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Hong Kong protests: Rule of law on 'brink of collapse', police say

  • caption: Image copyright Reuters Image caption A demonstrator throws a rock on a footbridge during a protest near City University.
  • demonstrator: Image copyright Reuters Image caption A demonstrator throws a rock on a footbridge during a protest near City University.
  • protest: Image copyright Reuters Image caption A demonstrator throws a rock on a footbridge during a protest near City University.
  • warn: Hong Kong's rule of law has been pushed to the " brink of total collaps e" after more than five months of protests, police have warned.
  • territory: The warning came a day after the territory saw a marked escalation in violence, with police shooting one activist in the torso.

Israel kills Baha Abu al-Ata, top Palestinian militant in Gaza

  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Palestinian Islamic Jihad has vowed to avenge Baha Abu al-Ata's death.
  • avenge: Image copyright AFP Image caption Palestinian Islamic Jihad has vowed to avenge Baha Abu al-Ata's death.
  • militant: An Israeli air strike has killed a senior commander of the militant group Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza.
  • missile: Baha Abu al-Ata died along with his wife when a missile hit their home, the group said.
  • imminent: The Israeli military said Abu al-Ata was a " ticking bomb" who was planning " imminent terrorist attacks ".

Johnson Chairs Emergency Meeting on Northern Floods: U.K. Votes

  • emergency: Bloomberg)-- Boris Johnson chairs a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee after opposition parties accused him of downplaying the severity of flooding in northern England-- a key battleground in the election campaign.
  • accuse: Bloomberg)-- Boris Johnson chairs a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee after opposition parties accused him of downplaying the severity of flooding in northern England-- a key battleground in the election campaign.
  • campaign: Bloomberg)-- Boris Johnson chairs a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee after opposition parties accused him of downplaying the severity of flooding in northern England-- a key battleground in the election campaign.
  • quarter: The U.K. economy lost jobs in the third quarter and vacancies posted their largest annual decline since the financial crisis.
  • annual: The U.K. economy lost jobs in the third quarter and vacancies posted their largest annual decline since the financial crisis.

Fight Over Hong Kong's Future Grows More Grim

  • demonstrator: The pictures out of Hong Kong over the past few days have been particularly worrisome: a protester shot by police at point-blank range, an older man set ablaze, a truck driver beaten by demonstrators.
  • evil: For the protesters, the use of force has always been a necessary evil.
  • government: At the start of the un rest, the government ignored a peaceful street march by hundreds of thousands of people.
  • ignore: At the start of the un rest, the government ignored a peaceful street march by hundreds of thousands of people.
  • peaceful: At the start of the un rest, the government ignored a peaceful street march by hundreds of thousands of people.

The Latest: Netanyahu says slain militant planned new attack

  • militant: The Late st: Netanyahu says slain militant planned new attack.
  • barrage: The Israeli strike that killed the 42-year-old Abu el-Atta and his wife set off a furious barrage of dozens of rocket attacks that reached as far north as the Tel Aviv heartland.
  • rocket: The Israeli strike that killed the 42-year-old Abu el-Atta and his wife set off a furious barrage of dozens of rocket attacks that reached as far north as the Tel Aviv heartland.
  • target: Israel reportedly targeted an Islamic Jihad commander in Syria, also on Tuesday.
  • confrontation: The pair of strikes looked to escalate Israel's confrontation with Iran and its proxies across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants.

With Rising Violence, China Pushes Hong Kong Toward Civil War

  • uniform: Riot police in green uniforms are doing battle with youthful demonstrators dressed in black.
  • demonstrator: Riot police in green uniforms are doing battle with youthful demonstrators dressed in black.
  • estimate: Starting June 9, when an estimated one million Hong Kongers marched in the streets, demonstrations have been almost continu ous.
  • withdraw: Lam has since permanently withdrawn the extradition bill from consideration, but the protests have not abated.
  • extradition: Lam has since permanently withdrawn the extradition bill from consideration, but the protests have not abated.

Angered at EU, Turkey threatens to release IS prisoners

  • foreign: Speaking to reporters before a visit to the United States, Erdogan also said Turkey would continue repatriating foreign Islamic State militants to their home countries, even if those countries decline to take them back.
  • revise: You should revise your stance toward Turkey, which at the moment holds so many IS members in prison and at the same time controls those in Syria," Erdogan warned European nations, a day after the EU unveiled a system to sanction Turkey.
  • prison: You should revise your stance toward Turkey, which at the moment holds so many IS members in prison and at the same time controls those in Syria," Erdogan warned European nations, a day after the EU unveiled a system to sanction Turkey.
  • warn: You should revise your stance toward Turkey, which at the moment holds so many IS members in prison and at the same time controls those in Syria," Erdogan warned European nations, a day after the EU unveiled a system to sanction Turkey.
  • launch: Erdogan's comments came as Turkey launched a new push to send back captured foreign fighters to their home countries, telling Western nations that Turkey was not a " hotel" for IS fighters and criticizing them for their reluctance to take back citizens who had joined the ranks of the extremist group as it sought to establish a " caliphate" in Iraq and Syria.

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

  • barrage: In eastern Gaza, the Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife, setting off a furious barrage of rocket attacks reaching as far as the Tel Aviv heartland as Islamic Jihad vowed further revenge.
  • rocket: In eastern Gaza, the Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife, setting off a furious barrage of rocket attacks reaching as far as the Tel Aviv heartland as Islamic Jihad vowed further revenge.
  • further: In eastern Gaza, the Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife, setting off a furious barrage of rocket attacks reaching as far as the Tel Aviv heartland as Islamic Jihad vowed further revenge.
  • target: Meanwhile, Syrian officials said an Israeli airstrike in the capital, Damascus, targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, who was not harmed.
  • harm: Meanwhile, Syrian officials said an Israeli airstrike in the capital, Damascus, targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, who was not harmed.

Afghanistan announces Taliban prisoner swap to free hostages

  • caption: Image caption Australian Timothy Weeks ( left) and US citizen Kevin King appeared dishevelled in video in 2017.
  • release: Afghanistan is to release three high-ranking Taliban prisoners in exchange for two hostages held by the group, President Ashraf Ghani has said.
  • hostage: Afghanistan is to release three high-ranking Taliban prisoners in exchange for two hostages held by the group, President Ashraf Ghani has said.
  • kidnap: American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were lecturers at the American University of Afghanistan when they were kidnapped in 2016.
  • militant: Anas Haqqani, a leading figure in the Haqqani militant group, and two other senior commanders are part of the deal.

Iran accuses Europeans of hypocrisy over nuclear deal

  • accuse: Tehran (AFP)- Iran accused European nations of hypocrisy on Tuesday for criticising its latest step back from a nuclear deal while failing to fulfil their commitments of relief from US sanctions.
  • hypocrisy: Tehran (AFP)- Iran accused European nations of hypocrisy on Tuesday for criticising its latest step back from a nuclear deal while failing to fulfil their commitments of relief from US sanctions.
  • nuclear: Tehran (AFP)- Iran accused European nations of hypocrisy on Tuesday for criticising its latest step back from a nuclear deal while failing to fulfil their commitments of relief from US sanctions.
  • commitment: Tehran (AFP)- Iran accused European nations of hypocrisy on Tuesday for criticising its latest step back from a nuclear deal while failing to fulfil their commitments of relief from US sanctions.
  • nuclear: Britain, France, Germany and the EU have been trying to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal since the US unilaterally withdrew from it in May last year and began reimposing sanctions.

Sterling edges off six-month highs vs euro, jobs data awaited

  • edge: Sterling edges off six-month highs vs euro, jobs data awaited.
  • firm: LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters)- Sterling was softer against the dollar and nudged down from six-month peaks against the euro on Tuesday, a day after racking up firm gains after the Brexit Party said it would not contest previously Conservative held seats in an upcoming election.
  • significant: The move was seen as a significant boost for Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the Dec. 12 election.
  • positive: Jim Reid, a strategist at Deutsche Bank, said that while the Brexit party news was positive for the ruling Conservative Party, it may only bring an additional 10-15 seats.
  • struggle: The Brexit Party have struggled for momentum in this election and the risk to them is that this indirect support for the Tories in nearly half the seats confuses their message in seats they are still fighting in.

Brexit Bulletin: The Farage Factor

  • landscape: The landscape of the upcoming U.K. general election is coming more clearly into view.
  • prime: Farage made his move only after the prime minister pledged on Sunday night not to seek an extension of the post-Brexit transition period past Dec. 31, 2020.
  • extension: Farage made his move only after the prime minister pledged on Sunday night not to seek an extension of the post-Brexit transition period past Dec. 31, 2020.
  • transition: Farage made his move only after the prime minister pledged on Sunday night not to seek an extension of the post-Brexit transition period past Dec. 31, 2020.
  • period: Farage made his move only after the prime minister pledged on Sunday night not to seek an extension of the post-Brexit transition period past Dec. 31, 2020.

Palestinians fire rockets after Israel assassinates Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza

  • rocket: Shops and schools were closed in Tel Aviv for the first time since 2014 as Palestinians fired rockets- REUTERS.
  • assassinate: Israel assassinated a senior Islamic Jihad commander inside the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, prompting a barrage of retaliatory rockets from Palestinian militant groups and leaving both sides bracing for serious escalation.
  • barrage: Israel assassinated a senior Islamic Jihad commander inside the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, prompting a barrage of retaliatory rockets from Palestinian militant groups and leaving both sides bracing for serious escalation.
  • rocket: Israel assassinated a senior Islamic Jihad commander inside the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, prompting a barrage of retaliatory rockets from Palestinian militant groups and leaving both sides bracing for serious escalation.
  • militant: Israel assassinated a senior Islamic Jihad commander inside the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, prompting a barrage of retaliatory rockets from Palestinian militant groups and leaving both sides bracing for serious escalation.

Daca: Dreamers take fight with Trump to Supreme Court

  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Daca student speaks at a rally outside of the Supreme Court ahead of the oral arguments.
  • oral: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Daca student speaks at a rally outside of the Supreme Court ahead of the oral arguments.
  • policy: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) policy protects 700,000 undocumented youths from deportation.
  • administration: The top court took up the case after lower courts ruled the administration did not adequately explain why it was ending the programme.
  • administration: The lower court rulings do not contest the administration's right to end Daca, but they have criticised its " capricious" explanations for why it was doing so.

WFP chief vows more 'aggressive' action on sexual harassment

  • rape: If we have a claim of rape by anyone in the WFP, if we can substantiate, I can't begin to tell you how aggressive" actions will be, he told the AP in a phone interview from the agency's Rome headquarters.
  • substantiate: If we have a claim of rape by anyone in the WFP, if we can substantiate, I can't begin to tell you how aggressive" actions will be, he told the AP in a phone interview from the agency's Rome headquarters.
  • aggressive: If we have a claim of rape by anyone in the WFP, if we can substantiate, I can't begin to tell you how aggressive" actions will be, he told the AP in a phone interview from the agency's Rome headquarters.
  • headquarters: If we have a claim of rape by anyone in the WFP, if we can substantiate, I can't begin to tell you how aggressive" actions will be, he told the AP in a phone interview from the agency's Rome headquarters.
  • commission: The warning comes after an internal survey which Beasley commissioned found that at least 28 employees said they experienced rape or sexual assaults while working at the agency.

Why Iran’s Nuclear Escalation Goes Unchallenged

  • legal: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump are both caught up in legal and political troubles that consume their attention.
  • consume: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump are both caught up in legal and political troubles that consume their attention.
  • attention: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump are both caught up in legal and political troubles that consume their attention.
  • confront: Neither seems willing or able to come up with real answers about how to confront the situation.
  • situation: Neither seems willing or able to come up with real answers about how to confront the situation.

Farage Retreat Aids Johnson's Election Push: U.K. Campaign Trail

  • prime: The prime minister will now be free to concentrate on winning opposition held districts.
  • emergency: Johnson will chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee on Tuesday to discuss flooding in northern England after opposition parties accused him of dragging his feet.
  • discuss: Johnson will chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee on Tuesday to discuss flooding in northern England after opposition parties accused him of dragging his feet.
  • accuse: Johnson will chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee on Tuesday to discuss flooding in northern England after opposition parties accused him of dragging his feet.
  • majority: The Tories will need to pick up seats in the north if they are to win a majority in Parliament.

Brussels Edition: Engine Damage, NATO Strain, German Unity

  • engine: With euro-area economic growth likely to stay muted for the next couple of years, it remains to be seen how badly the engine is damaged and what it will cost to repair.
  • damage: With euro-area economic growth likely to stay muted for the next couple of years, it remains to be seen how badly the engine is damaged and what it will cost to repair.
  • repair: With euro-area economic growth likely to stay muted for the next couple of years, it remains to be seen how badly the engine is damaged and what it will cost to repair.
  • recession: Data later this week are likely to show Germany either in a recession or just skirting one.
  • investor: Investor sentiment indicators due out today will give a taste of what comes next.

Australia bushfires: 'We owe you milk' say firefighters who saved man's house

  • caption: Image copyright PAul Sefky/Facebook Image caption The Urunga Rural Fire Service left this note behind on Mr Sefky's kitchen counter.
  • crisis: Australia is enduring a bushfire crisis that has left three people dead and razed more than 150 homes.
  • raze: Australia is enduring a bushfire crisis that has left three people dead and razed more than 150 homes.
  • blaze: More than 60 blazes are burning across New South Wales as the state braces itself for " catastrophic" conditions that are set to hit later on Tuesday.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption NSW has been warned of " catastrophic" conditions as a bushfire crisis continues.

Performers wounded in knife attack on stage in Saudi Arabia

  • detain: Saudi broadcaster al-Ekhbariya reported that police detained the suspect, who was identified only as a 33-year-old Yemeni male resident of Saudi Arabia.
  • suspect: Saudi broadcaster al-Ekhbariya reported that police detained the suspect, who was identified only as a 33-year-old Yemeni male resident of Saudi Arabia.
  • male: Saudi broadcaster al-Ekhbariya reported that police detained the suspect, who was identified only as a 33-year-old Yemeni male resident of Saudi Arabia.
  • resident: Saudi broadcaster al-Ekhbariya reported that police detained the suspect, who was identified only as a 33-year-old Yemeni male resident of Saudi Arabia.
  • security: The state-owned news channel aired footage of security as they ran on stage to capture the suspect.

'OK boomer': Abigail Disney tells those offended to 'sit down'

  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Abigail Disney has been an outspoken critic of income inequality.
  • generation: In a thread on Tw itter, the 59-year-old Disney heiress asks fellow members of the baby boomer generation when they became " so easily triggered ".
  • dismiss: O K boomer" is a viral phrase used to dismiss or mock those who seem dismissive of younger generations ' concerns.
  • generation: O K boomer" is a viral phrase used to dismiss or mock those who seem dismissive of younger generations ' concerns.
  • issue: Ms Disney, a filmmaker and granddaughter of Walt Disney Company co-founder Roy Oliver Disney, has been an outspoken critic of issues such as income inequality.

Poland reacts angrily to Netflix Nazi death camp documentary

  • camp: Poland reacts angrily to Netflix Nazi death camp documentary- BBC News.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Auschwitz-Birkenau was the most notorious death camp built in Nazi-occupied Poland.
  • notorious: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Auschwitz-Birkenau was the most notorious death camp built in Nazi-occupied Poland.
  • camp: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Auschwitz-Birkenau was the most notorious death camp built in Nazi-occupied Poland.
  • prime: Poland's prime minister has written to streaming company Netflix insisting on changes to The Devil Next Door, a documentary about the Nazi death camps.

Trump's leadership style 'misunderstood': Nikki Haley

  • administration: Trump has faced criticism in the media due to the high level of turnover in his administration.
  • position: Positions that have been vacated several times include press secretary, chief of staff and national security adviser.
  • vacate: Positions that have been vacated several times include press secretary, chief of staff and national security adviser.
  • secretary: Positions that have been vacated several times include press secretary, chief of staff and national security adviser.
  • security: Positions that have been vacated several times include press secretary, chief of staff and national security adviser.

Bolivia crisis: Evo Morales accepts political asylum in Mexico

  • clash: Meanwhile, Bolivia's military commander ordered troops to back up police who have clashed with Morales supporters.
  • annul: First, the Organization of American States, a regional body, announced its audit of the election had found " clear manipulation" and called for the result to be annulled.
  • harass: Announcing his resignation, Mr Morales said he had taken the decision in order to stop fellow socialist leaders from being " harassed, persecuted and threatene d ".
  • clash: Opponents of Mr Morales have been celebrating across Bolivia, setting off fireworks and waving national flags, while his supporters clashed with police in the cities of La Paz and El Alto, according to local media reports.
  • clash: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Morales supporters clashed with police in La Paz.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to walk diplomatic tightrope at BRICS

  • protract: Bolsonaro's bilateral meeting with Xi-- one of several to be held on the sidelines of the annual BRICS get-together that will focus on economic growth and innovation-- comes as the United States and China wage a protracted trade war that has roiled the global economy.
  • bilateral: Bolsonaro's bilateral meeting with Xi-- one of several to be held on the sidelines of the annual BRICS get-together that will focus on economic growth and innovation-- comes as the United States and China wage a protracted trade war that has roiled the global economy.
  • ardent: Bolsonaro-- an ardent admirer of Trump with whom he shares a contempt for multilateralism and left-wing ideology-- has been under pressure from Brazil's powerful beef, farming and mining sectors to stay on good terms with China, the Latin American country's biggest trade partner.
  • contempt: Bolsonaro-- an ardent admirer of Trump with whom he shares a contempt for multilateralism and left-wing ideology-- has been under pressure from Brazil's powerful beef, farming and mining sectors to stay on good terms with China, the Latin American country's biggest trade partner.
  • torpedo: Bolsonaro had threatened to torpedo the relationship during last year's election campaign when he accused China of " buying Brazil," and his pro-business government has been trying to repair the damage ever since.

The company decoding African DNA to help fight diseases

  • efficacy: Drugs are not even made with Africans in mind, they are not trialled clinically with an African population, so what you have is drugs with lower efficacy for African populations and with poorer safety profiles," he told the BBC.
  • patent: Pharmaceutical giants often manufacture drugs for the profitable Western market, and the generic variants are only available in Africa after these companies lose their patents.
  • dearth: This dearth of genetic studies on diverse populations also has implications for risk prediction of diseases across the world, according to a scientific paper published by US-based academics in March.
  • ancestry: According to Abasi Ene-Obong, the founder and CEO of biotech start-up 54gene, black Africans and people of black ancestry are more genetically diverse than all of the other populations in the world combined, making their genetic information" a huge resource to be tapped ".
  • laboratory: He has set up a genetic research laboratory in Nigeria's largest city of Lagos from where his team plans to analyse some 40,000 DNA data samples by the end of 2019, with a view to reaching 100,000 over the next 12 months.

Hillary Clinton: 'Shameful' not to publish Russia report

  • inexplicable: It is " inexplicable and shameful" that the UK government has not yet published a report on alleged Russian interference in British politics, Hillary Clinton has told the BBC.
  • clearance: The report has formal security clearance, but it will not be released until after the 12 December election.
  • inexplicable: She also told BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett: " I find it inexplicable that your government will not release a government report about Russian influence.
  • subversion: It includes allegations of espionage, subversion and interference in elections.
  • covert: It contains evidence from UK intelligence services such as GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 concerning covert Russian attempts to influence the outcome of the 2016 EU referendum and 2017 general election.

Bolivia armed forces pledge to tackle violence as new election looms

  • ministry: A Mexican military plane bound for Bolivia has stopped off in Peru and continued its journey to pick up Morales, the Peruvian foreign ministry said.
  • imminent: Tweeting from the central coca-growing region of Chapare, where he fled on Sunday, Morales called on the opposition to " pacify the country " as some of his supporters were violently set upon in La Paz, while a top opposition figure said he feared an imminent mob attack on his home.
  • illegitimate: These events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevai l," Trump said, referring to two other leftist Latin American nations targeted by his administration.
  • asylum: La Paz (AFP)- Bolivia's armed forces agreed on Monday to conduct joint operations with the police to prevent violence as Mexico announced it had granted asylum to Evo Morales, who resigned from the Bolivian presidency on Sunday.
  • arrange: The military command of the armed forces has arranged for joint operations with the police to prevent bloodshed and fighting amongst the Bolivian family," said General Williams Kaliman in a televised address.

Sweden's 100 explosions this year: What's going on?

  • trio: After last month's trio of attacks in Stockholm, public broadcaster SVT was accused of a leftist cover-up for leaving the story out of a main evening news programme.
  • improvise: Bangers, improvised explosives and hand gre nades " are behind most of the blasts, says Linda H Stra af, head of intelligence at Sweden's National Operations Department.
  • flat: An explosion in the residential northern Stockholm suburb of Bromma last month destroyed the entrance to a block of flats, blew out windows and damaged cars.
  • explosion: Sweden's 100 explosions this year: What's going on?
  • caption: Image copyright JEPPE GUSTAFSSON/AFP Image caption Twenty-five people were hurt in this June attack in the central town of Linkoping.

Robert Enke: Remembering former Germany and Hannover goalkeeper, 10 years on

  • restaurant: On 10 November 2009, the Germany squad were in their hotel restaurant preparing for a home friendly match against Chile.
  • course: Bierhoff had just told the players that Robert Enke, the goalkeeper on course to be Germany's number one at the 2010 World Cup, had been hit by a train at a level crossing near his home.
  • intention: A note to his wife was found in which he wrote of his intention to take his own life.
  • grief: For Mertesacker, the grief for his friend and the shock at what had happened made him consider if he could even carry on as a professional.
  • shock: For Mertesacker, the grief for his friend and the shock at what had happened made him consider if he could even carry on as a professional.

Pneumonia kills a child every 39 seconds, health agencies say

  • pneumonia: Nigeria, India, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia accounted for more than half the children who died of pneumonia last year- most of them babies who had not reached their second birthday.
  • curable: LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters)- Pneumonia killed more than 800,000 babies and young children last year- or one child every 39 seconds- despite being curable and mostly preven table, global health agencies said on Tuesday.
  • international: In a report on what they described as a " forgotten epidemic ", the United Nations children's fund UNICEF, the international charity Save The Children and four other health agencies urged governments to step up investment in vaccines to prevent the disease and in health services and medicines to treat it.
  • urge: In a report on what they described as a " forgotten epidemic ", the United Nations children's fund UNICEF, the international charity Save The Children and four other health agencies urged governments to step up investment in vaccines to prevent the disease and in health services and medicines to treat it.
  • government: In a report on what they described as a " forgotten epidemic ", the United Nations children's fund UNICEF, the international charity Save The Children and four other health agencies urged governments to step up investment in vaccines to prevent the disease and in health services and medicines to treat it.

Australia bushfires: New South Wales braces for 'catastrophic' day

  • smell: We woke up to a morning haze here in Sydney as smoke moved in from affected areas- you could smell it in the air.
  • caption: Image copyright EPA Image caption A firefighter works to contain a bushfire near Glen Innes in New South Wales.
  • blaze: More than 60 blazes are burning across the state of New South Wales ( NSW) ahead of predicted " catastrophic" conditions on Tuesday.
  • predict: More than 60 blazes are burning across the state of New South Wales (NSW) ahead of predicted " catastrophic" conditions on Tuesday.
  • warn: Authorities warn that fires will spread quickly amid forecasts of hot temperatures and strong winds.

Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day

  • sinister: Fake news is taking a sinister role in stoking violence in Hong Kong.
  • inundate: As anti-government protests stretch into their 23rd straight week, the city is being inundated with online rumors, fake news and propaganda from both sides of the political divide.
  • violence: Fake news is taking a sinister role in stoking violence in Hong Kong.
  • stretch: As anti-government protests stretch into their 23rd straight week, the city is being inundated with online rumors, fake news and propaganda from both sides of the political divide.
  • straight: As anti-government protests stretch into their 23rd straight week, the city is being inundated with online rumors, fake news and propaganda from both sides of the political divide.

Mexico grants asylum to Bolivia's Evo Morales

  • transport: The resignation of Morales, who governed for 14 years, followed protests in Ecuador and Chile that forced their governments to step back from policies raising fuel and transport prices.
  • resign: Ebrard said earlier on Monday his government viewed Sunday's events in Bolivia as a " coup" because the military broke with the constitutional order by pressing Morales to resign.
  • resign: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador praised Morales saying he chose to resign rather than put the lives of Bolivia's citizens at risk.
  • bastion: Mexico granted asylum to Bolivia's former President Evo Morales on Monday as unrest shook the South American nation, helping cement the Mexican government's emerging role as a bastion of diplomatic support for left-wing leaders in Latin America.
  • shelter: Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Morales ' life was in danger, and the decision to grant him asylum was in Mexico's long tradition of sheltering exiles.

Hoodie gets Quebec politician thrown out of legislature

  • decorum: The National Assembly, Quebec's provincial legislature, has no official dress code, only the guidance that members ' attire should " contribute to the maintenance of decorum ".
  • waistcoat: He also made waves personally when he abandoned the speaker's traditional waistcoat, cuffs and winged collar, opting instead for a more modern suit under his robe.
  • legislature: Hoodie gets Quebec politician thrown out of legislature- BBC News.
  • tradition: From bare arms in the US House of Representatives to ties in the UK's House of Commons, what politicians wear to work can say a lot about the traditions they hold dear- and the ones they want to leave behind.
  • provincial: Quebec politician Catherine Dorion, who is a member of the left-wing Quebec Solidaire party, pushed the fashion envelope when she entered the provincial legislature wearing jeans and a hoodie sweatshirt last week.

Why being kind could help you live longer

  • eulogy: It was a key part of former president Barack Obama's eulogy of veteran US Democrat Elijah Cummings, following his death last month.
  • contagious: Mr Fessler's work has looked at how people can be motivated to be kind simply by witnessing acts of kindness- and working out who is affected by this " contagious kindness ".
  • research: Psychologists researching how kindness can improve mood and reduce depression symptoms.
  • antithesis: Conversely, both receiving kindness from others, and providing kindness, both of those things are the antithesis of this toxic stress situation.
  • trivial: Even seemingly trivial interactions, like a barista at a coffee shop smiling and asking how you are, can improve people's wellbeing.

Bolivia’s Morales Granted Asylum in Mexico, Minister Says

  • chaos: Bolivia is in chaos after a night of arson attacks and clashes.
  • clash: Bolivia is in chaos after a night of arson attacks and clashes.
  • violence: Morales quit Sunday following election irregularities that triggered weeks of violence and intervention from the armed forces.
  • elite: An Aymara Indian in a country historically ruled by a wealthier, white elite, Morales took power in 2006, the year that Lopez Obrador made the first of his two unsuccessful runs for the president before he finally won election last year.
  • tradition: Mexico has a long tradition of granting asylum to foreign leaders.

Video raises questions about Israeli shooting of Palestinian

  • amateur: It was the second video to emerge in the past week showing the shooting of an unarmed Palestinian by Israeli forces, and the latest example of how amateur videos are changing the operating environment for soldiers in the West Bank.
  • alley: In the video, a young man is seen walking in an alley between two buildings, with one hand in the air and carrying a towel in the other.
  • alley: As he exits the alley, he appears to be shot at close range from the side.
  • incapacitate: In the most famous case, a soldier spent nine months in prison after he was convicted of manslaughter based on a video that showed him fatally shooting an already incapacitated attacker in the head.
  • emerge: It was the second video to emerge in the past week showing the shooting of an unarmed Palestinian by Israeli forces, and the latest example of how amateur videos are changing the operating environment for soldiers in the West Bank.

USS Grayback: Missing WW2 submarine found after 75 years

  • plaque: Image copyright Tim Taylor-Lost 52 Project Image caption A plaque on the front of the wreckage identifies the submarine as the USS Grayback.
  • wreckage: Image copyright Tim Taylor-Lost 52 Project Image caption A plaque on the front of the wreckage identifies the submarine as the USS Grayback.
  • crew: The USS Grayback and its 80 crew members disappeared in 1944 when it was attacked by a Japanese aircraft.
  • disappear: The USS Grayback and its 80 crew members disappeared in 1944 when it was attacked by a Japanese aircraft.
  • document: An underwater exploration project found the submarine off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, after finding military documents with the correct coordinates to locate it.

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

  • desert: The Kurdish-led force, deserted by Washington in the face of the threat of a military operation by NATO ally, leaned on the Syrian government and Russia for help.
  • kilometer: The cease-fire reached in late October left Turkey in control of a stretch of land along the border that is roughly 120 kilometers ( 70 miles) wide and 30 kilometers ( 20 miles) deep.
  • expanse: Trump approved an expanded military mission which he said was to secure an expanse of oil fields across eastern Syria.
  • blockade: First Lt. Jacob Moore said a group of his Bradley armored vehicles were asked to provide security for a U.S. convoy passing through the fighting area, Tal Tamr, setting up a security blockade to allow the forces to pass.
  • frontier: Smoke billowed in the distance, visible from across a major highway that has become a de-facto frontier between Turkish-held areas and areas where U.S. troops are going to operate.

James Le Mesurier, British ex-army officer who trained Syria's White Helmets, found dead in Ista...

  • smear: The intelligence services have warned against persistent Russian smears, of Mr le Mesurier over his support for the rescue group.
  • access: A second Turkish source claimed his apartment could only be accessed using fingerprint identification.
  • precaution: He said Mr Le Mesurier knew he was the target of Russian-fuelled vitriol and took precautions.
  • intelligence: British intelligence agencies are monitoring the situation with Whitehall sources stressing it was too soon to say if Mr le Mesurier was a victim of foul play.
  • situation: British intelligence agencies are monitoring the situation with Whitehall sources stressing it was too soon to say if Mr le Mesurier was a victim of foul play.

'Uranium particles' detected at undeclared site in Iran: IAEA

  • inspector: Without going into specifics, the IAEA has disputed the Iranian account of the incident and said last week that the inspector was briefly prevented from leaving the country, adding that her treatment was " not acceptable.
  • inspector: The IAEA report made no mention of an incident involving one of the IAEA's inspectors two weeks ago which led to Iran cancelling her accreditation.
  • inspector: The report said the IAEA's inspectors had " detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the agenc y.
  • inspector: Iran said that the inspector triggered a security check at the entrance gate to the Natanz enrichment plant.
  • diplomat: However, a diplomat described the incident as an " isolated case" and there is no indication that the IAEA's access for inspections has been restricted more broadly.

Egypt lawmaker refutes UN report about ex-president's death

  • fabricate: Gen. Ashraf Ezz el-Arab, head of prisons department at the interior ministry, said the trip came " in response to critics and rumors designed to portray a fabricated, untrue mental image.
  • recurrent: U.N. rights experts said Friday that while in jail he was denied medical care, lost vision in one eye and suffered recurrent diabetic comas.
  • government: Alaa Abed, head of the Parliament's human rights committee, told The Associated Press that allegations of Morsi's mistreatment were an attempt to slander the government.
  • prison: They are talking about Morsi, and they are trying to tell the world in a way or another that Morsi died due to prison conditions," he said.
  • expert: U.N. rights experts said Friday that while in jail he was denied medical care, lost vision in one eye and suffered recurrent diabetic comas.

Jordan, UAE, Turkey, Sudan accused of violating sanctions on Libya -U.N. report

  • exacerbate: The U.N. Security Council issued a statement in July urging other countries not to intervene or exacerbate the conflict in Libya, but any action over the sanctions violations reported by the U.N. experts is unlikely.
  • offensive: Seven months ago commander Khalifa Haf tar's Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive against the internationally recognized Government of National Accord ( GNA) and its forces in Tripoli.
  • fluid: The frontline of the fighting has remained fluid but constrained within narrow bounds since April.
  • embargo: UNITED NATIONS, Nov 11 (Reuters)- Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey have repeatedly violated an arms embargo on Libya and it is " highly probable" that a foreign attack aircraft is responsible for a deadly strike on a migrant detention center, according to U.N. experts monitoring the implementation of sanctions on Libya.
  • sanction: A report to the U.N. Security Council Libya sanctions committee, seen by Reuters on Monday, also accused Sudan and the head of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces ( RSF), Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo- known by his nickname Hemeti- of violating U.N. sanctions by deploying 1,000 Sudanese troops to Libya.

A Brexit threat in Labour's heartlands?

  • desert: On a Monday afternoon its main street was largely deserted, while many premises are vacant.
  • premier: In the 1980s then premier Margaret Thatcher's government shut coal mines in the region, putting thousands out of work and devastating communities.
  • allegiance: Hartlepool (United Kingdom) (AFP)- In places like eurosceptic Hartlepool in northeast England, long-held party allegiances being reshaped by Brexit could trigger a political earthquake at next month's election.
  • traditional: The former shipbuilding and steel hub on Teesside, which voted by almost 70 percent to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum, has been a traditional stronghold of the Labour Party.
  • predict: I was Labour all my life, I was a union woman... But now, it's that," she said, pointing to a turquoise-coloured placard of the Brexit Party before predicting it would win big support locally.

UPDATE 2-France, Germany, Britain urge Iran to reverse nuclear deal breaches

  • enshrine: PARIS, Nov 11 (Reuters)- France, Britain and Germany said on Monday they would consider a dispute resolution mechanism enshrined in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that could lead to United Nations sanctions being reimposed for recent breaches of the pact.
  • hinder: In a joint statement, the three countries, known as the E3, warned Iran that its latest actions were hindering their efforts to defuse tensions in the region.
  • urge: UPDATE 2-France, Germany, Britain urge Iran to reverse nuclear deal breaches.
  • nuclear: UPDATE 2-France, Germany, Britain urge Iran to reverse nuclear deal breaches.
  • breach: UPDATE 2-France, Germany, Britain urge Iran to reverse nuclear deal breaches.

Women In Japan Are Fighting For The Right To Wear Glasses To Work

  • navigate: Ah, the tangled web of sexist workplace dress code violations women of the world must navigate daily.
  • outcry: The glasses controversy (one of the many struggles for women in Japan trying to achieve gender equality) is similar to another incident that recently sparked outcry in the region: In 2018, South Korean news anchor Lim Hyeon-ju became the first woman presenter on any major network in the country to sport frames on national TV.
  • violation: Ah, the tangled web of sexist workplace dress code violations women of the world must navigate daily.
  • refer: Japanese women who have to comply with what they refer to as outdated and oppressive beauty standards.
  • exact: This problem with glasses is the exact same as high heels.

UPDATE 1-Putin, Merkel say Ukraine's Donbass should get special status - Kremlin

  • further: It gave no further details of the leaders ' discussions on the future of Donbass during a phone call, but agreement on its status would be a step towards convening a four-nation summit on ending five years of conflict in the eastern region.
  • discussion: It gave no further details of the leaders ' discussions on the future of Donbass during a phone call, but agreement on its status would be a step towards convening a four-nation summit on ending five years of conflict in the eastern region.
  • convene: It gave no further details of the leaders ' discussions on the future of Donbass during a phone call, but agreement on its status would be a step towards convening a four-nation summit on ending five years of conflict in the eastern region.
  • conflict: It gave no further details of the leaders ' discussions on the future of Donbass during a phone call, but agreement on its status would be a step towards convening a four-nation summit on ending five years of conflict in the eastern region.
  • involve: The breakthrough raised hopes that a date would be set for the summit involving Kiev, Moscow, Berlin and Paris.

Bernie Sanders declares it's 'not antisemitic' to criticize Israel

  • criticize: Bernie Sanders declares it's ' not antisemitic' to criticize Israel.
  • publish: In an op-ed published Monday on the progressive site Jewish Currents, Sanders reflects on something he usually doesn't " spend a lot of time talking about: " his experience as a " proud Jewish American.
  • site: In an op-ed published Monday on the progressive site Jewish Currents, Sanders reflects on something he usually doesn't " spend a lot of time talking about: " his experience as a " proud Jewish American.
  • invasion: Last October, 11 people were killed at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synogogue, with the shooter using Trump's term of " invasion" to justify his attack.
  • hate: That's an obvious example of how" antisemitism is rising in this country," with the FBI reporting" hate crimes against Jews rose by more than a third in 2017," Sanders wrote.

Neil Young says US citizenship 'delayed over marijuana'

  • smoke: Canadian-born rock star Neil Young has said his application for US citizenship has been delayed partly because he smokes marijuana.
  • delay: Neil Young says US citizenship 'delayed over marijuana '- BBC News.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Canadian rocker Neil Young hopes to become a dual citizen.
  • delay: Canadian-born rock star Neil Young has said his application for US citizenship has been delayed partly because he smokes marijuana.
  • government: In April, the US government clarified that using marijuana and other drugs was a " bar to establishing good moral character for naturalisation ".