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Ukraine: Mysterious 'Roaming Tank' Reportedly Takes Aim at Smugglers

  • instill: Ukrainian officials appear to be resorting to scare tactics aimed at instilling fear in both smugglers and corrupt soldiers, including the “roaming tank ” reports.
  • cumbersome: One can legally do business with the so-called “occupied territories ” in the east, but smugglers circumvent cumbersome legal procedures and opt to deliver goods clandestinely.
  • dissuade: Donik said he is aware some of the methods used to stop smuggling and dissuade the military from taking bribes are far from legal.
  • smolder: Photographs of the smoldering wreckage of smugglers ’ vehicles have been posted on Facebook by members of the military and volunteers from groups working with the army in various capacities.

Analysts: Islamic State's Explicit Media Gore May Backfire

  • attune: The organization itself is attuned to nuance and attuned to reactions that they had not contemplated previously, ” Wagner says.
  • hedonist: “In one instance they’re killers, then they’re hedonists, then they’re freedom fighters,” adds Wagner.
  • attune: The organization itself is attuned to nuance and attuned to reactions that they had not contemplated previously, ” Wagner says.
  • judicious: “If I had my way, they would be more judicious in what they chose to broadcast related to ISIS,” Wagner says.

Jihadists Seize US-trained Syrian Fighters

  • kidnapping: The mid-week kidnapping is seen by analysts as a setback to Washingto n’s effort to shape an insurgent force able to combat Islamic State extremists, and it is likely to complicate plans for a safe zone in northern Syria currently under discussion between U.S. and Turkish officials.
  • kilometer: According to a monitoring group, fighters with the rebel militia Division 30 were snatched on Tuesday night by jihadists mounting a checkpoint near the Syrian town of Zahart al-Malkia, about 40 kilometers northeast of Homs.
  • observatory: The observatory said the fighters had met with other rebel factions about a coordinated assault on the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL..
  • kidnap: Turkey's state-run news service, Anadolu Agency, put the number of abductees higher, reporting that 18 fighters were kidnapped.
  • abduction: The Division 30 rebel militia put out a statement Thursday accusing al-Nusra of the abduction of Hassan and his men, urging the jihadist group to free them.

How the 1993 blasts changed Mumbai forever

  • chasten: It would wake up in bloodied disbelief, charred and chastened.
  • anathema: Communalism is anathema to commerce, which has historically been Bombay's presiding deity.
  • deity: Communalism is anathema to commerce, which has historically been Bombay's presiding deity.
  • intrepid: So the fires had died down, thanks to the city's intrepid peace committees- and the mundane fact that Hindu businesses couldn't survive without their Muslim workers or suppliers.
  • constable: Smugglers were perversely romantic figures, none more so than Dawood Ibrahim, the son of a constable who had become the city's most powerful underworld figure, and eventually became India's most-wanted man.

Myanmar Frees Chinese Loggers in Prisoner Amnesty

  • log: Myanmar, also known as Burma, has freed nearly 7,000 prisoners, including 155 Chinese nationals who last week were sentenced to life in prison for illegal log ging.
  • pardon: Other freed under the pardons issued by President Thein Sein included former military intelligence officials purged by their army colleagues more than a decade ago.
  • pardon: The vast majority of those freed in mass pardons are common criminals.
  • pardon: The pardons, effective from Thursday, were timed to coincide with a Buddhist religious holiday and come ahead of a November general election.
  • assuage: Past Myanmar governments have released political prisoners as a way of assuaging criticism from abroad.

The reinvention of an Australian circus

  • voluptuous: Performers dressed in elaborate court costumes, including voluptuous flowing dresses of bold reds, yellows and purples, dangle from the rafters, balance precariously on chairs, or jive with multiple hoops, going faster and faster until they are a frenzied blur.
  • dust: It opens with a huge screen showing slow-motion, close-up footage of acrobats dusting their hands with powder.
  • enrapture: Enraptured they touch their own hands, and each-others, before doing hand acrobatics, and merging into the audience to hold their hands too.

Aurora found beyond our Solar System

  • aurora: The brightness changes are consistent with what you would expect from auroras," said Dr Littlefair.
  • aurora: The dwarf's aurora is mainly red in colour because the charged particles are mainly interacting with hydrogen in its atmosphere.
  • aurora: Now we know they also show auroras, it is yet more reason to consider brown dwarfs as scaled-up versions of planets rather than scaled-down version of stars.
  • aurora: Dr Stuart Littlefair, an astronomer from the University of Sheffield, said: " This is the first time that we have confirmed we are seeing auroras on brown dwarfs.
  • aurora: Some auroras on Jupiter are produced by material emitted from its moon Io.

A tourist in the land of the ayatollahs

  • pendant: I wandered through it with Sarah, another guide, who watched me admire an inexpensive, vintage pendant and instructed me not to buy it.
  • geniality: We joked about everyday topics and his geniality didn't stop once we boarded the plane.
  • jewel: Dishes like lamb with pomegranates and walnuts, herb stew with beans and turmeric-seasoned beef or jewelled saffron rice with slivers of almonds and dried fruit read like an Ottolenghi menu- an imaginative reinvention of Middle Eastern cuisine- except they are Persian classics.

'Metal Muscles' Flex a New Bionic Hand

  • alloy: Presently, prosthetics rely on relatively heavy hydraulic, electric or pneumatic actuators to flex artificial fingers, but scientists at Germany's Saarland University are experimenting with much lighter fibers made of a nickel-titanium alloy that change shape when connected to a source of electricity.
  • pneumatic: Presently, prosthetics rely on relatively heavy hydraulic, electric or pneumatic actuators to flex artificial fingers, but scientists at Germany's Saarland University are experimenting with much lighter fibers made of a nickel-titanium alloy that change shape when connected to a source of electricity.
  • alloy: Scientists believe that with further advances of so-called shape memory alloys, it will be possible to build more natural-looking prosthetic hands.
  • alloy: Saarland University scientists are now looking into how natural patterns of hand movements could be applied to memory alloy muscles.