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Hong Kong protesters march after fruitless talks with government

  • tenacious: Expectations had been low for a breakthrough in Tuesday's cordial, televised talks which pitted five of the city's most senior officials against five tenacious but poised student leaders wearing black T-shirts.
  • quandary: The government appears to be in a quandary: unable to make concessions but wary that a crackdown would only exacerbate the protests.
  • tonight: It is very obvious why many people are still staying here tonight," student leader Yvonne Leung told thousands of cheering demonstrators at the tent-filled main protest site in the Admiralty district, near government offices, on Tuesday.

Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade

  • dehydrate: Miae and 80 other men were abandoned, starving and dehydrated, on a remote island by their captors, who appear to have fled for fear their operation had been exposed, according to two local Thai officials who were involved in rescuing the men in Phang Nga, located just north of the popular tourist island of Phuket.
  • squat: The men were forced to squat for much of their journey and sometimes had their hands and feet bound with rope or cloth.
  • taste: We tasted it in our hands and it was salty," said Muhammed Ariful Islam, 22, a Bangladeshi fruit vendor who was on the same boat as Miae.
  • strenuous: Thai authorities say the existence of the boats in which people are being held against their will is a response to the more strenuous efforts they are making to combat trafficking.

Mentally ill British suspect pleads not guilty in NY

  • extradite: The 40-year- old, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and held at a psychiatric hospital since 2008, was extradited to the United States on Tuesday, nine years after he was first arrested.
  • inhuman: Last year, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held that Aswat's extradition would breach an article prohibiting inhuman and degrading treatment.
  • extradite: Aswat was arrested in Zambia in 2005 and extradited to Britain, where he was re-arrested at the request of the US government.
  • extradite: Hamza, the former firebrand imam of Finsbury Park mosque in north London, was extradited from Britain in 2012 after an eight-year battle against extradition delayed by appeals to the ECHR.

Palestinians downbeat on promised rebuilding of ruined Gaza Strip

  • plastic: A gaping hole in his damaged home exposes his sitting room to the elements, despite desperate efforts to shield it with plastic sheeting and bricks.
  • raze: Densely-populated border areas like Shejaia were almost completely razed when Israel took them over and destroyed tunnels there which militants used to attack into its territory.
  • allay: An agreement last month for Hamas to hand over control of border crossings to its Western-supported Palestinian rivals might allay Israeli and donor fears that the group could siphon off or profit from reconstruction aid.