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U.S. aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto

  • clinch: Negotiators were wrapping up nearly a week of talks in New York on Tuesday, the latest round in 18 months of discussions aimed at clinching a long-term deal by June 30 to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for an end to sanctions.
  • render: The latest discussions revolved around a future Security Council resolution that would endorse a deal and render invalid all previous sanctions resolutions, while keeping U.N. bans on ballistic missiles, an arms embargo and some other restrictions.
  • circumvent: It says all sanctions are illegal and works hard to circumvent them.

PEN Award for Charlie Hebdo Stirs Controversy

  • terrify: It has everything to do with the battle against fanatical Islam, which is highly organized, well-funded and which seeks to terrify us all, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, into a cowed silence.
  • caption: The caption for that cartoon reads " If Muhammad came back.
  • harmonious: A literary organization's award for courage to the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has split the usually harmonious and left-leaning U.S. literary elite, with some of the country's best-known writers exchanging accusations of cowardice and blindness to racism.
  • caption: Four years earlier, in 2011, Charlie Hebdo was firebombed after publishing an issue with a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover with the caption " 100 lashes of the whip if you don't die laughing.

Senate sets test vote on Iran sanctions bill

  • waive: It also would stipulate that if senators disapprove the deal, Obama would lose the current authority he holds to waive certain economic penalties Congress has imposed on Iran.
  • disapprove: It also would stipulate that if senators disapprove the deal, Obama would lose the current authority he holds to waive certain economic penalties Congress has imposed on Iran.
  • stipulate: It also would stipulate that if senators disapprove the deal, Obama would lose the current authority he holds to waive certain economic penalties Congress has imposed on Iran.
  • waive: As written, the legislation would block President Barack Obama from waiving congressional sanctions for at least 30 days while lawmakers weigh in on any final deal the U.S. and five other nations can reach with Iran.
  • intransigence: It's regrettable that Democratic intransigence blocked efforts to strengthen this bill," Cotton tweeted.

UN peacekeepers killed in eastern DR Congo ambush

  • ambush: Kinshasa (AFP)- An ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region wracked by fighting between the army and Ugandan rebels, killed two United Nations peacekeepers on Tuesday, officials said.
  • ambush: Local administrator Amisi Kalonda, who also said two peacekeepers were killed, said Ugandan rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) staged the ambush in an area around Oicha, some 20 kilometres ( 12 miles) north of Beni.
  • ambush: It is with sadness and anger that I have just learned of the deaths of peacekeepers in an ambush near Beni," a trading hub in the north of troubled North Kivu province, the head of the UN mission Martin Kobler said on his Twitter account, adding that those killed were Tanzanian nationals.
  • ambush: UN peacekeepers killed in eastern DR Congo ambush- Yahoo News.

Obama on immigration: Progress 'not always a straight line'

  • wend: Several states have challenged the actions and a federal judge has halted their implementation as the case wends its way through the courts.
  • observance: At last year's Cinco de Mayo observance, Obama still held out hope that House Republicans would follow the Senate and pass a broad overhaul of immigration laws.
  • activist: Buffeted by failed legislation, activist criticism, election year sensitivities and now judicial review of his latest executive actions, Obama has found that his self-described goal of fixing a broken immigration system is still not fully in his grasp..
  • savor: It has been more than a year since he was first denounced as " deporter in chief" and he now was clearly savoring a friendlier atmosphere.

Last chance for Cameron and Miliband to break UK election deadlock

  • engrave: The big party leaders have avoided game-changing gaffes but drawn mockery at times: Cameron for forgetting the name of his favourite soccer team, and Miliband for engraving his campaign pledges on a giant stone, prompting ironic comparisons with Moses.
  • confluence: The stakes are higher than usual because of a rare confluence of factors which mean Britain's future in the European Union, as well as its national cohesion, could hinge on the election outcome.
  • treasure: Miliband, who has put the future of the country's treasured but troubled health service at the heart of his campaign, will address a final election rally in northern England on Wednesday evening.
  • stagnant: Stagnant polls have prompted him to refine his message, blending the promise of higher living standards with a warning that Scottish nationalists could hold to ransom a minority Labour government, cajoling it to spend and borrow more.

Getting wet feet for Tuvalu

  • pavilion: This is the first floating pavilion in the Venice biennale's 120-year history.
  • stagnate: The pool is filled with local tap water, which will be filtered to prevent it from stagnating over the coming six months.
  • pavilion: It's the national pavilion of the tiny Pacific nation of Tuvalu, which will be one of the first places in the world to disappear if sea levels continue to rise.
  • turquoise: Inside, a turquoise pool is crossed by two black walkways.
  • aurora: A fog machine creates misty reflections on the water, mixing at times with the natural light filtering through the windows or with a projected light to create an aurora effect.

Austria and Germany in 'spying' row

  • spy: He was directly responsible for the BND in 2008, when the agency first allegedly informed the chancellery that it was helping the NSA to spy on European aviation, aerospace and defence companies.
  • spy: Austria has filed a legal complaint against " an unnamed party" after media reports suggested Germany helped the US to spy on European targets.
  • spy: In the latest revelations, German reports said the Bad Aibling listening post in Bavaria was used by the BND to spy on the French presidential palace, French foreign ministry and European Commission.
  • admonish: In 2013, when she was the target of US spying, she admonished the Americans with the words: " Spying between friends, that's just not done.

The story of Indigenous Australia

  • aboriginal: Aboriginal advocates in Australia have focused on this issue, raising the possibility of a re-run of the 2004 Australian legal challenge to return bark objects loaned by the British Museum to Museum Victoria.
  • loan: Aboriginal advocates in Australia have focused on this issue, raising the possibility of a re-run of the 2004 Australian legal challenge to return bark objects loaned by the British Museum to Museum Victoria.
  • provenance: Ms Sculthorpe, of Tasmanian Aboriginal ancestry and now curator of the British Museum's Oceania collection, is at the heart of a newly ignited debate on the institution's imperial legacy and the vexed " ownership", provenance and possible future repatriation of key objects in the 6,000-piece collection.
  • ancestry: Ms Sculthorpe, of Tasmanian Aboriginal ancestry and now curator of the British Museum's Oceania collection, is at the heart of a newly ignited debate on the institution's imperial legacy and the vexed " ownership", provenance and possible future repatriation of key objects in the 6,000-piece collection.

Yemen Rebels Fire Into Saudi Arabia, Killing at Least 2

  • brief: Saudi Apache attack helicopters attacked Houthis near the border, said another military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorized to brief journalists.
  • smolder: Saudi state television reported local schools closed early and aired footage showing cars burnt, smoldering houses and debris covering nearby roads.
  • reprisal: The tribal leaders, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, also said the Houthis captured five Saudi soldiers in unclear circumstances.
  • bury: After burying the dead, we would still find torn limbs and body parts in the streets.

Top Asian News at 6:00 p.m. GMT

  • harvest: This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.
  • bureau: The Baoshan district education bureau in Shanghai said in a statement that it was reminding teachers that they must discipline themselves and care for their students.
  • wreckage: Constable Vikram Singh at the police control room in Panna district said the death toll from the crash may rise as police teams cut into the wreckage of the charred bus.

Red Army veteran's war years end in Gulag

  • rub: If your skin turned white from the 50 degrees cold, they would rub it with snow.
  • parachute: He was recruited for a risky mission-- to parachute into Nazi-occupied Estonia to support a budding partisan movement.
  • disappearing: I remember well the fresh air on my face and the jolly mood passing and the effect of the alcohol disappearing immediately," he said.

Lauryn Hill Cancels Israel Show to Avoid Stirring Tensions

  • ordeal: A group of Syrian brothers and their friends describe their ordeal as they try to reach Germany.
  • transatlantic: Changes in the geostrategic balance and the transatlantic relationship are felt across the continent, not least in German towns that have hosted U.S. military bases since the defeat of Nazi Germany.
  • harass: In attendance: Dieu Cay (his pen name) a blogger from Vietnam recently released from prison; Lily Mengesha from Ethiopia who was harassed and detained for exposing the marrying off of young girls as child brides, and Fatima Tlisova, an ethnic Circassian from the North Caucasus region of Russia, who works for VOA's Russian Service.
  • curfew: Calm has returned to Baltimore, Maryland, after authorities lifted an overnight curfew imposed almost a week ago to stem the rioting that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray- the 25-year-old black man who died of spinal injuries suffered while in police custody.

Hezbollah, Nusra Square Up for Rematch

  • preparation: Syrian rebels and Hezbollah have been engaging in an online propaganda war about the upcoming Qalamoun battle as well as moving fighters and weapons into the area in preparation for a clash.
  • offensive: “Hezbollah, after an in-depth military assessment study, concluded that there was no need for a costly wide-scale offensive, ” he said.
  • disappoint: Rebel commanders admit they would not be disappointed if the Israeli air force launch further airstrikes against Hezbollah like the raids mounted last month on a missile depot and a Hezbollah convoy in the region.
  • spill: In initial skirmishes heralding the start of what Lebanese politicians are dubbing a “decisive battle ” and prompting fear it will spill over to villages inside Lebanon, al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra and other Islamist fighters shelled Hezbollah and Syrian army positions in the towns of Wadi Barada, Al-Kfeir, Zabadani, Serghaya and Hreira, all very close to the Lebanese border.
  • pact: On Tuesday the rebels in Qalamoun officially announced the formation of a new alliance modeled on the successful northern pact formed in March.

Venezuela's Rocky Economy Creates a Rum Revival

  • enthuse: Matos said he's enthused by the rum's success abroad.
  • distiller: Such economic downturns often have prompted a boost in domestic spirits, said Nestor Ortega, master distiller at Santa Teresa, one of the country's premier rum makers.
  • ferment: From here she can see the entire distilling process, from the temperature at which molasses from a nearby sugar mill is fermented, to the rum's traditional aging process in white oak barrels previously used to store sherry from Spain.

Aid groups seek full access to Yemen

  • importation: The harsh restrictions on importations imposed by the coalition for the past six weeks, added to the extreme fuel shortages, have made the daily lives of Yemenis unbearable, and their suffering immense," he added.
  • obstruct: Checkpoints by the different armed factions had also obstructed the delivery of urgent medical supplies to hospitals and had prevented patients and the wounded reaching them, they added.
  • port: He fled the country at the end of March after rebel forces and allied army units loyal to ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh attacked the southern port city of Aden.
  • unbearable: The harsh restrictions on importations imposed by the coalition for the past six weeks, added to the extreme fuel shortages, have made the daily lives of Yemenis unbearable, and their suffering immense," he added.
  • shell: Meanwhile, rebels have shelled the Saudi border area of Najran.

Bad weather disrupts links with avalanche-hit Nepal village

  • avalanche: KATHMANDU (Reuters)- Bad weather has cut links with a remote village in Nepal where dozens of villagers and trekkers are believed to be buried under an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake, officials said on Tuesday.
  • circumvent: Frustrated by the lack of coordination, some donors are circumventing the authorities and sending supplies directly through non-governmental organizations for distribution, said an aide to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.
  • recede: The government has begun asking foreign teams to wrap up search and rescue operations as hopes of finding people alive in the rubble receded.
  • avalanche: Last year, the government extended permits when teams abandoned their expeditions after an avalanche killed 16 Sherpa mountain guides.
  • avalanche: The entire village, which includes 55 guesthouses for trekkers, was wiped out by the avalanche and rescuers are digging in the snow for signs of about 120 others believed buried.

The Met Ball as viewed from China

  • lavish: Fashion magazines and newspapers have been lavishing attention on the extravagant display.
  • blossom: Another, Ice candy TF-CI said, " A ren't cherry blossoms Japanes e?
  • floral: British model Cara Delevingne was covered in fake floral tattoos as she arrived for the gala.
  • rave: Vogue China raved about the actor Zhang Ziyi ( below lef t) as a " rare vetera n" who managed to capture the Chinese theme.

Russia raises Stalin's ghost amid nostalgia for past glories

  • despot: The palpable change in how Russians perceive the moustachioed despot has particularly come into stark focus in the run-up to Russia's celebrations of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in WWII.
  • nostalgic: He said officials, who are nostalgic for the superpower status of the USSR, have consciously been promoting Stalin as a tough leader who led the Soviet Union to victory in WWII and presided over the country's industrialisation.
  • ambivalent: Putin has been ambivalent about the role of Stalin, condemning the " ugliness" of state-sponsored terror but also saying his regime should not be compared to that of Nazi Germany.
  • repeat: "As long as history in Russia is presented as a chain of triumphs and victories over enemies, without an honest attitude towards our forefathers ' mistakes and crimes, we will have no safeguards against a repeat of the purges," the Gazeta .ru online newspaper wrote.
  • labour: Banners featuring Stalin whose name is inseparably tied to the history of the 1941-1945 conflict known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War were spotted in Moscow and Magadan, a former transit point in a vast network of Stalinist labour camps.

Thai police find graves at second migrant jungle camp

  • shallow: The camp was uncovered just a kilometre from a similar encampment on a steep hillside near the Malaysian border, where forensic teams found 26 bodies over the weekend-- all but one buried in shallow graves.
  • apprehend: During a visit to the region on Saturday AFP also came across two teenage migrant boys who had been apprehended by police..
  • dupe: Rohingya living in Bangladesh have also been trafficked to Thailand, after being duped with fake job offers or even drugged.

'Abandoned' Hong Kong veterans go into battle with Britain

  • consulate: The consulate did not confirm how many passports had been given out to military personnel before the handover, but Rosindell told parliament it was 500.
  • consulate: Neither did the consulate confirm how many were serving military personnel in 1997.
  • consulate: Those military personnel granted British passports were part of a 7,000-strong quota reserved for the " disciplined services " class, which also included police officers and firemen, the consulate said.
  • corporal: We could have died for the country if there was a war," says former infantry corporal Fung Lit-kau, who applied for a British passport before the handover but was also unsuccessful.