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US says Israeli settlements are no longer illegal

  • settlement: In 1978, the Carter administration concluded that the establishment of civilian settlements was inconsistent with international law, although in 1981 President Reagan disagreed with that concl usion, saying he didn't believe the settlements were inherently illegal.
  • position: The US has shifted its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, no longer viewing them as inconsistent with international law.
  • international: Mr Pompeo said the Trump administration had studied all sides of the debate and agreed with President Reagan, adding: " The establishment of Israeli civilians settlements in the West Bank is not per se in consistent with international law.
  • negotiate: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the status of the West Bank was for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate.
  • settlement: US says Israeli settlements are no longer illegal- BBC News.

UPDATE 1-U.S. to no longer waive sanctions on Iranian nuclear site, watching Iran's protests -Po...

  • nuclear: UPDATE 1- U.S. to no longer waive sanctions on Iranian nuclear site, watching Iran's protests-Pompeo.
  • nuclear: Pompeo went on to say that Iran was making " another clear attempt at nuclear extortion" that would lead to further economic and political isolation from the world.
  • spread: Protests have spread across the Islamic Republic since Friday, with Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards warning on Monday of taking action if unrest over gasoline price hikes does not cease.
  • regime: We condemn strongly any acts of violence committed by this regime against the Iranian people and are deeply concerned by reports of several fatalities," Pompeo said.
  • violence: We condemn strongly any acts of violence committed by this regime against the Iranian people and are deeply concerned by reports of several fatalities," Pompeo said.

US cancels civil nuclear cooperation waiver for Iran

  • legitimate: There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site.
  • weapon: Nuclear deal critics, including Trump allies like Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, have long argued that the waivers should be revoked because they give Iran access to technology that could be used for weapons.
  • argue: Nuclear deal critics, including Trump allies like Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, have long argued that the waivers should be revoked because they give Iran access to technology that could be used for weapons.
  • target: In particular, they have targeted a waiver that allows conversion work at the once-secret Fordow.
  • medicine: They also say some of the work, particularly at the Tehran reactor on nuclear isotopes that can be used in medicine, is humanitarian in nature.

UN envoy slams foreign interference, air strikes in Libya

  • crime: United Nations (United States) (AFP)- The UN's Libya envoy pleaded with foreign actors to honor an arms embargo on the conflict-torn country as he said an attack on a Tripoli factory Monday may amount to a war crime.
  • external: Salame called for external actors to adhere to a UN arms embargo imposed on Libya since 2011.
  • adhere: Salame called for external actors to adhere to a UN arms embargo imposed on Libya since 2011.
  • launch: According to diplomats, Jordan was accused of having trained troops of Khalifa Haftar, a military strongman in eastern Libya who launched an offensive in April in a bid to seize Tripoli from fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord ( GNA).
  • embargo: United Nations (United States) (AFP)- The UN's Libya envoy pleaded with foreign actors to honor an arms embargo on the conflict-torn country as he said an attack on a Tripoli factory Monday may amount to a war crime.

US softening position on Israeli settlements in West Bank

  • civilian: This is based in part on the Fourth Geneva Convention, which bars an occupying power from transferring parts of its own civilian population to occupied territory.
  • resident: Some major settlements have over 30,000 residents, resembling small cities and serving as suburbs of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv..
  • settlement: The 1978 legal opinion on settlements is known as the Hansell Memorandum.
  • territorial: Pompeo said that the U.S. would not take a position on the legality of specific settlements, that the new policy would not extend beyond the West Bank and that it would not create a precedent for other territorial disputes, he said.
  • settlement: The shift is a victory for Netanyahu, a longtime booster of the settlements, and had been strongly supported by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and major Trump donor Sheldon Adelson.

Two die in French bridge collapse near Toulouse

  • vehicle: First reports that a third vehicle- a van- also fell into the water now appear to be wrong.
  • witness: Witnesses have told the BBC's Chris Bockman in Toulouse that a school bus crossed less than a minute before the structure collapsed.
  • municipal: We have always been vigilant in carrying out checks with the municipal police, to stop them when we see it, but there are times when we do not see them.
  • collapse: The girl was travelling in a car with her mother when the bridge collapsed, according to local authorities.
  • mayor: Eric Oget, mayor of Mirepoix-sur-T arn, has suggested warnings about the bridge's weight restriction- displayed at either side of the crossing- might have been ignored by drivers.

Brexit or Corbyn? U.K. Business Agonizes Over Election Choice

  • persuade: When the alternative is a Corbyn-led government, Johnson may not need to try too hard to persuade businesses to embrace the Tories.
  • government: When the alternative is a Corbyn-led government, Johnson may not need to try too hard to persuade businesses to embrace the Tories.
  • avoid: With that in mind, she called on Johnson to extend the transition period in order to avoid Britain being forced to trade with the bloc on damaging World Trade Organization terms.
  • conference: None of the 16 business leaders interviewed by Bloomberg News at the conference gushed about any one candidate but when asked to choose, a few offered a clear view.
  • gush: None of the 16 business leaders interviewed by Bloomberg News at the conference gushed about any one candidate but when asked to choose, a few offered a clear view.

Essex lorry deaths: Vietnam bills grieving families to return bodies

  • contact: The BBC has contacted the Vietnamese embassy in the UK for comment.
  • embassy: In the wake of the deaths, the Vietnamese embassy in London pledged to " closely co-ordinate with the relevant authorities of Vietnam and UK to support the families of the Vietnamese victims... to bring their loved ones home ".
  • embassy: The BBC has contacted the Vietnamese embassy in the UK for comment.
  • borrow: We have been told the main issue now is money and even though we had to borrow a lot of money to send them away, we may borrow more to bring them home," said Tien Pham, cousin of two victims, in a Facebook live stream.
  • victim: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Relatives and neighbours of one of the victims attend a Buddhist prayer ceremony in Vietnam.

Catholic Church calls for Bolivia talks to quell violence

  • immediate: Groups in the staunchly pro-Morales city of El Alto called on Monday for a " siege of the city of La Paz" to force Anez's " immediate resignation.
  • denounce: Armed Forces are not exempt from their responsibility," he said Sunday, denouncing " crimes against humanity" by the security forces against his supporters.
  • violence: The violence has claimed at least 23 lives and left scores injured since late October, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
  • decree: Although the presidential minister, Jerjes Justi niano, defended the decree over the weekend, insisting " it is not a license to kill.
  • government: The government has responded by importing gasoline and diesel from neighboring Chile and Peru and sent 60 tons of meat and chicken to the city.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University: Protesters flee campus on motorcycles

  • major: Police say protesters threw petrol bombs on a major road near the university in an effort to stop traffic.
  • rare: In a rare move, Chinese soldiers left their barracks on Saturday to help clean up Hong Kong's streets.
  • withdraw: The bill was eventually withdrawn, but the demonstrations continued, having evolved into a broader protest movement against alleged police brutality, and the way Hong Kong is administered by Beijing.
  • reclaim: Officers attempted to reclaim the road, leading to major clashes.
  • clash: Officers attempted to reclaim the road, leading to major clashes.

Libyan officials: Airstrike kills 7 workers in Tripoli

  • treatment: The airstrike also wounded at least 33 workers, mostly from Niger and Bangladesh, who were taken to nearby hospitals for urgent treatment, Merset said.
  • security: The seizure of the plane came days after east Libyan authorities had begun stopping any flights coming from Misrata, alleging security reasons.
  • government: A spokesman for the U.N.-supported government did not immediately answer calls seeking comment.
  • militia: Tripoli-allied militias have used it as an airbase during the conflict.
  • conflict: The rise in violence this past year threatens to plunge Libya into another bout of violence on the scale of the 2011 conflict that ousted and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

North Korea hits back at Trump implying another summit

  • village: PHOTO: In this June 30, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Z one, South Korea.
  • urge: In the statement, the foreign adviser also urged Washington to drop hostile policies against Pyongyang in order to continue dialogue.
  • message: The message came along less than a day after Trump tweeted " see you soon" towards the North Korean leader, pushing him to " act quickl y.
  • foreign: In the statement, the foreign adviser also urged Washington to drop hostile policies against Pyongyang in order to continue dialogue.
  • imply: North Korea hits back at Trump implying another summit originally appeared on abc news.go.com

Saudi-led coalition says Yemeni rebels hijacked vessel

  • guard: The statement said that the Houthi coast guard forced the vessels to head to Salif port in the Red Sea province of Hodeida.
  • immediate: In a meeting with the South Korean ambassador to Yemen, Yemeni Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdullah al-Hadrami sharply condemned the seizure of the ship and called for its immediate release, according to a government statement.
  • port: The statement said that the Houthi coast guard forced the vessels to head to Salif port in the Red Sea province of Hodeida.
  • seize: The Houthi rebels said in a statement that they had seized three vessels including, a Saudi one, allegedly for entering Yemeni waters.
  • release: In a meeting with the South Korean ambassador to Yemen, Yemeni Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdullah al-Hadrami sharply condemned the seizure of the ship and called for its immediate release, according to a government statement.

US: Egypt could face sanctions over Russia warplanes

  • request: The Egyptian military, which is the largest in the Arab world, went to Russia after the U.S. did not answer requests over a year ago to acquire roughly two dozen F-35 fighter jets, according to one Egyptian military official.
  • acquire: The Egyptian military, which is the largest in the Arab world, went to Russia after the U.S. did not answer requests over a year ago to acquire roughly two dozen F-35 fighter jets, according to one Egyptian military official.
  • aid: Egypt, one of the largest recipients of U.S. military aid outside of NATO, has been turning toward Russia in recent years for military backing.

UPDATE 2-Iran exceeds heavy water limit in latest nuclear deal breach - IAEA

  • site: Since July, the IAEA has confirmed that Iran has surpassed the deal's limits on its stock of enriched uranium and the purity to which it enriches uranium, as well as breaching its bans on enriching at sites other than its main plant at Natanz.
  • nuclear: Heavy water is, among other things, used as a moderator to slow down reactions in the core of nuclear reactors like one Iran has been developing at Arak.
  • moderator: Heavy water is, among other things, used as a moderator to slow down reactions in the core of nuclear reactors like one Iran has been developing at Arak.
  • confirm: After the Reuters report, the IAEA issued a statement confirming the findings.
  • exceed: UPDATE 2-Iran exceeds heavy water limit in latest nuclear deal breach- IAEA.

Brazil's Amazon deforestation highest since 2008, space agency says

  • caption: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Scientists say the Amazon has suffered losses at an accelerated rate since Mr Bolsonaro took office.
  • vegetation: The rainforest lost 9,762 sq km (3,769 sq miles) of its vegetation between August 2018 and July 2019, Inpe says.
  • accelerate: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Scientists say the Amazon has suffered losses at an accelerated rate since Mr Bolsonaro took office.
  • federal: Over the past decade, previous governments in Brazil had managed to reduce deforestation with concerted action by federal agencies and a system of fines.
  • accelerate: Scientists say the Amazon has suffered losses at an accelerated rate since Mr Bolsonaro took office in January.

Impeachment: Trump will 'strongly consider' testifying

  • ambassador: Ms Yovanovitch was removed as ambassador to Kyiv in May, two months before a controversial phone call between Mr Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, which is now key to the inquiry.
  • investigator: On Sunday, Ms Pelosi said the president was welcome to " speak all the truth that he wants if he wants " before investigators.
  • caption: Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Trump says the impeachment inquiry against him is a " witch hunt".
  • information: If he has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame, then we look forward to seeing it," she told the CBS News programme Face the Nation.
  • remove: Ms Yovanovitch was removed as ambassador to Kyiv in May, two months before a controversial phone call between Mr Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, which is now key to the inquiry.

Lebanese banks to reopen as withdrawal limits made official

  • plot: Morgan Ortagus posted a video recorded on Friday in which she blasted Russia for seeking to miscast the Lebanese protests as a " plot by the United States.
  • security: On Saturday, security forces said they will boost security around banks.
  • crisis: The financial crisis in Lebanon predates the protests, which were sparked by new proposed taxes, including on the free call and messaging service Whatsapp.
  • resign: The protests have since snowballed into calls for the government to resign and for the entire political elite that has ruled Lebanon since the end of its 1975-90 civil war to step aside.
  • demonstrator: Banks have been at the center of anti-government protests, as demonstrators accused them of corruption and mismanagement.

We Shouldn’t Strip U.S. Terrorists of Citizenship

  • government: The next time a U.S. citizen abroad offends public sentiment, you can expect the government to start looking for ways to pull his or her citizenship.
  • passport: President Donald Trump has tweeted that she will be kept out of the country; it was the Obama administration that first canceled her passport.
  • government: A federal judge has just held that government had the authority to do so.
  • administration: The blame here ultimately lies with the Obama administration, not the judge, who is trying to do his job and apply the law.
  • administration: President Donald Trump has tweeted that she will be kept out of the country; it was the Obama administration that first canceled her passport.

The West Needs to Measure Russian Election Meddling. Here’s How.

  • campaign: The British government, however, has refused to release the report before the parliamentary election scheduled for Dec. 12, and has been widely criticized for it, including by Hillary Clinton, the 2016 loser in the U.S. The critics wonder if the government is trying to protect information concerning wealthy donors to the pro-Brexit campaign and the ruling Conservative Party.
  • analyze: Jamieson recalled how she and her colleagues analyzed the impact of individual ads in the 2000 election by comparing data from battleground and non-battleground states.
  • feed: A representative panel of both voters and nonvoters would be needed, citizens who would be willing to allow their social-media feeds to be tracked.
  • release: The British government, however, has refused to release the report before the parliamentary election scheduled for Dec. 12, and has been widely criticized for it, including by Hillary Clinton, the 2016 loser in the U.S. The critics wonder if the government is trying to protect information concerning wealthy donors to the pro-Brexit campaign and the ruling Conservative Party.
  • colleague: Jamieson recalled how she and her colleagues analyzed the impact of individual ads in the 2000 election by comparing data from battleground and non-battleground states.

UPDATE 2-Merkel, Scholz push back against demands for higher public spending

  • federal: This would be on top of the 43 billion euros earmarked in the federal budget for public investments in 2020.
  • root: This is not primarily about fighting symptoms of a recession, but rather tackling the more deeply rooted causes of weak growth," Kempf said.
  • policy: BERLIN, Nov 18 (Reuters)- Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Monday brushed aside a rare joint demand from German businesses and unions that they " wake up" the stagnant economy by ditching the balanced budget policy and funding infrastructure with debt.
  • weak: This is not primarily about fighting symptoms of a recession, but rather tackling the more deeply rooted causes of weak growth," Kempf said.
  • budget: With the economy barely growing and Berlin's borrowing costs at record lows, Merkel and Scholz are facing growing pressure at home and abroad to drop their self-imposed balanced budget pledge, which limits the fiscal room to hike public spending.

North Korea says it 'will no longer gift' Trump with fruitless talks 'he can boast of...

  • nuclear: Kim has set a year-end deadline for a breakthrough in the U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks, and Trump tweeted Sunday that Kim "should act quickly, get the deal done.
  • exorbitant: This kind of demand, not only the exorbitant number, but the way it is being done, could trigger anti-Americanism" in close allies, Bruce Klingner at the Heritage Foundation tells Foreign P olicy.
  • earn: The U.S. only seeks to earn time, pretending it has made progress" with North Korea, he said.
  • missile: North Korea has been ramping up its missile tests and publicizing its military drills.
  • pour: On Monday, North Korean Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan poured cold water on the Trump administration's outreach.

China signs defence agreement with South Korea as US angers Seoul with demand for $5bn troop payment

  • international: Daniel Pink ston, a professor of international relations at the Seoul campus of Troy University, was more blunt in his assessment.
  • fuel: The numbers that the US is demanding are politically impossible for Seoul and Tokyo to swallow and that is just fuelling resentment.
  • majority: The vast majority of Koreans agree, with a recent survey by the Korea Institute for National Reunification showing that 96 per cent of people are opposed to Seoul paying more for the US military presence.
  • conference: Story continues US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, left, and South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo, hold a joint press conference Credit: Jung Yeon-je/P ool Photo via AP.
  • secretary: The two nations ' defence ministers held discussions with Mark Esper, the US defence secretary, at the weekend but hopes that a breakthrough might materialise came to nothing.

Marie Yovanovitch represents something Americans are desperate for: decency

  • smear: Related: Trump smears and witness drama: key Marie Yovanovitchtakeaways
  • sense: We were reminded of the redeeming power of decency, which properly resides in a healthy sense of shame that is very much alive right now.
  • defame: Trump could not resist bursting out his tweet trying to defame her.
  • resist: Trump could not resist bursting out his tweet trying to defame her.
  • editorial: Art Cullen is editor of the Storm Lake Times in Iowa and won the 2017 Pulitzer prize for editorial writing.

Chile protests: President Piñera condemns police 'abuses'

  • allege: More than 200 people have also sustained eye injuries from rubber bullets and tear gas cylinders with many alleging the security forces aimed at their eyes on purpose to try and blind them.
  • government: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Huge rallies and demonstrations have ramped up the pressure on the government.
  • constitution: The current constitution, which came into force in 1980, is seen as a hangover from the time of military rule with its trust in neoliberal economics and Catholic values.
  • accuse: Image copyright EPA Image caption Police have been accused of aiming at protesters ' eyes.
  • murder: At least 24 people have been killed and murder charges have been pressed in five cases, the INDH says.

Boris Johnson's Brexit tightrope

  • issue: Johnson's team is betting that for the next four weeks, they can keep the narrative under tight control, but they face an opposition of skilled campaigners who relentlessly steer the conversation away from Brexit and onto broader campaign issues.
  • course: The result of this election will determine the nation's future more than any for generations, but while Johnson seems on course for victory, his plan to achieve it requires an organization and discipline that he and his seem to lack.
  • require: The result of this election will determine the nation's future more than any for generations, but while Johnson seems on course for victory, his plan to achieve it requires an organization and discipline that he and his seem to lack.
  • majority: They are the only party that needs to win a majority in December, because in betraying their only potential coalition partner, Northern Ireland's DUP, they have no potential allies in the U.K. Parliament.
  • issue: On its face, this is a necessary, bold piece of populist electio neering, but it also opens the campaign up to non-Brexit policy issues where the opposition is strong.

Iran downplays, demonizes protests amid internet shutdown

  • violence: Meanwhile, the official death toll rose to five Monday as the state-run IRNA news agency reported that the violence has resulted in two more deaths.
  • minor: O nly some minor problems remain, and by tomorrow and the day after, there will remain no special riots.
  • tomorrow: O nly some minor problems remain, and by tomorrow and the day after, there will remain no special riots.
  • demonstrator: The semiofficial Fars news agency, close to the Guard, has put the total number of protesters at over 87,000, saying demonstrators ransacked about 100 banks and stores in the country.
  • arrest: Authorities arrested about 1,000 people, Fars reported, citing unnamed security officials for the information.

Yemeni government back in Aden under deal with separatists

  • displace: The war has killed over 100,000 people, displaced millions and pushed the country to the brink of major famine.
  • separatist: In August, the separatists, backed by the United Arab Emirates, overran Aden and drove out forces loyal to President Hadi, who has been based in Saudi Arabia since 2015.
  • loyal: In August, the separatists, backed by the United Arab Emirates, overran Aden and drove out forces loyal to President Hadi, who has been based in Saudi Arabia since 2015.
  • major: The war has killed over 100,000 people, displaced millions and pushed the country to the brink of major famine.

Kuwait’s ruler fires son over feud with fellow minister

  • government: Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah, who has held the post since 2011, has asked the emir to relieve him of the task of forming a new government.
  • predecessor: Sheikh Nasser is seeking the prosecution of his predecessor along with five other top Defense Ministry officials over the alleged embezz lement.
  • information: It said the trial would be closed and that no information related to it should be circulated in social or traditional media.
  • parliament: The Cabinet resigned last week after a minister stepped down following a grilling by parliament.
  • circulate: It said the trial would be closed and that no information related to it should be circulated in social or traditional media.

UPDATE 3-Iran's Guards warn of "decisive" action if unrest continues

  • decisive: UPDATE 3-Iran's Guards warn of " decisive" action if unrest continues.
  • nuclear: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected a statement of support for the protests by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which has dropped out of an international nuclear deal with Iran and reinstated economic sanctions.
  • militia: The Guards and their affiliated Basij militia quelled that bout of un rest, in which at least 22 people were killed.
  • especially: The Iranian leadership is anxious to end the unrest to avoid giving ammunition to Western, especially U.S., criticism of the Islamic Republic elite as allegedly corrupt and unaccountable.
  • warn: DUBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters)- Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards warned anti-government protesters on Monday of " decisive" action if unrest over gasoline price hikes does not cease, state media said, hinting at a harsh security crackdown.

The Case Is Only Growing for an Economic Forever War

  • balance: Nov. 20: Japan trade balance Nov. 21: South Korea exports and imports.
  • publication: The weekend publication by the New York Times of documents detailing the official Chinese campaign against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang will only add to that sentiment.
  • opponent: The art of the trade deal is the art of knowing how to exploit the domestic politics of your opponent.
  • siege: The events in Hong Kong over the weekend, with police laying siege to a university, are escalating as are the calls in Washington for U.S. action.
  • phenomenon: Beijing has long been best at misreading American politics and Trump has been a unique political phenomenon.

Boris Johnson Faces Questions Over His Love Life: U.K. Election Update

  • occasion: In the interview, she described an occasion when she asked Johnson how many children he has.
  • acknowledge: Arcuri has acknowledged that her cyber-security business, Hacker House, benefited from joining a mayoral trade mission to Tel Aviv in November 2015.
  • conference: Boris Johnson made his pitch to business leaders at the confederation of British Industry conference in London: let him get Brexit out of the way, and use the ensuing certainty to help the economy grow.
  • mayor: Jennifer Arcuri, the American businesswoman at the center of a controversy over her ties to Boris Johnson, again refused to confirm directly whether she had an affair with the prime minister during his time as London mayor.
  • prime: Jennifer Arcuri, the American businesswoman at the center of a controversy over her ties to Boris Johnson, again refused to confirm directly whether she had an affair with the prime minister during his time as London mayor.

North Korea says it won’t give Trump a summit for free

  • missile: North Korea has been ramping up missile tests and other military demonstrations in recent months in an apparent pressure tactic over the talks.
  • nuclear: Kim Kye Gwan is a veteran diplomat who led the North Korean delegation at much of the now-dormant six-nation nuclear disarmament talks held in Beijing in 2003-2008.
  • falter: Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim and Trump in Vietnam which broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.
  • surrender: Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim and Trump in Vietnam which broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.
  • resumption: North Korea last week said the United States has proposed a resumption of negotiations in December.

10 things you need to know today: November 18, 2019

  • block: The famous St. Mark's Basilica was also closed, and canal-side windows were blocked off with sandbags to prevent the church's crypt from flooding again.
  • ambassador: Trump's ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, is one of the people due to appear this week.
  • investigate: Trump wants to counter testimony suggesting he abused his power by withholding military aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democrats, " He should come to the committee and testify under oath.
  • disease: When Trump announced his intention to ban flavored e-cigarettes in early September, amid growing concerns about vaping-related lung disease and an explosion of youth vapers, he credited advocacy from first lady Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump.
  • announce: When Trump announced his intention to ban flavored e-cigarettes in early September, amid growing concerns about vaping-related lung disease and an explosion of youth vapers, he credited advocacy from first lady Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump.

Iran calmer despite more 'riots' over oil price hikes

  • issue: In a statement issued late Sunday, the ministry said it was reacting to Pompeo's " expression of support... for a group of rioters in some cities of Iran and condemned such support and interventionist remarks ".
  • situation: Tehran (AFP)- Iran said it still faces " riots" even though the situation was calmer Monday after days of violent protests sparked by a shock decision to hike petrol prices in the sanctions-hit country.
  • government: The Iranian government should respond to the current protests with a willingness to engage in dialogue," she added.
  • arrest: Forty people have already been arrested in the central city of Yazd, ISNA reported on Sunday.
  • cite: Fars news agency, which is close to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said it was unclear when the internet restrictions would be lifted, citing an informed government source.

Lam Urges Besieged Protesters to Heed Police: Hong Kong Update

  • urge: Bloomberg)-- Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam urged protesters holed up in a Kowloon university to heed police calls to surrender, as activists called for more rallies near the campus to support the trapped demonstrators.
  • vehicle: Shot fired as vehicle rams into officer ( 10 p.m.).
  • condemn: He condemned the use of weapons by protesters, including remote-controlled bombs, catapults and petrol bombs.
  • weapon: He condemned the use of weapons by protesters, including remote-controlled bombs, catapults and petrol bombs.
  • issue: Activists had issued calls on social media for demonstrators to come out to the Kowloon area, as well as Central, to support protesters still at the university.

Global Wave of Street Protests Spreads to Iran

  • series: The peril for Trump, who was dealt a series of setbacks last week, will be heightened as the House investigation accelerates.
  • pump: Iran subsidizes gasoline prices heavily at the pump and, despite being a major producer of crude oil, has limited refining capacity.
  • tomorrow: Highlights: Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and National Security Council aide Alexander Vindman testify tomorrow; Sondland and State Department official David Hale have their turn on Wednesday.
  • tomorrow: The first televised debate of the U.K. election campaign takes place tomorrow evening between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
  • shun: The leader of a Swedish political party once shunned for its ties to far-right extremism is riding a wave of popularity that he says may upset the Nordic archetype of Social Democratic-style governing.

France returns Omar Tall's sword to Senegal

  • struggle: The artefact originally belonged to the revered west African leader Omar Saidou Tall, who led an anti-colonial struggle against the French.
  • heritage: It is part of a commitment to return to its former West African colonies key items of their cultural heritage.
  • revere: The artefact originally belonged to the revered west African leader Omar Saidou Tall, who led an anti-colonial struggle against the French.
  • treasure: Last year a group of experts commissioned by France's President Emmanuel Macron recommended that African treasures in French museums be returned to their countries of origin.
  • duress: Their official report states that most of the Africa collection in Paris ' Quai Branly museum- approximately 46,000 pieces- was acquired with some degree of duress.

AP Explains: Iran gas price protests quickly turn violent

  • further: Iran has suffered economic problems since its 1979 Islamic Revolution cut off its decades-long relationship with the U.S. Its eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s followed, further straining the economy.
  • spread: That stopped the spread of online videos of the demonstrations and affected the ability of protesters to share information.
  • lifeline: While its oil industry remains a lifeline for government revenues, sanctions have long affected its ability to work on improvements and upgrades to keep production high.
  • upgrade: While its oil industry remains a lifeline for government revenues, sanctions have long affected its ability to work on improvements and upgrades to keep production high.
  • relationship: Iran has suffered economic problems since its 1979 Islamic Revolution cut off its decades-long relationship with the U.S. Its eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s followed, further straining the economy.

Belarus Opposition Shut Out of Parliament Ahead of Russia Talks

  • rubber: Critics say the parliament is little more than a rubber stamp.
  • overture: Lukashenko has recently made overtures to the European Union as the Kremlin increases pressure on Minsk to integrate with Russia.
  • activist: The two sitting opposition deputies and many other opposition activists were barred from running.
  • parliament: The 110-seat lower house of parliament will be packed with loyalists to President Alexander Lukashenko, who has controlled the former Soviet republic of 9.5 million since 1994.
  • issue: This month Lukashenko made his first official trip to the EU since it dropped sanctions against him in 2016, ahead of upcoming negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin on energy issues and integration.

China Bashes NYT’s Xinjiang Story as Warren, Buttigieg Criticize

  • expand: China contests the number detai ned, but the number and size of the camps has expanded rapidly since 2016, with estimates as high as 1,200.
  • policy: The piece included classified speeches directing policy in Xinjiang made by President Xi Jinping and Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, who oversees the region.
  • camp: China contests the number detai ned, but the number and size of the camps has expanded rapidly since 2016, with estimates as high as 1,200.
  • defend: China, which is facing anti-government unrest in Hong Kong and growing economic headwinds in the mainland, has sought to defend its detention of Muslims to the world-- bringing reporters on guided tours of Xinjiang and the so-called re-education camps where hundreds of thousands are thought to be held.
  • estimate: China contests the number detai ned, but the number and size of the camps has expanded rapidly since 2016, with estimates as high as 1,200.

Israel-Gaza clash: Why Hamas chose restraint

  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Much of Israel was shut down as civilians took to bomb shelters amid rocket-fire.
  • security: As for the Israeli military, it is looking to stabilise the security situation in southern Israel so it can focus on what it sees as the much bigger threat from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah to the north.
  • target: The fighting started when Israel carried out what it called the targeted killing of a top commander in the smaller, more radical Islamic Jihad group, claiming he was planning attacks that posed an imminent threat.
  • govern: Hamas, which governs Gaza, did participate in a joint operations room with other factions to discuss tactics.
  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Islamic Jihad and Israel fought for two days while Gaza's Hamas rulers stayed on the sidelines.

Japan hosts first fully-fledged arms show looking for an edge in tech

  • affront: Some 200 protesters gathered near the entrance of the convention centre near Tokyo, calling for the government-backed DSEI Japan exhibition to be shut down as they regarded it as an affront to the nation's pacifist constitution.
  • obsolete: China spends more than three times as much as Japan on defence, while recent North Korean advances threaten to make Japan's new missile defences obsolete before they are deployed.
  • inroad: Yet in the more than five years since that ban ended Japan has largely failed to make inroads overseas, hobbled both by a lack of experience and concern that the reputational risk of selling arms could hurt other more profitable businesses.
  • militarism: Abe's government faces opposition at home to policies that some Japanese people fear could erode the pacifist constitution and herald a return to the militarism that devastated the country in World War Two.
  • ban: Yet in the more than five years since that ban ended Japan has largely failed to make inroads overseas, hobbled both by a lack of experience and concern that the reputational risk of selling arms could hurt other more profitable businesses.

China defends Xinjiang crackdown after massive document leak

  • terrorist: China will never be soft in its fight against violent terrorists," Geng said at a regular press briefing.
  • punish: The documents included the confession of one local official, Wang Yongzhi, who was punished for releasing more than 7,000 people from camps in Xinjiang.
  • violence: China, after initially denying the camps existed, describes them as vocational schools aimed at dampening the allure of Islamist extremism and violence through education and job training.
  • education: China, after initially denying the camps existed, describes them as vocational schools aimed at dampening the allure of Islamist extremism and violence through education and job training.
  • document: The documents included the confession of one local official, Wang Yongzhi, who was punished for releasing more than 7,000 people from camps in Xinjiang.

Lebanon’s Protests Divide Hezbollah. Will It Strike Back?

  • pseudonym: He uses a pseudonym here because Hezbollah fighters are barred from speaking to Western media.
  • tenuous: He is careful to keep Nasrallah above reproach, blaming those around him and his tenuous ally, Berri, who went from warlord to parliamentary speaker in 1992 and has held the position ever since.
  • collapse: Three days after the government collapsed, on Nov. 1, he went on air again, this time to begrudgingly accept the reality of the Hariri led cabinet resignation.
  • cabinet: Three days after the government collapsed, on Nov. 1, he went on air again, this time to begrudgingly accept the reality of the Hariri led cabinet resignation.
  • stagnation: As protests and political stagnation add to the economic crisis, faith in the established parties continues to dissipate, even among core supporters.

UPDATE 1-Japan hosts first fully-fledged arms show looking for an edge in tech

  • abide: There is still abiding foreign interest in tapping Japanese technology for military use, with companies such as Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon Co and BAE Systems PLC all looking for new partnerships in Japan.
  • edge: UPDATE 1- Japan hosts first fully-fledged arms show looking for an edge in tech.
  • government: TO KYO, Nov 18 (Reuters)- Japan's first ever fully fledged arms show opened on Monday, creating a forum that Japan's government hopes will help it tap technology it needs to counter threats posed by China and North Korean.
  • government: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government in 2014 abolished a decades-long ban on foreign military exports in a bid to cut procurement costs by allowing Japanese companies such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to widen their production base.
  • ban: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government in 2014 abolished a decades-long ban on foreign military exports in a bid to cut procurement costs by allowing Japanese companies such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to widen their production base.

German business lobby, labour union jointly call on Berlin to boost public investment

  • cohesion: We can no longer afford it to put the prosperity of future generations at risk with such an outdated infrastructure and underfunded education system," Hoffmann said, adding that more public investment would also strengthen social cohesion and promote equal living conditions across the country.
  • surplus: The new president of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, has singled out Germany as a country that could deploy its budget surpluses to help growth in the bloc.
  • lobby: German business lobby, labour union jointly call on Berlin to boost public investment.
  • rare: BERLIN, Nov 18 (Reuters)- Germany's BDI industry association and the DGB trade union called in a rare joint statement on Monday for the government to rethink its budget priorities and massively boost public investment to make Europe's largest economy fit for future growth.
  • government: BERLIN, Nov 18 (Reuters)- Germany's BDI industry association and the DGB trade union called in a rare joint statement on Monday for the government to rethink its budget priorities and massively boost public investment to make Europe's largest economy fit for future growth.

Lebanese protests test Hezbollah’s role as Shiites’ champion

  • teem: Streets teemed with cars, a man in a uniform picked up trash as men and women, some in overflowing black abayas, others in jeans, passed by.
  • uniform: Streets teemed with cars, a man in a uniform picked up trash as men and women, some in overflowing black abayas, others in jeans, passed by.
  • vegetable: Working at a hospital, he recently took a second job selling vegetables and still struggles to make ends meet.

Why U.K. Conservatives Are So Good at Winning

  • antediluvian: After Winston Churchill unexpectedly lost the 1945 election, and with it the chance to unwind the expansion of the state brought about by the need to defeat Hitler, it quickly became apparent to all but the most antediluvian Tory that there could be no going back.
  • prosaic: The reality was more prosaic: They were sacred cows that the party ultimately proved willing to slaughter as time and perceived partisan advantage dictated.
  • tack: In order to persuade them to do that, however, the Conservatives have suddenly changed tack on public services, like health and education.