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South Korea fires warning shots at Russian military aircraft

  • stray: It did not specifically acknowledge the accusation that it had also sent an A-50 that had strayed.
  • encroach: It encroached on South Korean territorial airspace not just once- but twice.
  • incursion: In recent years, Seoul has become increasingly concerned about China's incursion in its airspace, including the use of spy planes, and has raised the issue with Beijing.

As Japan and South Korea Feud, China and Russia Invade Seoul's Airspace, Bolton Scrambles, Kim J...

  • semblance: The fear among U.S. and South Korean military people is that the Moon government, in a fit of spiraling anti-Japanese spite about other issues, might forget any semblance of cooperation.
  • penetrate: First the Chinese plane zoomed around the zone off the east coast for half an hour, then flew off, only to join two Russian bombers penetrating the zone for another 25 minutes.
  • berate: Instead, North Korea has berated the U.S. for plans for scaled-down military exercises scheduled for next month while firing off several short-range missiles and evidently going ahead with production of missiles, warheads and other weapo nry.
  • slur: Both Japan and South Korea would not consider such a notion after their long history of slights and slurs, colonial domination and exploitation, hardship and suf fering.

Huawei Rewards Staff for Accelerating Revenue Despite a U.S. Ban

  • morale: Meanwhile, the company is boosting internal morale, granting awards to a number of employees for helping it avert an immediate crisis, they said.
  • hoard: The recipients were mainly responsible for hoarding components ahead of the ban, identifying replacements for American parts or negotiating with suppliers to keep up the flow of materials, the people added.
  • partner: On Monday, the Washington Post, citing internal documents and unidentified people, reported Huawei may have partnered with a Chinese state-owned firm to help North Korea build and maintain its wireless network.
  • lucrative: Huawei is still unable to sell certain 5G products to lucrative markets such as Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

Venezuela blackout: Power cuts plunge country into darkness

  • blackout: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Most of Caracas was hit by the latest blackout.
  • blackout: Power was slowly being restored after the blackout reportedly hit 16 of the country's 23 states as well as Caracas.
  • sporadic: Sporadic blackouts are common in crisis-hit Venezuela, where decades of underinvestment have damaged the country's power grid.
  • blackout: Sporadic blackouts are common in crisis-hit Venezuela, where decades of underinvestment have damaged the country's power grid.
  • blackout: The blackout, which started at 16:45 local time ( 20:45 GMT) on Monday, caused a massive gridlock in Caracas as traffic lights lost power.

Huawei helped North Korea build wireless network and secretly collected Czech data, separate reports...

  • unlawful: Huawei Technologies is facing two fresh bombshell allegations involving potentially unlawful activities in North Korea and the Czech Republic, casting further doubt on the Chinese telecoms giant's fate in the US and the European Union.
  • partner: Huawei partnered with Panda International Information Technology, a Chinese state-owned firm, on a number of projects spanning at least eight years, according to The Post's report.
  • export: The revelations raise questions about whether Huawei, which has used American technology in its components, violated US export controls to furnish equipment to North Korea, where the isolated regime has faced extensive international sanctions over its nuclear weapons programme and human rights abuses.
  • designate: The personal information gathered included number of children, hobbies and the financial situation of designated subjects, it added.
  • entangle: Huawei, the world's largest maker of telecoms equipment in terms of sales and one of the largest providers of 5G mobile technology, has become entangled in US President Donald Trump's trade war with China.

UPDATE 1-Boris Johnson expected to be named Britain's next PM

  • ebullient: LONDON, July 23 (Reuters)- Boris Johnson, the ebullient Brexiteer who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by Halloween, will replace Theresa May as prime minister after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party on Tuesday.
  • flamboyant: The result is a spectacular victory for one of Britain's most flamboyant politicians, and places an avowed Brexit supporter in charge of the government for the first time since the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU in the shock 2016 referendum.
  • secession: The 2016 Brexit referendum showed a United Kingdom divided about much more than the European Union, and has fuelled soul-searching about everything from regional secession and immigration to capitalism, the legacy of empire, and modern Britishness.

US expands powers to deport migrants without going to court

  • expedite: Until now, expedited deportations could only be applied to those detained near the border who had been in the US for less than two weeks.
  • apprehension: US Border Patrol says it has made 688,375 apprehensions on the south-west border since October 2018, more than double that of the previous fiscal year.
  • apprehend: He told CBS News: " When you're apprehended on the street or at a factory, it's obviously not easy to establish with evidence that you 've been here for more than two years because you're not carrying all your documents with you.

Kim inspects new sub, wants North Korea's military bolstered

  • inspect: Kim inspects new sub, wants North Korea's military bolstered.
  • tactical: The North's official Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday that Kim expressed " great satisfactio n" with the submarine after learning about its operational and tactical data and weapon systems.
  • relinquish: North Korea wants widespread relief from harsh U.S.-led sanctions in return for pledging to give up parts of its weapons program, but the United States is demanding greater steps toward disarmament before it agrees to relinquish the leverage provided by the sanctions.
  • submarine: It wasn't immediately known exactly what kind of a submarine North Korea has built.

More than 36 Syrian civilians killed in Idlib 'by Russian and Assad regime strikes'

  • bastion: Regime and Russian air strikes killed 50 people in northwest Syria on Monday, most of them in a crowded market, a war monitor said, in the latest violence to plague the opposition bastion.
  • corpse: He saw the corpse of one man sprawled on the ground near a motorcycle, rubble surrounding his lifeless body.
  • lifeless: He saw the corpse of one man sprawled on the ground near a motorcycle, rubble surrounding his lifeless body.
  • vegetable: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes on the vegetable market and surrounding areas in Maaret al-Numan killed 36 civilians and two unidentified persons.

Siemens boss says Trump is becoming ‘face of racism and exclusion’ in searing rebuke of president

  • infest: The president had earlier targeted Ms Omar, who was born in Somalia and is a naturalized US citizen, in a racist tweet, saying on Twitter that she and three other Democrats, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, should " go back" to " the crime infested places from which they came ".
  • depress: I find it depressing that the most important political office in the world is turning into the face of racism and exclusion," Mr Kaeser said on Twitter.
  • compatriot: Mr Kaeser's compatriot, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said she " stands in solidarity" with the congresswomen Mr Trump targeted on Twitter.

Brussels Edition: Spanish Hour

  • discord: Enough of his deputies are likely to remain loyal for the measure to pass, but the discord shows the ambivalent view on free trade in France.
  • ambivalent: Enough of his deputies are likely to remain loyal for the measure to pass, but the discord shows the ambivalent view on free trade in France.
  • falter: Between seized vessels, a faltering nuclear deal, a potential oil crisis, and U.S. pressure to escalate, they have a lot to talk about.

Europe's Most Important River Risks a Repeat of Historic Shutdown

  • centimeter: Movements of the heaviest barges are already restricted, and all river cargo could again cease if the level falls below 50 centimeters.
  • tangible: With Rhine traffic at risk of a back-to-back halt, the effects of climate change have become increasingly tangible in the region.
  • mountainous: Reflecting a trend seen in the Himalayas, the Rockies and other mountainous regions of the world, alpine glaciers have shrunk steadily as global warming makes melting in summer outpace accumulation of snow in winter.
  • glacier: Reflecting a trend seen in the Himalayas, the Rockies and other mountainous regions of the world, alpine glaciers have shrunk steadily as global warming makes melting in summer outpace accumulation of snow in winter.
  • reliant: That would cause the once-mighty Rhine to become even more reliant on rainfall, but changes to the jet stream make it more likely that arid heat from the Sahara sweeps over Europe.

Mack Horton: Fina warns swimmer over podium snub to rival

  • snub: Mack Horton: Fina warns swimmer over podium snub to rival- BBC News.
  • snub: Mack Horton: Fina warns swimmer over podium snub to rival.
  • swim: Swimming's international governing body has issued a warning to Australian athlete Mack Horton over his controversial protest against Chinese rival Sun Yang.
  • cheat: He has previously accused Sun of being a " drug cheat ".
  • stimulant: Sun served a three-month suspension in 2014 for testing positive for a banned stimulant trimetazidine, which he said had been for a heart complaint.

Hong Kong Tempts China’s Ire as Protests Take More Violent Turn

  • volatile: In a separate episode, police arrested three men after finding volatile explosives and separatist campaign material in a raid on an industrial area.
  • raid: In a separate episode, police arrested three men after finding volatile explosives and separatist campaign material in a raid on an industrial area.
  • extradition: What began as a largely leaderless effort to block legislation allowing extraditions to the mainland has expanded into a list of demands including investigations into police tactics to a direct vote to replace Lam.
  • grapple: The financial hub is also starting to grapple with the economic cost of continued un rest, which risks keeping local shoppers away and deterring mainland visitors.
  • clash: Last week, police clashed with protesters inside a shopping mall in suburban Sha Tin.

Kim Jong-un inspects new submarine as North Korea sends message to US

  • inspect: Kim Jong-un inspects new submarine as North Korea sends message to US.
  • inspect: Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has inspected a new submarine, potentially signalling continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile ( SLBM) programme.
  • submarine: North Korea has a large submarine fleet but only one known experimental submarine capable of carrying a ballistic missile.
  • fleet: North Korea has a large submarine fleet but only one known experimental submarine capable of carrying a ballistic missile.
  • parade: What I find significant about the political messaging here is that this is the first time since a February 2018 military parade that he has inspected a military system clearly designed to carry and deliver nuclear weapons.

How Japan's trade row with South Korea could hit tech supplies

  • rescind: They hope to convince the international community that Japan has violated global trading rules, and the measures should be rescinded.
  • labour: Last year, South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms pay compensation to Koreans over forced wartime labour inflamed long-running tensions.
  • labour: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Family members of South Korean victims of forced wartime labour at a rally urging compensation issues be resolved.

Macron says UN refugee agency attacked, decries Libya camps

  • confinement: He said Libya should end the " confinement" of refugees and house in safe places those who reach the North African country.
  • conduit: Libya has become a major conduit for African migrants and refugees hoping to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
  • apprehend: Under a deal with the EU, Libyan vessels apprehend refugees and migrants setting out from the coast and take them back.
  • assent: Macron announced that eight countries had formally signed on to a French-German initiative to cooperate in a burden-sharing mechanism and 14 assented to it.
  • regret: Without naming Italy, Macron regretted the absence of some countries from the table, saying that " we gain nothing by non-cooperation.

The Latest: UN's Guterres recalls IAEA head for 'equanimity'

  • condolence: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres offered condolences after the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday announced the death of Yukiya Amano, its director general for the last decade.
  • equanimity: Amano confronted serious global challenges, including those related to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, with equanimity and determination.
  • condolence: John Bolton tweeted condolences Monday on behalf of the United States and Trump on Monday after the International Atomic Energy Agency announced the death of director general Amano.
  • dedication: Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday cited the role of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog in monitoring Iran's compliance with a landmark deal with world powers as an example of Amano's " biggest-possible dedication, professionalism and independenc e.
  • condolence: The agency offered its " deepest condolences" to his family.

Your Evening Briefing

  • aversion: While risk aversion and herding are nothing new, the extent to which active funds are willing to pay up for popular stocks is at extreme levels, according to a recent note from Bank of America strategists.
  • swerve: Ignoring swerving cyclists, stoned pedestrians, and tinny electronic dance music, he rode past a giant wheeled schooner with revelers splayed across its decks.
  • pedestrian: Ignoring swerving cyclists, stoned pedestrians, and tinny electronic dance music, he rode past a giant wheeled schooner with revelers splayed across its decks.

UK: Europe-led mission will protect vital shipping in Gulf

  • alleviate: Iran has in turn begun openly exceeding the uranium enrichment levels set in the accord to try to pressure Europe into alleviating the pain caused by the sanctions.
  • duress: It wasn't clear if the crew was under duress to take part in the filming.
  • choreograph: Other choreographed shots show a man checking on the ship, the crew sharing a laugh and talking next to a coffee machine inside the ship.

The Latest: Iran's FM says UK ship was traveling unsafely

  • adhere: European nations still adhere to the international nuclear deal with Iran that the U.S. has withdrawn from.
  • spy: President Donald Trump says Iran's claim that it arrested 17 Iranian nationals recruited by the CIA to spy on the country's nuclear and military sites is " totally false.
  • spy: Iran says it has arrested 17 Iranian nationals allegedly recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on the country's nuclear and military sites, and some of them have already been sentenced to death.
  • brief: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is also expected to brief Parliament on the Friday seizure of the Stena Impero tanker, now in a heavily guarded Iranian port.

UPDATE 1-EU redoubles threat to retaliate if U.S. raises auto tariffs

  • retaliate: UPDATE 1- EU redoubles threat to retaliate if U.S. raises auto tariffs.
  • retaliate: WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters)- The European Union is keen to work with Washington to reform the World Trade Organization and cooperate on common challenges to global trade, but will retaliate if Washington makes good on its threat to raise car tariffs, a top EU official said on Monday.
  • firm: Sabine Weyand, the European Commission's director general of trade and former deputy Brexit negotiatior, struck a conciliatory but firm tone in remarks during her first official visit to Washington since taking on her new role a month ago.
  • skirmish: There are real threats elsewhere, yet we find ourselves in a morale-sucking, growth-slowing series of skirmishes.
  • truce: Negotiators for Brussels and Washington who have been meeting since U.S. President Donald Trump and then European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to a truce a year ago, were making progress on certain issues, Weyand said.

Ballots close in race to become Britain's next PM

  • rein: The country's new leader will take the reins this week and have just three months to attempt to resolve a three-year Brexit crisis that could damage economies on both sides of the Channel and determine the fate of generations of Britons.
  • frighten: Johnson's pledge to take Britain out of the EU with our without a deal has upset pro-EU government ministers and frightened the markets.
  • intricate: The pound is trading near a two-year low against the dollar and the euro, and parliamentarians are looking for ways to stop Johnson from taking Britain out of the EU without a strategy for unwinding 46 years of intricate ties.

Hong Kong protests: Were triads involved in the attacks?

  • storm: A large group of masked men in white T-shirts stormed Yuen Long station.
  • storm: On Sunday, dozens of masked men stormed a train station in Hong Kong- assaulting people returning home after a pro-democracy protest, as well as passers-by, with wooden sticks and metal rods.
  • stick: On Sunday, dozens of masked men stormed a train station in Hong Kong- assaulting people returning home after a pro-democracy protest, as well as passers-by, with wooden sticks and metal rods.
  • shock: It shocked the territory, as footage of the brutal attack quickly circulated online.
  • circulate: It shocked the territory, as footage of the brutal attack quickly circulated online.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane: The corruption fighter surrounded by scandal

  • scathing: She has faced public scrutiny, accusations of political bias and has most recently become the subject of a scathing finding by the country's constitutional court.
  • protracted: It follows a protracted legal battle between her office and South Africa's reserve bank.
  • invalid: They have said her findings were " invalid" and " unconstitutional".
  • border: Now aged 49, Ms Mkhwebane was born in Bethal, a small town in Mpumalanga province in eastern South Africa, bordering Eswatini and Mozambique.
  • investigator: Her experience in government institutions spans over two decades- she has worked as a researcher, investigator, advocate for refugee rights and an immigration counsellor at the South Africa embassy in China.

Robert Morgenthau: New York prosecutor who battled the mafia

  • scourge: As one of America's longest-serving public prosecutors, he proved to be the scourge of mobsters, crooked politicians and white collar criminals.
  • tycoon: His grandfather, Henry Morgenthau Sr., was a real estate tycoon and an ambassador under President Woodrow Wilson.
  • cook: He had a lifelong friendship with members of the Kennedy family, spent New Year's Eve with his father at the White House, and cooked hot dogs for Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during their stay at the home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • enlist: After graduating from Amherst College, he enlisted in the US Navy in 1941 and served until the end of World War Two.
  • liable: One of his cases also set a legal precedent that allows for accountants to be held liable for falsified financial reports.

'I kept my multimillion dollar business secret'

  • profile: The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world.
  • juggle: Marcin, then only 18, was just about managing to juggle running his start-up with participating in student life at the University of Illinois when he hit a snag.
  • humour: Even today, the system that we created to prevent this from happening again is called' The Malwarebytes Extinction Prevention System '- our engineers have a great sense of humour.

Iran tanker crisis 'ominous' for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, husband says

  • ominous: With the tankers, obviously everything feels rather more uncertain and ominous," he said.
  • ominous: Iran tanker crisis 'ominous' for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, husband says.
  • nationality: Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, whose British nationality is not recognised by Tehran, is serving a five-year sentence for espionage, charges she denies.

Iran's poking at West heightens risks of military missteps

  • prize: The high-stakes sparring between Iran and the West is playing out while diplomats maneuver for the real prize: new negotiations to put tighter and longer-lasting wraps on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions that are strangling Iran's already weak economy.
  • falter: From Iran's point of view, the real trouble is Trump, who withdrew the United States last year from a 2015 nuclear deal that offered new hope for Iran's faltering economy.
  • precarious: The incidents highlighted the precarious state of maritime security in the Gulf and reinforced the Trump administration's argument for launching a new effort to intensify the monitoring of commercial shipping in and around the Gulf, which handles a large volume of international oil traffic.
  • maritime: The incidents highlighted the precarious state of maritime security in the Gulf and reinforced the Trump administration's argument for launching a new effort to intensify the monitoring of commercial shipping in and around the Gulf, which handles a large volume of international oil traffic.
  • deter: The administration is organizing what it calls Operation Sentinel with like-minded nations to deter Iran from interfering with commercial shipping.

Space Force: The long and bumpy road to getting Trump’s pet project off the ground

  • exasperate: There is speculation that there was infighting over the direction of the SDA, which was exasperated by the recent departure of the acting US secretary of defence, Patrick Shanahan, who had been a big champion of the SDA amid some pushback from other officials that the agency would just be duplicating the work of the armed forces.
  • integral: The United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa) is integral to laying out a framework for the peaceful use of space, but there is also the military element.
  • orbit: Article IV of the international 1967 Outer Space Treaty forbids member states from placing nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction in orbit around the Earth, on celestial bodies or stations in outer space.
  • hypothetical: With a conversation that is still so hypothetical, there is often friction, despite the need to act fairly swiftly.
  • complication: There is also the added complication of the new Space Development Agency ( SDA), created in March this year.

Ukraine's comedian-turned-president seeks parliamentary majority via rock star coalition

  • separatist: Its calls to grant amnesty to Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and autonomy to the areas they control are extremely divisive after more than five years of war and 10,000 killed.
  • influx: None of the party's candidates have previously served in parliament, meaning the lawmaking body is set to receive a major influx of young blood.
  • clash: In a sign of his intentions to shake up the existing system, Mr Zelenskiy, who has openly clashed with the foreign minister appointed by his predecessor, fired 11 ambassadors on Friday.
  • notorious: Mr Zelenskiy will also be looking to display his independence from Ihor Kolomoisky, the notorious oligarch who owns the television channel that aired his shows.
  • divisive: Its calls to grant amnesty to Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and autonomy to the areas they control are extremely divisive after more than five years of war and 10,000 killed.

Merkel marks Hitler assassination attempt with anti-extremism appeal

  • conspirator: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Angela Merkel visited an exhibit in Berlin in July on anti-Nazi conspirator Claus von Stauffenberg.
  • assassinate: German Chancellor Angela Markel has used the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler to call on citizens to counter rising right-wing extremism.
  • conceal: Hitler survived the assassination attempt with minor injuries after someone had moved the bomb, concealed in a briefcase, next to a heavy table leg, deflecting much of the explosion.
  • deflect: Hitler survived the assassination attempt with minor injuries after someone had moved the bomb, concealed in a briefcase, next to a heavy table leg, deflecting much of the explosion.
  • prominence: The plot, known as Operation Valkyrie, came back to prominence with the 2008 film of the same name, starring Tom Cruise as the former count attempting to over-throw Hitler's Nazi regime.

New Battle Lines, Arch Enemies and a Softer Putin: Weekend Reads

  • fan: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell also seems to be a fan, Christopher Condon reports.
  • resilience: In Donald Trump vs. Jay Powell, New Battle Lines Are Being DrawnStoicism, the classical philosophy of emotional resilience, logic, and virtue, has long been a handy guide for anyone dealing with a crazy boss.
  • vindictive: Puerto Rico Erupts at Governor, but Real Power Resides Far AwayInfuriated by years of recession, corruption and living under a bankrupt government, Puerto Ricans are demanding the ouster of Governor Ricardo Rossello after leaked text messages showed him and his aides to be vindictive, sexist and profane, Michelle Kaske writes.
  • tomorrow: As Marika Katanuma reports, the issue played a part in the campaign for the upper house, which goes to the vote tomorrow.

Tanker seizure: Jeremy Hunt warns Iran against choosing 'dangerous path'

  • collide: Iran's state-run IRNA news agency said the tanker was seized after it collided with a fishing boat and failed to respond to calls from the smaller craft.
  • infuriate: However, the UK infuriated Iran after its Royal Marines helped seize an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar earlier this month.
  • reluctance: So there is a reluctance by some on this side of the Atlantic to be identified too closely with a hawkish US posture towards Iran or take any actions that may be interpreted as escalating an already volatile situation.

China's war chest of rare earth patents give an insight into total domination of the industry

  • patent: China's war chest of rare earth patents give an insight into total domination of the industry.
  • domination: China's war chest of rare earth patents give an insight into total domination of the industry.
  • patent: China has been investing heavily on facilities to do the bulk of the dirty and environmentally damaging mining and ore processing work for the world, systematically turning its know-how and methodologies into patents that could give it a competitive edge against its rivals.
  • patent: The country, which already supplies more than 80 per cent of the world's rare earth metals, is rapidly amassing patents related to the elements, says James Kennedy, president of St Louis, Missouri, based ThREE Consulting, who last year initiated a global patent search to back up his lobbying effort to the US government.
  • initiate: The country, which already supplies more than 80 per cent of the world's rare earth metals, is rapidly amassing patents related to the elements, says James Kennedy, president of St Louis, Missouri, based ThREE Consulting, who last year initiated a global patent search to back up his lobbying effort to the US government.

Iran claims British tanker seized after collision as Hunt warns of 'dangerous path'

  • collision: Iran claims British tanker seized after collision as Hunt warns of 'dangerous path '.
  • collide: Iran opened an investigation on Saturday into a British-flagged tanker, alleging it collided with a fishing vessel in the Persian Gulf, as tensions mount in the strategic waterway.
  • contact: The tanker's operator, Stena Bulk, said on Friday the ship had been " in full compliance with all navigation and international regulations", but was no longer under the crew's control and could not be contacted.
  • strait: Between 15 and 30 British-flagged tankers pass through the strait every day, with only seven Royal Navy vessels, accompanied by Royal Marines, for force protection in the Gulf.
  • dispatch: HMS Montrose was dispatched on Friday to go help the Stena, but arrived minutes too late when it was already in Iranian waters.

Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving leader

  • formula: Although he carried out a partial withdrawal from the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank in 1998- handing most of it over to the Palestinian Authority- he is a staunch opponent of the land-for-peace formula.
  • fledged: He has since declared there will be no more evacuations of Jewish settlers or settlements under his rule, nor the creation of a fully fledged Palestinian state.
  • venal: While Mr Netanyahu- colloquially known as Bibi- remains popular with his party base, he is a divisive figure in Israel, where critics see him as venal and even anti-democratic.

Iran crisis: British oil tanker seized in Strait of Hormuz as UK shipping warned to avoid area in Gu...

  • maritime: Iran says Stena Imperio stopped on suspicion it has " violated international maritime law".
  • intercept: A second oil tanker, the British-operated, Liberian-flagged Mesdar, was intercepted by the Guards about 40 minutes after the course shift by Stena Impero, and was held for some time before being allowed to resume navigation.
  • dispatch: HMS Montrose, the Type-23 frigate, was understood to have been dispatched to help the Stena, but was minutes too late.
  • divert: On July 10, HMS Montrose intervened to drive three Iranian military vessels that were attempting to divert the British Heritage.
  • navy: The US claimed on Thursday to have downed an Iranian drone that had been flying too close to one of its navy ships.

Polish abuse scandal: Victims take on the Catholic Church

  • altar: Marek Mielewczyk was a 13-year-old altar boy when a priest asked him to come to his presbytery.
  • vestment: Even then, he was filmed taking part in a religious procession wearing his priestly vestments.
  • wreck: I was someone who liked art and was a little bit over sensitive and they turned me into a psychological wreck.
  • pinch: He would pinch my nose closed and pour water down my throat.
  • wet: She says he would tie her to a church pew or a radiator for so long that she wet herself.

Sudan crisis: The ruthless mercenaries who run the country for gold

  • mercenary: They are a new kind of regime: a hybrid of ethnic militia and business enterprise, a transnational mercenary force that has captured a state.
  • decree: The RSF was formally established by decree of then-President Omar al-Bashir in 2013.
  • desperate: Some gold was sold to the government, which paid above the market price in Sudanese money because it was so desperate to get its hands on gold that it could sell on in Dubai for hard currency.
  • wholly: Yet in other ways Hemeti is a wholly 21st Century phenomenon: a military-political entrepreneur, whose paramilitary business empire transgresses territorial and legal boundaries.
  • denigrate: Their commander is General Mohamed Hamdan " Hemeti" Dagolo, and he and his fighters have come a long way since their early days as a rag-tag Arab militia widely denigrated as the " Janjaweed".

'Horrific for all': Pentagon intelligence chief says Iran does not want war

  • aggression: Speaking at the annual Aspen Security Forum, Ashley interpreted recent Iranian aggression within the last six weeks, including allegations that the IRGC used limpet mines to attack ships in the strait and downing a U.S. spy drone in international waters, as a response to the pressure Iran is under from multiple angles including harsh economic sanctions and diplomatic force.
  • barb: Since President Trump announced last year he was pulling out of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. and Iran have traded barbs, escalating in severity under the leadership of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.
  • spy: Tensions reached a fever pitch last month when President Trump at the last minute pulled back authorization for missile strikes on Iran in retaliation for downing a U.S. spy drone.
  • strait: Speaking at the annual Aspen Security Forum, Ashley interpreted recent Iranian aggression within the last six weeks, including allegations that the IRGC used limpet mines to attack ships in the strait and downing a U.S. spy drone in international waters, as a response to the pressure Iran is under from multiple angles including harsh economic sanctions and diplomatic force.
  • aggression: Earlier in the day in the famed resort town west of Denver, officials from the Trump administration and the Obama administration debated different approaches to curbing Iranian aggression and bringing them to the negotiating table.

Pompeo rejects North Korean charges on military drills

  • resumption: The spokesman said this was putting a resumption of nuclear talks with the United States at risk and the ministry said Washington's pattern of " unilaterally reneging on its commitments " was leading Pyongyang to reconsider its commitment to discontinue tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
  • reconsider: The spokesman said this was putting a resumption of nuclear talks with the United States at risk and the ministry said Washington's pattern of " unilaterally reneging on its commitments " was leading Pyongyang to reconsider its commitment to discontinue tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
  • transcript: Pompeo was asked about the North Korean statements in an interview conducted on Wednesday with the EWTN Catholic television network, a transcript of which the State Department released on Friday.

Iran Seizes British Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz

  • belligerent: Relations between the two countries have deteriorated since Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal last year, resulting in Iran becoming increasingly belligerent as it seeks to push back against U.S. sanctions and military pressure.
  • sabotage: The U.S. and Iran have been in a tense standoff in recent months after a series of escalating incidents, including the U.S. announcing it would deploy more troops to the region, moving an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf and blaming Iran for sabotaging oil tankers.
  • deteriorate: Relations between the two countries have deteriorated since Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal last year, resulting in Iran becoming increasingly belligerent as it seeks to push back against U.S. sanctions and military pressure.

Iran Guards say they confiscated British tanker in Strait of Hormuz

  • maritime: British authorities ' detention of the Grace 1 supertanker sparked outrage in Tehran, which accused London of doing the bidding of the Washington in action that is " tantamount to maritime banditry ".
  • confiscate: Iran Guards say they confiscated British tanker in Strait of Hormuz.
  • confiscate: Tehran (AFP)- Iran's Revolutionary Guards announced Friday they had confiscated a British tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz for breaking " international maritime rules ".
  • confiscate: The Stena Impero tanker" was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guards at the request of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organisation when passing through the strait of Hormuz, for failing to respect international maritime rules," the Guards ' official website Sepahnews announced.
  • strait: The Stena Impero tanker" was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guards at the request of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organisation when passing through the strait of Hormuz, for failing to respect international maritime rules," the Guards ' official website Sepahnews announced.

Russia's Military Is Transforming (And Getting Stronger) Right Before Our Eyes

  • upgrade: In an age of cyber security and artificial intelligence, it is only fair to assume that the technological sophistication of warfare has been upgraded as well.
  • courtesy: Russia has made headlines for orchestrating an international campaign of information warfare, courtesy of allegations of election interference in the 2016 U.S presidential elections.
  • analogy: For one, some Russian analysts like it to a startup analogy, where Russia is a venture capitalist and is ready to pour in money into the newest technology on the block.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seizes British-flagged, Liberian-flagged tankers in Str...

  • maritime: Late Friday evening, following meetings in Washington D.C. with more than 60 foreign ambassadors, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) announced a U.S.-led maritime security initiative dubbed Operation Sentinel" to increase surveillance of and security in key waterways in the Middle East to ensure freedom of navigation in light of recent events in the Arabian Gulf region.
  • strait: The British tanker, the Stena Impero, was crossing through the strait when it abruptly changed course and headed north towards Iran's Qeshm island, ship tracking sites showed.
  • contact: We are presently unable to contact the vessel which is now heading north towards Iran," the companies, Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management, said in the statement.
  • convene: The UK government has convened an emergency session of COBRA, its crisis committee, a senior UK official told ABC News, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to comment publicly.
  • comprise: Hunt said both vessels had crews comprised of a " range of nationalities," but noted there were no British citizens on board either ship.

British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in escalation of Gulf tensions as second ship also veers off c...

  • aggravate: Revolutionary Guards have been threatening retaliation for its impounding and the move would likely have aggravated an already-tense situation.
  • veer: British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in escalation of Gulf tensions as second ship also veers off course.
  • abrupt: The Stena Impero had been en route to Saudi Arabia but made an abrupt change of course and began moving towards the Iranian island of Qeshm, according to data relayed by maritime tracking services.
  • hijack: A Whitehall source told the Telegraph of the Stena Impero: " It does look like it has been hijacked.
  • amphibious: The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault craft, destroyed the drone after it came within 1,000 yards in the Strait of Hormuz, at the entrance to the Gulf.

WRAPUP 9-Iran says it seized British tanker, denies U.S. brought down drone

  • nationality: There are 23 seafarers onboard of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality," said Erik Hanell, president and chief executive of Stena Bulk.
  • refute: Iran refuted a U.S. assertion that it shot down an Iranian drone on Thursday in the Strait of Hormuz because it had come too close to a U.S. warship.
  • amphibious: Trump said on Thursday that the U.S. Navy warship Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, had destroyed an Iranian drone because it had flown to within 1,000 yards ( 914 meters) of the ship in a " provocative and hostile action.
  • brief: U.S. officials briefed members of the Washington diplomatic corps on Friday about a multinational maritime security initiative being developed to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf.
  • corps: U.S. officials briefed members of the Washington diplomatic corps on Friday about a multinational maritime security initiative being developed to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf.

Tehran dismisses US claim of destroying Iranian drone

  • vehemently: Trump said a US naval vessel downed an Iranian drone Thursday that threatened the ship as it was entering the Strait-- a claim vehemently denied by Tehran.
  • transmit: Images were transmitted to base" before and even after the time Americans claim " the drone was destroyed, they said in a statement on their Sepahnews website.
  • refute: Iran has refuted US accusations that it was behind a series of recent tanker attacks off the United Arab Emirates coast and the Gulf of Oman.
  • circumvent: Last month Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Iran was keeping up sales through " unconventional" means to circumvent the US measures.

Srebrenica massacre: Dutch state '10% liable' for 350 deaths

  • overrun: The Dutch had been guarding a UN safe zone when it was overrun.
  • trio: A formidable trio who lost husbands, sons and fathers in the Srebrenica massacre and have made this pursuit of justice their mission in life.
  • pluck: It was at this point the men were plucked from the crowds and taken away to be executed.
  • load: As the violence escalated, the Dutch surrendered and later agreed to help the Serbs load Muslim refugees on to buses.
  • negligible: It said the chance that they would have survived if they had stayed " was small but not negligible ".