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Catholic schools in New York City are banning braids on black male students, and it's all perfec...

  • forgo: In February and June 2019, laws were signed by the city and state blocking black people from being discriminated against for wearing natural hairstyles, which forgo chemical teqniques in straightening hair.
  • decorum: They're just exempted because they're religious institutions and can set whatever rules of decorum they wish, no matter how discriminatory or racist," said Bloomfield.
  • roll: St. John's School, also in the Bronx, prohibits " corn rolls," an apparent misspelling of " cornrows.
  • adhere: Families attending any Catholic school agree to adhere to the terms of the school's handbook, which will include guidelines on hair, wardrobe and personal conduct," TJ McCormack, a spokesman for the arch diocese, told the Daily News.

Image of Madagascan snake wins 2019 British Ecological Society photography competition

  • graceful: Flamingoes are all legs and necks but, at the same time, graceful and fascinating.
  • venom: Spiders are interesting animals that have evolved different strategies (eg venom or their complex webs) to cope with the problem of being smaller than their prey or predators.
  • condensation: Due to the microclimatic conditions inside the trunk, condensation had formed on the Mycena.
  • dwarf: Here, a human silhouette is dwarfed by the size of a retrogressive thaw slump on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island, in Canada.
  • vegetation: It is considered as a leading actor of the night that travels its path through the lower vegetation in search of prey, females and home.

'Masturbation photos' prompt Tunisia's #MeToo anger

  • moderator: It is a safe space for victims to share their experiences- and the revelations have been a shock for the moderators of the page.
  • moderator: Paedophilia and incest are more rampant than we would like to admit," moderator Rania Said told the BBC.
  • sanctity: In Tunisia the sanctity of a child's body is not respected".
  • mockery: As it stands, the wider system and culture a victim faces before reaching court make a mockery of the law.
  • dissuade: She said the first obstacle victims face is simply filing a complaint with the police, where often there are attempts to dissuade them from doing so by both the family and law enforcement authorities.

Lesotho: Why a dispute over mohair led to a parliamentary fist-fight

  • degenerate: A sitting of Lesotho's upper house of parliament this week degenerated into a fist-fight between massed ranks of rival MPs who also threw wooden panels, documents and anything else they could get their hands on across the chamber at each other.
  • noticeable: It is much softer than wool and has a noticeable sheen and lustre.
  • yarn: Because it is considered to be a luxury textile, garments made entirely from mohair are more expensive than those made from other types of yarn.

Nigeria federation put Yusuf in charge of Enugu

  • fixture: Yusuf's first game in charge will be Sunday's Confederation Cup Group A fixture against visiting Egyptian side Pyramids.
  • relegate: Founded in 1970, Rangers have never been relegated and have been NPFL champions seven times as well as winning six FA Cup titles.
  • defunct: They won the defunct Africa Cup Winners ' Cup title in 1977.

Cambridge University to return cockerel to Nigeria

  • bequeath: The Benin bronze, known as an " okukor", was bequeathed to Jesus College in 1930 by a former British Army officer.
  • diligent: She said the decision came after " diligent and careful" work of the LSWP into the legacy of slavery at Jesus College.
  • provenance: We are an honest community, and after thorough investigation into the provenance of the Benin bronze, our job is to seek the best way forward," she added.

Why Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 Plan Might Fail

  • consistency: Investors remain wary of major geopolitical risks, like a war with Iran and another human rights outrage that could reignite an international push to isolate Saudi Arabia, as well as domestic considerations, like the consistency of Saudi Arabia's policies amid lower oil prices and the personality politics of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • dissident: With Riyadh the focus of international condemnation, few took it up on its offer to attend the 2018 Future Investment Initiative just three weeks after the dissident journalist's murder.
  • stymie: Ultimately, the White House's signal was clear: It would stymie congressional attempts to punish Saudi Arabia, and no congressional supermajority existed to override its veto.
  • veto: Ultimately, the White House's signal was clear: It would stymie congressional attempts to punish Saudi Arabia, and no congressional supermajority existed to override its veto.

Philippines marks massacre anniversary with calls for justice

  • balloon: Tearful family members lit candles and released white balloons as children sang a chorus calling for justice at a southern Philippine town where 58 people, including 32 media workers, were slaughtered and dumped in roadside pits in November 2009.
  • rightful: They must come out with the rightful decision now," Jergin Malabanan, whose mother was among the journalists killed in one of the world's deadliest ever attacks on media workers, told AFP.
  • inscribe: A low-flying military helicopter dropped a shower of flowers Saturday as about a thousand relatives, journalists, friends and local officials gathered around a hilltop concrete marker where the 58 victims ' names were inscribed.

UPDATE 1-China attacks U.S. at G20 as the world's biggest source of instability

  • smear: BEIJING, Nov 23 (Reuters)- The United States is the world's biggest source of instability and its politicians are going around the world baselessly smearing China, the Chinese government's top diplomat said on Saturday in a stinging attack at a G20 meeting in Japan.
  • smear: Certain U.S. politicians have smeared China everywhere in the world, but have not produced any evidence.
  • incense: China was incensed this week after the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills to back protesters in Hong Kong and send a warning to China about human rights, with President Donald Trump expected to sign them into law, despite delicate trade talks with Beijing.

Democratic Republic of Congo to inaugurate national museum

  • restitution: A particular focus of restitution is items in the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, which re-opened last year.
  • restitution: Joseph Kabila, the former leader of DR Congo, previously said they would seek restitution of items from the Belgian facility- though no official request has yet been made.
  • treasure: The issue of Africa's " looted treasures" from the colonial era are a long-contested topic.
  • statuette: The national museum has two levels housing a variety of items on show, including masks and statuettes made by some of the country's hundreds of different tribes.

South Africa beat Ghana on penalties to clinch Olympic place

  • clinch: South Africa beat Ghana on penalties to clinch Olympic place- BBC Sport.
  • deflect: Kegan Johannes launched a ball forward that Luther Singh chested down and looked to have taken the ball too far but he managed to cut the ball across and it deflected off Mohammed's heel into the net.
  • deflect: South Africa then dominated the next thirty minutes and had several chances that were either deflected wide or saved by Kwame Baah in the Ghana goal.
  • referee: The referee waved away a penalty appeal on 38 minutes and a minute later Lyle Foster, who had been ready to score from Singh's cross if it had not hit Mohammed, saw his header hit the bar and go behind for a goal kick.

GM Recalls 2019-2020 Pickup Trucks Due to Fire Risk

  • collision: General Motors is recalling more than half a million Chevrolet and GMC light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks because of concerns that seat belt pretensioners, when deployed to tighten belts amid a collision, could lead to a fire.
  • smell: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the driver may see smoke or smell a burning odor after a collision, before a fire becomes visible.
  • odor: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the driver may see smoke or smell a burning odor after a collision, before a fire becomes visible.
  • collision: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the driver may see smoke or smell a burning odor after a collision, before a fire becomes visible.

Democratic congressman gets applause for getting Gordon Sondland to say an investigation into the Bi...

  • candor: With all due respect sir, we appreciate your candor, but let's be really clear on what it took to get it out of you," Maloney said.
  • interject: Sondland then interjected to say he resented Maloney's implication that he hadn't been honest.
  • resent: Sondland then interjected to say he resented Maloney's implication that he hadn't been honest.
  • forthright: Excuse me, I 've been very forthright, and I really resent what you're trying to do," Sondland said.
  • resent: Excuse me, I 've been very forthright, and I really resent what you're trying to do," Sondland said.

US schools try to diversify mainly white teaching ranks

  • brass: Known as the Brass City for its historical brass production, Waterbury has 19,000 students in its school district.
  • expulsion: Exposure to teachers of the same race has also been linked to lower rates of suspension and expulsion for black students.
  • antagonism: With more minority educators, she said, there would be less antagonism.

A dog named Bear is saving koalas from wildfires in Australia

  • scorch: As wildfires have scorched Australia and left thousands of koalas feared dead, Bear is looking for survivors.
  • tireless: An " obsessive" rescue dog with " tireless energy," Bear the dog has been aiding wildlife rescuers as they search for koalas threatened by the bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland, a wildlife rescuer group says.
  • scorch: Many may have survived the flames but are stranded in scorched areas with no access to food or water, the group says.

Internet fraud: Nigerian scammer 'pulls off $1m heist' from prison

  • accomplice: Anti-corruption officials said Hope Olusegun Aroke used a " network of accomplices" for the fraud.
  • ignoble: In a statement on Tuesday, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it had received intelligence about Aroke's scam and was faced with the " riddle" of how he was able to " continue to ply his ignoble trade" from inside the Lagos prison.
  • intricate: Following his arrest in 2012, the EFCC said the then Malaysia-based student was the " arrow head of an intricate web of internet fraud schemes that traverse two continents ".
  • ailment: He had also been admitted to the Nigeria Police Hospital in Lagos for an " undisclosed ailment" and had been able to leave the facility to stay in hotels, meet with his wife and children, and attend social functions.
  • fictitious: He had used the fictitious name Akinwunmi Sorinmade to open two bank accounts and bought a luxury car and homes during his time in prison, the EFCC added.

Why serial killers kill

  • prolific: Samuel Little, a transient former boxer and career criminal serving time for two murders, was recently identified by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, after he confessed to 93 killings between 1970 and 2005.
  • impersonal: The teeming, impersonal nature of the modern world is fertile soil for creating serial killers, experts say.
  • impersonal: By comparison, modern urban dwellers live amid " a sea of strangers," providing the consistent, impersonal interactions and anonymity that are almost preconditions for serial killing.
  • transience: Historian Peter Vronsky says the growth of cities and surge in suburbs " led to a lot of transience, a lot of mobility, a lot of broken families, which is where many of these people came from.

China targets one of Asia's biggest meth cartel: deputy drug tsar

  • syndicate: Chinese drug police are working with Mekong countries to strike at the heart of a mega-rich meth syndicate, a senior Beijing drugs tsar said, as the region targets top-level drug traffickers instead of street dealers.
  • syndicate: In large part responsible for the dramatic shift to synthetic drugs is a mega-cartel known as " S am Gor ", which UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UN OD C) believes is Asia's biggest crime syndicate led by a Chinese-born Canadian citizen named Tse Chi Lop.
  • precursor: The production of methamphetamine-- either in tablet " yaba" form or the highly potent crystallised " ice" version-- ketamine and fentanyl take place primarily in Myanmar's eastern Shan state, but much of the precursor chemicals needed to cook them flows across the border from China.
  • static: Law enforcement has long focused on busting low-level dealers and users on the streets, a plan that has proved " static" when faced with the shifting trafficking routes used by Sam Gor, said Jeremy Douglas, UN ODC's regional representative for Southeast Asia.
  • precursor: Now drug police from the six countries will share intelligence to target traffickers working at border " choke points" where drugs and precursor chemicals flow are rampant, he said.

Michael Bloomberg to launch $100 million digital anti-Trump campaign

  • slate: The online advertisements Bloomberg is funding, which have not yet run but are slated to begin Friday, will target four states: Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
  • slate: The advertisements are slated to run through the primary season, regardless of whether Bloomberg decides to run for president, the aide confirmed.
  • pump: Bloomberg pumped millions of his own dollars in the 2018 midterm elections to help Democrats across the country.
  • amass: The president's reelection campaign has started spending heavily in online advertising, using the war chest he has already begun to amass to target general election voters.

Gang violence hits Mexican leader's ratings, U.S. warns of 'parallel government'

  • lapse: Although Lopez Obrador's popularity remains strong compared with many world leaders, nearly one year into his administration, skepticism is growing about his performance on the back of several shocking security lapses to recently roil Mexico.
  • flak: Last month the president took flak from critics when it emerged security forces had released a son of the notorious kingpin Joaquin" El Chapo" Guzman after heavily-armed cartel gunmen overwhelmed security forces and briefly took control of the northern city of Culiacan.
  • compound: That criticism was compounded by outrage and condemnation of the government from some U.S. lawmakers when suspected cartel gunmen massacred three mothers and six children of dual U.S.-Mexican nationality in northern Mexico last week.
  • nationality: That criticism was compounded by outrage and condemnation of the government from some U.S. lawmakers when suspected cartel gunmen massacred three mothers and six children of dual U.S.-Mexican nationality in northern Mexico last week.
  • terse: Speaking on Thursday, the U.S. ambassador in Mexico City, Christopher Landau, offered a terse assessment of the situation, saying there were parts of Mexico in which drug cartels formed a kind of " parallel government ".

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba hit in South Africa church refuge scuffle

  • evict: They were forcibly evicted two weeks ago from the offices of the UN's refugee agency ( UNHCR) in Cape Town.
  • camp: Another group of refugees, who have been camping outside the UNHCR's offices in the capital, Pretoria, since the start of October, are now facing a charge of trespassing.
  • microphone: Witnesses inside the church say a Congolese clergyman speaking on stage had the microphone ripped out of his hands and was then beaten up by the angry crowd.
  • humour: Archbishop Makgoba nonetheless tried to find the humour in the situation, telling TimesLive: " At least my wife likes the tiny injury on my forehead.
  • forehead: Archbishop Makgoba nonetheless tried to find the humour in the situation, telling TimesLive: " At least my wife likes the tiny injury on my forehead.

California school shooter dies with motive a mystery

  • kiss: We miss her smile, laughter, sweet kisses, and her amazing sense of humor.
  • sociopath: In fact, the stereotype of the loser sociopath is often inaccurate, according to the psychologist who co-wrote federal guidelines for assessing school shooting threats and has interviewed five shooters.
  • inaccurate: In fact, the stereotype of the loser sociopath is often inaccurate, according to the psychologist who co-wrote federal guidelines for assessing school shooting threats and has interviewed five shooters.
  • introvert: Friends said while the boy could be introverted, he had a girlfriend and good social network focused on his cross-country teammates.
  • inkling: Randazzo said she expects investigators eventually will learn that someone had an inkling of trouble.

Kenya Airways stowaway: Mystery of the man who fell from the sky

  • retract: The government spokesman's comments appear to align with the statement by the man who initially told Sky News that Paul Manyasi was his son, but has since retracted his comments.
  • retract: The latter name came to light after the purported father of the stowaway was interviewed by Sky News, only to retract his statement a day after the investigation aired.
  • corroborate: The BBC has corroborated this information and has also learnt that investigators have now questioned both the family and Cedric in prison, as they try to establish what links if any, he has to the individual named in the Sky report and the stowaway incident.
  • access: There is no explanation as to how the stowaway accessed a high-security area like the airport.
  • access: If all the staff have been accounted for, it would point to an outsider who easily accessed three layers of security checks to gain entry into the plane.

Viral rap song highlights Morocco monarchy taboo

  • derogatory: One aspect of the song Long Live the People that has attracted media attention is what Amnesty calls a " derogatory reference to the king ", in particular the word " n'ayyish"- a disproving response to the traditional call of Long Live the King.
  • defiant: Another one gave a thumbs up to the song's defiant message in the face of " the malice of the repressive regime ".
  • malice: Another one gave a thumbs up to the song's defiant message in the face of " the malice of the repressive regime ".

Botswana coach Adel Amrouche omits quartet caught drinking

  • quartet: Botswana coach Adel Amrouche omits quartet caught drinking- BBC Sport.
  • disciplinary: Botswana coach, Adel Amrouche has excluded four players from his latest squad for disciplinary reasons, after they were caught drinking alcohol in October.
  • quartet: The quartet Mothusi Johnson, Mothusi Cooper, Onkabetse Makgantai and South Africa- based Thero Seetsile were all found drinking after Botswana's 1-0 loss in a World Cup eliminator in October.

Turkey should scrap Russian missile system or face U.S. sanctions -White House official

  • incompatible: One key disagreement is Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, which Washington says is incompatible with NATO defenses and threatens its Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets.
  • incense: Washington was incensed by Turkey's offensive into northern Syria against U.S.-allied Kurdish YPG fighters last month.
  • incursion: Turkey halted the incursion after the Kurds withdrew from a border region under a U.S.- brokered truce.

From child freestyler in Guinea to Old Trafford

  • juggle: We threw him the ball and he started to juggle it," adds Comitis, now in charge at South African top flight club Cape Town City.
  • protracted: That initial meeting led to protracted negotiations with Soumah's elder brothers and other family members but they were intrigued by the prospect of the young Seydouba joining the Ajax academy.
  • loan: Comitis loaned Soumah out to two other Cape Town clubs for senior experience and then when the youngster had a chance for a trial in Slovakia, he reluctantly agreed he could go.

Lionheart: Nigeria's Oscar choice disqualified over English dialogue

  • submission: Nigeria's first-ever Oscar submission for best international feature film has been disqualified by award organisers, sparking criticism from its director.
  • submission: The film's submission was seen as a turning point for the country's film industry, known as Nollywood, and it was befitting that actor-cum-film-director Genevieve Nnaji was at the heart of it.
  • quantity: She entered Nollywood at a point when it was more interested in churning out quantity and her quality was there for all to see.