of Zimbabwe's ruling elite, with the exception of Mugabe and his wife, Grace.
  • freeze: Smith said the Untied States did not feel pressured to change its policy by the European Union's decision last year to lift a visa ban and assets freeze against members of Zimbabwe's ruling elite, with the exception of Mugabe and his wife, Grace.

U.S. Soccer chief 'disappointed' in FIFA election

  • corruption: Qatar's successful bid to host the World Cup has been mired in controversy due to allegations of corruption in the selection process, along with the country's baking summertime heat and its treatment of migrant laborers.
  • corruption: Alexi Lalas, a defender who had 96 caps for the U.S. national team before retiring in 2002, did not believe the possibility of lingering resentment over the U.S.-led corruption investigation would hurt American chances to land the world's biggest sporting event.
  • process: Qatar's successful bid to host the World Cup has been mired in controversy due to allegations of corruption in the selection process, along with the country's baking summertime heat and its treatment of migrant laborers.
  • corruption: The U.S. Justice Department has accused top FIFA figures and sports executives of corruption, while Switzerland is looking into the award of the next World Cup finals to Russia and Qatar.
  • reform: He added: " It is our hope (Blatter) will make reform his number one priority to ensure the integrity of the sport across the world.

More than 3,300 migrants rescued in Med Friday, 17 dead

  • corpse: Rome (AFP)- The Italian coastguard said it had coordinated the rescue of more than 3,300 migrants sailing across the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, but also found 17 corpses on several of the rickety boats.
  • rescue: The 17 bodies were found on three inflatable dinghies, from which more than 300 other migrants were rescued alive, the Italian navy said on Twitter.
  • security: The huge spike in the number of people trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in recent weeks has been attributed to the worsening security situation in Libya-- the staging post for most of the crossings-- as well as milder weather.
  • situation: The huge spike in the number of people trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in recent weeks has been attributed to the worsening security situation in Libya-- the staging post for most of the crossings-- as well as milder weather.
  • rescue: More than 3,300 migrants rescued in Med Friday, 17 dead- Yahoo News.

US nears deal on extending ex-Guantanamo inmates' travel ban

  • release: Members of Congress have repeatedly expressed concern about what will happen after the travel ban expires and criticized the administration for releasing the five in the first place.
  • administration: They have asked the Obama administration to try to persuade Qatar to extend the monitoring.
  • disclose: No details have been disclosed about that contact, but the White House confirmed that one was put under enhanced surveillance.
  • candidate: One or more of the detainees met with some members of the al-Qaida-affiliated Haqqani militant group in Qatar earlier in the year, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican and possible presidential candidate in 2016.
  • criticize: Members of Congress have repeatedly expressed concern about what will happen after the travel ban expires and criticized the administration for releasing the five in the first place.

Washington removes Cuba from US list of terrorism sponsors

  • guerrilla: The Cold War-era designation was levied mainly for Cuba's support of leftist guerrillas around the world and isolated the communist island from much of the world financial system because banks fear repercussions from doing business with designated countries.
  • significant: Top U.S. Republicans criticized the move, with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio saying the Obama administration had " handed the Castro regime a significant political win in return for nothing.
  • issue: U.S. and Cuban officials have said the two sides are close to resolving the final issues needed for restoring diplomatic relations, but the most recent round of talks ended May 22 with no announcement of an agreement.
  • period: The 45-day congressional pre-notification period has expired, and the secretary of state has made the final decision to rescind Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, effective today, May 29, 2015," the State Department said in a statement.
  • repeal: Leaders of the Republicans-controlled House have shown zero interest in repealing the laws from the 1990s that codified the U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba.

Ali century anchors Pakistan to 6-wicket win over Zimbabwe

  • century: Ali century anchors Pakistan to 6-wicket win over Zimbabwe- Yahoo News.
  • explosion: Police had initially said the explosion, which was heard during the match, was caused by an electric transformer nearly a kilometer away from the Gaddafi Stadium.
  • apparent: Chibhabha hit 11 fours and a six but walked back in apparent disbelief after he was adjudged caught behind.
  • series: Ali lost 3-0 to Bangladesh last month in his debut series as Pakistan ODI captain, but his century ensured Pakistan won its first ODI series in 17 months after losing five in a row.
  • struggle: Pakistan's bowlers struggled for the breakthrough after Ali won the toss but surprisingly decided to bowl in temperatures of 41 degrees Celsius ( 105 Fahrenheit).

Pentagon: live anthrax may also have been sent to Australia

  • sick: No employees have gotten sick or are in danger, and there is no danger to the public, said Jackie Lustig, a spokeswoman for Massachusetts-based Alere Inc., which owns BBI..
  • exposure: About two dozen people were being treated for possible exposure at Osan Air Base in South Korea.
  • suspect: Prior to word of the Australia shipment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said suspect samples from Dugway had been sent to 18 labs in nine U.S. states and a military base in South Korea.
  • procedure: It was unclear Friday whether the Pentagon would take additional steps to investigate on its own or review Dug way's procedures.
  • investigate: It was unclear Friday whether the Pentagon would take additional steps to investigate on its own or review Dug way's procedures.

With no peace, Ukraine is beset by humanitarian risks: U.N.

  • tank: This is a country that has faced over the past year, quite frankly, tank battles that are reminiscent of World War Two.
  • transmission: HI V transmission had traditionally been from one drug user to another," Walker said.
  • crisis: This is a country, unlike many crisis countries, where there really is potential for people to pick up and continue with their lives," Walker said.
  • resident: A Feb. 12 Minsk ceasefire agreement was " not really working ", with hundreds of shelling incidents every day, said Neal Walker, U.N. resident coordinator in Ukraine.
  • civilian: The violence has killed around 7,000 people, including 2,500 civilians, in the past year, and wounded 16,000.

French farmer gets eight years for killing suspected truffle thief

  • conscious: The prosecutor Gilbert Emery had sought 12 years imprisonment for Rambaud, arguing that the farmer was " conscious of his actions" and that he had an " obsession of chasing away the ( suspected) truffle thief, of catching him and of eliminating him ".
  • argue: The prosecutor Gilbert Emery had sought 12 years imprisonment for Rambaud, arguing that the farmer was " conscious of his actions" and that he had an " obsession of chasing away the ( suspected) truffle thief, of catching him and of eliminating him ".
  • spate: Laurent Rambaud, 37, had grown increasingly frustrated with a spate of thefts in the southeastern region of Drome, and on the night of December 20, 2010, headed out into his fields armed with a shotgun.
  • sentence: Valence (France) (AFP)- A French court Friday sentenced to eight years in prison a farmer who shot dead a man he thought was stealing his truffles.
  • confront: He was scared," said his lawyer Alain Fort in opening remarks at the trial, who added local farmers had been confronted by armed thieves.

USA, Japan work to get women's softball into 2020 Olympics

  • possible: The U.S. will participate in the four-team Japan Cup in August as preparation for the sport's possible return to the Olympic program in 2020.
  • program: The U.S. will participate in the four-team Japan Cup in August as preparation for the sport's possible return to the Olympic program in 2020.
  • recognize: It's a good marriage, and both countries recognize the importance of working together to promote the game abroad.
  • participate: The U.S. will participate in the four-team Japan Cup in August as preparation for the sport's possible return to the Olympic program in 2020.
  • relationship: I can't stress enough how important it is, and how USA Softball has recognized the great relationship we have with Japan softball.

Italy rescues 3,300 boat migrants

  • period: It represents an almost 30-fold increase on the same period last year, the IOM says.
  • rescue: The Corriere della Serra newspaper said (in Italian) that most of the rescues on Friday took place close to the Libyan coast.
  • rescue: Irish, German and Belgian ships took part in the rescue, the newspaper said.
  • estimate: The UN estimates that at least 40,000 people tried to cross the Mediterranean between the start of the year and late April.
  • estimate: The UN estimates that 40,000 people tried to cross the Mediterranean between January and April this year ( file picture).

France's Sarkozy renames UMP party 'The Republicans'

  • financial: The 59-year-old-- deeply unpopular at the time of his election defeat to Francois Hollande in 2012-- is working hard to improve the party's image after bitter leadership tussles and financial scandals.
  • legal: While his much-heralded comeback has been dogged by legal woes including a corruption probe, his party gave the ruling Socialists a drubbing in local elections last month.
  • improve: Paris (AFP)- Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday announced that the opposition UMP will from now on be known as " The Republicans", as his scandal-tainted party seeks to improve its image ahead of the 2017 presidential race.
  • corruption: Sarkozy was charged in July with corruption, influence peddling and violation of legal secrecy over the case-- and became the first former head of state to be taken into custody for questioning.
  • announce: Paris (AFP)- Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday announced that the opposition UMP will from now on be known as " The Republicans", as his scandal-tainted party seeks to improve its image ahead of the 2017 presidential race.

Colombian govt, FARC rebels begin clearing landmines

  • gesture: This is a hopeful gesture for peace in Colombia," said FARC commander and peace negotiator Pastor Alape at the talks in Havana.
  • facilitate: FARC members and an army battalion carried out a preliminary seven-day mission to locate anti-personnel mines in the northern department of Antioquia, said officials from Cuba and Norway, the countries facilitating the talks.
  • suspend: They defended the attack as a " defensive actio n" against an army siege, but President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the resumption of air strikes on FARC positions, which he had suspended in recognition of their ceasefire.
  • guerrilla: The pilot mission is the first step in a March agreement between the government and the Marxist guerrillas to disable all mines placed during half a century of civil war.
  • century: The pilot mission is the first step in a March agreement between the government and the Marxist guerrillas to disable all mines placed during half a century of civil war.

Silk Road drug site founder jailed

  • accessible: The Silk Road was only accessible on the dark web, a part of the internet that requires the specialist Tor software to access.
  • require: The Silk Road was only accessible on the dark web, a part of the internet that requires the specialist Tor software to access.
  • sentence: Ulbricht had expressed remorse and had written to the judge begging to not receive a life sentence as it was akin to a death sentence.
  • federal: In February he was was convicted by a federal court in New York of operating the site for nearly three years from 2011.
  • passport: As well as drugs, the Silk Road also offered hacking equipment and stolen passports.

Fuel and potential fires for the US economy ahead

  • export: The stronger dollar hurts U.S. exports by making American-made goods more expensive in overseas markets.
  • deficit: A bigger-than-expected trade deficit was a key reason that the GDP was revised from a tiny 0.2 percent gain to the 0.7 percent decline.
  • quarter: The Northeast has emerged from the frigid cold and record amounts of snow that hit the region in the first quarter.
  • curtail: The winter blizzards that curtailed trips to the mall and auto dealerships could even lead to a surge in pent-up demand in coming months.
  • possible: While the central bank has done a lot to prepare markets, there could be a possible repeat of the 2013 " taper tantrum," which sent markets tumbling for a time.

Experts: IS Skilled at Gathering Intelligence, Adjusting Tactics

  • morass: Syria has become a morass of various competing government, rebel and extremist groups.
  • attention: Last year when Washington finally paid attention to Mosul, Pregent said, the extremists were already planning their next move.
  • extremist: Islamic State extremists then use that information to plan their assa ults.
  • intelligence: Harleen Gambhir, a counterterrorism analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, agreed that IS has a robust internal and external intelligence apparatus, part of which is used to gauge the strength of the Iraqi military and other security forces.
  • extremist: In addition, according to Jennifer Cafarella, a fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, the extremist group has become adept at misinformation and diversionary tactics.

Europe vows to fight for reform despite Blatter's win

  • chairman: England's Football Association chairman Greg Dyke, another vocal critic of Blatter's leadership, said the results of the vote showed Blatter's support within FIFA was diminishing.
  • discuss: Dyke was coy about whether or not European teams might boycott future World C ups, saying England would not go it alone, but the idea of a wider boycott could be discussed.
  • discussion: There will be discussions, I think, in FIFA about this result and what FIFA should do next but that won't be England alone.
  • discuss: Delaney said UEFA officials would meet at the upcoming Champions League final in Berlin to discuss future plans.
  • offensive: We also need to go on a charm offensive with Africa and Asia.

Blatter faces bigger challenge at divided FIFA

  • headquarters: Platini explained that he had laid it on the line to Blatter in a frank and personal encounter in the president's room at FIFA headquarters.
  • elite: Around Africa, South America, Asia and the Caribbean, federations see Blatter as the force keeping the game truly global in the face of growing financial power from a handful of elite European clubs and leagues.
  • lifeline: FIFA distributes revenue equally among its 209 members and, away from the wealth and glamour of the big European leagues, such handouts are a lifeline for smaller federations.
  • warn: Platini warned FIFA that cutting the number of slots allocated to Europe at the World Cup was a " red line not to be crossed ".
  • metaphor: Even the metaphor was the same as he talked about guiding the FIFA ship out of troubled waters and into a placid harbour.

'Blatter will have suffered a shock'

  • corruption: Blatter retained the Fifa presidency on Friday despite coming under pressure following claims of corruption regarding football's world governing body.
  • arrest: On Wednesday, the US Justice Department arrested seven top football officials for bribery and racketeering charges.
  • collective: We are disappointed but unsurprised by today's election result and will consult with Uefa to consider our collective position in order to achieve the essential changes required within Fifa," he said.
  • modicum: If he has a modicum of decency, he will resign in the next few days.
  • govern: Michel Platini, the president of European football's governing body Uefa, had also previously criticised Blatter.

France's UMP party changes name to The Republicans, boosting Sarkozy

  • reject: A court rejected a call for an emergency ban earlier this week.
  • approve: The new party's new statutes and its new executive bureau were approved with majorities of 96 and 95 percent respectively.
  • position: While it was assumed that the proposed name change would win the day, a narrow majority would have weakened Sarkozy's position.
  • narrow: While it was assumed that the proposed name change would win the day, a narrow majority would have weakened Sarkozy's position.
  • dominate: The final word has not been spoken yet, far from it, but Sarkozy is gradually beginning to dominate his political family," said Jerome Fourquet of polling firm Ifop.

Fifa re-elects Blatter president

  • arrest: The seven arrested in Zurich- Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo ( both Fifa vice-presidents), Eduardo Li, Rafael Esquivel, Jose Maria Marin, Costas Takkas and Julio Rocha- remain in Swiss detention pending US extradition proceedings.
  • corruption: After years of negative headlines, the frenzy has reached fever pitch in the wake of the US allegations of corruption- even though Mr Blatter himself has not been implicated.
  • brave: In conceding, Prince Ali said: " It's been a wonderful journey... And I want to thank in particular those of you who were brave enough to support me.
  • guilty: The first of the 14 to be arraigned in a US court, sports executive Aaron Davidson, pleaded not guilty through his lawyer on Friday.
  • arrest: Seven top officials were arrested in Switzerland on Wednesday as part of a US prosecution that indicted 14 people.

Modular Robot Getting Closer to Reality

  • smooth: End modules with wheels instead of feet allow the robot to move faster on smooth surf aces.
  • evolve: Gradually, their robot evolved into motorized modules, each with its own processor, that can be assembled in various configurations, such as a six-legged insect-like machine they call the Snake Monster.
  • camera: Modules may also be equipped with a camera that can survey the surroundings.
  • wheel: End modules with wheels instead of feet allow the robot to move faster on smooth surf aces.
  • resistance: Another feature is a so-called “master-and-slave” system, through which an operator can manipulate a robotic twin, remotely controlling the twin and even feeling the resistance it encounters.

Gunmen kill 19 in Pakistan bus raids

  • tactical: He says officials believe this may be a tactical move by insurgents to put pressure on security forces who have recently carried out several" search and kill " operations against insurgents in the region.
  • security: The armed men were wearing the uniforms of the security forces," Mr Bugti told Reuters.
  • passenger: Gunmen in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province have attacked two buses, killing at least 19 passengers, officials have said.
  • launch: An operation was launched after reports of the incident emerged, and at least five people have been rescued, officials say.
  • abduct: However, the number of passengers abducted from on board remains unclear, Dawn newspaper reports.

Russian Rights Activists Slam Putin's Crackdown on NGOs

  • loud: The response to this latest legal threat to civil society groups, however, was loud cries of opposition, both foreign and domestic.Condemnation of law.
  • existence: Officials defended the action, saying the designation poses no threat to any organization's existence and just requires transparency in foreign financing.
  • parliament: Putin quietly signed the bill on “undesirable ” foreign and international organizations into law after little debate and only a few quick readings in the Duma, Russia's parliament.
  • effect: Orlov says the lawmaker"... wants to run ahead and take initiative, to promote himself- to be more Catholic than the pope, so to speak," adding, "He wanted to be the first to use the law as soon as it took effect.
  • foreign: In 2012, they passed legislation allowing the branding of any group that receives foreign funding and engages in activity deemed political as a “foreign agent.”

Mississippi Hanging Death Not a Homicide

  • investigate: The Mississippi chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People had called on federal authorities to investigate the death amid fears it may have been a racially motivated killing.
  • inform: Members of the Department’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi and the Federal Bureau of Investigation met with Byrd’s family Friday to inform them of the decision.
  • federal: The Mississippi chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People had called on federal authorities to investigate the death amid fears it may have been a racially motivated killing.
  • origin: Had the death been found to be a homicide, authorities might have pursued it as a hate crime under a 2009 law, attempting to show that the death was caused “because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or disability.”
  • crime: Had the death been found to be a homicide, authorities might have pursued it as a hate crime under a 2009 law, attempting to show that the death was caused “because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or disability.”

Newcastle release Gutierrez & Taylor

  • release: Newcastle United have released the long-serving pair of winger Jonas Gutierrez and defender Ryan Taylor.
  • recover: Gutierrez made a comeback this season after recovering from testicular cancer and scored in a 2-0 win over West Ham as Newcastle avoided relegation.
  • remove: Gutierrez, who scored 12 goals in 205 appearances for Newcastle after signing from Mallorca, had a testicle removed two years ago but then needed to undergo chemotherapy after the cancer returned.
  • severely: Former Wigan defender Taylor made 110 appearances for Newcastle in a stay severely disrupted by two serious knee injuries.
  • substitute: Following successful treatment he made his return as a substitute in a 1-0 defeat against Manchester United at St James ' Park on March 4 and then scored the second goal against West Ham on the final day of the season as John Carver's side secured their Premier League status.

US gunman deemed 'legally sane'

  • treat: He was then treated at a hospital and started taking anti-psychotic medications.
  • mental: State mental health hospitals officials had Mr Reid evaluate Dr Holmes after an earlier review was deemed flawed.
  • humour: Holmes showed some signs of " humour" and " wit" during the interviews, Dr Reid said.
  • caption: A portion of Mr Holmes ' notebook included captions like " Insights into the Mind of Madness".
  • mental: He conducted nine interviews with Mr Holmes at a mental health hospital last summer.

Fifa sponsors call for quick reform

  • reputation: Fifa sponsors have said they want swift action to restore the football governing body's reputation, after Sepp Blatter was re-elected president.
  • transparent: We urge Fifa to take concrete actions to fully address all of the issues that have been raised, in a swift and transparent manner," a Coca-Cola statement said:.
  • arrest: Sponsors have made known their concerns about the recent arrests by the US Justice Department of Fifa executives.
  • urge: We urge Fifa to take concrete actions to fully address all of the issues that have been raised, in a swift and transparent manner," a Coca-Cola statement said:.
  • issue: We urge Fifa to take concrete actions to fully address all of the issues that have been raised, in a swift and transparent manner," a Coca-Cola statement said:.

Suspected Insurgents Kill 19 on Pakistan Bus

  • replica: While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster.
  • government: Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced.
  • agony: There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive.
  • quarter: For a quarter of his life, Kevin Persons lived on the street.
  • device: Over the course of two days, more than 20,000 visitors watched, tested and played with useful and some less-useful electronic devices exhibited by about 200 manufacturers.

Study: Financial Incentives Effective as Stop-Smoking Tactic

  • program: The most effective of these programs plays on the human tendency toward risk aversion.
  • tendency: The most effective of these programs plays on the human tendency toward risk aversion.
  • aversion: The most effective of these programs plays on the human tendency toward risk aversion.
  • policy: Halpern, a health policy analyst at the University of Pennsylvania, said the hundreds of dollars spent on monetary incentive smoking cessation programs are a bargain.
  • award: According to lead author Scott Halpern, having people put their own money at risk if they don ’t stop smoking is even more effective than simply giving people a cash award if they do quit.

Exclusive: U.S. tried Stuxnet-style campaign against North Korea but failed - sources

  • program: Some experts said that even if a Stuxnet attack against North Korea had succeeded, it might not have had that big an impact on its nuclear weapons program.
  • intelligence: A third source, also previously with U.S. intelligence, said he had heard about the failed cyber attack but did not know details.
  • program: As for how Stuxnet got there, a leading theory is that it was deposited by a sophisticated espionage program developed by a team closely allied to Stuxnet's authors, dubbed the Equation Group by researchers at Kaspersky Lab.
  • deploy: SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters)- The United States tried to deploy a version of the Stuxnet computer virus to attack North Korea's nuclear weapons program five years ago but ultimately failed, according to people familiar with the covert campaign.
  • inspector: Iran's nuclear sites were well known, whereas North Korea probably has at least one other facility beyond the known Yongbyon nuclear complex, former officials and inspectors said.