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Nerves over Russia overshadow Estonian election

  • overture: He is part of a chorus of Baltic leaders demanding more NATO troops, hardware and extra air patrols to counter Moscow's heightened military overtures.
  • buttress: Analysts expect his centrist Reform party to renew its coalition with the Social Democrats, buttressed in the 101-seat parliament by a smaller conservative party.
  • paragon: Long a paragon of fiscal responsibility in the EU, which it joined in 2004, Estonia scored 1.8 percent GDP growth in 2014, with a 2.5 percent increase expected this year.

Uruguay's pot-friendly farmer president prepares to step down

  • consecutive: Vazquez, a lef tist, was previously president from 2005-2010 but had to step down due to rules that bar presidents from serving consecutive terms.
  • eschew: Eschewing the trappings of power, Mujica insisted on living on his modest farm and driving around in an aging Volkswagen Beetle.
  • spartan: Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay) (AFP)- Known for his push to legalize cannabis, spartan lifestyle and devotion to his three-legged dog, Uruguay's outspoken President Jose " Pepe" Mujica will step down Sunday more popular than ever.
  • congratulate: US Vice President Joe Biden, who called Vazquez on Saturday to congratulate him, sent Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden and Washington's deputy UN envoy Michele Sison in his place to attend the inauguration.
  • microphone: A live microphone once caught him saying: " This old hag is worse than the one-eyed guy.

England reaches 309-6 in World Cup match against Sri Lanka

  • onslaught: The success that Sri Lanka's slower bowlers enjoyed, at least before the final onslaught, may make England wonder if it made the right decision by leaving out spinner James Tredwell.
  • cameo: Buttler played a nice cameo, scoring an unbeaten 39 off 19 balls.
  • improvise: As he began hitting out late in the innings, he improvised with shots like the reverse sweep, which he managed to collect one six from before getting out to another attempt, lbw to Rangana Herath ( 1-35).

More Than 200 Skeletons Unearthed In Central Paris

  • skeleton: The skeletons are remains of people who were buried centuries ago in communal graves, in what was once a cemetery adjacent to a 12th-century hospital that was destroyed during the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century.
  • skeleton: The skeletons, the bodies, were deposited in three parallel rows, tight, well-organized," she said.
  • unearth: The findings in eight communal graves unearthed so far indicate that a large number of people had to be buried at the same time, said anthropologist Isabelle Abadie.
  • skeleton: More than 200 ancient skeletons have been discovered under a supermarket in central Paris, French media reported Saturday.

Mexico drug lord captures change but don't lower trafficking

  • apprehend: We are advancing, we are responding, we are having major apprehensions of the most wanted, most dangerous criminals," Pena Nieto said Friday, congratulating and thanking the federal forces that helped apprehend Gomez.
  • extort: After Moreno was finally killed last year and Gomez going on the run, the Knights Templar too is now operating in Guerrero, at least in the city of Ciudad Altamirano, extorting protection payments from small business owners.
  • apprehension: We are advancing, we are responding, we are having major apprehensions of the most wanted, most dangerous criminals," Pena Nieto said Friday, congratulating and thanking the federal forces that helped apprehend Gomez.
  • fluctuate: Seizures at the U.S.-Mexico border have fluctuated since 2010, when 2.7 million pounds were seized, to a high of 3.1 million in 2011 and down to 2.3 million pounds in 2014, according to U.S. government figures, the only way to estimate flows of drugs.
  • extort: There are still small groups, remnants, which will be extorting, robbing and perhaps even producing methamphetamine.

Rwanda urged to take action against BBC over genocide documentary

  • irresponsible: 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.
  • adhere: The government should require the BBC to commit to adhering to not only agreed professional and legal principles, but also in practice, in the letter and the spirit of the agreement," he added.
  • terminate: The Ngoga-led probe also recommended the country terminate the agreement that allows the BBC to broadcast on Rwanda's airwaves.
  • transgress: The BBC, in general abused press freedom and free speech, violated its own editorial guidelines (and) transgressed journalistic standards," Ngoga said.

So, What Color IS That Dress, Anyway?

  • enigma: I would like to definitely resolve this big enigma by clarifying that the color is royal blue and black," said Michele Bas tock, the design director at Roman Originals.
  • optometry: Optometry experts say the photo is a perfect example of how people's brains perceive color and process contrast in dramatically different ways.
  • definite: The photo also got some people worrying about whether they needed to see an eye doctor, especially after the British retailer gave a definite answer.

On eve of US trip, Netanyahu prays at Jewish shrine

  • scuttle: Jerusalem (AFP)- Hours before flying to Washington to try to scuttle an emerging US nuclear deal with Tehran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a high-profile visit Saturday to Judaism's holiest prayer site.
  • microphone: Wearing a black skullcap, he rested his hands on Jerusalem's Western Wall while praying briefly, before turning to face a bank of microphones.
  • infuriate: Netanyahu has infuriated the White House and Democrat lawmakers by accepting an invitation by Republicans to speak on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Wales keep 6 Nations hopes alive with French win

  • referee: The crowd went wild but South African referee Jaco Peyper had spotted the pass was forward and the try was rightly refused.
  • straight: Paris (AFP)- Wales kept their Six Nations hopes alive with a fourth straight victory over France as they triumphed 20-13 at the Stade de France on Saturday.
  • camp: The tide seemed to have turned and Dan Biggar was unlucky to hit the post with a drop-goal attempt as Wales camped in French territory.

One of Turkey's best-known novelists, Yasar Kemal, dies

  • dissident: Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reacted to Kemal's death by praising the writer's ability to " maintain his dissident attitude and express the truth without holding back at times when speaking the truth was hard.
  • acquittal: "One person's acquittal does not mean freedom of expression has arrived.
  • stove: I had no money to put wood in the stove," Kemal said in a speech in 2003 at Bilkent University, recalling the time he wrote the novel.
  • agrarian: Memed," published in 1955, was based on the troubled feudal relations in Turkey's southern, agrarian regions where Kemal grew up.
  • landlord: Reflecting the author's leftist views, the book's young peasant-turned-brigand hero takes a stand against injustices suffered by villagers at the hands of powerful landlords.

6N: Wales wins 20-13 to keep title chance alive

  • cheer: The cheers turned to groans when the try was ruled out because of Lopez's forward pass.
  • forward: Similar sweeping changes in the forwards helped France compete better in the second half against Ireland in a bruising 18-11 loss.
  • stray: Following a strong period of French domination in the scrum, flyhalf Camille Lopez leveled the scores with a close-range penalty after Wales center Jonathan Davies had strayed off side.
  • squander: France failed to make the most of its possession, squandering three out of five penalty kicks.
  • spear: Scrumhalf Rhys Webb offloaded to flanker Dan Lydiate, who coped well with a low pass, and from his neat flick Biggar speared into the right corner.

Obama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making

  • impede: I believe that these attempts are in vain and should not impede reaching a ( nuclear) agreement," said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
  • affront: Nearly a dozen Democratic lawmakers plan to sit out Netanyahu's speech, calling it an affront to the president.
  • freeze: U.S. and Iranian officials reported progress in the latest talks on a deal that would freeze Tehran's nuclear program for 10 years, but allow it to slowly ramp up in the final years of the accord.
  • microphone: Later that year, a microphone caught Obama telling his then-French counterpart in a private conversation that while he may be fed up with Netanyahu, " You are sick of him, but I have to work with him every day.
  • vain: I believe that these attempts are in vain and should not impede reaching a ( nuclear) agreement," said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says

  • unbearable: We said... many noes in the past few days," despite the sometimes unbearable pressure and blackmail, Tsipras told the party members.
  • surrender: Their plan was, and remains, the rapid wear and tear of our government, its overthrow, or (alternatively) its unconditional surrender before the government's actions begin bearing fruit and before the Greek example influences ...other countries.
  • precipice: The prime minister singled out Spain and Portugal as leaders of " an axis of forces " that" for obvious political reasons were trying to lead the negotiation to the edge of the precipice, taking the risk of developments spiraling out of control, so that they could avoid internal political risk.

Suarez leads Barcelona win, Bueno scores 4 goals for Rayo

  • excel: The midfielder excelled as Barcelona's main playmaker for the rest of the way.
  • clearance: The 23-year-old attacking midfield then put in a poor clearance by goalkeeper Diego Marino with his right foot, before slotting in a third goal with his left and polishing off his own initial shot again with his right boot.
  • bite: Suarez's goal was his 10th in 24 appearances, after he started the season late while completing a four-month ban for biting an Italy defender at the World Cup.

US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters

  • franchise: Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as its Yemeni affiliate is known, is considered by Washington as the network's most dangerous franchise.
  • brief: They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief journalists.
  • paralysis: The U.S. has launched several strikes in recent weeks, reflecting Washington's resolve to keep fighting the militants despite Yemen's political paralysis.
  • rightful: Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi managed to escape Sanaa and house arrest at the hands of the rebels and has established a base in the southern city of Aden, from where he says he is still the country's rightful ruler.

AP Interview: Greece to seek talks on debt rescheduling

  • nominal: For this, Athens will make proposals with the aim of helping nominal gross domestic product grow and to maximize its repayments in real terms, Varoufakis said.
  • palatable: I do not believe the ECB would accept a delay, but what we can do is we can package a deal that makes these repayments palatable and reasonably doable as part of our overall negotiation regarding the Greek debt, and the next... contract for growth for the Greek economy between us and the partners.
  • stipulate: The agreement also stipulates Athens won't receive any of the pending 7.5 billion euros in the last bailout installment it is due until it submits all its reforms and passes a review by its creditors.
  • smooth: It would be excellent if we could agree with our partners to smooth over this cash flow hump that we're facing over the next few months for the benefits of everyon e," Varoufakis said.

Watford stage thrilling fightback to boost promotion bid

  • clinch: Second-bottom Wigan Athletic, nine points from safety, clinched their first league win in 11 games as Bo-K y ung Kim and Harry Maguire both scored their first goals for the club in a 3-1 success at bottom-of-the-table Blackpool.
  • clinch: Nottingham Forest are still unbeaten under new manager Dougie Freedman after a 3-0 win at Reading, where second-half goals from Ben Os born, Matty Fryatt and Gary Gardner clinched a third straight league win.
  • clinch: Zach Clough's strike clinched Bolton Wanderers a 1-0 home win against Brighton.

Dortmund beats Schalke 3-0 for 4th straight Bundesliga win

  • inefficiency: In Dortmund, the home team dominated throughout and created a host of chances, but Schalke stayed in the match thanks to the inefficiency of Dortmund strikers and some good saves by 19-year-old Timon Wellenreuther, normally third-choice goalkeeper but playing because of injuries to the other two.
  • straight: Dortmund beats Schalke 3-0 for 4th straight Bundesliga win- Yahoo News.
  • rob: In the 86th, Wellenreuther showed his inexperience when he allowed Reus to rob him of the ball and score the third in the 86th.
  • straight: Schalke coach Roberto di Matteo said he wanted to apologize to the fans after his team's third straight match without a win.
  • inexperience: In the 86th, Wellenreuther showed his inexperience when he allowed Reus to rob him of the ball and score the third in the 86th.

France 13-20 Wales

  • fray: Halfpenny soothed fraying Welsh nerves with another penalty, before the visitors had to withstand a late flurry of French pressure to secure a memorable victory.
  • suffice: Having lost to England on the opening weekend, Wales knew only a win would suffice for them to have a chance of claiming a fifth championship in 11 seasons.
  • concussion: George North returned to the Wales line-up following his recovery from concussion.
  • sleight: Scrum-half Rhys Webb made the initial sniping break before passing to flanker Dan Lydiate, whose deft sleight of hand allowed Biggar to scamper over in the corner.
  • redeem: The fly-half redeemed himself with a penalty early in the second half but Halfpenny's third soon restored Wales ' lead.

Man United beats Sunderland 2-0, wrong player sent off

  • labor: United labored in the first half with Sunderland creating chances for strikers Jermain Defoe and Connor Wickham.
  • spurn: Defoe spurned another opportunity in the 16th with De Gea gathering his tame effort.
  • galvanize: Van Gaal introduced Adnan Januzaj at the start of the second for the below-par Angel Di Maria, a move that galvanized the home side.

Two killed as skirmishes threaten Ukraine truce

  • ruin: Kiev military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said fighting had halted along most of the frontline but rebels were firing at Ukrainian positions around the ruined airport, one of the most fiercely contested locations in the conflict.
  • flat: Meanwhile Ukrainian police on Saturday said ex-lawmaker Mykhaylo Chechetov, a leading ally of former president Viktor Yanukovych was found dead after falling from his 17th storey Kiev flat in an apparent suicide.
  • annex: Russia formally annexed the territory in March 2014, triggering an international furore.
  • fragile: As the fragile peace deal seemed to gain traction, the OSC E's envoy to Ukraine told the UN Security Council on Friday that while there were encouraging signs, the country still risked all-out war.
  • flee: Yanukovych and many of his key lieutenants are living in exile in Russia after fleeing Ukraine last February when security forces gunned down scores of protesters in central Kiev..

Femininity gets a rethink during Milan Fashion Week

  • frivolous: Paglialunga called it "that touch of frivolity in a garment that isn't so frivolous.
  • accentuate: His collection for next winter was unapologetically sexy, from the exotic print mini-dress beneath a fur-lined overcoat to the last plisse gown with cutout diamond-shapes accentuating the waistline.
  • diligence: With the negotiations entering due diligence, the sale could be completed in the coming weeks.
  • frivolity: Paglialunga called it "that touch of frivolity in a garment that isn't so frivolous.

Egyptian Court Rules Hamas a Terrorist Organization

  • offshoot: Many Egyptian analysts see Hamas as an offshoot of the now outlawed Muslim Brother hood, dating back to Egypt's rule over Gaza from 1948 to 1967.
  • sabotage: “It has been proven without any doubt,” he said, “that the movement has committed acts of sabotage, assassinations, and the killings of innocent civilians and members of the armed forces and police in Egypt.”
  • mediate: Egypt's intelligence service, under successive governments, has actively mediated between Israel and Hamas, following conflicts in Gaza in 2009, 2012, and 2014, and between Hamas and the rival Fatah faction, under Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Ab bas.

Nemtsov to RFE/RL: 'We Must Free Russia From Putin'

  • synonym: For me, these are absolute synonyms: Putin, crisis, war," he said.
  • pariah: Because if we do not do this, we will be a pariah country, we will be in poverty, we will have a crisis that will last for years.
  • jocular: In his trademark jocular, biting style, the opposition leader joked that “if you believe in miracles, you can expect that on March 1 Putin will disappear, fly to Sardinia or Pyongyang or somewhere else.
  • bite: In his trademark jocular, biting style, the opposition leader joked that “if you believe in miracles, you can expect that on March 1 Putin will disappear, fly to Sardinia or Pyongyang or somewhere else.

Greek PM accuses Spain, Portugal of anti-Athens 'axis'

  • lifeline: Tsipras also rejected criticism that Athens had staged a climbdown to secure an extension of its financial lifeline from the euro zone, saying anger among German conservatives showed that his government had won concessions.
  • surrender: Their plan was and is to wear down, topple or bring our government to unconditional surrender before our work begins to bear fruit and before the Greek example affects other countrie s," he said, adding: " And mainly before the elections in Spain.
  • stigmatize: I think it's bad to stigmatize southern European countrie s," he said.
  • deaf: His appeal fell on deaf ears and voters swept the previous conservative premier from power.

Egypt courts list Hamas as terrorist group, give Brotherhood leader life

  • populous: CAIRO (Reuters)- An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state.
  • repress: Hamas is an offshoot of the Brother hood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group in Egypt and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013.
  • offshoot: Hamas is an offshoot of the Brother hood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group in Egypt and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013.

Could Nemtsov Threaten Putin in Death as in Life?

  • prominence: A dynamic and debonair politician who spoke nearly flawless English, Nemtsov, 55, was an ardent proponent of liberal economic reforms and rose to national prominence as the popular governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region in the 1990s.
  • revile: The party was inextricably linked to privatizations and reforms of the 1990s that many Russians reviled after suffering through multiple economic crises in the decade.
  • stint: Nemtsov’s stint in the federal government proved short-lived, however, as Russia lurched toward a default in August 1998.
  • ardent: A dynamic and debonair politician who spoke nearly flawless English, Nemtsov, 55, was an ardent proponent of liberal economic reforms and rose to national prominence as the popular governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region in the 1990s.
  • deliberate: Even officials in Putin’s government seem to sense the danger that the former first deputy prime minister’s martyrdom might pose, hinting darkly that Friday night's drive-by shooting may have been an deliberate " provocation" ahead of the planned weekend rally.

Moscow Prepares for March Commemorating Russian Opposition Leader

  • tireless: He called Nemtsov " a tireless advocate for his country " and" one of the most eloquent defenders" of the rights of the Russian people.
  • aversion: In his comments Friday on Ekho Moskvy radio, Nemtsov reiterated his aversion to Putin’s stance on Ukraine, calling it " a mad, aggressive and deadly policy.
  • eloquent: He called Nemtsov " a tireless advocate for his country " and" one of the most eloquent defenders" of the rights of the Russian people.
  • executor: Everything will be done to give the organizers and executors of this base and cynical murder the punishment they deserve," he promised in a note of condolence to Nemtsov's mother, Dina Eidman.
  • condolence: Everything will be done to give the organizers and executors of this base and cynical murder the punishment they deserve," he promised in a note of condolence to Nemtsov's mother, Dina Eidman.

Snap polls under way in Lesotho six months after coup bid

  • queue: In Thabane's home district of Abia, just outside the capital, about 100 people were queued outside two green army tents in a field, ready to cast their votes when the polls opened just after 0500 GMT, police security standing nearby.
  • queue: I can't wait for Monday when the results are announced, " said Senate Mokorotlo, 28, just ahead of him in the queue.
  • overpower: The DC won the most National Assembly seats in the 2012 election, but not enough for an outright majority, and it was overpowered by the ABC's coalition with two smaller parties.

Lesotho goes to polls in bid for stability six months after coup attempt

  • tense: MASERU (Reuters)- The people of Lesotho voted on Saturday in a tense election they hope will restore stability six months after an attempted coup in the southern African nation.
  • queue: The capital Maseru was quiet, with shops closed, as short queues built up at polling stations in schools.
  • trickle: Results are expected to trickle into Maseru on Sunday, but a final tally may not emerge until early next week due to the remoteness of some communities in the rugged country with a poor road network.

Prince William dons samurai gear on Japan tour

  • mastery: William, who has left his heavily pregnant wife, Kate, at home, tried his hand strumming the instrument, whose mastery remains a key skill for geisha.
  • kimono: The British prince was presented with a huge bunch of flowers by popular actress Mao Inoue, who looked stunning in a simple kimono.
  • austere: That familiarity stands in marked contrast to Japan's own imperial family, who are seen as austere and far removed from their people, and whose own carefully choreographed interactions with crowds frequently look awkward.
  • choreograph: That familiarity stands in marked contrast to Japan's own imperial family, who are seen as austere and far removed from their people, and whose own carefully choreographed interactions with crowds frequently look awkward.

Ukraine's military reports significant fall in fighting

  • decrease: KIEV( Reuters)- Ukraine's military said on Saturday there had been a significant decrease in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, but said rebels had fired GRAD missiles at the town of Avdiivka despite a two-week-old ceasefire deal.
  • decrease: Overnight there was a " significant decrease in attacks in general and a full ceasefire in certain parts of the conflict zone," the military said on its Facebook page.
  • humiliate: Kiev feared the port city and industrial hub could become the next rebel target after they humiliated government troops by seizing the strategic town of Debaltseve after the truce was meant to have come into force.

In Algeria, women 'imams' battle Islamist radicalisation

  • stray: Known as " mourshidates," their goal is to spread the good word of Islam and a message of tolerance, helping those who have strayed from it.
  • confide: Imams are good but it is much better to confide in a woman," says Aisha, in her 60s.
  • vigilance: Even if very few Algerians have joined the ranks of the Islamic State group, vigilance is necessary because radicalisation takes many forms," she said.
  • indoctrinate: Pseudo-imams, who know nothing about the teachings of the Koran," are trying to indoctrinate people through television programmes and the Internet, she said.
  • indoctrinate: The girl's mother told Samia her daughter" had been indoctrinated and had begun wearing the full Islamic veil" and would admonish the family about attending weddings or watching television.

British PM Cameron vows to hunt down 'Jihadi John'

  • disposal: LONDON (Reuters)- British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as " J ihadi John" after the killer was identified as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London.
  • heinous: When there are people anywhere in the world who commit appalling and heinous crimes against British citizens, we will do everything we can with the police, with the security services, with all that we have at our disposal to find these people and put them out of action," Cameron said.
  • disposal: When there are people anywhere in the world who commit appalling and heinous crimes against British citizens, we will do everything we can with the police, with the security services, with all that we have at our disposal to find these people and put them out of action," Cameron said.
  • admonish: He used videos to threaten the West, admonish its Arab allies and taunt President Barack Obama and Cameron before petrified hostages cowering in orange jump suits.
  • taunt: He used videos to threaten the West, admonish its Arab allies and taunt President Barack Obama and Cameron before petrified hostages cowering in orange jump suits.

New Zealand edges Aussies by 1 wicket in World Cup thriller

  • precipitate: That wicket precipitated a mini-collapse of three wickets in five balls around the innings break, reducing the hosts from 78-1 to 78-4.
  • torment: When Anderson went for 26, New Zealand was still on course for an easy victory, needing 20 runs with five wickets in hand, but Starc returned to torment the lower order and turn what should have been a comfortable finish into a thoroughly nerve-wracking clim a x.
  • superb: Starc was superb and swung the ball throughout the innings.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead, police hunt killers

  • assailant: Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across a bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, just before midnight on Friday, police said.
  • reminiscent: Police sealed off the blood-stained bridge close to the red walls of the Kremlin and Red Square for two hours after the gangland-style killing reminiscent of Russia in the chaotic 1990s after the collapse of the Communist Soviet Union.
  • deflect: The Kremlin deflected blame and the government said everything must be done to find the killers.
  • blame: The Kremlin deflected blame and the government said everything must be done to find the killers.
  • provocation: Putin condemned the " brutal" slaying and took the investigation under presidential control, saying it could have been a contract killing and a " provocation" on the eve of a big opposition protest Nemtsov had been due to lead on Sunday.

Mexico captures most wanted drug kingpin, former teacher 'La Tuta'

  • agrarian: Attorney General Jesus Murillo, under fire over his handling of that investigation, stood down on Friday and was appointed agrarian and urban development minister.
  • extortion: Officials said there were eight arrest orders for Gomez, including for murder, drug and arms trafficking, extortion and kidnapping.
  • procure: Gomez had a trusted network of people who procured food and clothing for him.
  • extort: The government said the Knights Templar extorted many businesses, controlled politicians and diversified from drug trafficking into myriad operations including iron ore exports.

Presidential Hopefuls Battle for Conservative Hearts and Minds

  • contender: One after another, presumptive Republican presidential contenders auditioned for conservative support this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington.
  • woo: The rhetoric was tough as a large field of potential candidates tried to woo conservative support with red-meat attacks on President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress.
  • ascension: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker continued his ascension to the top ranks of the Republican field with a well-received speech that focused in part on a critique of President Barack Obama’s handling of the threat from the Islamic State.
  • plenty: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has plenty of conservative skeptics who question his commitment to their principles.
  • assuage: Bush sought to assuage conservatives by insisting he governed Florida as a principled conservative reformer and would bring that same philosophy with him should he decide to run for president.

Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead

  • intolerance: The death of Nemtsov, a 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, ignited a fury among opposition figures who assailed the Kremlin for creating an atmosphere of intolerance of any dissent.
  • condolence: Putin quickly offered his condolences and called the murder a prov ocation.
  • oversee: Putin ordered Russia's law enforcement chiefs to oversee the probe.
  • provocative: Putin noted that this cruel murder has all the makings of a contract hit and is extremely provocative," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.
  • inefficiency: Nemtsov assailed the government's inefficiency, rampant corruption and the Kremlin's Ukraine policy, which has strained relations between Russia and the West to a degree unseen since Cold War times.

Ukraine leader says troop deaths 'serious breach' of truce

  • lull: The deaths of the three Ukrainian soldiers came after a two-day lull in clashes with the pro-Russian separatists and highlighted the fragility of the ceasefire.
  • adhere: She recalled Moscow's " responsibility" in the matter, urging it to pressure the separatists to adhere to the peace process.
  • diplomat: Turkish diplomat Ertugrul Apakan, who heads the OSCE monitoring team, on Friday described rebel fighting around the town of Debaltseve in the days that followed the ceasefire deal as a clear violation of the Minsk accord.
  • prize: Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the fighting had halted along most of the frontline but there were still clashes in villages around the ruins of Donetsk airport, one of the most fought-over prizes in the conflict, which fell to the rebels last month.
  • skirmish: The latest skirmishes came as the UN geared up to discuss the conflict exactly one year after Russia began seizing ports and cities on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

Marseille title challenge hit after 3-2 home loss to Caen

  • clumsy: Last weekend, Marseille rallied from behind to lead 2-1 away to Saint-Etienne, only to concede a clumsy equalizer deep into injury time.
  • noticeable: It wasn't really so noticeable in the first half of the championship but it's more evident now.
  • relegate: Bielsa started with 21-year-old striker Michy Batshuayi ahead of Gignac, who was relegated to the bench against the Normandy side.

MLS Commissioner Garber: Hopeful season will start on time

  • guinea: Also Friday, Garber volunteered his league to be a " guinea pig" for any technological experiments that international soccer rulemaking authorities would be interested in trying, including instant replays, goal-line technology and cameras on players.
  • pig: Also Friday, Garber volunteered his league to be a " guinea pig" for any technological experiments that international soccer rulemaking authorities would be interested in trying, including instant replays, goal-line technology and cameras on players.
  • guinea: Let us be the guinea pigs for just about anything these folks want to do.

Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise

  • adverse: Federal law requires EPA to ensure that pesticides it approves will not cause" unreasonable adverse effects on the environment, including wildlife," the lawsuit states.
  • effect: There are multiple factors that may be effecting monarchs including loss of habitat, weather and pesticides," the EPA said.
  • migrate: The orange-and-black spotted monarchs, renowned for migrating thousands of miles ( k m) over many generations from Mexico, across the United States to Canada, and then back again, have seen their numbers fall dramatically in recent years, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
  • migrate: The lawsuit states that a key cause of the monarch demise is the application of glyphosate to farm fields, and the resulting destruction of the milkweed habitat that migrating monarchs rely on.

Column: Extreme Intolerance Will Doom 'Islamic State'

  • demolish: An equal opportunity destroyer, IS has gone beyond lopping off the heads of live perceived enemies to demolishing priceless artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia that had survived previous waves of con quest.
  • artifact: An equal opportunity destroyer, IS has gone beyond lopping off the heads of live perceived enemies to demolishing priceless artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia that had survived previous waves of con quest.
  • murder: A case in point is “J ihadi John ,” a Kuwaiti-born Englishman who has been identified as the masked executioner in IS videos of murdered Western hostages, including Americans.
  • medieval: Rejecting the teachings of Islam, IS zealots have gone on a medieval rampage against minority groups, most recently Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria.
  • conversion: Judging from the grim experience of previous victims from the Yezidi sect, the men can expect forced conversion or execution and the women sexual slavery.

Who Joins the Islamic State and Why

  • camaraderie: It's religion, it's politics... it's the push factors and the pull factors, the thrill of adve nture, the excitement and the comfort you get from camaraderie," he explained.
  • intercept: Other would-be IS members have been intercepted before reaching the self-proclaimed caliphate based in Syria and Iraq..
  • fanatic: You 've got real-deal fanatics who really do believe this is end of days, apocalyptic, millenarian stuff," said Horgan.
  • research: Arie Kruglanski, a professor at University of Maryland, began researching the psychology of terror groups after the September 11 attacks.
  • spurn: He said would-be IS members may have micro or macro grievances and be distanced or spurned from the society they are living in — but to different degrees and fueled by varying motivations.

IS Uses Ancient Arabic Traditions to Get Its Message Out

  • extemporaneous: “It’s obviously memorized even though he is reciting it as if it were extemporaneous ,” Haykel said.
  • righteousness: IS extremists also use poetry to justify their cause and convince others of its righteousness, Haykel said.
  • cull: Recruitment videos produced by IS militants and their sympathizers often use dramatic visuals culled from video war games.
  • smolder: Some show Muslim heroes in medieval garb raising triumphant swords over smoldering cities.
  • warlike: According to the translation done by Hay kel, the fighter goes on to say “we are trying to revive the spirit of that early community, which was powerful and warlike and had pride and was not humiliated and broken and defeated like it has become.

UN: 1.5 Million People in Mali Need Aid

  • hygiene: The money will provide essential needs, such as food, shelter, hygiene, and education as well as advancing plans for early recovery from Mali’s recent civil war.
  • livelihood: The plan is based on a twofold approach aimed at meeting the immediate needs of the most vulnerable people while working to strengthen livelihoods and communities.
  • strait: Laerke said it is not just people in the north who are in desperate straits, but that millions of people throughout the country are in a state of crisis and in great need of assistance.
  • resumption: Nevertheless, militants remain active in the region, and the U.N. says persistent insecurity is slowing the resumption of basic social services and the restart of economic activities.

France, Britain dismiss calls to renew relations with Syria's Assad

  • moderate: PARIS (Reuters)- France and Britain dismissed on Friday any suggestion of restoring relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying this would likely end all hope of a political transition and push moderates into the arms of radical Islamist groups.
  • illusory: After 220,000 deaths and millions displ aced, it is illusory to imagine that a majority of Syrians would accept to be ruled by the one who torments them," Fabius and Hammond wrote.
  • torment: After 220,000 deaths and millions displ aced, it is illusory to imagine that a majority of Syrians would accept to be ruled by the one who torments them," Fabius and Hammond wrote.
  • moderate: To end their hopes of a better future in a Syria without Assad would be to radicalize even more Syrians, push moderates toward extremism and consolidate a jihadist bastion in Syria.
  • bastion: To end their hopes of a better future in a Syria without Assad would be to radicalize even more Syrians, push moderates toward extremism and consolidate a jihadist bastion in Syria.

Mexico official: Top capo nabbed in western Michoacan state

  • evade: He evaded capture for more than a year after the federal government took over the state to try to restore order.
  • leak: Tapes showing him meeting with elected officials, journalists and other influential people were leaked during his time on the run, including his meeting with the son of the former governor, Fausto Valle jo, a member of Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI..
  • lucrative: Known countrywide as " La Tuta, " Gomez rose from schoolteacher to one of Mexico's most ruthless and wanted cartel leaders, dominating for a time Mexico's lucrative methamphetamine trade and controlling his home state through extortion, intimidation and coercion of business and political leaders.
  • extortion: Known countrywide as " La Tuta, " Gomez rose from schoolteacher to one of Mexico's most ruthless and wanted cartel leaders, dominating for a time Mexico's lucrative methamphetamine trade and controlling his home state through extortion, intimidation and coercion of business and political leaders.
  • brotherhood: Gomez called the Knights Templar a " brotherhood," and boasted of its Robin Hood-like quality, saying the gang's members were born to protect the people and give them back what was rightly theirs.

Vatican whodunit: What happened to books on marriage?

  • theologian: The publisher sent the books to attendees to counter progressive proposals by one of Pope Francis ' favorite theologians to let divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion.
  • synod: O nly a few reached synod fathers at their mailboxes in the Vatican," said the Rev. Joseph Fessio of publisher Ignatius Press.
  • synod: We thought it was important that the synod participants be as well-informed as possible about the contentious issue of admitting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to Communion," Fessio said in an email with The Associated Press.
  • synod: The books were mailed on the eve of the October synod on the family, a major meeting called by Pope Francis to discuss how the church can better minister to Catholics, including gays and divorced people.
  • prelate: The meeting laid bare divisions between progressive prelates seeking a more welcoming, pastoral approach, and conservatives seeking to uphold church doctrine.