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New Yahoo News/YouGov July 4 poll: A staggering 62 percent of Americans no longer see America as Ron...

  • worse: This Fourth of July, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that no matter how polarized they might be politically, Americans finally seem to agree on something: that everything about America is getting worse.
  • engineer: Jeff Blankenship, a 52-year-old Huntsville, Ala., man who worked as a traffic engineer before a workplace injury put him on disability, said he has been surprised by how casual many people have been about the pandemic threat.
  • casual: Jeff Blankenship, a 52-year-old Huntsville, Ala., man who worked as a traffic engineer before a workplace injury put him on disability, said he has been surprised by how casual many people have been about the pandemic threat.
  • pandemic: Jeff Blankenship, a 52-year-old Huntsville, Ala., man who worked as a traffic engineer before a workplace injury put him on disability, said he has been surprised by how casual many people have been about the pandemic threat.
  • crime: Violent crime in the U.S. has fallen sharply over the last quarter-century; it has also declined during the pandemic.

As coronavirus surges, Fox News shifts its message on masks

  • issue: In the more than three years of the Trump presidency, the network has been routinely accused of standing blindly by him on issues ranging from foreign arms sales to Confederate statues.
  • undermine: She did not accuse him of fearmongering, or working to undermine President Trump.
  • statue: In the more than three years of the Trump presidency, the network has been routinely accused of standing blindly by him on issues ranging from foreign arms sales to Confederate statues.
  • accuse: She did not accuse him of fearmongering, or working to undermine President Trump.
  • expert: The interview followed an op-ed that the Obama-era public health expert published on the Fox News website.

Second Confederate statue removed in Richmond

  • crew: Washington (AFP)- Work crews acting on the orders of the mayor took down a second statue on Thursday of a Confederate military figure in Richmond, the Virginia city that was the capital of the pro-slavery Civil War South.
  • mayor: Washington (AFP)- Work crews acting on the orders of the mayor took down a second statue on Thursday of a Confederate military figure in Richmond, the Virginia city that was the capital of the pro-slavery Civil War South.
  • statue: Washington (AFP)- Work crews acting on the orders of the mayor took down a second statue on Thursday of a Confederate military figure in Richmond, the Virginia city that was the capital of the pro-slavery Civil War South.
  • statue: The statue of Matthew Fontaine Maury, a Confederate naval officer, was seen in televised footage being lifted off its stone base by a crane and placed on a flatbed truck.
  • naval: The statue of Matthew Fontaine Maury, a Confederate naval officer, was seen in televised footage being lifted off its stone base by a crane and placed on a flatbed truck.

Yes, World War II Is Still Killing People (This Picture Is Proof)

  • discover: In 2011, a two-ton bomb was discovered in a riverbank in Koblenz; 45,000 people were temporarily evacuated.
  • target: During the war, the United States and its allies dropped 2.7 million tons of bombs on European targets.
  • target: As a major target for U.S. and RAF bombers, Hannover was hit hard; on one raid alone, more than a quarter-million bombs were dropped on the city.
  • block: A year later, a 550-pound bomb was detonated in Munich after an EOD unit was unable to defuse it; windows for blocks around were blown out.
  • legacy: The deadly legacy of World War II goes on and on.

Trump reportedly briefed on Russia paying militants to kill US troops the same day he had a 45-minut...

  • dramatize: Trump reportedly briefed on Russia paying militants to kill US troops the same day he had a 45-minute meeting on the dramatized CPAC play 'FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers '.
  • dramatize: The same day, Trump had a prolonged meeting with the producers behind a dramatized play about ex-FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and met with African American media personalities to discuss " community empowerment.
  • playwright: We went for a 15-minute meeting that took 45 minutes," playwright Phelim McAleer told The Daily Beast at the time.

Lazarus Chakwera: Malawi's president who 'argued with God'

  • cadence: In the unmistakable cadence of a preacher, Malawi's new President, Lazarus Chakwera, appealed for unity in his country shortly after he was sworn in on Sunday.
  • evangelist: The son of a preacher and evangelist who established several churches, his career as a pastor may have already seemed mapped out.
  • establish: The son of a preacher and evangelist who established several churches, his career as a pastor may have already seemed mapped out.
  • career: The son of a preacher and evangelist who established several churches, his career as a pastor may have already seemed mapped out.
  • argue: Lazarus Chakwera: Malawi's president who 'argued with God '- BBC News.

UK museums debate return of Benin Bronzes

  • epoch: When museums in the UK start to reopen next month it will be to a new world: not just one of social distancing and mask-wearing, but one possibly entering a different cultural epoch.
  • accolade: It was shortlisted for the prestigious Museum of the Year award 12 months ago, an accolade bestowed, in part, for the revisionist work Hicks has been conducting on the Pitt Rivers collection for the past four years.
  • restitution: Hicks is a leading voice among museum professionals calling for the return (restitution) of contested cultural objects that are currently held in the UK's national and local municipal collections.
  • subjugate: The most problematic artefacts, he says, are those stolen, looted or removed by the British from their place of origin where the local people had been subjugated.
  • restitution: The UK's museums have received restitution requests from Australia, Asia and South America.

The Ugly Consequences of Iran's Corrupt Governance

  • anguish: Photos brought his anguish to all the Iranian people and to the corrupt, theocratic mafia state.
  • intermittent: Intermittent rallies have followed that eruption of dissent which was the largest since the revolution, and in November 2019 the regime shot to death at least 1,500 protestors.
  • sugar: Bazaar shop owners, truckers, steel workers, farmers, teachers, autoworkers, miners, nurses, public transport drivers, sugar mill workers, and more have refused to work, with some sectors.
  • dwarf: This is happening to a country with tremendous natural resources and a skilled population, not to mention one that before the revolution was economically dwarfing South Korea and Turkey, with laws and welfare policies that protected the rights of workers and children.
  • brave: Before the reimposition of sanctions, in late 2018, while Iranians were to be enjoying the fruits of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, they braved a violently repressive state by protesting in all major cities and even small towns throughout the country.

Hard-hit Tribe Takes Strict Steps as Virus Surges in Arizona

  • pine: The tribe's Fort Apache Reservation also is closed to the summertime visitors who flock to the area to fish, hike and camp among ponderosa pines.
  • gorge: Elsewhere in Arizona, officials on the Havasupai reservation deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon warned river rafters they would be detained if they stepped foot on land the tribe traditionally uses but isn't part of its formal reservation.
  • impatience: There's frustration, there's impatience, there's a lot of things," tribal Councilman Jerold Altaha said in a video.

Viewpoint: 'I feel like I was accidentally hired'

  • plummet: If you only count software engineers and those who work in IT, the number plummets even lower.
  • subordinate: If you are black and hang out with your white colleague, people will always assume you are the subordinate.
  • fluke: Meeting black people on the job feels like we are a fluke in the system.

Coronavirus: How Africa's supply chains are evolving

  • advisory: Supply chains have become longer and more complicated, and hence more vulnerabl e," says Andrew Alli, chief executive of Southbridge, a pan-African consulting advisory and financial services firm.
  • load: On the day the BBC visited, Kenya Airways ground staff were loading 40 tonnes of fresh-cut flowers and fruits and vegetables into a Boeing 787 Dreamliner destined for London, with the cargo placed on top of seats.
  • vegetable: On the day the BBC visited, Kenya Airways ground staff were loading 40 tonnes of fresh-cut flowers and fruits and vegetables into a Boeing 787 Dreamliner destined for London, with the cargo placed on top of seats.

Giant tortoise Diego, a hero to his species, is home

  • tireless: Quito (AFP)- Diego the giant Galapagos tortoise whose tireless efforts are credited with almost single-handedly saving his once-threatened species, was put out to pasture Monday on his native island after decades of breeding in cap tivity, Ecuador's environment minister said.
  • prolific: We are closing an important chapter" in the management of the park, said the minister Paulo Proano on Tw itter, adding that 25 tortoises including the prolific Diego, " are going back home after decades of reproducing in captivity and saving their species from extinction.
  • centimeter: Diego weighs about 80 kilograms (175 pounds), is nearly 90 centimeters ( 35 inches) long and 1.5 meters ( five feet) tall, if he really stretches his legs and neck.
  • patriarch: Diego's contribution to the program on Santa Cruz Island was particularly noteworthy, with park rangers believing him responsible for being the patriarch of at least 40 percent of the 2,000-tortoise population.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan respond to criticism from more than 140 scientists and say they a...

  • incendiary: In response, Chan and Zuckerberg said that they were " deeply shaken and disgusted by President Trump's divisive and incendiary rhetoric" but that Facebook operated independently from the philanthropic organization and followed its own policies on moderating the platform.
  • incendiary: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have responded to criticism over Facebook's moderation policies, saying they are " deeply shaken and disgusted by President Trump's divisive and incendiary rhetoric" on the platform.
  • antithetical: In the letter, the scientists argue that Facebook's policies are " directly antithetical" to the philanthropic company's mission statement and that the " spread of deliberate misinformation and divisive language" on the platform goes against what the initiative stands for.
  • disconcert: Like many, we were disconcerted to see that Facebook has not followed their own policies in regards to President Trump, who has used the Facebook platform to spread both misinformation and incendiary statements," they added.
  • incendiary: Like many, we were disconcerted to see that Facebook has not followed their own policies in regards to President Trump, who has used the Facebook platform to spread both misinformation and incendiary statements," they added.

Protesters topple Jefferson Davis statue in Virginia capital

  • obelisk: Authorities in Alabama got rid of a massive obelisk in Birmingham and a bronze likeness of a Confederate naval officer in Mob ile.
  • slave: The movement has extended around the world, with protesters decrying monuments to slave traders, imperialists and explorers, including Christopher Columbus, Cecil Rhodes and Belgium's King Leopold II.
  • equestrian: The Davis monument was a few blocks away from a 12-ton, 61-foot-high equestrian statue of the most revered Confederate of them all, Gen. Robert E. Lee, that the state of Virginia is trying to take down.
  • recast: The Davis monument and many others across the South were erected decades after the Civil War during the Jim Crow era, when states imposed tough new segregation laws, and during the Lost Cause movement, in which historians and others sought to recast the South's rebellion as a noble undertaking, fought to defend not slavery but states ' rights.

Why were US Democrats wearing Ghana’s kente cloth?

  • ascend: Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the current king, or Asantehene, who ascended to the throne in 1999.
  • figurehead: A revered figurehead, he adjudicates in disputes and is closely involved in local issues.
  • noticeable: The reaction in Ghana has not been as noticeable, reports the BBC's Thomas Naadi from the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

Coronavirus in DR Congo captured on camera

  • chronicle: Congo in Conversation is a website that chronicles the country's human, social and ecological challenges in the current health crisis.
  • vendor: Street vendors, traders and motorcycle-taxi drivers rely on what they earn for the day and frequently lack property or savings.
  • precarious: To me, a positive of this pandemic is that I can truly show what the population is going through in this period of crisis as well as highlight the precarious economic and social situation my country is experiencing.
  • bury: Image copyright Finbarr O'Reilly for Fondation Carmignac Image caption Red Cross workers prepare to bury the girl in Rutshuru.

Letter from Africa: Why Nigerians are muting their mothers on WhatsApp

  • credulous: In our series of letters from African writers, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani says children are now having to police their credulous parents on WhatsApp.
  • nonchalant: Just a few years ago, local comedians had a field day with jokes about elderly Nigerian mothers and their nonchalant attitudes towards their mobile phones.
  • erroneous: One woman who complained on Twitter about her mother putting onions in the corner of every room in the house- touted on WhatsApp as a way to absorb toxins- received replies saying their mothers had also followed the erroneous advice.

Letter from Africa: The 'leopard unit', vigilantes and Nigeria's kidnap crisis

  • kidnap: Last week, I helped pay a ransom to free the kidnapped wife and two daughters of a friend.
  • plot: The plan has riled the national authorities and led some to accuse the six states of plotting to secede from Nigeria, a diverse country of 200 million people.
  • secede: The plan has riled the national authorities and led some to accuse the six states of plotting to secede from Nigeria, a diverse country of 200 million people.
  • ease: To ease suspicion the governors met Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and top police figures last week.
  • repute: Bola Tinubu, reputed to be the most influential politician from the south-west, and whose support was critical in getting Muhammadu Buhari elected as president in 2015, was goaded into declaring a position.

Donald Trump and the moral decline of the pro-life movement

  • expediency: Trump's embrace of the anti-abortion movement has been driven from the beginning by political expediency.
  • champion: With various factions of the Republican Party establishment opposing him in the 2016 primaries, the Trump campaign made the decision to champion the religious right, including its pro-life activist base, which then reciprocated by turning out to vote.
  • reciprocate: With various factions of the Republican Party establishment opposing him in the 2016 primaries, the Trump campaign made the decision to champion the religious right, including its pro-life activist base, which then reciprocated by turning out to vote.
  • render: As president, Trump has rewarded this support with White House access and respect for the movement's leadership, as well as record numbers of staunchly conservative judicial appointments that just might lead to decisions upholding restrictions on abortion that render the key abortion rights decisions, Roe v. Wade ( 1973) and Casey v. Planned Parenthood ( 1992), effectively null and void.
  • void: As president, Trump has rewarded this support with White House access and respect for the movement's leadership, as well as record numbers of staunchly conservative judicial appointments that just might lead to decisions upholding restrictions on abortion that render the key abortion rights decisions, Roe v. Wade (1973) and Casey v. Planned Parenthood (1992), effectively null and void.