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Hong Kong protests: Police officer wounded with arrow at campus stand-off

  • quell: There are fears of bloodshed should police move in to quell what they have now declared a riot.
  • crew: The blaze triggered a number of small explosions, witnesses said, and fire crews eventually moved in to douse the flames.
  • occupy: In a statement the university urged those occupying the campus to leave.
  • array: Protesters around Hong Kong Polytechnic University have armed themselves with an array of weapons.
  • ammunition: Officers have warned that they could use live ammunition if protesters do not stop attacking them using such weapons.

Trump defends Biden over North Korea's 'rabid dog' jibe

  • lavish: Mr Trump has lavished Mr Kim with compliments, describing him as " very sharp" and a " real leader ".
  • rabid: Trump defends Biden over North Korea's 'rabid dog ' jibe- BBC News.
  • jibe: Trump defends Biden over North Korea's 'rabid dog ' jibe- BBC News.
  • rabid: Trump defends Biden over North Korea's 'rabid dog' jibe.
  • jibe: Trump defends Biden over North Korea's 'rabid dog' jibe.

5 Takeaways From the Leaked Files on China's Mass Detention of Muslims

  • leak: It is one of the most significant leaks of papers from inside the ruling Communist Party in decades.
  • benevolent: The Chinese government has described its efforts in Xinjiang as a benevolent campaign to curb extremism by training people to find better jobs.
  • harvest: The papers describe how parents were taken away from children, how students wondered who would pay their tuition, and how crops could not be planted or harvested for lack of workers.
  • zealous: The internment camps in Xinjiang expanded rapidly after the appointment in August 2016 of a zealous new party boss for the region, Chen Quanguo.
  • stab: Xi, the party chief, laid the groundwork for the crackdown in a series of speeches delivered in private to officials during and after a visit to Xinjiang in April 2014, just weeks after Uighur militants stabbed more than 150 people at a train station, killing 31.

Australian politicians banned from China 'will not repent' for criticism

  • retract: Two Australian politicians refused entry to China have said they will not retract their criticisms of the country.
  • mentality: Shortly after the article was published, the Chinese embassy in Australia said the piece betrayed his " Cold War mentality and ideological bias".
  • redress: "As long as the people concerned genuinely repent and redress their mistakes, view China with objectivity and reason, respect China's system and mode of development chosen by the Chinese people, the door of dialogue and exchanges will always remain open," they added.

US election 2020: Democrats respond to Obama's warning

  • conciliatory: Elizabeth Warren, another left-leaning frontrunner, struck a more conciliatory tone, choosing to praise Mr Obama's trademark health care policy, the Affordable Care Act.
  • alienate: The former president clearly had those two frontrunners in mind when he suggested such aggressive talk risks alienating the kind of middle-of-the-road voters necessary to defeat Donald Trump next year.
  • combustion: The moderate-progressive division within the Democratic Party is very real, and it has the potential for combustion.
  • consternation: That created a fair amount of consternation of among progressives in his party, who thought he was one of their own when elected.
  • rebuke: Although none of the Democratic candidates explicitly rebuked Mr Obama's comments, Mr Sanders mounted the strongest defence of his policy platform.

Trump says N.Korea went too far in calling Biden 'rabid dog'

  • rabid: Joe Biden may be Sleepy and Very Slow," Trump tweeted, using his derisive nicknames for the former vice president and Democratic 2020 presidential nomination frontrunner," but he is not a 'rabid dog.
  • tepid: Washington (AFP)- US President Donald Trump issued a rare-- if tepid-- defense of election rival Joe Biden on Sunday, saying Pyongyang's depiction of him as " a rabid dog" who should be " beaten to death" went a bit too far.
  • visceral: The president was responding to a conservative commentator's tweet about a particularly visceral attack on Biden issued Friday by North Korea.
  • rabid: Washington (AFP)- US President Donald Trump issued a rare-- if tepid-- defense of election rival Joe Biden on Sunday, saying Pyongyang's depiction of him as " a rabid dog" who should be " beaten to death" went a bit too far.
  • conciliatory: Whether Trump was speaking sincerely or ironically in defending Biden, the former vice president's first subsequent appearance on Twitter was hardly conciliatory.

UPDATE 4-Iran's Khamenei backs fuel price hike, blames 'sabotage' for unrest

  • repeat: Iran's clerical rulers want to prevent any repeat of unrest in late 2017, when 22 people were reported to have died during protests in 80 cities and towns over poor living standards, some calling on Shi ' ite Muslim clerical leaders to step down.
  • exile: Tehran often accuses exiled opponents as well as the United States, arch-enemy Israel and regional rival Saudi Arabia of trying to destabilise Iran through online propaganda campaigns.
  • sabotage: The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," Khamenei said.
  • sabotage: Some people are no doubt worried by this decision... but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people ," the Iranian Supreme Leader said in a live speech on state TV.

Private zoo owner in Crimea pleads for public to take 30 of his bears so he won't have to euthan...

  • euthanasia: The owner of a struggling safari park in Crimea is giving more than thirty bears to save them from euthanasia.
  • cull: Mr Zubkov said he had already fed several dozen of his Vietnamese pigs to the lions and tigers in a bid to cut costs, and that he had informed regional veterinary authorities about his decision to cull his bears.
  • zoo: Mr Zubkov also runs a second zoo, called Skazka, in Yal ta.
  • zoo: Private zoo owner in Crimea pleads for public to take 30 of his bears so he won't have to euthanise them.

Russia providing mood music for House impeachment drama

  • endemic: U.S. diplomats also worried that the hold on the security assistance would undercut Zelenskiy, whom they viewed as a reformer in a nation that has repeatedly endured tumult spurred by endemic corruption.
  • disparage: Trump has also repeatedly disparaged and even suggested withdrawing from NATO, the military alliance that has served as a deterrent to Soviet and Russia aggression since it was formed after World War II.
  • aggression: Trump has also repeatedly disparaged and even suggested withdrawing from NATO, the military alliance that has served as a deterrent to Soviet and Russia aggression since it was formed after World War II.

Sri Lanka election: Unity hard to achieve in divided country

  • desert: On Sunday, the streets of Colombo were deserted and eerily quiet as the election news broke.
  • unify: Unifying the different communities- and pursuing post-war reconciliation- will be a daunting task.
  • insult: They say their businesses have been boycotted, that they're openly insulted on the street, that their children are called names at school.
  • daunting: Unifying the different communities- and pursuing post-war reconciliation- will be a daunting task.
  • tarnish: Sri Lanka is still in shock, seven months after the bomb attacks by a cell of Islamist militants which devastated the island's economy, blew apart the island's fragile communal relations and was the final blow to public confidence in a government already tarnished by in-fighting.

U.S. postpones military exercises with South Korea in nod toward North Korea

  • prominence: Esper told reporters he did not consider the postponement a concession to North Korea, although it follows earlier cutbacks in the scale and prominence of U.S.-South Korean exercises.
  • defiance: Shortly after Esper and Jeong spoke, the North Korean foreign ministry issued a written statement of defiance.
  • provocation: Although the U.S. military for years as called its joint military exercises with South Korea an important means of keeping troops and commanders ready for combat on short notice, Trump has called them a waste of money and a provocation to the North.
  • resumption: Talks launched by President Donald Trump in 2018 have stalled with no resumption in sight.

Trump's health 'very good' after unscheduled physical exam

  • irresponsible: Further speculation beyond the extensive and honest info I put out is wholly irresponsible and dangerous for the country," she added in a tweet.
  • laboratory: The White House confirmed he underwent an exam and some laboratory tests on Saturday at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington.
  • energetic: In a statement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said the latest tests were prompted by a " free weeken d" in the president's diary, and that Mr Trump remained healthy and energetic without complaints.

Trump's secret sauce

  • precursor: Sessions was a precursor to Trump and his first major Capitol Hill endorser.
  • foist: They still chose Trump, who railed against two decades of bipartisan trade deals, the shaky Washington consensus that tried to foist " comprehensive immigration reform" on an unwilling conservative base, and the Iraq war.
  • occupant: Haley is a throwback to the pre-Trump Republican Party, closer to Jeb and George W. Bush (and some of the people inside the executive branch who are also playing a key role in the impeachment inquir y) than the current occupant of the Oval Office.
  • leniency: This is the Trump era," he warned those expecting leniency in enforcing immigration laws.

Iran petrol price hike: Supreme Leader condemns 'hooligan' protesters

  • sabotage: The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so.
  • exaggerate: Iran's state-run TV has accused " hostile media" of trying to exaggerate the scale of the unrest.
  • spill: Image copyright EPA Image caption Anger at the fuel-price hike spilled on to the streets of the central city of Isfahan.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka's powerful new president

  • crush: On the one hand, he is hailed by supporters for playing a crucial role in crushing the Tamil Tiger separatist rebels and bringing to an end Sri Lanka's long-running civil war in 2009, when he was the defence secretary.
  • fruit: Some analysts worry it may escalate ethnic tensions, while others hope his promises on security will bear fruit as Sri Lanka looks for calm as it recovers from the Easter Sunday bombings by Islamic State militants this year, which killed more than 250 people.
  • calm: Some analysts worry it may escalate ethnic tensions, while others hope his promises on security will bear fruit as Sri Lanka looks for calm as it recovers from the Easter Sunday bombings by Islamic State militants this year, which killed more than 250 people.
  • cabinet: Mr Rajapaksa is part of one of Sri Lanka's most powerful families: his father was an MP and cabinet minister, while his elder brother Mahinda was Sri Lanka's president twice, and another two brothers have held high-ranking positions in previous administrations.
  • award: For the next 20 years, he worked his way up the ranks, receiving a number of awards for gallantry, before leaving to work in IT.

UPDATE 1-Iran's Khamenei blames enemies for "sabotage" in gasoline price protests

  • sabotage: UPDATE 1- Iran's Khamenei blames enemies for " sabotage" in gasoline price protests.
  • sabotage: DUBAI, Nov 17 (Reuters)- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed gasoline price increases that have sparked protests across Iran, blaming opponents of the Islamic Republic and foreign enemies for " sabotage", state television reported.
  • sabotage: Some people are no doubt worried by this decision... but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people.
  • sabotage: The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," Ayatollah Khamenei said, according to state TV.
  • repeat: Iran's clerical rulers are anxious to prevent any repeat of unrest in late 2017, when people staged protests in 80 cities and towns over poor living standards, some calling on Shi ' ite Muslim clerical leaders to step down.

Leaked China documents reveal 'no mercy' in Xinjiang: NYT

  • leak: Wang released on his own initiative more than 7,000 people from camps in Xinjiang, and feared that " rounding up so many people would knowingly fan conflict and deepen resentment ", according to a confession by Wang leaked to the Times.
  • leak: Beijing (AFP)- A rare and huge leak of Chinese government documents has shed new light on a security crackdown on Muslims in China's Xinjiang region, where President Xi Jinping ordered officials to act with " absolutely no merc y" against separatism and extremism, The New York Times reported.
  • leak: The leak also suggests that there has been some discontent within the party about the crackdown.
  • leak: The documents were leaked by an unnamed member of the Chinese political establishment who expressed hope that the disclosure would prevent the leadership, including Xi, from " escaping culpability for the mass detentions ", the Times said.
  • dissent: Reputed within the party for his handling of minority groups, Chen earlier led iron-fisted policies aimed at crushing dissent in Tibet.

UPDATE 3-U.S., South Korea postpone military drills in bid to bolster N.Korea peace effort

  • postpone: BANGKO K, Nov 17 (Reuters)- The United States and South Korea said on Sunday they will postpone upcoming military drills in an effort to bolster a stalled peace push with North Korea, even as Washington denied the move amounted to another concession to Pyongyang.
  • hesitation: We also urge the DPRK to return to the negotiating table without precondition or hesitation.
  • deference: In deference to Pyongyang, the exercises had already been reduced in scale and scope from previous years, but North Korea still objected to them regardless.
  • reclusive: Still, it was unclear whether the decision by Washington and Seoul would kickstart talks with Pyongyang aimed at getting the reclusive state to give up its nuclear weapons program.
  • halt: Trump says he has secured a halt in North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear tests, significantly lowering fears of war.

American Kurds take up Syria fight as Erdogan visits Trump

  • enlist: He started a clothing drive, and enlisted the help of a handful of local Kurdish Americans to help organise it.
  • formula: From there, they shared a flier about Zebari's clothing drive and began immediately accumulating donations of winter clothes and baby formula.
  • drawl: A country-music loving, beer-drinking, gun enthusiast with a southern drawl, Nejeer Zebari is like any red-blooded southern American male.
  • sick: I 'm sick of these protests," he says.
  • emigrate: Though Zebari emigrated to the US when he was a young child, he 'd heard about the misery of cold winters in refugee camps from friends who 'd experienced them firsthand- stories of people fighting over food and clothing, their hopes dwindling of ever being resettled.

Robyn Crawford opens up about Whitney Houston

  • radiance: Whitney had this angelic radiance about her and And then she pulled a joint out of her breast pocket as if to say, " Yeah, I do this too, OK?
  • respite: I guess when you're working hard, and home life is turbulent, there's no respite.
  • memento: Shortly before Whitney died, you gave away some of the mementoes of your time together.
  • platinum: I presented a lot of gold and platinum discs to the Whitney Houston Academy of Performing Arts, which is the grammar school that she attended.

How do you fight extreme wildfires?

  • vegetation: A top priority should be managing the amount of vegetation a fire can consume.
  • scorch: The sight of soaring flames, burning trees and scorched earth is becoming a familiar one for people around the world.
  • graze: This can be done with machinery or by grazing animals such as sheep or goats.
  • sheep: This can be done with machinery or by grazing animals such as sheep or goats.
  • vegetation: This involves burning some down some vegetation under carefully managed conditions.

Yellow vest protests: More than 100 arrested as violence returns to Paris

  • quell: Mr Macron attempted to quell the protests with promises of tax cuts, higher pensions and reforms, but many still feel he has not done enough.
  • smash: They burned barricades, smashed the front of a bank, defaced a World War Two memorial; and they flung stones and rocks at police, who responded with clouds and clouds of tear gas.
  • deface: They burned barricades, smashed the front of a bank, defaced a World War Two memorial; and they flung stones and rocks at police, who responded with clouds and clouds of tear gas.

One dead as petrol protests spread in Iran

  • thwart: The death occurred Friday in the central city of Sirjan, where protesters had tried to set a fuel depot ablaze but were thwarted by security forces, semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
  • suspicious: In Ahvaz " rioters" torched a bank and in Khoramshahr " suspicious and unknown armed individu als" opened fire and injured a number of people, state television's website said.
  • exaggerate: It accused " hostile media" of trying to use fake news and videos on social media to exaggerate protests as " large and extensive ".
  • stagnate: The rial has plummeted, inflation is running at more than 40 percent and the International Monetary Fund expects Iran's economy to contract by nine percent this year and stagnate in 2020.
  • circumvent: Lawmakers were unhappy to have been circumvented, with Tehran MP Parvaneh Salahshouri tweeting that parliament had " lost its authorit y ".

Government leak highlights China's crackdown on Muslims

  • firm: Officials were advised to tell the students their relatives were " in treatment" after exposure to radical Islam, and respond with increasingly firm replies when pressed on their matter, highlighting the narrative the government had carved out to justify the internment.
  • infect: No matter what age, anyone who has been infected by religious extremism must undergo study.
  • fruition: Many people argue that both of these things have come to fruition regardless.

Protests Erupt Across Iran After Gasoline-Price Increase

  • populous: Iran is just the latest-- if most populous-- Middle Eastern nation to see public outrage over bread-and-butter issues like living expenses transform in recent months into potent political protests.
  • potent: Iran is just the latest-- if most populous-- Middle Eastern nation to see public outrage over bread-and-butter issues like living expenses transform in recent months into potent political protests.
  • cheer: Fars posted a video purporting to show onlookers cheering as a dump truck emptied a full load of bricks and dirt on to the Imam Ali highway in Tehran.
  • load: Fars posted a video purporting to show onlookers cheering as a dump truck emptied a full load of bricks and dirt on to the Imam Ali highway in Tehran.

Palestinian militant groups come to blows over Israel diplomacy

  • accost: Senior Hamas officials were accosted by Islamic Jihad supporters when they tried to visit a mourning tent for Baha Abu al-Ata, the assassinated Jihad commander.
  • assassinate: Senior Hamas officials were accosted by Islamic Jihad supporters when they tried to visit a mourning tent for Baha Abu al-Ata, the assassinated Jihad commander.
  • fracture: The clashes, which were broken up by Hamas policemen, were a rare public show of the fractures between the two groups.
  • intercept: An Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome defence missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells Credit: AFP.
  • artillery: An Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome defence missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells Credit: AFP.

Prince Andrew interview: Jeffrey Epstein stay was 'wrong thing to do'

  • solicit: In 2010, the prince was photographed walking with Epstein in New York's Central Park- two years after Ep stein's conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
  • immaterial: Details of Ms Giuffre's claims against the prince were later officially struck from court records when a judge ruled they were unnecessary to the case, saying they were " immaterial and impertinent" to the " central claim ".
  • impertinent: Details of Ms Giuffre's claims against the prince were later officially struck from court records when a judge ruled they were unnecessary to the case, saying they were " immaterial and impertinent" to the " central claim ".
  • defamation: Separately, a woman called Johanna Sjoberg alleged that the prince touched her breast while they sat on a couch in Ep stein's Manhattan apartment in 2001 in documents from a defamation case.
  • impropriety: In 2015, a statement from the palace said that " any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors" by the prince was " categorically untrue ".

Political Unpredictability Is Now the New Normal: Weekend Reads

  • disdain: With Donald Trump, witnesses gave evidence exposing a pursuit of personal interests and disdain of custom that have turned years of work from career officials on its head.
  • custom: With Donald Trump, witnesses gave evidence exposing a pursuit of personal interests and disdain of custom that have turned years of work from career officials on its head.
  • drastic: Hong Kong Protest Violence Risks Empowering Hawks in BeijingHong Kong lawmaker Lam Cheuk-Ting took a drastic measure to resist a growing crackdown on elected leaders.

Turkey Is the World’s New Nuclear Menace

  • flood: Erdogan hit back with threats to flood Europe with captured Islamic State terrorists.
  • retired: For advice, I reached out to Chuck Wald, a retired 4-star Air Force general who served as deputy commander of the U.S. European Command in the 2000s.
  • qualm: Tobin Harshaw: General, I know that given the current tensions between Turkey and the U.S., you have qualms about the NATO presence at Incirlik.
  • sporadic: Eventually, after a year of prodding, the Turks begrudgingly gave in; however, we still had to contend with their sporadic demands to halt operations.
  • halt: Eventually, after a year of prodding, the Turks begrudgingly gave in; however, we still had to contend with their sporadic demands to halt operations.

Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on streets of Hong Kong for clean-up operation

  • barrack: The appearance of the PLA soldiers outside their barracks- even dressed in shorts and t-shirts- to help clear away barricades and debris from another night of protests could be seen as an incremental raising of the political stakes from Beijing.
  • double: Foreign envoys and security analysts estimate up to 12,000 troops are now based across Hong Kong- more than double the usual garrison number following an additional deployment last August.
  • garrison: Foreign envoys and security analysts estimate up to 12,000 troops are now based across Hong Kong- more than double the usual garrison number following an additional deployment last August.
  • barrack: It was not clear how many were involved yesterday, but by late afternoon, the PLA soldiers had left the streets outside Baptist University beside their barracks in Kowloon Tong.
  • garrison: The PLA garrison in Hong Kong said that when some residents began cleaning, some troops " helped clear the road in front of the garrison gate ".

Gilets Jaunes: Anger of yellow vests still grips France a year on

  • repel: Several people have been arrested, police have fired tear gas to disperse some demonstrators, and an attempt to block the main ring-road in the city was repelled.
  • awaken: We gathered the crowds and awakened consciences, and I 'm happy about that.
  • conflagration: The government's fear is that these traditional groups could join up with the yellow vests in a major conflagration of protest.
  • repeat: Some fear another round of clashes could bring a repeat of the violence seen last year, when rioters and radical groups joined the yellow vest protests.

Russia Loves the Impeachment Hearings Because GOP Is Parroting Kremlin Propaganda

  • disseminate: Instead of disseminating their usual conspiracy theories, the Russians watch gleefully as the Republicans do that for them.
  • hoax: The Kremlin also enjoys the Trump-GO P treatment of the Mueller report as a colossal hoax, or even a joke, letting Russian President Vladimir Putin off the hook, and putting him in a position to make light of the whole matter.
  • smear: State TV channel Rossiya-1 smeared Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as a Soros-linked architect of post-Soviet color revolutions.
  • permeate: There is a common thread permeating the Russian media blitz: Ukraine is all alone and has nowhere left to turn, except to Russia.
  • uproarious: When Ukrainian panelist Alexander Goncharov said that his country is relying on the support of Republicans, the hosts and other panelists broke out in uproarious laughter.

In pictures: Havana celebrates 500 years of foundation

  • treasure: Cuba's capital, Hav ana, is one of Latin America's architectural treasures, boasting a fascinating mix of colonial, Baroque and Art Deco styles.
  • jewel: Many of its jewels have suffered from decades of deterioration but, slowly, complex renovation works are bringing some of them back to life.
  • renowned: Some of Havana's most renowned buildings, including the Gran Teatro de La Habana, Hotel Sevilla and Capitolio are around this boulevard, which marks the western edge of Old Hav ana, where some 900 buildings of historical value are located.
  • precarious: While some have been restored in recent years others are still in a precarious state.
  • patrimony: Havana luckily conserved its valuable architectural patrimony, unlike other Latin American cities that lost a good part of their historic centres ' patrimony due to real estate development," Gina Rey, a Cuban urban planning specialist, told Reuters news agency.

Velvet Revolution: Prague's ghosts of communism

  • precipitate: It was a moment that precipitated the end of communism in Czechoslovakia and is being marked 30 years on by the people of two states, Czechs and Slovaks.
  • memorable: Three memorable locations in the Czech capital symbolise the Communist regime and its downfall- a peaceful overthrow that became known as the Velvet Revolution.
  • translator: I lived in the very centre of Prague, 15m from Wenceslas Squar e," recalls journalist and translator Tomas Tulinger, now 49.
  • dissident: The protests began with the peaceful 17 November student march that was brutally suppressed by riot police; subsequent mass protests on Wenceslas Square addressed by dissident playwright Vaclav Havel; and then, the largest protest of all on Letna Plain, which attracted an estimated 800,000 people.
  • playwright: The protests began with the peaceful 17 November student march that was brutally suppressed by riot police; subsequent mass protests on Wenceslas Square addressed by dissident playwright Vaclav Havel; and then, the largest protest of all on Letna Plain, which attracted an estimated 800,000 people.

Bolivia crisis: Former President Evo Morales dismisses charges threat

  • refute: Mr Morales also refuted the idea that he could be banned from any future vote.
  • plaudits: He won plaudits for fighting poverty and improving Bolivia's economy but drew controversy by defying constitutional limits to run for a fourth term in October's election.
  • annul: The result was called into question by the Organization of American States (OAS), a regional body, which had found " clear manipulation" and called for the result to be annulled.

Iraq protests: Top Shia cleric gives support to protests

  • delude: Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, 89, said the government was deluded if it believed it could avoid real reform through stalling and delaying tactics.
  • evade: If those in power think that they can evade the benefits of real reform by stalling and procrastination, they are delusional," he said in his weekly sermon, delivered by a representative in the holy city of Karbala.
  • procrastination: If those in power think that they can evade the benefits of real reform by stalling and procrastination, they are delusional," he said in his weekly sermon, delivered by a representative in the holy city of Karbala.

North Korea calls Biden 'rabid dog' that 'must be beaten to death'

  • visceral: Seoul (AFP)- North Korea launched a visceral diatribe against US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, calling the former vice-president a " rabid dog"-- while also borrowing the terminology of Donald Trump.
  • diatribe: Seoul (AFP)- North Korea launched a visceral diatribe against US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, calling the former vice-president a " rabid dog"-- while also borrowing the terminology of Donald Trump.
  • rabid: Seoul (AFP)- North Korea launched a visceral diatribe against US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, calling the former vice-president a " rabid dog"-- while also borrowing the terminology of Donald Trump.
  • ferocious: Pyongyang is renowned for its vitriol, but the verbal deluge was unusually ferocious even by its own standards.
  • temerity: Biden " had the temerity to dare slander the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK ", the North's official KCNA news agency said late Thursday, referring to the country by its official name.

Flooded Venice battles new tidal surge

  • respite: Flooded Venice has been hit by a new high tide of 154cm (5ft), giving residents no respite from a crisis costing Italy millions of euros.
  • magnet: World-famous St Mark's Square, a magnet for tourists, has been closed, and schools are shut for a third day.
  • siren: The first flood sirens went off at dawn, an eerie sound rising over the ancient bridges and waterways of the city.
  • trestle: Tourists, shoes covered in plastic bags, carried their luggage along raised narrow trestle walkways, which the authorities have put up to keep the pedestrian traffic moving.
  • rubber: At ground level, in their rubber wellies, business owners were already starting to operate small pumps.

Roger Stone: Trump ally convicted of lying to Congress

  • obstruction: US President Donald Trump's adviser Roger Stone has been convicted on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.
  • conduit: Federal prosecutors presented evidence during the trial that the 2016 Trump campaign viewed Stone as a conduit through which it could learn about the hacked Democratic documents that WikiLeaks possessed and when that material might be released.
  • embarrass: Stone, prosecutors said, knew that if he truthfully testified about his efforts to reach out to WikiLeaks and pass information along to the campaign, it would at the very least be embarrassing for all involved.

Trump impeachment inquiry: Envoy 'intimidated' by tweets during testimony

  • intimidate: Mr Trump later hit back, arguing his tweets were not intimidating" at all ".
  • upheaval: Responding directly to Mr Trump's tweet, in which he appeared to blame her for upheaval in Somalia, Ms Yovanovitch replied: " I don't think I have such powers, not in Mogadishu and Somalia and not in other places.
  • oversee: Mr Schiff, the Democratic Chairman of the Intelligence Committee overseeing the impeachment inquiry, suggested the president's tweets could be classed as witness intimidation.
  • transcript: A rough transcript of the call revealed that Mr Trump had urged President Zelensky to investigate discredited allegations against Mr Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
  • smear: In earlier closed-door testimony, Ms Yovanovitch alleged she had fallen victim to a smear campaign at the hands of Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

France to host Putin, Zelensky in bid to end Ukraine conflict

  • reconsider: In an interview with The Economist last week, he said that " if we want to build peace in Europe, to rebuild European strategic autonomy, we need to reconsider our position with Russia.
  • vassal: Examining Russia's long term strategic options under Putin, Macron said in the interview that Russia could not prosper in isolation, would not want to be a " vassal" of China and would eventually have to opt for " a partnership project with Europe.
  • plunge: The conflict in the east of Ukraine broke out after Russia's 2014 annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which plunged Moscow's relations with the West into a deep freeze.
  • freeze: The conflict in the east of Ukraine broke out after Russia's 2014 annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which plunged Moscow's relations with the West into a deep freeze.

German Citizens Reportedly Detained by Police: Hong Kong Update

  • anew: The protests, which have raged for more than five months, flared anew last week after the death of a student who fell near a police operation to clear a demonstration.
  • deflect: U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo deflected a question about what the U.S. would do if China cracks down harder on protesters in Hong Kong.
  • rubber: They fired 194 rounds of tear gas, 58 rubber bullets and 14 bean bag rounds.
  • forecast: Hong Kong revised down its estimate for economic growth this year, with the government now forecasting the first annual contraction since the global financial crisis a decade ago.
  • upgrade: Police upgraded their probe into the injury of a 70-year-old government worker to a murder investigation after the man died overnight.

Yovanovitch delivers powerful riposte to Trump as he smears her – again

  • straight: She sat ramrod straight with hands folded, soft- voiced yet resolute, vulnerable yet steely.
  • irate: At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, he was irate, impulsive and menacing as always.
  • impulsive: At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, he was irate, impulsive and menacing as always.
  • gnaw: The former US ambassador to Ukraine captured in one morning much of the gnawing anxiety of foreign service professionals about the ways in which the president is undermining trust in America and fracturing the world.
  • alcove: From her seat, she could see Democrats and Republicans at ornately carved oak desks against a backdrop of blue velvet curtains with gold trim, framed by classical columns, decorative alcoves, clocks with roman numerals and sculpted eagles.

Trump to attend NATO summit in London, days before UK vote

  • drastic: Merkel said his comments were " drastic" and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisting NATO was " important, critical.
  • eject: The United States has ejected Turkey from the F-35 advanced stealth warplane program in retaliation.
  • stealth: The United States has ejected Turkey from the F-35 advanced stealth warplane program in retaliation.
  • reliant: The president complains bitterly that allies are too reliant on the US military's security umbrella.
  • tomorrow: He will also emphasize NATO's need to combat " the threats of tomorrow, including those emanating from cyberspace, those affecting our critical infrastructure and telecommunications networks, and those posed by terrorism," the White House said.

Spy swap: Five freed in Russia-Lithuania-Norway exchange

  • reunite: Berg was taken to the Norwegian embassy in Vilnius and the foreign ministry in Oslo said he would soon return to Norway to be reunited with his family.
  • pardon: Talk of a three-way exchange first surfaced last month when Moscow's official pardons commission recommended the Norwegian for pardon.
  • pardon: Talk of a three-way exchange first surfaced last month when Moscow's official pardons commission recommended the Norwegian for pardon.
  • pardon: The process was then put on hold for several weeks for Lithuania's parliament to change the criminal code to allow the president to pardon the two Russian spies.
  • pardon: Early on Friday the Lithuanian president announced the two men had been pardoned.

Hong Kong protests: China condemns 'appalling' attack on official in UK

  • appalling: China has condemned what it called an " appalling attack" by protesters on Hong Kong's justice secretary in London on Thursday evening.
  • consecutive: The protests have continued unabated- Friday was the fifth consecutive day- and have often turned violent.
  • hat: Tom Tugend hat, chair of parliament's foreign affairs committee, condemned the behaviour of the protesters.
  • discord: He said if the UK did not alter its approach" and continues to add fuel to the fire, sow discord and instigate others " it would " bring calamity on itself ".
  • instigate: He said if the UK did not alter its approach" and continues to add fuel to the fire, sow discord and instigate others " it would " bring calamity on itself ".

Lebanon’s Divide Flares Anew With Tycoon’s Pick for Premier

  • snub: Snubbing the proposal, three former prime ministers-- Tammam Salam, Najib Mikati and Fouad Siniora-- issued a joint statement on Friday, saying that given the current situation, they had insisted on reappointing Hariri and called on political parties to support his nomination instead.
  • portfolio: As well as holding the finance portfolio, Safadi has served as minister of public works, transport and economy.
  • formidable: If confirmed, Safadi will face formidable challenges, not just from the street.
  • stymie: Banks are closed, trade is stymied by a shortage of hard currency and the pound has depreciated on the black market as concerns rise that the country is heading toward a debt crisis.
  • depreciate: Banks are closed, trade is stymied by a shortage of hard currency and the pound has depreciated on the black market as concerns rise that the country is heading toward a debt crisis.

North Korean news agency calls Biden a 'rabid dog' after campaign ad implies Kim Jong Un'...

  • rabid: North Korean news agency calls Biden a 'rabid dog ' after campaign ad implies Kim Jong Un's a 'tyrant'.
  • rabid: North Korean news agency calls Biden a 'rabid dog ' after campaign ad implies Kim Jong Un's a 'tyrant' originally appeared on abc news.go.com
  • rabid: The commentary called Biden a " rabid dog" and advocated that rabid dogs" can hurt lots of people " and" must be beaten to death with a stick.
  • rabid: The commentary called Biden a " rabid dog" and advocated that rabid dogs" can hurt lots of people " and" must be beaten to death with a stick.
  • slander: Anyone who dare slanders the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK can never spare the DPRK's merciless punishment," said the commentary, which was translated by North Korea's news agency.

Donald Trump to meet Queen at Buckingham Palace ahead of general election

  • tomorrow: The President will also emphasize the need for the NATO Alliance to ensure its readiness for the threats of tomorrow, including those emanating from cyberspace, those affecting our critical infrastructure and telecommunications networks, and those posed by terrorism.
  • emanate: The President will also emphasize the need for the NATO Alliance to ensure its readiness for the threats of tomorrow, including those emanating from cyberspace, those affecting our critical infrastructure and telecommunications networks, and those posed by terrorism.
  • turbulence: Accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, the president arrived aboard Air Force One having already created a considerable degree of political turbulence with comments on the then Tory leadership race, Brexit and the Duchess of Sussex.

Iran moves on ultra-cheap petrol, starts rationing

  • pump: Tehran (AFP)- Iran imposed petrol rationing and raised pump prices by at least 50 percent Friday, saying the move aims to help the needy with cash handouts and is not due to a budget deficit.
  • pump: The Islamic republic provides some of the most heavily subsidised petrol in the world, with the pump price previously standing at just 10,000 rials ( less than nine US cents) a litre.
  • stagnate: The rial has plummeted in value against the US dollar, inflation is now running at more than 40 percent and the International Monetary Fund projects that the troubled economy will contract by nine percent this year and stagnate in 2020.
  • drastic: Smuggling has intensified due to the rial's drastic drop in value.
  • pollute: Efforts to modernise Iran's ageing and highly polluting cars have been hampered by a lack of investment, and foreign companies such as Peugeot and Renault were again forced to withdraw this year by the return of US sanctions.