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Sun Yang: Eight-year ban for Chinese Olympic champion

  • stimulant: He had served a three-month suspension in 2014 for taking prohibited stimulant Trimetazidine.
  • cheat: Australian Mack Horton took a similar stance after the 400m freestyle, years after accusing him of being a " drug cheat ".
  • fool: "You're looking at it twice- you're a fool.
  • inconceivable: Given the damning length of this sentence, it seems inconceivable that he originally just received a slap on the wrist from Fina.

As Virus Spreads, Koreans Blame Refusal to Stop Chinese Visitors

  • empty: Supermarket shelves are emptying, mask prices are soaring and hospital beds are running out in Daegu city, where the disease has stricken many from a religious sect.
  • calibrate: Still, it may already be too late for any policy shifts, with outbreaks centered in countries as far-flung as Iran and Italy making it harder to calibrate travel restrictions.
  • barring: Tellingly, almost two-thirds said they wanted the government to ban all foreign entries from China, rather than the current policy of barring visitors from certain hot spots.
  • fraught: Despite strong business and cultural links, China and South Korea have a complex and fraught relationship, including a shared history of Japanese occupation and fighting on opposite sides in the Korean War.

Turkey threatens Europe with refugees after 33 troops killed

  • trap: The development was the most serious escalation in the conflict between Turkish and Russia-backed Syrian forces and raised the prospect of all-out war with millions of Syrian civilians trapped in the middle.
  • deteriorate: Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy warned the movement of migrants to the West could continue if the situation in Idlib deteriorated.
  • rubber: Turkish NTV showed around 20 people clambering aboard a rubber dinghy at Ayvacik, northwest Turkey, in broad daylight on Friday and setting off for the island of Lesbos.
  • border: Rhami Dogan, the governor of Turkey's Hatay province bordering Syria's Idlib region, said in addition to the 33 soldiers killed, 32 troops wounded in the attack were being treated in hospitals.
  • navy: Meanwhile, two Russian frigates carrying cruise missiles have been deployed to Syria, Russian navy officials said Friday.

Germany’s Obstinate Stinginess Hurts Everyone

  • implosion: The debt brake came into existence as a constitutional amendment in 2009, just as the global financial implosion was transmogrifying into the euro crisis.
  • fixate: The two crises had many causes, but the Germans at the time fixated on one: debt.
  • incidentally: None of these arguments, incidentally, could have escaped German policy makers.
  • admonish: The European Commission just admonished them again, in its latest country report.
  • obstinate: Nor, however, is obstinate stinginess and slavish obedience to arbitrary rules at a time when the world economy is teetering on the edge and only a few countries have the fiscal capacity to help out.

Boris Johnson Denies the Laws of Gravity

  • gravity: That view is grounded on the gravity theory of trade, the common-sense notion that close proximity means you do more trade with close neighbors.
  • proximity: That view is grounded on the gravity theory of trade, the common-sense notion that close proximity means you do more trade with close neighbors.
  • clinch: To clinch a Brexit deal, the new British prime minister gave considerable ground by allowing an effective customs border to be established between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K..
  • dilute: Johnson is making sure this faction cannot act as a dissenting caucus by claiming Brexit was diluted in the implementation.
  • simultaneous: Any signs from Johnson that his simultaneous U.S. trade negotiations will lower U.K. standards will only confirm for Europeans the merit of sticking together.

Afghans view US-Taliban deal with well-earned skepticism

  • daunt: There's been bitter squabbling among political leaders, concern of a temporary truce being undermined, and the challenge of uniting a fractured country remains daunting.
  • squat: Dressed in tattered paint-splattered clothes, some carrying their own paintbrushes, they squatted on the sidewalk in the heart of the capital, where new high-rise buildings butt up against small dingy shops.
  • butt: Dressed in tattered paint-splattered clothes, some carrying their own paintbrushes, they squatted on the sidewalk in the heart of the capital, where new high-rise buildings butt up against small dingy shops.
  • fractious: He called on the fractious leadership to think of the greater good and not to miss a rare window of opportunity.

US schools start planning for possible spread of coronavirus

  • tamp: Districts have been rushing to update emergency plans this week after federal officials warned that the virus, which started in China, is almost certain to begin spreading in the U.S. Many are preparing for possible school closures that could stretch weeks or longer, even as they work to tamp down panic among students, parents and teachers.
  • contingency: The group is urging school leaders to discuss those issues with local authorities and develop contingency plans.
  • hygiene: The letter urged districts to focus on personal hygiene, to develop procedures for reporting cases and to consider canceling trips to any areas in the U.S. or abroad where there have been outbreaks.

Sanders' appeal tested in moderate Virginia on Super Tuesday

  • lea: Like Luria's district, which includes Virginia Beach, where Sanders is holding a rally Saturday night, her state presents a vital test for Sanders ' ability to consolidate his position as the clear Democratic 2020 front-runner by winning in a swing state with moderate lea nings.
  • lavish: Several Democratic candidates have lavished attention on the state, and none more than Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York.
  • well-to-do: Jennifer Wexton, who represents a district in the well-to-do northern Virginia suburbs, has said she won't support Sanders on Super Tuesday.

Israel's Netanyahu: security hawk with record term in office

  • entrench: The burly son of a historian with the familiar grey comb-over and deep voice has entrenched himself at the top so firmly he has been labelled " King Bibi ", referring to his childhood nickname of Bibi.
  • outlast: Netanyahu is now in a tough spot, but he has spent years outlasting opponents and could do so again.
  • exhaust: He denies the charges and is not legally required to resign if indicted, only if convicted with all appeals exhausted, but he would have to withstand intense political pressure if he wants to battle on.
  • fluent: He attended the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and with his fluent, American-accented English would appear on television speaking forcefully in defence of Israel.
  • castigate: They accuse him of scare tactics and pitting Israelis against each other by castigating those who disagree.

Plans for first US 'safe injection site' derailed again

  • site: Vancouver's unusual approach offers opioid users injection sites, antidotes and even heroin on prescription.
  • antidote: Vancouver's unusual approach offers opioid users injection sites, antidotes and even heroin on prescription.
  • assuage: However, advocates have not been able to assuage opponents ' concerns that they will expand drug use.

Scientists detect biggest explosion since Big Bang

  • emanate: The huge release of energy is thought to have emanated from a supermassive black hole some 390 million light years from Earth.
  • gorge: Black holes are famous for gorging on infalling matter, but they will also expel prodigious amounts of material and energy in the form of jets.
  • prodigious: Black holes are famous for gorging on infalling matter, but they will also expel prodigious amounts of material and energy in the form of jets.

Dozens of Turkish soldiers killed in strike in Idlib in Syria

  • border: Military sources among moderate and jihadist rebel factions fighting in the northwestern province bordering Turkey said the deaths followed a precision strike on a two-storey building in the village of Balioun.
  • ambulance: Rahmi Dogan, the local governor of the southeastern Turkish province of Hatay on the border with Idlib, said ambulances streamed from a Syrian border crossing to a hospital in the nearby town of Reyhanli on Thursday night.
  • ferocious: Turkish officials have blamed the Syrian regime for the attack, but several sources in Idlib and unverified footage of the nighttime strike suggested it had been carried out by the Russian air force, which has helped Damascus conduct a ferocious three-m o n t h-old offensive on Idlib..

Protecting whales from the noise people make in the ocean

  • prototype: He says that one benefit of the prototype device is that it doesn't produce noise across a wide range of frequencies.
  • marine: Dr Jessopp was recently involved in a research project to study the effects of marine seismic surveys on animals such as whales and dolphins.
  • decrease: He and his colleagues found a " huge decrease" in sightings of such species when the work was going on, even when accounting for other factors such as weather.
  • marine: She says that there is now plenty of evidence to show that many marine animals are negatively affected by the clamour.
  • clamour: She says that there is now plenty of evidence to show that many marine animals are negatively affected by the clamour.

Syria war: 29 Turkish troops killed in air strike in Idlib

  • rebel: Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish troops are backing rebel forces in north-western Syria.
  • artillery: Russia has also accused Turkey of violating the 2018 ceasefire by backing rebels with artillery fire.
  • reiterate: Watch: Turkey's defence ministry reiterates his country's threat to Syria.
  • chase: Responding to a statement from Belgium and Germany that the killing of civilians must stop, the Russian ambassador said the only solution was to chase what he called the terrorists from the country.

Officials scramble to retrace steps of California coronavirus case

  • retrace: California and federal officials were in the midst of an intense effort Thursday to retrace the movements of a northern California woman believed to be the first person in the US to contract the highly contagious coronavirus with no known connection to travel abroad or other known causes.
  • contagious: California and federal officials were in the midst of an intense effort Thursday to retrace the movements of a northern California woman believed to be the first person in the US to contract the highly contagious coronavirus with no known connection to travel abroad or other known causes.
  • hover: The global count of those sickened by the virus hovered Thursday around 82,000, with 433 new cases reported in China and an additional 505 in South Korea.

Do liberals want Trump to spark a panic?

  • imposition: I am old enough to remember a time when President Trump's response to coronavirus was decried as heavy handed and authoritarian by observers who thought that restricting air travel to and from China and the imposition of a quarantine were over-the-top responses to a disease that posed less of a threat to the health of the average American than seasonal influenza.
  • succumb: Perhaps a national moment of silence in acknowledgement of the various dooms to which we have managed not to succumb individually or collectively in the ensuing days would be in order.
  • album: As of this writing, roughly 60 Americans have been diagnosed with coronavirus, which is about the same as the number who own copies of Out of the Bachs, an obscure 1968 garage rock album often considered among the rarest and most valuable in the world.
  • inconvenient: This seems to me about the best one could hope for given the reality of globalized commerce and the unwillingness of millions around the world to forego travel or subject themselves to inconvenient screening processes.
  • stringent: I for one would be happy to see far more stringent restrictions in place.

Feds cite new evidence against former Mexico security chief

  • corroborate: The testimony is corroborated, the government said, by newly discovered financial records that show Garcia Luna had been living off those bribes since moving to the United States with his family several years ago.
  • abscond: U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy did not rule out the possibility of Garcia Luna being released on bond, but said he wants to know more about the sureties who would be on the hook financially should he abscond before trial.
  • syndicate: Prosecutors allege that Garcia Luna amassed a fortune allowing Guzman's narcotrafficking syndicate to operate with impunity in Mexico.

States ramp up virus preparations, try to reassure public

  • pump: Governors and legislators in several states have proposed pumping millions of dollars into programs to combat the virus that causes the COVID-19 illness.
  • sanitary: Now is the time for a sense of urgency," Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday while encouraging state agencies and individuals to take greater sanitary precautions, such as disinfecting public places.
  • precaution: Now is the time for a sense of urgency," Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday while encouraging state agencies and individuals to take greater sanitary precautions, such as disinfecting public places.
  • disinfect: Now is the time for a sense of urgency," Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday while encouraging state agencies and individuals to take greater sanitary precautions, such as disinfecting public places.
  • laboratory: Missouri received word Thursday that it has been approved to start running tests at its own medical laboratory, and similar notices should be arriving at other states, said Bill Whitmar, director of the Missouri health lab and president-elect of the Association of Public Health Laboratories.

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to 3 years in book scheme

  • evasion: She pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in November.
  • leniency: Dozens of people submitted letters to the federal judge pleading for leniency, including Kweisi Mfume, the former NAACP leader and Democratic nominee for Maryland's 7th Congressional District.
  • insure: Other Pugh customers include CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Permanente, which insure city employees.

Israeli top court rules against surrogacy law excluding gays

  • surrogate: Israeli same-sex couples looking to become parents are often deterred by the additional costs that come with finding a surrogate in another country, costs they could save if they were allowed to use a surrogate in Israel.
  • surrogate: Israeli same-sex couples looking to become parents are often deterred by the additional costs that come with finding a surrogate in another country, costs they could save if they were allowed to use a surrogate in Israel.
  • raucous: Tel Aviv holds a raucous yearly pride parade which draws tens of thousands of revelers.

Iran coronavirus deaths jump to 26, top officials infected

  • pilgrimage: They also placed curbs on access to major Shiite pilgrimage sites, including the Imam Reza shrine in second city Mashhad and the Fatima Masumeh shrine in Qom.
  • liquid: Visitors to the shrines will be allowed to visit on condition they are provided " with hand-washing liquids, proper ( health) information, masks ", Health Minister Saeed Namaki said.
  • eradicate: In a message of thanks to doctors and nurses, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he hoped their efforts would help " eradicate this sinister virus soon ".

Saudi Arabia closes two holiest shrines to foreigners as coronavirus fears grow

  • precaution: The World Health Organization is recommending that people take simple precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus, for which there is no specific cure or vaccine.
  • cure: The World Health Organization is recommending that people take simple precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus, for which there is no specific cure or vaccine.
  • rub: Frequently wash their hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or warm water and soap.
  • dilapidated: Meanwhile Iraq announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in its capital, Baghdad, taking nationwide infections to six and raising concerns about the capacity of the dilapidated health system to respond.
  • pilgrimage: Hajj attracts close to 3 million people from around the world every year for a pilgrimage, that transforms the holy shrines into the most densely packed pocket on earth for up to one week a year.

Putin dismisses rumours he uses body doubles for security

  • double: Putin dismisses rumours he uses body doubles for security- BBC News.
  • double: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin, pictured here with Chechen President Alu Alkhanov in 2005, denied he has ever used body doubles.
  • double: In reply, Mr Putin confirmed he was real before denying he used body doubles for security reasons.

Obama slams 'despicable' attack ad against Joe Biden

  • despicable: Obama slams 'despicable' attack ad against Joe Biden- BBC News.
  • despicable: Barack Obama has made a rare intervention in the 2020 White House race to blast a " despicable" racially charged attack ad against Joe Biden.
  • cynicism: A female narrator introduces audio from former US President Obama's 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, in which he reads a quotation from a Chicago barber who had expressed cynicism about Democratic politics.
  • despicable: This despicable ad is straight out of the Republican disinformation playbook," Katie Hill, Obama's communications director, said in a statement.
  • speechless: Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg was also criticised for an attack ad that doctored TV debate footage to show his rivals speechless after he asked if any of them had ever started a business.

Q&A: Saudis halt Muslim pilgrimage over virus fears

  • makeup: Women forgo makeup and perfume and wear loose-fitting clothing and a head covering, while men dress in seamless, white terrycloth garments.
  • decorate: In poorer districts across the Middle East, families decorate the outer walls of their homes with paintings of the Kaaba, airplanes and ships to commemorate the journey.
  • kiss: The epicenter appears to be in the Shiite holy city of Qom, where pilgrims kiss and touch a famous shrine.
  • empty: The Saudis risk losing tens of millions of dollars a day as hotels and other establishments empty out, but the cost of containing an outbreak could be much higher.

EXPLAINER-Gaps between Britain and EU on eve of talks on post-Brexit ties

  • opaque: London says the EU system of granting market access is opaque and unreliable.
  • averse: The EU is demanding " zero dumping" assurances as well and is averse to trading on WTO rules it says would be damaging for both sides.
  • diverge: If there isn't, the two sides ' plans diverge.

AP-NORC poll: Election security, integrity worry Americans

  • tamper: Roughly two-thirds also are highly concerned that foreign governments will interfere in 2020 by tampering with results or influencing what Americans think about political candidates.
  • denigrate: Mueller charged 13 Russians in a covert social media campaign that prosecutors said was aimed at dividing public opinion on hot-button social issues as well as propping up Trump while denigrating Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee.
  • elicit: Voter fraud and voter suppression also elicit a wide partisan divide.
  • disenfranchise: Democrats have fought many of those laws, saying they disenfranchise some voters.

We can't trust Trump to handle the coronavirus crisis

  • ostensible: President Trump went before the nation on Wednesday with the ostensible purpose of informing and reassuring the public about his administration's handling of the global coronavirus outbreak.
  • hyperbole: Instead, Trump gave the American public what he always does: a mix of hyperbole, ignorance, and score-settling.
  • slide: This week's stock market slide was the fault of Democratic presidential candidates, he claimed.
  • digression: We're here to talk about the virus," he said after one digression.
  • energetic: Otherwise, Trump was Trump: listless when he had to stick more or less to the facts, energetic when given an opportunity to boast of his accomplishments or tear down his rivals.

Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims over coronavirus

  • pilgrimage: Riyadh (AFP)- Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended visas for visits to Islam's holiest sites for the " umrah" pilgrimage, an unprecedented move triggered by coronavirus fears that raises questions over the annualhajj.
  • pilgrimage: The move comes as Gulf countries implement a raft of measures, including flight suspensions and school closures, to curb the spread of the disease from people returning from pilgrimages to Iran.
  • pilgrimage: The umrah, which refers to the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of year, attracts millions of devout Muslims from all over the globe each year.
  • pilgrimage: There was no clarity over how the move would affect the annual hajj pilgrimage due to start in late July.
  • pilgrimage: In September 2015, a stampede killed up to 2,300 worshippers-- including hundreds of Iranians-- in the worst disaster ever to strike the pilgrimage.

India says US politicizing religious riots in which 30 died

  • subside: Though the rioting had largely subsided, the rising toll was confirmed by hospital officials Thursday.
  • riot: Muslims affected by the violence allege Hindu mobs screamed pro-Hindu slogans and rioted with impunity as the police appeared to aid the marauding crowds.
  • ultimatum: Hours before the clashes, local politician Kapil Mishra, who is affiliated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, appeared at a rally against the citizenship law's opponents and issued an ultimatum to the police to clear out the demonstrators.
  • lavish: Trump's first state visit to India included a lavish reception in Modi's home state of Gujarat and talks with the Indian leader, but the U.S. leader said they didn't discuss the violence.

Chancellor Hopefuls Clash in Duel for Post-Merkel Germany

  • woo: After officially announcing their respective candidacies to lead the CDU on Tuesday in Berlin, the two events were the first stops to woo the base.
  • hiatus: At the Laschet event, Martin Solbach acknowledged that Merz still has strong support in the rolling hills of rural western Germany even after his long hiatus from politics.
  • tepid: The performance was unusually tepid for an Ash Wednesday speech, a tradition in German politics.
  • staid: The events, often held in locations off the beaten path, typically offer politicians a platform to address issues in a more emotional way, a departure from staid stump speeches.

Iran Can’t Be Trusted to Deal With Coronavirus

  • understate: The official death toll, which stands at 19, is almost certainly understated.
  • credence: Its reflexive tendency to lie about crises, recently on display with the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner, adds credence to reports that the first signs of the outbreak were evident on Feb. 13, six days before the government owned up.
  • sanguine: The regime in Tehran may be sanguine about endangering its people and neighbors.

Sanders' rise fuels Dems' angst over keeping House control

  • sanguine: Yet with Sanders, I-Vt., riding high after early nominating contest wins in New Hampshire and Nevada and a virtual first-place tie in Iowa, other House Democrats were less sanguine.
  • squander: I don't want to squander that opportunit y" by nominating a contender who divides Democrats, he said in an unspoken reference to Sanders.
  • foible: As Trump roared toward the GOP nomination, his anti-immigrant views and personal foibles soured Republican congressional candidates, but many chose not to abandon him and risk alienating their party's base, conservative voters.

Fight by 2 Republicans for Georgia Senate seat unnerves GOP

  • inroad: Against the backdrop of this year's presidential and congressional elections, the showdown looms as a test of which path makes sense for the GOP in a red-leaning state where Democrats have carved robust inroads.
  • fret: Republicans fret that a drawn-out battle between Loeffler and Collins will bloody both, leaving a Democrat unscathed and likely qualifying for the runoff.
  • unscathed: Republicans fret that a drawn-out battle between Loeffler and Collins will bloody both, leaving a Democrat unscathed and likely qualifying for the runoff.
  • falter: Loeffler took office Jan. 6 to replace GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson, 75, who retired in faltering health.

Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimages over virus; Iran says 22 dead

  • kiss: The epicenter in the Mideast's most-affected country, Iran, appears to be in the holy Shiite city of Qom, where the faithful in reverence reach out to kiss and touch a famous shrine.
  • able-bodied: Disease outbreaks always have been a concern surrounding the hajj, required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life, especially as pilgrims come from all over the world.
  • malaria: The earliest recorded outbreak came in 632 as pilgrims fought off malaria.
  • cholera: A cholera outbreak in 1821 for instance killed an estimated 20,000 pilgrims.
  • cholera: Another cholera outbreak in 1865 killed 15,000 pilgrims and then spread worldwide.

How to combat the threat of Facebook ads in US elections

  • lea: Facebook however continues to allow its clients to serve political ads, with no fact-checking, to selected groups of its nearly 3bn users, based on characteristics ranging from their postcode to their political lea nings.
  • inconsistent: The reported click-through rate is inconsistent with the general broad advertising targeting information which Facebook shared with Congress,” argued an online marketing executive who declined to be identified.
  • custom: Such critics ask whether Russian trolls had access to electorally sensitive US voter data, and targeted Americans using Facebook’s custom audiences tool which targets groups of individuals specified by the advertiser.
  • advertiser: Such critics ask whether Russian trolls had access to electorally sensitive US voter data, and targeted Americans using Facebook’s custom audiences tool which targets groups of individuals specified by the advertiser.
  • custom: Facebook admits that the now notorious British analytics group Cambridge Analytica, wielding the data of 87m Facebook users it bought from researchers, did use the custom audiences tool in its work for the Trump campaign in 2016.

'After the coral ban, I lost everything'

  • marine: Coral is a living thing, groups of marine invertebrates that live together in compact colo nies.
  • differentiate: She also thought it was too difficult to differentiate between farmed and wild coral, with the latter often being passed off as the former.
  • prune: It requires diving down to brush the sensitive corals to clean them of algae, and pruning them regularly.
  • suffocate: Hundreds of racks of coral have been left untended, and are now smothered with algae, which is slowly suffocating them.
  • preservation: Coral reefs are both a breeding ground for commercially valuable fish and critically important for the preservation of the planet's biodiversity.

Afghan peace talks: The woman who negotiated with the Taliban

  • banish: The group, which banished women from public life, imprisoned her husband- and tried to kill her when she later became a politician.
  • austere: During their rule from 1996-2001, the Taliban barred women from education and employment and imposed their own austere version of Islamic laws, including stoning to death and flogging.
  • crux: For people like Ms Koofi this is the crux of the problem.

Italy’s China Chill Runs Deeper Than Fears Over the Coronavirus

  • materialize: The anticipated economic boost for Italy has yet to materialize, with its trade deficit with China widening further last year.
  • tepid: Alongside tepid investments, trade benefits have failed to accrue to the European country.
  • accrue: Alongside tepid investments, trade benefits have failed to accrue to the European country.

'Fear and panic' as virus threatens Afghanistan, Pakistan

  • porous: Islamabad (AFP)- With porous borders, creaking hospitals and large illiterate populations, Afghanistan and Pakistan face a potentially devastating health crisis after the new coronavirus erupted in neighbouring Iran.
  • illiterate: Islamabad (AFP)- With porous borders, creaking hospitals and large illiterate populations, Afghanistan and Pakistan face a potentially devastating health crisis after the new coronavirus erupted in neighbouring Iran.
  • kiss: Adding to the challenge of limiting the spread of the virus is the Afghan tradition of greeting family and friends with handshakes, hugs and kisses.
  • illiterate: A largely illiterate population also makes it difficult to educate people about ways to stop the transmission.
  • illiterate: "People are illiterate, you can't get the message through to them," Wali said.

Bernie Sanders: 17 things the Democratic front-runner believes

  • wholly: Now the senator from firearms-friendly Vermont wholly endorses such measures as expanded background checks for gun transactions, something he voted against in Congress back in 1993.
  • reparation: Sanders once dismissed out of hand the idea of reparations for the descendants of African-American slaves, but last year backed the idea of a commission to study the issue.
  • disheveled: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sanders supporters celebrate his famously disheveled hair.
  • tired: Anti-war- " The American people are sick and tired of endless wars, which have cost us trillions of dollars," Sanders said during a TV debate in Iowa in January.
  • brusque: When questioned about his frequently-rumpled coiffure, Sanders was brusque: " The media will very often spend more time worrying about hair than the fact that we're the only major country on earth that doesn't guarantee healthcare to all people.

Trump faces credibility test as he plays down virus threat

  • undue: After two days of the stock market tumbling, Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to blame the media and Democrats for causing undue alarm and harming American financial markets.
  • slide: He blamed part of this week's stock market slide on people's reaction to Tuesday night's Democratic debate and the possibility one of those candidates might replace him.
  • gravity: It was only the second time in his presidency that Trump had spoken from the podium in that room, and aides acknowledged he was trying to underscore that he has the situation under control and understands the gravity.
  • pandemic: Republicans close to the White House are keenly aware of the political implications of a pandemic scare.
  • credit: In 2014, the GOP aggressively criticized the Obama administration's handling of the Ebola epidemic, which it later credited with helping the party seize back the majority in the Senate.

Docking gives Intelsat telecoms satellite new lease of life

  • satellite: Docking gives Intelsat telecoms satellite new lease of life- BBC News.
  • burgeon: Two American satellites have docked high over the Atlantic in a demonstration of what many commentators expect to be a burgeoning new industry.
  • defunct: The satellite industry has been talking for some time about a capability to carry out in-orbit servicing and re-fuelling of ageing spacecraft, and even to bring defunct assets out of the sky altogether.
  • map: Northrop Grumman's vehicle will now control all movement for the pair, including the precise pointing required by IS-901 to map its telecommunication beams on to the right regions of Earth's surface.
  • orbit: When the Intelsat's extended mission comes to an end, the MEV-1 will take the telecoms platform to a " graveyard" orbit before then joining up with another " running on empty" customer that needs the same manoeuvring assistance.

Trump campaign sues The New York Times over a 2019 Russia op-ed

  • oligarchy: In the op-ed, Frankel writes "there was no need for detailed electoral collusion between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin's oligarchy because they had an overarching deal: the quid of help in the campaign against Hillary Clinton for the quo of a new pro-Russian foreign policy, starting with relief from the Obama administration's burdensome economic sanctions.
  • defamatory: The campaign's legal adviser claims these statements were " 100 percent false and defamatory" and the Times" was aware of the falsity at the time it published them.
  • malice: Axios notes that to win this lawsuit, the campaign would need to prove the Times acted with " actual malice," which is usually a " high bar" to clear.

Trump's coronavirus response is worse than incompetent

  • drastic: While the rate of new infection appears to be slowing in China thanks to drastic mass quarantines and clampdowns on movement, other outbreaks in Iran, South Korea, and Italy have still not been controlled.
  • tyrannical: The United States is highly vulnerable to epidemic disease because the president is a corrupt, tyrannical moron who can't do the job.
  • authoritarian: As I wrote earlier this week, Trump's model of governance is classic authoritarian corruption.
  • fealty: Others are suggesting that one CDC official is raising the alarm because she is the sister of former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who was pushed out for insufficient fealty to Trump).
  • contagious: All this makes an interesting contrast with Trump's behavior during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, when he accused the CDC of lying about how contagious the disease was, demanded that all U.S. citizens with the disease be left to die, and attacked President Obama for appointing a single person to coordinate the outbreak response ( which did indeed bring it under control).

Cyber police in virus-hit Iran arrest 24 over COVID-19 rumours

  • sanitary: Schools, universities and cultural centres have been closed, sporting events cancelled and teams of sanitary workers deployed to disinfect buses, trains and public spaces.
  • disinfect: Schools, universities and cultural centres have been closed, sporting events cancelled and teams of sanitary workers deployed to disinfect buses, trains and public spaces.
  • spread: The arrests were carried out after the establishment of a special unit to " combat rumour-mongers regarding the 'spread of coronavirus in the country ' ", he was quoted as saying.
  • suspect: Every 24 hours, at least 10 percent of those hospitalised or suspect cases are discharged with good general health," the official said.

Why is Iran's reported mortality rate for coronavirus higher than in other countries?

  • mortality: Why is Iran's reported mortality rate for coronavirus higher than in other countries?
  • mortality: At the center of the outbreak in Hubei province in China, the reported mortality rate is estimated at 2 percent.
  • mortality: In South Korea, 11 patients have died out of 1,146 cases, for a reported mortality rate of slightly less than 1 percent.
  • porous: Amid a shortage of surgical masks and hand sanitizer in shops, public health experts say Iran could become the hub of a major outbreak across the Middle East, especially given its porous borders with unstable countries at war or in turmoil.
  • diagnose: That could be because Iranian authorities are missing less severe cases across the country because of how they are testing and diagnosing patients, because of how information is shared or because of flawed medical equipment.