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UN investigator: 11 million North Koreans are undernourished

  • marketplace: At the same time, the government has failed to put in place conditions where people can securely engage in trade and exchange in marketplaces without facing criminalization, extortion and other forms of abuse," he said.
  • extortion: At the same time, the government has failed to put in place conditions where people can securely engage in trade and exchange in marketplaces without facing criminalization, extortion and other forms of abuse," he said.
  • nascent: Ironically, he said, the government's failure to regulate nascent market activity is creating increasing inequality based on wealth," where only those with money have access to basic rights such as education, health care, freedom of movement and adequate housing.
  • whereabouts: Suspects' families are never informed of the decisions or of the whereabouts of their relatives.

Russia Africa summit: What's behind Moscow's push into the continent?

  • inspect: Image copyright EPA Image caption Foreign military personnel inspect equipment at a Russian defence show.
  • mismanage: For many weeks now, people in Sudan have taken to the streets in cities across the country, accusing the government of mismanaging the economy.
  • mercenary: Russian officials have recently played down reports of a large-scale mercenary presence in the CAR.
  • clout: The former Soviet Union used to be an important player on the African continent- until its economic and political clout waned with the end of the Cold War.
  • wane: The former Soviet Union used to be an important player on the African continent- until its economic and political clout waned with the end of the Cold War.

Turkey: Which countries export arms to Turkey?

  • gravely: Those who think they can make Turkey turn back with these threats are gravely mist aken.
  • acquisition: They argued that Turkey's acquisition of S-400 system from a Nato adversary could greatly undermine its security because Turkish military forces are integrated into Nato's equipment and broader air defence systems.
  • destination: By 2018 it was the 14th largest arms exporter in the world, with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Turkmenistan the main destinations.

Sourav Ganguly: Can former India captain score big as cricket chief?

  • mince: He is not known to mince words and that was evident when reporters recently asked him to assess the current team's performance.
  • streak: While praising their winning streak in bilateral series, he pointed out that the team, led by captain Virat Kohli, had failed to win big tournaments.
  • euphoria: Behind the euphoria of his election lies another story- the backdoor re-entry of politicians in the BCCI..

What prohibition's failure means for the legalisation of cannabis

  • sober: Wouldn't sober nations outcompete those with a workforce of drunks?
  • modulate: Becker said making something illegal simply added another cost rational people would weigh up alongside other costs and benefits- the penalty if you're caught, modulated by the probability of being caught.
  • elasticity: Whether consumers will pay that price depends on what economists call elasticity of demand.
  • seclude: Would " black marketeers" grow broccoli in secluded back gardens and sell it down dark alleys for an inflated price?
  • alley: Would " black marketeers" grow broccoli in secluded back gardens and sell it down dark alleys for an inflated price?

Russia, Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with new accord

  • resort: The new accord was reached by Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, after six hours of negotiations as they pored over maps of Syria in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
  • beneficial: I hope that this agreement is beneficial to our countries and to our brothers in Syria," Erdogan said.
  • noon: Under the 10-point deal, Kurdish fighters have 150 hours starting at noon Wednesday to withdraw from almost the entire northeastern border from the Euphrates River to the Iraqi border.
  • infuriate: Erdogan had been infuriated by Washington's decision to ally with the Kurds against the Islamic State group, which empowered Kurdish self-rule ambitions.
  • consecrate: It returns Syrian government control over parts of the border, but it also consecrates Turkey's hold on a large chunk.

Trump impeachment: US envoy condemns 'irregular' pressure on Ukraine

  • probe: Ambassador Bill Taylor testified before an impeachment inquiry that he was told Mr Trump wanted Ukraine to probe ex- Vice-President Joe Biden's dealings.
  • meticulous: Fellow Democrats echoed this idea and praise Mr Taylor's " meticulous" note taking.
  • deposition: There's no-one who can be intellectually honest and come out of that deposition and suggest otherwis e.

UNHCR probes Libya-Malta interception in migrant rescue

  • nautical: At 9:30 pm, nearly seven hours later, Malta informed Alarm Phone that the boat had been intercepted by the EU-trained Libyan coast guard, some 41 nautical miles from the Italian island of Lampedusa and 110 nautical miles from Tripoli.
  • nautical: At 9:30 pm, nearly seven hours later, Malta informed Alarm Phone that the boat had been intercepted by the EU-trained Libyan coast guard, some 41 nautical miles from the Italian island of Lampedusa and 110 nautical miles from Tripoli.
  • delegate: UNHCR's Cochetel said it was not the first time Malta was allegedly accused of delegating a rescue to the Libyan coast guard.

Hong Kong Police Already Have AI Tech That Can Recognize Faces

  • facial: Questions over the use of facial recognition technology have loomed over the protests, stoking fears that Hong Kong is moving closer to a mainland-style surveillance state.
  • procure: Patrick Nip, secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, said in June that no government department had procured or developed automated facial recognition-CCTV systems or applied the technology in CCTV systems.
  • facial: Patrick Nip, secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, said in June that no government department had procured or developed automated facial recognition-CCTV systems or applied the technology in CCTV systems.
  • appease: Hong Kong authorities have tried to appease concerns by pointing out that there is no in-built facial recognition in recently installed smart lampposts or in CCTV cameras at China government offices.
  • facial: Hong Kong authorities have tried to appease concerns by pointing out that there is no in-built facial recognition in recently installed smart lampposts or in CCTV cameras at China government offices.

Egypt's options dwindle as Nile talks break down

  • dam: Speaking at the U.N. last month, Egyptian President Ab del-Fattahel-Sissi said he would " never" allow Ethiopia to impose a " de facto situatio n" by filling the dam without an agreement.
  • equitable: Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewude, also speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, said her country believes " the use of the river should be (decided) according to international law and fair and equitable use of natural resource s.
  • enshrine: Egypt has been holding talks for years with Ethiopia and Sudan, upstream countries that have long complained about Cairo's overwhelming share of the river, which is enshrined in treaties dating back to the British colonial era.
  • acrimonious: Those talks came to an acrimonious halt earlier this month, the third time they have broken down since 2014.
  • dam: The main dispute is centered on the filling of the dam's 74-billion-cubic-meter reservoir.

The Latest: Russia's FM says deal implies end to offensive

  • contradictory: Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday the agreement reached by Russian and Turkish presidents in Sochi on Tuesday means " ending bloodshed, ending the operation that drew contradictory reaction in the world.
  • offensive: The deal made by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allows Turkey to keep its troops in areas in northeastern Syria they seized since the start of Oct. 9 offensive and gives the Russian troops and the Syrian army control over the rest of the Syria-Turkey frontier.
  • frontier: The deal made by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allows Turkey to keep its troops in areas in northeastern Syria they seized since the start of Oct. 9 offensive and gives the Russian troops and the Syrian army control over the rest of the Syria-Turkey frontier.
  • noon: Under the agreement, Kurdish fighters are to withdraw from the 30-kilometer (19-mile) wide border area in 150 hours starting at noon Wednesday.
  • repair: He said the Alouk water station, which serves over 400,000 people in Al-Hassakeh city and surrounding displacement camps, has received temporary repairs and generators are now being used to supply safe water for the population in the area.

157 dead in Iraq protests: new official toll

  • dismissal: Their dismissal must be confirmed by Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mah di, who faces public pressure ahead of the first anniversary of his cabinet on Friday.
  • inaccessible: Human rights groups and Iraqis able to post on social media, inaccessible without a virtual private network ( VPN), accuse security forces of responsibility for protester deaths: either by firing themselves or by failing to protect demonstrators from snipers.
  • premier: Former premier Haider al-Abadi, now in opposition, condemned the findings of the official inquiry.
  • disobedience: This report points to disobedience by military and security officials who decided to open fire contrary to their orders," he said in a statement.

Turkey and Russia announce deal to withdraw all Kurdish forces from Syrian border

  • dislodge: The agreement also states that the Kurds will withdraw from two holdout towns in western Syria, Kobani and Tel Rifaat, which Turkey has been trying to dislodge them from them for more than a year.
  • bleak: There was a bleak reminder of the threat from Isil inside Iraq when it emerged Tuesday that a senior Iraqi police commander had been killed in an ambush by jihadist fighters.
  • ambush: There was a bleak reminder of the threat from Isil inside Iraq when it emerged Tuesday that a senior Iraqi police commander had been killed in an ambush by jihadist fighters.

Man accused of plan to attack Milwaukee temple goes on trial

  • transcribe: The federal trial has dragged on for four years because hundreds of hours of conversations in Arabic had to be transcribed and translated to English.
  • espouse: Mike introduced Hamzeh to YouTube videos espousing the belief that Masons secretly support the Islamic State, which through its terrorism was discrediting all Muslims, according to court records.
  • dissuade: It should not take the spiritual guidance of two religious leaders to dissuade a person from committing mass murd er.

Rights group: Possible war crimes in fight for Libya capital

  • indiscriminate: London-based Amnesty International said its investigation showed that the warring parties have killed and maimed scores of civilians, with both sides having launched indiscriminate attacks and using inaccurate explosive weapons in populated urban areas.
  • inaccurate: London-based Amnesty International said its investigation showed that the warring parties have killed and maimed scores of civilians, with both sides having launched indiscriminate attacks and using inaccurate explosive weapons in populated urban areas.
  • explosive: London-based Amnesty International said its investigation showed that the warring parties have killed and maimed scores of civilians, with both sides having launched indiscriminate attacks and using inaccurate explosive weapons in populated urban areas.
  • shell: The fighting has stalled in recent weeks, with both sides dug in and shelling one another along the city's southern reaches.
  • barrage: Amnesty International's report said airstrikes, artillery barrages and other shelling have struck civilian homes and key infrastructure, including several field hospitals, a school and a migrant detention center, and have forced the closure of Mitiga airport, Tripoli's sole international air link.

Hungary's Orban Gave Trump Harsh Analysis of Ukraine Before Key Meeting

  • autocrat: The visit by Orban, who is seen as an autocrat who has rolled back democracy, provoked a sharp dispute within the White House.
  • ostracize: Bolton and Hill believed that Orban did not deserve the honor of an Oval Office visit, which would be seen as a huge political coup for an autocratic leader ostracized by many of his peers in Europe.
  • sidestep: Another official pushing for the Orban visit was David B. Cornstein, the United States ambassador to Hungary, who sidestepped the State Department to help set up a White House meeting, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Bezos floats 'national team' to build Moon lander

  • astronaut: Jeff Bezos has announced the formation of a " national team" that will aim to build the lander that will take astronauts back to the Moon in 2024.
  • astronaut: Finally, an ascent element blasts the astronauts back into lunar orbit.
  • astronaut: As the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, the not-for-profit research organisation designed the Apollo Guidance Computer that helped astronauts manoeuvre safely to the lunar surface in the 60s and 70s.

Thailand royal consort: How did Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi fall from grace?

  • consort: Thailand royal consort: How did Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi fall from grace?
  • consort: Thailand's king stunned observers on Monday by stripping his royal consort of her rank and titles, just months after she was granted the honours.
  • ascend: The new monarch, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, ascended the throne in 2016 when his father died- the country's lese-majeste law forbids any criticism of the monarchy and carries a hefty prison sentence.
  • consort: A consort generally refers to a wife, husband or companion of a reigning monarch- but in this case in Thailand" royal consor t" was used as a term for a companion or partner in addition to the king's wife.
  • reign: A consort generally refers to a wife, husband or companion of a reigning monarch- but in this case in Thailand" royal consor t" was used as a term for a companion or partner in addition to the king's wife.

Naruhito: Japan's emperor to ascend throne in ritual-bound ceremony

  • ascend: Naruhito: Japan's emperor to ascend throne in ritual-bound ceremony- BBC News.
  • ascend: Naruhito: Japan's emperor to ascend throne in ritual-bound ceremony.
  • ascend: Japan's Emperor Naruhito is set to formally ascend the throne in an elaborate ceremony on Tuesday.
  • ascension: The head of state, 59, officially began his reign in May, but his ascension will only be formalised after he completes a series of rituals.
  • ascension: His ascension comes as Japan reels from the effects of Typhoon Hagibis, which left almost 80 people dead.

Trump viewed Ukraine as adversary, not ally, witnesses say

  • anew: On Monday, Trump derided the impeachment probe anew as a " witch hunt," insisting that he did nothing wrong in his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
  • hack: Trump was airing the conspiracy-theory view, shared by Giuliani, that the security firm Crow dStrike, which was hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate the 2016 hack of its email, may have had ties to Ukraine.
  • dissuade: Even the president's Republican allies have tried to dissuade Trump from it.
  • confidant: Meadows, a confidant of Trump, said he's sure Ukraine had some role in the U.S. election.
  • disservice: Trump's former homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, said Giuliani had done Trump a disservice by pushing the false story.

Do today's global protests have anything in common?

  • transport: Indigenous groups feared that the measure would result in increased costs for public transport and food, and that their rural communities would be hardest hit.
  • storm: Protesters blocked highways, stormed parliament and clashed with security forces as they demanded an end to austerity and the return of fuel subsidies.
  • clash: Protesters blocked highways, stormed parliament and clashed with security forces as they demanded an end to austerity and the return of fuel subsidies.
  • austerity: Protesters blocked highways, stormed parliament and clashed with security forces as they demanded an end to austerity and the return of fuel subsidies.
  • transport: A hike in transport prices has also sparked protests in Chile.

Last U.S. Base in Syria ‘Is Everything Wrong With Trump’s War’

  • carnage: In the southeastern Syrian desert, near the Jordan and Iraq borders, far from the ruins of the Caliphate or the carnage of the Turkish invasion, lies the terminal phase of a U.S. war.
  • garrison: A dusty garrison outpost called al-Tanf, or sometimes at-Tanf, is now the last redoubt for the American forces in Syria that have occupied it since 2016.
  • ostensible: It has little to do with the war against the so-called Islamic State, the ostensible purpose of the U.S. in Syria, and far more to do with a confrontation against an entirely different adversary: Iran.
  • coda: In a coda for the war, the missions U.S. forces can execute from al-Tanf are unclear.
  • discomfit: That has discomfited Pentagon officials who wanted to focus on combatting ISIS, but some of them have conceded the utility al-Tanf has for frustrating Iran.

High stakes for Putin, Erdogan summit on northeast Syria

  • clock: Tuesday's meeting in Sochi, Russia, will come just hours before the clock runs out on a cease-fire agreed between Turkey and the United States.
  • afraid: Khalil said the protection would be for civilians who want to return home and are afraid of Turkey's plans for demographic changes, or revenge attacks from Turkey-backed Syrian fighters.
  • grind: While those fighters include some Islamic extremists and past members of some Syrian rebel factions, many are Arab and Turkmen fighters from northern and eastern Syria who have an ax to grind against the Kurds and a reputation for violence and looting.
  • vacate: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned on Monday that Turkey will resume its offensive if the Kurdish fighters don't vacate the area by the end of the cease-fire agreement on Tuesday evening.

‘This is oil country’: Newly painted Greta Thunberg mural defaced

  • deface: A mural of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has been defaced with pro-oil and derogatory messages days after it was created.
  • derogatory: A mural of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has been defaced with pro-oil and derogatory messages days after it was created.
  • deface: Artist AJA Louden filmed his mural before it was defaced hours later: Screen/AJA Louden.

Thai king strips consort of titles for 'disloyalty'

  • pilot: Image copyright EPA Image caption Sineenat Wongvajirapak di, pictured here piloting a fighter jet, was appointed the king's royal consort in July.
  • consort: Image copyright EPA Image caption Sineenat Wongvajirapak di, pictured here piloting a fighter jet, was appointed the king's royal consort in July.
  • consort: Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn has stripped his royal consort of her rank and titles for " misbehaviour and disloyalty against the monarch ".
  • consort: The royal consort's behaviours were considered disrespectful," it said.
  • consort: It marked a sudden fall from grace for the royal consort, who for several years was seen often at the side of King Vajiralongk orn.

Congo's Ebola outbreak, now concentrated in a gold mining area, remains a global emergency: WHO

  • advisory: The advisory committee will meet again to reassess the situation in three months.
  • advisory: The global health arm of the United Nations convened its technical advisory committee on Friday to review the situation since first declaring the Ebola epidemic-- the second-deadliest in history-- a " public health emergency of international concern" on July 17.
  • advisory: The WHO director-general on Friday noted the " very impressive progress" since the advisory committee last met, with the expanded screening and contact tracing, strengthened infection prevention and control, intensified preparedness efforts in neighboring nations and the implementation of new vaccination strategies.
  • advisory: There were just 15 new confirmed cases reported during Oct. 7-13, compared with the peak of nearly 130 cases during one week in April, according to the WHO's advisory committee.
  • mineral: Many of the most recent cases were clustered in the Biakato Mine area in northeastern Ituri province, where there is both legal and illegal mining activities for gold, diamonds and other minerals.

Lebanon's government approves sweeping reforms amid protests

  • fractious: The outrage over the government's mismanagement of a deepening economic crisis and proposed new taxes has unified Lebanon's often fractious society.
  • usurp: Hariri said that a law will be drafted to restore money that were usurped as a result of widespread corruption in the country.
  • amass: The protests are building on long-simmering anger at a ruling class that has divvied up power among themselves and amassed wealth for decades but has done little to fix a crumbling economy and dilapidated infrastructure.
  • dilapidated: The protests are building on long-simmering anger at a ruling class that has divvied up power among themselves and amassed wealth for decades but has done little to fix a crumbling economy and dilapidated infrastructure.

Thousands protest in Sudan, call to disband ex-ruling party

  • coincide: The protests in Khartoum and other parts of the country coincided with the anniversary of an uprising in 1964.
  • navigate: The country is now ruled by a joint military-civilian administration, which must navigate a delicate path toward eventual democratic elections in just over three years.
  • unfavorable: A statement by the police warned against " creating a state of chaos," which it said could lead to " unfavorable consequences.
  • negligence: The rebels have for years complained of negligence by the central government in Khartoum.
  • imposition: The report identified important steps the government should take, including " reverse the imposition of Islamic law on religious minorities, separate religion and state, and provide for a fairer distribution of power and resources to areas in the periphery.

Residents of northeast Syria city pelt departing US troops

  • insult: One of the vehicles reversed down the street and over a sidewalk as several people walked after it, shaking their fists in the air and shouting insults.
  • encapsulate: The scene encapsulated the Kurds ' feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a U.S. withdrawal that has been rushed and saw several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.
  • indignity: The scene encapsulated the Kurds ' feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a U.S. withdrawal that has been rushed and saw several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.
  • shell: Khalil said Turkey continues to violate the cease-fire, accusing its troops of shelling a village at dawn and seeking to carry out military operations.
  • adhere: He criticized the U.S. as guarantor of the cease-fire deal, saying it has not forced Turkey to adhere to it.

The Latest: 70,000 children displaced by NE Syrian violence

  • uproot: The United Nations has said more than 176,000 people have been uprooted.
  • acute: She said in a statement late Sunday that residents of northeastern Syria had already been reliant on humanitarian aid before the violence and were in acute need.
  • shell: Redur Khalil told The Associated Press Monday that Turkey however continues to violate the cease-fire, accusing its troops of shelling a village at dawn and seeking to carry out military operations.
  • stick: He said the U.S. guarantor however has not forced Turkey to stick to the agreement.
  • vacate: Turkey's foreign minister has renewed warnings that his country will resume its military offensive in northeast Syria if Kurdish fighters don't vacate the region before the end of a U.S.-brokered cease-fire Tuesday evening.

UPDATE 1-Putin steps up drive for clout in Africa with broadside against West

  • predatory: U.S. criticises Moscow's 'predatory' business practices ( Adds background, detai l).
  • converge: The Kremlin has said it expects 47 African leaders to converge on the Black Sea city of Sochi for the Oct. 23-24 event, Moscow's first Russia-Africa summit and part of an ambitious push for influence and business in Africa.
  • mineral: For Moscow, the prize is greater political influence on a continent with 54 United Nations member states, sprawling mineral wealth, and potentially lucrative markets for Russian-manufactured weapons.
  • predatory: In December, then U.S. national security adviser John Bolton accused Moscow of " corrupt" and " predatory" business practices and of selling arms and energy in exchange for votes at the United Nations.
  • guise: They are using such methods to try to return lost influence and dominance in their former colonies in a new guise and rushing to pump out maximum profits and to exploit the continent," he said.

Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria

  • relent: Last December, Trump directed 2,000 U.S. troops to leave Syria immediately, only to relent later and approve a more gradual withdrawal.
  • reestablish: The main goal would be to prevent the Islamic State group from reestablishing all or parts of its religious state, or caliphate, in Syria and neighboring Iraq..
  • garrison: Trump would need to approve any plan to leave forces in any part of Syria in addition to the about 150 in Al-Tanf, a small garrison in south-central Syria.

10 things you need to know today: October 21, 2019

  • hospitality: At the end of the day, he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business," Mulvaney said," and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could and he was very confident of doing that at Doral.
  • sidestep: In this trial, Cuyahoga and Summit counties in Ohio are suing drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals, four distributors, and drug-store chain Walgreens, accusing them of contributing to the opioid epidemic by conspiring to sidestep a federal law requiring them to spot and report massive sales signaling illegal distribution of the highly addictive painkillers.
  • patriarch: My husband Paul and our entire family are devastated by the loss of our patriarch, my beloved brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III," Pelosi said in a Sunday statement.
  • vestige: He took office promising to " root out every cause or vestige of discrimination," and made civil rights a focus of his political career.

TIMELINE-Key moments leading up to Johnson's Brexit deal

  • noisy: Johnson then meets Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, but skips a news conference amid noisy street protests.
  • tortuous: Gesturing to an empty lectern, Bettel channels the bloc's exasperation with the tortuous Brexit negotiations.
  • manor: The two men meet in a manor house outside Liverpool on Oct. 10.

INSIGHT-'If anyone can do it, it's him': how Boris won a Brexit deal

  • humiliate: B RUSSELS/D UBLIN/LONDON, Oct 21( Reuters)- In 90 days as British prime minister, Boris Johnson has been humiliated in parliament, drawn mass street protests, tasted heavy defeat in the courts and suffered significant departures from his government, including his own brother.
  • taste: B RUSSELS/D UBLIN/LONDON, Oct 21( Reuters)- In 90 days as British prime minister, Boris Johnson has been humiliated in parliament, drawn mass street protests, tasted heavy defeat in the courts and suffered significant departures from his government, including his own brother.
  • salvage: Johnson's ability to overcome deep European scepticism and salvage the stranded negotiating process was forged during an off-the-record countryside stroll with Ireland's leader, Leo Varadkar, on Thursday, Oct. 10.
  • acrimonious: The low point came during an acrimonious phone call earlier on Oct. 8, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel bluntly told Johnson that the EU would not accept customs checks on the island of Ireland.
  • orthodox: At that precise moment Johnson broke from the orthodox Brexit playbook his predecessor Theresa May had stuck to unsuccessfully for more than two years.

Five things to know about Canada's general election

  • vow: A vow to overhaul of Canada's electoral system was dropped and a pledge to balance the budget this year has been broken.
  • philanthropist: First, Mr Trudeau was found to have broken federal ethics rules by taking a tropical vacation to the island owned by the Aga Khan, the philanthropist and spiritual leader, in 2016.
  • slate: His party has been struggling to raise funds, a third of his caucus has chosen not to run again, and the party has been slow to announce a full slate of candidates.
  • caricature: Mr Trudeau's own personal history has also become a stumbling block for his re-election bid, after three instances of him wearing blackface or brownface- widely accepted as racist caricatures- came to light during the campaign.
  • slate: His party struggled to raise funds, a third of his caucus chose not to run again, and the party was slow to announce a full slate of candidates.

Iran sends US list of names for its proposed prisoner swap

  • conciliatory: A prisoner swap could offer a breakthrough following a pair of conciliatory moves.
  • cook: However, in May, Iran sentenced former U.S. Navy cook Michael R. White from Imperial Beach, California, to 10 years in prison in Iran, becoming the first American known to be imprisoned there since Trump took office.
  • octogenarian: Iranian-American Siamak Namazi and his octogenarian father Baquer, a former representative for the U.N. children's agency UNICEF who served as governor of Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province under the U.S.-backed shah, are both serving 10-year sentences on espionage charges.

Franco exhumation: Why is Spain moving a dictator's remains?

  • exhume: WATC H: Why Spain wants to exhume Franco's remains.
  • exhume: The government says Franco's remains will be exhumed on Thursday and moved to a cemetery in Madrid.
  • mausoleum: He was buried in a mausoleum called the Valley of the Fallen, just outside Madrid.
  • rebel: Franco won Spain's 1930s civil war, which was started when he rebelled against the elected leftist government.
  • mausoleum: His embalmed body currently lies at the huge Valley of the Fallen mausoleum alongside tens of thousands of victims from both sides of the civil war.

Australian newspapers black out front pages in 'secrecy' protest

  • stifle: The protest is aimed at national security laws which journalists say have stifled reporting and created a " culture of secrecy" in Australia.
  • secrecy: The protest is aimed at national security laws which journalists say have stifled reporting and created a " culture of secrecy" in Australia.
  • spy: One detailed allegations of war crimes, while the other reported an alleged attempt by a government agency to spy on Australian citizens.
  • secretive: ABC managing director David Anderson said: " Australia is at risk of becoming the world's most secretive democrac y.
  • defamation: This forms part of a list of seven demands put to the government on Monday which also call for reforms to freedom of information and defamation laws.

Nigeria's Buhari saga: The fake wedding, the president and the family feud

  • outburst: It is a story about the president purportedly taking a second wife- a female cabinet member to boot- while his wife's furious outburst hint at deeper issues.
  • cryptic: The plot was supplied by Nigeria's vibrant social media and was aided by Mrs Buhari's cryptic comments.
  • cryptic: In an interview with BBC Hausa, the first lady offered confirmation, albeit in a very cryptic way, that there had indeed been plans for President Buhari to take a second wife, by referring to a " promise of marriage ".
  • rebut: To further complicate matters, the minister's Twitter account denied commenting on the rum ours, rebutting claims made by a fake account in her name that had actually denied the story.
  • outburst: We now know, courtesy of that BBC Hausa interview, that a viral video that circulated on social media of Aisha Buhari in an angry outburst was genuine.

Horses, handshakes and bad edits: The dos and don’ts of political photo-ops

  • understate: Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pictured travelling in typically understated fashion.
  • buffoon: But, as one witness told The Guardian earlier this year," he seemed to take the buffoon and run with it ".
  • comical: Perhaps more aspiring prime ministers should consider a comical zip wire trip.
  • ostentatious: He's known for his strongman image (despite the puppy) and for his ostentatious PR stunts.

'A stray baseball cracked my skull'

  • stray: A stray baseball cracked my skull '- BBC News.
  • bungle: Conversely, fans will boo people if they bungle a catch.
  • souvenir: A lot of people are really, really not happy about it," said Hample, who owns a collection of over 6,000 baseballs and offers tips for souvenir hunters on his YouTube channel.