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In Britain, The Sun Still Doesn’t Shine

  • devious: The political spectacle of the past few days has been one of politicians promoting ever more devious, some critics argue impractical, ways of reversing the Brexit referendum or striking a deal that will see Britain as an EU partner enjoying close ties with the bloc, but without freedom of labor movement.
  • torrid: Time though isn ’t just worrying EU leaders, who fear as the uncertainty prolongs markets will become more torrid and recession will quickly follow, but also many ordinary people and businesses.
  • permutation: The political permutations and sense of alarm was on show Wednesday in Prime Minister’s Question Time in the House of Commons.

Double Wave of Suicide Bombings Puts Lebanon, Refugees on Edge

  • mourn: That evening as people gathered outside a church to mourn their loved ones, four more suicide bombers blew themselves up, reportedly injuring around 20.
  • harbinger: A statement released Tuesday by the Lebanese government warned, “We should not rule out that this terrorist crime is a harbinger of a wave of terrorist operations.
  • curfew: With residents of Al-Qaa taking up armed patrols in response to the attack, and new curfews being imposed on refugees in the region, the town’s mayor was among politicians calling on people not to blame the local Syrian population.
  • conciliatory: Others, however, have taken a less conciliatory stance, leaving Nadim Khoury of Human Rights Watch fearful of vigilante reprisals.

US Increasingly Focused on Social Media to Weigh Terror Threats

  • nefarious: Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections by providing an additional tool set which analysts and investigators may use to better analyze and investigate the case," the proposal says.
  • legislate: It is unacceptable that Congress has to legislate on this, and that it wasn't already the Department of Homeland Security's practice to take such commonsense steps when screening individuals entering this country," McCain said.
  • alien: A bill from Senators Martin Heinrich and Jeff Flake specifies that DHS" may search open source information, including internet and social media postings, of an alien who applies for a visa to enter the United States.
  • disaffected: We are in a time when a terrorist a world away can corrupt a disaffected youth-- and with just a few posts or tweets, can push them to plan or carry out acts of terror," Schumer said.
  • divulge: His bill calls for anyone who wants to volunteer in the prisons to divulge their social media accounts as part of a background check for possible links to terrorism.

Suicide blasts kill dozens at Istanbul airport

  • ambulance: Several ambulances drove back and forth, and security vehicles surrounded the scene.
  • porous: Turkey shares long, porous borders with Syria and Iraq, war-torn countries where IS controls large pockets of territory.
  • heinous: This is a heinous planned attack that targeted innocent people.
  • heinous: It is meaningful that this heinous attack came at a time when we have become successful in the fight against separatist terrorism... and at a time when we started a process of normalizing ties with our neighbors," Yildirim said.
  • lapse: Yildirim said there was no security lapse at the airport, but added the fact the attackers were carrying weapons" increased the severity" of the attack.

Pakistan Builds Checkpoints, Plans Fence on Afghan Border

  • demarcation: The latest and previous border tensions have all stemmed from Afghanistan’s historic opposition to the 1893 demarcation by former British rulers of the Indian subcontinent.
  • fence: Pakistan plans to fence its long, porous border with Afghanistan after construction of checkpoints at all established crossings is completed, a top government adviser said Tuesday.
  • fence: We also intend eventually to have the Pakistan-Afghanistan border fenced.
  • normalcy: “I am very confident that the decisions taken by them will bring about mechanisms and arrangements that should restore a degree of normalcy and the possibility of further progress towards an understanding between the two countries,” said the Pakistani adviser.

EU leaders tell Britain to exit swiftly, market rout halts

  • deaf: British Finance Minister George Osborne, whose attempt to calm markets had fallen on deaf ears on Monday, said the country would have to cut spending and raise taxes to stabilize the economy after a third credit ratings agency downgraded its debt.
  • embroil: We cannot be embroiled in lasting uncertainty," Juncker told the European Parliament, which he interrupted to ask British members of the assembly who campaigned to leave the EU why they were there.
  • fool: I can only advise our British friends not to fool themselves... in terms of the necessary decisions that need to be made in Britain," she told parliament in Berlin.
  • scathing: The European Parliament jeered when Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's euroskeptic UKIP party, said in a scathing speech that Europe had deceived its population and Britain would be its " best friend" if it agreed to extend a tariff-free trade deal.
  • deceive: The European Parliament jeered when Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's euroskeptic UKIP party, said in a scathing speech that Europe had deceived its population and Britain would be its " best friend" if it agreed to extend a tariff-free trade deal.

Israel's security figures take aim at hard-line Netanyahu

  • spy: On Tuesday, a group representing more than 200 retired leaders in Israel's military, police, Mossad spy service and Shin Bet security agency presented a plan to help end the half-century occupation of the Palestinians through unilateral steps, including disavowing claims to over 90 percent of the West Bank and freezing Jewish settlement construction in such areas.
  • freeze: On Tuesday, a group representing more than 200 retired leaders in Israel's military, police, Mossad spy service and Shin Bet security agency presented a plan to help end the half-century occupation of the Palestinians through unilateral steps, including disavowing claims to over 90 percent of the West Bank and freezing Jewish settlement construction in such areas.
  • dislodge: The feeling of urgency comes from repeated failures to dislodge Netanyahu, who last year won a third straight election with strong support from the country's poor, working-class and religious sectors.
  • evidence: His base, if anything, shares the distrust of experts and elites increasingly visible in the developed world, as evidenced by the rise of Donald Trump in the United States and last week's passage of Britain's proposal to leave the European Union.
  • amicable: After years of failed negotiations, there is little hope left among Israelis that they can come to an amicable divorce by agreement.