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Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

  • compete: In this photo by Kin Che ung, Chinese divers Chen Ruolin, left, and Liu Huixia compete in the women's synchronized 10-meter platform diving final at the Asian Games..
  • island: A few miles away, a Chinese navy frigate cruised by silently, part of the country's continuing watch over the tiny islands it has long claimed as part of its territory.
  • violence: Ashin Wirathu leads the fundamentalist 969 movement that has been accused of instigating deadly violence against minority Muslims in Myanmar.
  • disobedience: Then the broader Occupy Central civil disobedience movement joined them to call for the right for the people in this Chinese territory to elect their leader.
  • resolve: Yet for all the pomp and pageantry, there were few signs that Obama and Narendra Modi had resolved vexing issues that have often kept the two democracies at arm's length.

Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

  • contact: It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual, a family member or other individual, could develop Ebola in the coming weeks," he added.
  • confirm: Blood tests by Texas health officials and the CDC separately confirmed an Ebola diagnosis on Tuesday.
  • disease: The disease is not contagious until symptoms begin, and it takes close contact with bodily fluids to spread.
  • treat: The 25-bed clinic will be staffed by American health workers and will treat doctors and nurses who have become infected.
  • spread: Health authorities have advised hospitals on how to prevent the virus from spreading within their facilities.

Asian stocks retreat on HK protests

  • sharp: The economy has held up better than the sharp slowdown in the August activity data suggested.".
  • weak: BBC News- Asian stocks retreat on Hong Kong protests and weak data.
  • resignation: They're demanding that Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying respond to demands for his resignation and for free elections in the city.
  • anniversary: The city is bracing itself for bigger protests on Wednesday, which also marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
  • riot: Several celebrations marking China's National Day have been cancelled because of the protests, which saw riot police use tear gas against the crowds over the weekend.

Indonesian President Returns Home to Widespread Criticism

  • legislature: It was also his party that walked out of the legislature in order to abstain from the final vote, allowing the measure to pass.
  • dictator: The new law will allow regional parliaments to select local officials, a system that was in place during the longtime rule of former dictator Suharto.
  • parliament: The president said he has consulted with the nation's Constitutional Court on what action he can take, but added he is bound to follow the new law, which parliament passed last week.
  • government: On the basis of that and based on existing objective conditions, and the need for a system or appropriate laws in line with the people’s aspirations, the government is consistent, that the best way is to have direct elections but with basic improvements," said Yudhoyono.
  • appropriate: On the basis of that and based on existing objective conditions, and the need for a system or appropriate laws in line with the people’s aspirations, the government is consistent, that the best way is to have direct elections but with basic improvements," said Yudhoyono.

Mexico announces homicide charges in army killings

  • version: Murillo Karam said that " from the start, we had detected some inconsistencies" in the soldiers ' version of what happened.
  • civilian: The civilian justice system has been totally discredited and looks very bad," said Benitez, noting the country's National Human Rights Commission had also suggested the deaths occurred during a shootout.
  • involve: Murillo Karam said a squad of seven soldiers and a lieutenant were involved in the June 30 confrontation in the rural town of San Pedro Limon.
  • summary: On Monday, a U.N. special rapporteur for human rights called for the Mexican government to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident as a possible case of " summary executions.
  • government: On Monday, a U.N. special rapporteur for human rights called for the Mexican government to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident as a possible case of " summary executions.

AP Source: US and Brazil resolve trade fight

  • dispute: The agreement resolving the dispute was to be signed Wednesday in Washington by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and their Brazilian counterparts.
  • insurance: That measure included a new insurance program for cotton growers that was crafted to comply with the WTO ruling that the previous cotton support payments violated WTO rules against subsidies.
  • announce: The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the two countries had not yet announced the deal, said the agreement would allow the Obama administration to fully implement the farm bill passed by Congress in February.
  • administration: The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the two countries had not yet announced the deal, said the agreement would allow the Obama administration to fully implement the farm bill passed by Congress in February.
  • violation: The agreement would resolve a bitter trade fight that had strained relations between the two countries since 2002 when Brazil brought a case against the United States charging that the subsidies Washington paid American cotton farmers were a violation of global trade rules.

Exclusive: U.S. to pay $300 million to end Brazil cotton trade dispute - officials

  • diplomatic: Diplomatic talks on a wide range of subjects- from double taxation to visas aimed at facilitating business between the Western Hemisphere's two largest economies- ground to a halt.
  • double: Diplomatic talks on a wide range of subjects- from double taxation to visas aimed at facilitating business between the Western Hemisphere's two largest economies- ground to a halt.
  • issue: The United States said publicly it regretted the incident, but has stopped short of issuing a formal apology.
  • diplomatic: The retaliation would have deepened diplomatic tensions between both countries, officials and experts said at the time.
  • halt: Diplomatic talks on a wide range of subjects- from double taxation to visas aimed at facilitating business between the Western Hemisphere's two largest economies- ground to a halt.

Snapshots from the protest streets in Hong Kong

  • straight: A group of 16-year-old schoolboys turned up after school Tuesday and went straight to one supply station to volunteer to give out food and drink.
  • aid: Dozens stood and listened as Baldur Woo described his shock at being tear gassed while manning a first aid station on Sunday evening near the government offices.
  • democracy: We're Chinese, yes, but we're a bit different from mainlanders and we still have a chance to fight for democracy.
  • edge: People streamed along the roads of the CBD, sitting on sidewalks, sitting and standing on the edge of traffic barriers and on the roads.
  • lethargic: The rain energized what had become a largely lethargic crowd and, as it thundered down, the cheers got louder and determination reappeared.

First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

  • outbreak: It is the world's most deadly outbreak of the virus.
  • contact: According to Mr Frieden, it is possible a family member who came in direct contact with the patient may develop Ebola in the coming weeks.
  • contact: Health officials are working to identify all people who came into contact with the unnamed patient while he was infectious.
  • patient: According to Mr Frieden, it is possible a family member who came in direct contact with the patient may develop Ebola in the coming weeks.
  • possible: According to Mr Frieden, it is possible a family member who came in direct contact with the patient may develop Ebola in the coming weeks.

Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S

  • passenger: He said there was likely no threat to any airline passengers because the patient had no symptoms during his flight.
  • contact: Frieden said a handful of people, mostly family members, may have been exposed to the patient after he fell ill and that health authorities were tracking down anyone who might have had contact with the man.
  • patient: Frieden said a handful of people, mostly family members, may have been exposed to the patient after he fell ill and that health authorities were tracking down anyone who might have had contact with the man.
  • release: U.S. hospitals have treated, and released, three aid workers who were infected in Africa and flown back to the United States under strict medical supervision in a specially outfitted airplane.
  • warn: More than 6,500 cases have been diagnosed, and the CDC has warned that the number of infections could rise to as many as 1.4 million people by early next year without a massive global intervention to contain the virus.

WADA will not appeal NRL doping bans

  • period: WADA said the backdating of the sanctions, which reduced the practical period of the suspensions, were " not attributable to any action or lack of action on the part of the players.
  • repeat: The NRL subsequently announced measures to register and regulate any staff or club officials who are regularly involved with players to avoid a repeat of the supplements saga.
  • require: It is this last aspect of the sanctioning process that required close review.
  • criticize: The seemingly light suspensions were widely criticized by athletes in Olympic sports but after reviewing all the circumstances WADA, which had the option of taking the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, said " an appeal would not advance the fight against doping in any meaningful way.
  • circumstance: The seemingly light suspensions were widely criticized by athletes in Olympic sports but after reviewing all the circumstances WADA, which had the option of taking the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, said " an appeal would not advance the fight against doping in any meaningful way.

Hong Kong protests approach potential National Day flashpoint

  • foundation: That was despite widespread fears that police may use force to move crowds before the start of celebrations marking the anniversary of the Communist Party's foundation of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
  • occupy: There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of a mass campaign to occupy sections of the city and to express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters ' choices in a 2017 leadership election.
  • legal: This (protest) is to maintain our 160-year-old legal system for the next generation.
  • lightning: Overnight thunder, lightning and heavy rain failed to dampen spirits as protesters sought shelter under covered walkways, while police in raincoats and hats looked on passively nearby.
  • momentum: There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of a mass campaign to occupy sections of the city and to express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters ' choices in a 2017 leadership election.

China facing growing U.S. pressure over Hong Kong protests

  • bilateral: There are certainly a range of issues on bilateral, regional and global issues that they will discuss during their meeting.
  • issue: There are certainly a range of issues on bilateral, regional and global issues that they will discuss during their meeting.
  • discuss: There are certainly a range of issues on bilateral, regional and global issues that they will discuss during their meeting.
  • accuse: In a toughly worded letter to Leung on Tuesday, the chairman of the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Robert Menendez, accused Beijing of " reneging on the promises it made to the people of Hong Kong.
  • democracy: The protesters, mostly students, are demanding full democracy and have called on chief executive Leung Chun -ying to step down after Beijing ruled a month ago that it would vet candidates wishing to run for Hong Kong's leadership in 2017.

Argentina slams US judge after contempt decision

  • financial: Argentina's government fought back by approving a law earlier this month that would let Argentina's government pay bondholders locally to skirt the U.S. financial system, which is bound by the U.S. court order restricting Argentina's repa yments.
  • government: Argentina's government fought back by approving a law earlier this month that would let Argentina's government pay bondholders locally to skirt the U.S. financial system, which is bound by the U.S. court order restricting Argentina's repa yments.
  • approve: Argentina's government fought back by approving a law earlier this month that would let Argentina's government pay bondholders locally to skirt the U.S. financial system, which is bound by the U.S. court order restricting Argentina's repa yments.
  • default: Argentina settled most of its debt with creditors after its 2001 default by trading lower-value bonds for defaulted debt.
  • debt: Argentina settled most of its debt with creditors after its 2001 default by trading lower-value bonds for defaulted debt.

Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State

  • intense: This area witnessed intense air strikes from U.S.-led strikes and Iraqi air strikes overnight and at dawn," the official said.
  • explosion: The explosions shook Kirkuk itself: " We felt the ground shaking beneath our feet, and then we heard that there were air strikes outside Kirkuk," said a policeman in the city.
  • launch: Britain said its Tornado warplanes had launched their first attacks against Islamic State in Iraq since parliament approved combat operations last Friday, targeting a heavy weapons position that was endangering Kurdish forces and subsequently attacking an IS armed pick-up truck in the same area.
  • coalition: In Iraq, a coalition of Iraqi army, Shi ' ite militia fighters and Kurdish troops known as Peshmerga have been slowly recapturing Sunni villages that had been under Islamic State control south of the Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk.
  • shell: Sporadic gunfire could be heard from across the frontier, and a shell could be seen exploding in olive groves on the western outskirts of town.

Rousseff takes lead in Brazil election poll

  • tank: "Dilma's negative campaigning has been very effective, it's dehydrated and debilitated Marina," said Carlos Pereira, a political analyst at the Getulio Vargas Foundation think tank.
  • recession: Silva sought to dismiss some of Rousseff's " lies" and explain why her economic ideas such as Central Bank independence would jump start an economy that's in recession.
  • analyst: "Dilma's negative campaigning has been very effective, it's dehydrated and debilitated Marina," said Carlos Pereira, a political analyst at the Getulio Vargas Foundation think tank.
  • mettle: Rousseff has aggressively gone after Silva's record as a senator, questioned her changing political parties three times in the past five years and said she simply doesn't have the mettle needed to lead the world's seventh-biggest economy.
  • majority: If no single candidate wins an outright majority, a runoff between the top two vote winners will be held on Oct. 26.

Mexico says 14 of 57 missing students found

  • mayor: Iguala's mayor, Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez, submitted his resignation on Tuesday, saying he wanted to leave room for authorities to investigate the violent acts in his town.
  • majority: A majority of police in Guerrero have been co-opted, infiltrated by organized crime," he said on Milenio Television.
  • responsible: Abarca Velazquez maintained he was unaware of the shootings and said it will be up to authorities to determine who is responsible.
  • federal: Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre said he had contacted federal authorities to request help in keeping the peace in parts of the state.
  • municipality: Earlier, the head of the state human rights commission, Ramon Navarrete, said some of the students had fled the shooting in the municipality of Iguala, and some were detained and then released.

Pot decriminalization bill drafted in Jamaica

  • government: Setting maximum limits on pot cultivation is not anticipated, he said, but the government wants to ensure that small farmers " are not excluded and it does not just become something exclusively for major capital-intensive investors.
  • investor: Setting maximum limits on pot cultivation is not anticipated, he said, but the government wants to ensure that small farmers " are not excluded and it does not just become something exclusively for major capital-intensive investors.
  • crime: He said keeping marijuana away from children, the international black market and organized crime will be a top priority.
  • violate: Previous efforts to decriminalize marijuana, or " ganja" as it is largely known in Jamaica, failed to advance because Jamaican officials feared they would violate international treaties and bring sanctions from Washington.
  • stress: As Jamaica advances marijuana decriminalization, the government is committed to battling drug traffickers, Golding stressed.

Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest

  • mistake: I 've learned from this mistake and will continue learning from this mistake for the rest of my life.
  • arrest: It's too early to say if Phelps might face sanctions from USA Swimming, which took no action after his 2004 arrest but suspended him from competition for three months over the marijuana pipe picture.
  • accept: He did accept the suspension from USA Swimming for what he called " bad judgment" and" a mistake I won't make again.
  • immediate: Phelps could face the wrath of his sponsors, though there was no immediate word of any company planning to drop him.
  • conviction: Under Maryland law, the latest case is not considered a second offense because his first DUI conviction occurred more than five years ago.

Poll: Record Number of Mexicans Crime Victims in 2013

  • violence: President Enrique Pena Nieto came to power nearly two years ago vowing to end drug violence that has killed around 100,000 people since 2007.
  • crime: The vast majority of crimes went either unreported or uninvestigated last year, the survey found, with most people saying they failed to report crimes due to a lack of faith in authorities.
  • victim: While Mexico's government says the country is getting safer, a record number of Mexicans were victims of crime last year, according to a survey by national statistics institute INEGI published on Tuesday.
  • government: While Mexico's government says the country is getting safer, a record number of Mexicans were victims of crime last year, according to a survey by national statistics institute INEGI published on Tuesday.
  • estimate: Given kidnapping is only a small part of the 33.1 million crimes estimated over the course of the year, the two years ' kidnapping figures were statistically comparable, INEGI added.

Assad loyalists concerned by rise of Syria paramilitaries

  • repeat: More and more Alawites who are losing family members on the battlefield could be heard repeating the saying: " The grave for us and the palaces for them.
  • prime: Sources in Damascus speculate that Iran may be considering a deal like the one that saw it persuade Nouri al-Maliki to stand down as Iraqi prime minister in favour of a member of his party who was acceptable to Sunni Arabs and Kurdish leaders, as well as his fellow Shia Arabs.
  • grave: More and more Alawites who are losing family members on the battlefield could be heard repeating the saying: " The grave for us and the palaces for them.
  • resident: We used to think that this was intentional to terrify people who dared oppose his rule, but the problem now is that this savagery is targeted against his own people, even amongst the Alawites," said the Damascus resident.
  • leisure: Aliya now sees people flying through the sky on a ride at a new amusement park, leisure and shopping centre called Uptown.

Brazil's Rousseff widens lead over Silva in fresh polls

  • candidate: BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters)- President Dilma Rousseff has solidified her lead over opposition candidate Marina Silva and would win a runoff vote to Brazil's presidential election, two new polls showed on Tuesday.
  • campaign: In recent days, Rousseff overtook her contender as her ruling W orkers ' Party stepped up criticism of Silva's government program and, in TV ads and at campaign rallies, questioned her track record.
  • candidate: Brazilians go to the polls on Sunday, but if no candidate wins an outright majority the election will be decided in a runoff between the top two vote-getters on Oct. 26.
  • candidate: Centrist candidate Aecio Neves gained 2 percentage points to 20 percent, Datafolha said.
  • contender: In recent days, Rousseff overtook her contender as her ruling W orkers ' Party stepped up criticism of Silva's government program and, in TV ads and at campaign rallies, questioned her track record.

Judge accepts plea in 1998 embassy bombings case

  • issue: U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan issued a written ruling after 54-year-old Adel Abdel Bary pleaded guilty on Friday to three charges: two conspiracy counts and a third in which he admitted making threats to kill Americans with explosives.
  • assist: There is no evidence, to the government's knowledge, establishing that Bary assisted in planning for or in carrying out the bombings themselves, or counseled, commanded, induced or procured the bombings," prosecutors wrote.
  • contemplate: A prosecutor's determination whether to enter into a plea agreement that contemplates the dismissal of some charges in exchange for a plea of guilty to other, lesser charges is a discrimination function of the executive branch of our government," the judge said.
  • guilty: A prosecutor's determination whether to enter into a plea agreement that contemplates the dismissal of some charges in exchange for a plea of guilty to other, lesser charges is a discrimination function of the executive branch of our government," the judge said.
  • evidence: There is no evidence, to the government's knowledge, establishing that Bary assisted in planning for or in carrying out the bombings themselves, or counseled, commanded, induced or procured the bombings," prosecutors wrote.

Bodies of 2 tourists found after Chile avalanche

  • treat: The two survivors in the group were treated at a local hospital, and police said they provided information to help locate the bodies.
  • examine: Officials said the bodies would be removed by Argentine authorities and were expected to be examined by the legal medical service in Rio Gallegos, Argentina, before being returned to their homelands.
  • rescue: The remains of Carl Andreas Fransson of Sweden and Jean Phillipe Auclair of Canada were spotted by a helicopter around noon in bordering Argentina during a joint rescue operation by Chilean police and the armed forces.
  • avalanche: Bodies of 2 tourists found after Chile avalanche- Yahoo News.
  • territory: They had been hiking the 11,800-foot (3,600-meter) San Lorenzo mountain, and disappeared when a wall of rocks and snow cascaded down Tuesday, dragging them to a stream in Argentine territory.

Profile: Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg

  • government: His Labour government lasted less than two years, suffering at the polls for its efforts to reform the welfare state.
  • consensus: What the new head of the European Commission, conservative Brussels insider Jean-Claude Juncker, has in common with Mr Stoltenberg is that both are Merkel allies and both are consensus politicians.
  • coalition: When he returned to the post in 2005, it was as head of a coalition with the Socialist Left and Centre parties, which was returned again in 2009.
  • aggressive: In one of his few recent pronouncements about Ukraine, Mr Stoltenberg said last week: " It is Russia that has chosen a more aggressive approach.
  • predominate: The Nato job is part of a wider balance-of-interest game among European countrie s," in which conservatives predominate, according to Kornelius.

White House breach 'unacceptable': Secret Service chief

  • camera: Detailing the Atlanta breach, the contractor aroused Secret Service concerns when he refused to comply with an order to stop recording Obama with his phone camera, the Post said, citing three unidentified sources.
  • lapse: Issa also noted other embarrassing lapses by Secret Service agents, including a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia ahead of a visit by Obama, and drunk agents in the Netherlands last March.
  • discover: Pierson acknowledged that while witnesses saw a man firing shots toward the White House, it was not until " three to four days later" that the Secret Service discovered the mansion had been hit.
  • reputation: I wish to God you protected the White House like you protected your reputation here today," House Democrat Stephen Lynch boomed.
  • dinner: The fact is, the system broke down on September 19, as it did when the Salahis crashed a state dinner in November 2009, or when Oscar Ortega-Hernandez successfully shot at the White House on November 2011.

UN Ebola Mission Kicks Off Amid Questions About Safety

  • confirm: Despite numerous suspected cases, Ghana has recorded no confirmed instances of Ebola.
  • treatment: At 60 days, it wants to have 70 percent of infected people in treatment and 70 percent of burials of Ebola victims, a key method of infection, performed safely.
  • accomplish: When that job is accomplished, this mission will close up and the sooner that happens, the better; however, we have a big job ahead of us, all of us, working together with all the actors: government, aid agencies to achieve that job; to stop it where it is and prevent it from spreading elsewher e.
  • victim: At 60 days, it wants to have 70 percent of infected people in treatment and 70 percent of burials of Ebola victims, a key method of infection, performed safely.
  • material: In the next 30 days, the mission aims to have all its materials in place.

In al Qaeda attack, lines between Pakistan military, militants blur

  • period: He was fired several months ago during his probationary training period, according to a senior naval officer.
  • alliance: Militants have launched attacks on top Pakistani security installations before, but this plot sought to strike at the heart of the alliance between Pakistan and the United States.
  • plot: The plot's mastermind was sub-lieutenant Jakhrani, either 25 or 26 years old, whose father is a senior police officer in Karachi, officials said.
  • colleague: His colleagues reported his views and he was then closely watched and monitored and finally dismissed," one official said.
  • stretch: The region, stretching across India to Bangladesh, is home to more than 400 million Muslims.

Family of British hostage call on IS to honour Sharia verdict

  • accuse: Mrs Henning claimed that Muslims globally were criticising IS over her husband's treatment and accused the militant group of disregarding the " verdict of their own justice system" after claiming that a Sharia court had found him " innocent of being a spy ".
  • treatment: Mrs Henning claimed that Muslims globally were criticising IS over her husband's treatment and accused the militant group of disregarding the " verdict of their own justice system" after claiming that a Sharia court had found him " innocent of being a spy ".
  • aid: It is the family's third appeal since Henning, a father of two teenage children, was threatened in a video that showed the brutal killing of British aid worker David Haines earlier this month.
  • outcry: The family of the 47-year-old humanitarian worker had been " given so much hope by the outcry across the world," she revealed.
  • hostage: Family of British hostage call on IS to honour Sharia verdict.

How Bosnia is helping Cyprus find peace

  • heal: All these sufferings of war can heal with time, but not if your son or father doesn't come home for dinner for 30 or 40 years.
  • murder: BBC News- How Bosnia is helping identify Cypriots murdered 50 years ago.
  • identify: BBC News- How Bosnia is helping identify Cypriots murdered 50 years ago.
  • grave: Now, there is a renewed effort to find out what happened to them- mass graves are being dug up and a laboratory in Sarajevo is helping to identify the bodies.
  • further: That means the relatives of a further 1,430 missing Cypriots still wait for news.

Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for arrest

  • pipe: He also was photographed using a marijuana pipe after the 2008 Beijing Games, which resulted in a three-month suspension from USA Swimming.
  • career: The latest arrest tarnishes Phelps ' comeback bid, which produced promising results this past summer even though he wasn't nearly as dominating as he was at the height of his career.
  • crime: A sheriff said there wasn't evidence to charge Phelps with a crime, but he agreed to the suspension by USA Swimming.
  • transportation: Phelps was arrested and taken to a transportation authority station; he was later released.
  • release: Phelps was arrested and taken to a transportation authority station; he was later released.

US government funds lawyers for immigrant children

  • release: After being detained by federal authorities, children are placed in shelters overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services until they can be released to a relative or sponsor in the United States.
  • encourage: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said the funding violates federal law" and only makes the problem worse by encouraging more illegal immigration in the future.
  • shelter: After being detained by federal authorities, children are placed in shelters overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services until they can be released to a relative or sponsor in the United States.
  • federal: After being detained by federal authorities, children are placed in shelters overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services until they can be released to a relative or sponsor in the United States.
  • federal: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said the funding violates federal law" and only makes the problem worse by encouraging more illegal immigration in the future.

PSG beats Barcelona 3-2 in Champions League

  • subtle: Again, though, PSG could not focus after celebrating and Neymar caught the defense cold with a subtle shot from 12 yards out that went in off the post.
  • penalty: Back came PSG, though, as Pastore galloped into the penalty area with unpredictable changes of direction, but shot too close to Ter Stegen.
  • pump: PSG's Qatari owners, QSI, have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the club since taking over in June 2011 in a bid to join Europe's elite by winning football's most coveted club trophy.
  • forward: Although PSG was missing top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic because of a heel injury, the forward line of Brazilian Lucas, Uruguayan Edinson Cavani and Argentinian Javier Pastore finally looked like a combination worth its hefty price tag.
  • confidence: PSG had been short of confidence this season, while Barcelona had not conceded a goal in seven matches and scored 18.

Britain carries out first air strikes against IS in Iraq

  • assess: Both assessed successfu l," read one of the tweets.
  • seize: Fallon said the strikes against IS jihadists, who have seized huge swathes of Iraq and Syria in recent months, were carried out by two jets from an RAF base in Cyprus.
  • huge: Fallon said the strikes against IS jihadists, who have seized huge swathes of Iraq and Syria in recent months, were carried out by two jets from an RAF base in Cyprus.
  • government: I can confirm that the RAF were in action today in support of the Iraqi government in northwest Iraq," Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said.
  • parliament: The British parliament last week approved a motion to join in a US-led military campaign against IS jihadists operating in Iraq..

World champ Chan to take sabbatical from competition

  • champion: Paris (AFP)- Canadian triple world champion Patrick Chan has decided to skip the upcoming figure skating season but plans to return for the 2015-16 campaign, Skate Canada announced on Tuesday.
  • campaign: Paris (AFP)- Canadian triple world champion Patrick Chan has decided to skip the upcoming figure skating season but plans to return for the 2015-16 campaign, Skate Canada announced on Tuesday.
  • announce: Paris (AFP)- Canadian triple world champion Patrick Chan has decided to skip the upcoming figure skating season but plans to return for the 2015-16 campaign, Skate Canada announced on Tuesday.
  • triple: Paris (AFP)- Canadian triple world champion Patrick Chan has decided to skip the upcoming figure skating season but plans to return for the 2015-16 campaign, Skate Canada announced on Tuesday.
  • perform: Fans will able to see the Canadian perform the routine in full competition during the 2015-16 season.

Afghan pact signed amid questions on Iraq pullout

  • international: The agreement provides a legal framework for the United States to keep about 9,800 troops in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist that country's national security forces after the current international combat mission ends Dec. 31.
  • warn: U.S. officials first warned their Afghan counterparts that if the security accord was not signed by the end of 2013, the Pentagon would have to start planning for a full withdrawal.
  • counterpart: U.S. officials first warned their Afghan counterparts that if the security accord was not signed by the end of 2013, the Pentagon would have to start planning for a full withdrawal.
  • troops: Obama announced earlier this year that he would cut the number of troops in half by the end of 2015 and leave only about 1,000 in a security office after the end of 2016, as his presidency comes to a close.
  • troops: Under an agreement signed by former President George W. Bush, U.S. troops had to leave by the end of 2011 unless an extension was signed.

Wednesday's gossip column

  • revelation: Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has hailed new manager Ronald Koeman as a " revelation" after Saints ' strong start to the season.
  • survive: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew needs a significant upturn in results if he is to survive until the clocks go back.
  • warn: Basel manager Paulo Sousa has warned Liverpool that the Swiss side are in the mood to do some damage in their Champions League meeting on Wednesday.
  • loan: Newcastle United are close to agreeing a permanent deal to sell 25-year-old defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma, where he is currently on loan.
  • permanent: Southampton loanee Dani Os valdo, 28, says he wants to make his switch to Inter Milan permanent.

Nigeria and Senegal 'contain' Ebola

  • populous: In Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, there have been 19 confirmed cases of the virus and eight deaths since the first confirmed case there in July.
  • premature: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan already declared the end of the virus in his country in a speech last week, a claim medical experts believe was premature.
  • expansion: The risk of expansion is dramatic and the number of affected people is doubling," Anthony Banbury told reporters in Ghana, where the UN's Ebola response team is based.
  • confirm: In Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, there have been 19 confirmed cases of the virus and eight deaths since the first confirmed case there in July.
  • confirm: There was also one confirmed case in Senegal in late August, where the infected person survived.

S. Korean Leader Responds to North's Attacks on Human Rights Policy

  • peaceful: The president said improving the livelihood of North Korean citizens is an important goal and that the human rights issue is crucial to building a solid foundation for peaceful reunification.
  • improve: In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly last week, Park called on Pyongyang to improve its human rights record and follow the recommendations of a U.N. Commission of I nquiry, which accused North Korean officials of crimes against huma nity.
  • accuse: In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly last week, Park called on Pyongyang to improve its human rights record and follow the recommendations of a U.N. Commission of I nquiry, which accused North Korean officials of crimes against huma nity.
  • livelihood: The president said improving the livelihood of North Korean citizens is an important goal and that the human rights issue is crucial to building a solid foundation for peaceful reunification.
  • policy: Presiding over a Cabinet meeting held Tuesday at Cheong Wa D ae, South Korea’s presidential office, Park said the North’s human rights situation, along with its nuclear ambition, is integral to her administratio n’s North Korea policy.

OAS Asks Members to Take In Guantanamo Detainees

  • issue: These are people who have not been judged, nor will they be, for any crime," he said in a declaration issued on Monday.
  • prison: U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order to close the much-criticized military prison the day he took office, but nearly six years later, it is still open.
  • prison: The head of the Organization of American States this week issued an appeal for member countries to take in detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, calling it a chance to address a " serious humanitarian" issue.
  • halt: The U.S. Congress has repeatedly halted efforts to close it, notably by blocking moves to transfer detainees to facilities in the United States.
  • issue: The head of the Organization of American States this week issued an appeal for member countries to take in detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, calling it a chance to address a " serious humanitarian" issue.

US: Hackers Steal Xbox Technology, Army Training Software

  • steal: Once inside, they are accused of accessing and stealing unreleased software, secrets and copyrighted works.
  • intellectual: Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division who was quoted in the statement, said the guilty pleas show the U.S. will protect America's intellectual property from hackers, whether they hack from here or from abroad.
  • intellectual: Making the announcement along with Caldwell and an agent from the FBI, U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly of Delaware said, electronic breaking and entering of computer networks and the digital looting of identities and intellectual property have become much too common.
  • plea: Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division who was quoted in the statement, said the guilty pleas show the U.S. will protect America's intellectual property from hackers, whether they hack from here or from abroad.
  • accuse: Once inside, they are accused of accessing and stealing unreleased software, secrets and copyrighted works.

Hong Kong's Vietnamese Ex-Pats Show Support for Protesters

  • sensitive: With bilateral relations at the lowest point in decades, observers say, Hanoi has seemed to relax its restrictions on coverage of issues deemed sensitive by Beijing.
  • intense: Beijing's controversial placement of an oil rig in waters also claimed by Vietnam have sparked intense confrontations in the South China Sea in May.
  • express: Some Vietnamese citizens living in Hong Kong have expressed support for local protesters who want China to give the former British colony a fully democratic vote for its next leader.
  • issue: With bilateral relations at the lowest point in decades, observers say, Hanoi has seemed to relax its restrictions on coverage of issues deemed sensitive by Beijing.
  • especially: Vietnamese netizens, especially those who have opposed the government, have heatedly debated the events in Hong Kong, and some even question the democratic spirit and ideology of Vietnamese students.

Recession Looms Over Venezuela, Official Data Under Wraps

  • material: “Industries are working far below their capacity due to a lack of raw materials .”.
  • empty: Venezuela has kept its economic growth figures under wraps this year but empty store shelves, closed factory gates and idled construction projects tell their own story- the economy is contracting and some sectors are in deep trouble.
  • estimate: Private industry groups estimate that the construction and manufacturing sectors- both crucial to broader growth- shrank as much as 10 percent in the first half of the year.
  • investor: Venezuela's foreign bonds are now seen as by the far the riskiest of any emerging market nation, yielding 13 percentage points more than comparable U.S. government notes due to concerns it may not pay off investors.
  • period: Retail sales chamber Consecomercio says sales fell about 50 percent during the same period, the result of weaker consumer sentiment and tight currency controls that have forced a sharp decline in the availability of imported goods.

Why Japan's sunny beaches are deserted

  • responsible: It's often been said that Japan operates via strict social norms to achieve its remarkable social cohesion and that this is largely responsible for making Japan such a pleasant place to live.
  • rare: Overnight on 1 September, beach-going Japanese become as rare as buttered sushi.
  • temperature: For much of the month of September, after a disappointing summer, Tokyo basked in temperatures of 25C or more.
  • harvest: Tsukimi (moon viewing) when people stand on a hill with lashings of tea to view the harvest moon which is thought to be larger and more radiant than at any other time.
  • desert: Surely the calendar alone cannot be a good reason to desert the briny playground in this city on the same latitude as Malta?

Manchester City 1-1 Roma

  • deaf: The veteran Brazilian looked mystified but his protests fell on deaf ears and Aguero sent Lukasz Skorupski the wrong way.
  • struggle: City battled manfully but struggled to find the drive and quality to break down Roma, whose fans were far more satisfied at the final whistle than the home side's followers.
  • qualify: Manchester City discovered how hard they will have to fight to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase after they were held to a draw by Roma at Etihad Stadium.
  • block: There was no immediate impact on Roma as Hart blocked crucially from Miralem Pjanic and the keeper was relieved to see his curling 25-yard shot drift inches wide seconds later.
  • demonstrate: City will still feel confident of qualification from the group but, with Bayern favourites after two wins, Roma have demonstrated they will pose a serious threat to their aspirations of moving out of this tough section as Manuel Pellegrini's side still have to visit Italy.

Pakistani Rights Groups Denounce Cyberviolence Against Women

  • rape: Another woman, known for her political views, was the target of online rape and death threats.
  • abusive: People can easily threaten others on Twitter using very abusive language.
  • target: I have personally noted that women are often the target of abusive language on social media in this country," she said.
  • tool: Women rights groups have called for protecting the digital workplace and equipping women with the right tools to counter Internet-based harassment.
  • effect: Observers hope that similar calls against online violence toward women might have a similar effect.

First US Case of Ebola Diagnosed in Dallas

  • epidemic: The CDC also says Senegal avoided an Ebola epidemic when authorities there isolated that country's only Ebola case in August.
  • contact: Frieden says the virus cannot be transmitted through the air, but only through direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person manifesting symptoms.
  • contaminate: Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated.
  • patient: The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prev ention, Thomas Frieden, says the patient infected with the Ebola virus was healthy when he or she left Liberia and while on the flight to the United States.
  • information: A hospital spokesperson says the infected patient is in intensive care, but would not reveal any further information out of concern for the individual's privacy.

U.S. says wants Syria's Assad out despite focus on Islamic State

  • aid: Islamic State militants have beheaded two U.S. journalists and one British aid worker and distributed videos of the killings on line.
  • accuse: The group, which is also known as ISIL and ISIS, has seized vast areas of Syria and Iraq and is accused of massacres and beheadings of civilians and soldiers.
  • forth: This is a threat that has cost not only the lives of two American journalists but an untold number of Syrian and Iraqi lives, also by summary execution and by beheading and so forth.
  • moderate: We did not see over these last years anywhere near the same effort by the regime to take on ISIL that we have seen by the moderate opposition groups at great expense for them, at great sacrifice," she added.
  • government: She noted that Washington has concluded that Assad's government is neither willing to nor capable of defeating Islamic State, which she said had enjoyed a safe haven in Syria for a long time.

Wave of attacks in Shi'ite parts of Baghdad kill 35

  • security: Security sources say Islamic fighters have tried to use farmland northwest of Baghdad to approach Shi ' ite districts.
  • witness: It was one of the most violent days the capital has witnessed since U.S.-led forces began bombing Islamic State insurgents in Iraq last month.
  • campaign: U.S.-led forces started bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq in August and Washington expanded the campaign to Syria last week in an effort to defeat the well-armed insurgents who have swept through Sunni areas of both Iraq and Syria.
  • rocket: Mortar rounds have a short range compared to rockets, indicating the assailants fired from near the districts.
  • explode: In the southern oil hub of Bas ra, a parked car bomb exploded in a parking lot, setting ablaze five cars but causing no casualties, police said.