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Egypt opens jail after UN report on inmate Morsi's death

  • jail: Cairo (AFP)- Egyptian authorities Monday opened up Tora prison in Cairo for a media tour, following a UN report on the " brutal" conditions in which jailed ex-president Mohamed Morsi was held before his death.
  • pundit: On the media tour, abuse charges in Tora were dismissed by politicians and personalities that included for example retired ex-national football goalkeeper turned television pundit Ahmed Shobeir.
  • negligence: Rights groups have regularly accused Egyptian authorities of severe violations including torture, overcrowding and medical negligence in jails.

Turkey starts returning IS fighters, deports US national

  • reluctance: The move comes just over a week after the Turkish interior minister said Turkey was not a " hotel" for IS fighters and criticized Western nations for their reluctance to take back citizens who had joined the ranks of the extremist militant group as it sought to establish a " caliphate" in Iraq and Syria.
  • recapture: Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said last week that about 1,200 foreign IS fighters were in Turkish prisons and 287 members, including women and children, were recaptured during Turkey's offensive in Syria.
  • offensive: Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said last week that about 1,200 foreign IS fighters were in Turkish prisons and 287 members, including women and children, were recaptured during Turkey's offensive in Syria.
  • severely: In Denmark, Justice Minister Nick Hakkerup told Danish broadcaster TV2 that any Danish citizens who fought for IS and are repatriated to the country " must be punished as severely as possible.
  • offensive: While Turkey has quietly deported IS sympathizers for years, it raised the issue more forcefully after Western nations refused to back its invasion of northeastern Syria and its offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters, whom Ankara considers terrorists linked to Kurdish insurgents fighting inside Turkey.

Russian historian found with body parts accused of murder

  • renowned: Russian prosecutors have accused a renowned historian of murder after he admitted shooting and then dismembering his student partner in St Petersburg.
  • knife: In court he admitted shooting Ms Yeshchenko four times with a sawn-off shotgun, then chopping up the body with a saw and kitchen knife.
  • postgraduate: He has written dozens of historical research papers, and Ms Yeshchenko, a postgraduate student, co-wrote some of them.
  • knife: In court he alleged that Ms Yeshchenko had attacked him with a knife- and at that point he shot her- during a blazing row.
  • postgraduate: Ms Yeshchenko moved to St Petersburg to study from Krasnodar region in southern Russia, and was a postgraduate student at the time of her death.

UN, top Iraq cleric urge 'serious' reforms after protests

  • overhaul: Mass rallies calling for an overhaul of the ruling system have rocked the capital Baghdad and the Shi ite-majority south since October 1-- the largest and deadliest popular movement in Iraq in decades.
  • halt: The bloody unrest has sparked serious concern from the UN, human rights groups and the White House, which on Sunday called on Baghdad" to halt the violence against protesters" and pass electoral reform.
  • paralysis: After weeks of paralysis, Iraq's top leaders seem to have agreed to keep the system intact, but the UN in Iraq ( UNAMI) urged them to enact a host of changes.
  • sermon: In his recent sermons, delivered by a representative, Sistani has described the protesters ' demands as " legitimate" and called for the rallies to be handled with " restraint".
  • port: They have cleared streets and squares in Baghdad, in the port hub of Basra and the southern city of Nasiriyah, where four protesters were shot dead on Sunday.

UN watchdog: Iran's violations of nuclear deal increasing

  • quarterly: The IAEA did not identify the site in the confidential quarterly report that was distributed to member states and seen by The Associated Press.
  • pact: Since the U.S. under President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear pact last year and imposed new sanctions, Iran's economy has been struggling.
  • outskirt: An IAEA meeting last week included discussions about an undeclared site on the outskirts of Tehran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described to the U.N. in 2018 as a " secret atomic warehouse.
  • clandestine: They claimed there were " several other" similar clandestine nuclear facilities under the purview of Iran's Defense Ministry, not the country's civilian atomic energy agency.
  • explosive: However, the IAEA has said Iran" carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device" in a " structured program" through the end of 2003.

Israel says Expo 2020 in Dubai is a bridge to Arab world

  • pavilion: Elazar Cohen presented plans for the Israeli pavilion at the world's largest exhibition, in which it aims to project its technologi cal, scientific and agricultural innovations to the 25 million visitors expected to descend upon the glitzy city-state.
  • alleviate: There is curiosity, mixed with concern, about this thing called Israel and we want to alleviate that concern," he said in a briefing at Israel's Foreign Ministry.
  • pavilion: His presentation, accompanied by a slick promotional video in English, Hebrew and Arabic, delivered by a prominent Arab -Israeli TV personality, comes a day after the Israeli government officially confirmed its participation in Expo 2020 and allotted a budget to its planned pavilion.
  • warm: Netanyahu frequently boasts of warming, behind-the-scenes ties with Gulf Arab countries, based on shared enmity for regional foe Iran.
  • enmity: Netanyahu frequently boasts of warming, behind-the-scenes ties with Gulf Arab countries, based on shared enmity for regional foe Iran.

Trump impeachment inquiry: a timeline of key events so far

  • solicit: Since then, House committees have been taking witness testimony about an alleged plot by Trump to use the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country, Ukraine, in the 2020 election.
  • suspension: Lt Col Alexander Vindman, top adviser on Ukraine on the National Security Council, is made aware of the suspension of military aid for Ukraine.
  • shock: At a dramatic White House meeting, Trump emissaries ask top Ukrainian officials to investigate Biden, shocking US national security officials.
  • suspension: High-level Ukrainian officials are made aware of the suspension of US military aid meant to help in their fight against Russian forces, according to a New York Times report.
  • deposition: The House votes on a resolution laying out a process to move impeachment from closed-door depositions to open hearings.

The Latest: UN: Man-made uranium found at site in Iran

  • quarterly: The IAEA did not identify the site in the confidential quarterly report distributed to member states and seen by The Associated Press on Monday.
  • quarterly: That's according to a confidential quarterly report that was distributed to member states and seen by The Associated Press on Monday.
  • quarterly: In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium still exceeds the amount allowed by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA..

The Hong Kong Police Gunshot That Unleashed a Day of Mayhem

  • abdomen: A traffic cop seeking to break up a rush-hour roadblock grabbed a masked protester in a headlock and shot another in the abdomen at close range.
  • circulate: The incident-- caught on video and widely circulated on social media-- added new fuel to criticism of police tactics already raging after a student died Friday from injuries suffered near a clash between cops and protesters.
  • circulate: Activists attempted to use the shooting to rally support for more protests on Tuesday, circulating flyers on social media featuring an image of a revolver and calling on people to disrupt traffic during the morning commute.
  • torture: Police have repeatedly reaffirmed their commitment to restraint, despite criticism from the United Nations, U.S. and U.K. lawmakers, and Amnesty International, which accused the force of torturing detained protesters.
  • noxious: Officers have accused protesters of splashing them with noxious fluids and exposing them and their families to threats by circulating their personal information online.

Bird of the Year: Rare anti-social penguin wins New Zealand poll

  • marred: There are no reports of voting irregularities this year after fixing scandals marred previous polls.
  • portly: A tall, portly penguin with a pale yellow band of feathers on its head, the hoiho stands around 65cm ( 25in) tall and weighs around 5kg ( 11 lb).
  • shriek: Although mostly silent, the birds do shriek in a high-pitched tone when they mate.
  • mate: Although mostly silent, the birds do shriek in a high-pitched tone when they mate.
  • portly: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The hoiho is a tall, portly penguin with a pale yellow band of feathers on its head.

UK's Farage withdraws Brexit threat to PM Johnson

  • tycoon: Property tycoon Tice insisted he will not splinter the eurosceptic vote because the Tories" end up basically being a paper candidat e" in constituencies they have not won for years.
  • cook: Labour accused Farage and Johnson of cooking up an alliance that threatened to " sell out our country" and pave the way for a post-Brexit trade deal that would open the state-run health service to US drugs firms.
  • savage: We urge voters to reject this Thatcherite 1980s tribute act, which would lead to more savage Tory attacks on working class communitie s," said Labour chairman Ian Lavery.

Spanish elections: How the far-right Vox party found its footing

  • tonight: France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen tweeted (in French): " Strong and warm congratulations to my friends from Vox, who tonight in Spain scored a meaningful result for such a young and dynamic movement.
  • populous: The southern region of Andalusia- Spain's most populous- has high unemployment and is the main arrival point in Spain for migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
  • deride: Vox has been derided as far-right and populist, anti-immigrant and anti-Islam but its leader Santiago Abascal believes its recent surge of support is because it is " in step with what millions of Spaniards think ".
  • differentiate: Its overall support for Spain's membership of the EU, it says, differentiates it from many populist and far-right movements across Europe.

Bolivia crisis: Power vacuum follows Morales' resignation

  • defiant: On Monday, Mr Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous leader, struck a defiant note on Tw itter, saying that " the Bolivian people have never abandoned me and I will never abandon them ".
  • request: Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said that events in Bolivia constituted " a coup because the army requested the resignation of the president, and that violates the constitutional order of that country ".
  • plaudits: He has won plaudits for fighting poverty and improving Bolivia's economy but drew controversy by defying constitutional term limits to run for a fourth term in October's election, which is alleged to have been rife with irregularities.
  • rife: He has won plaudits for fighting poverty and improving Bolivia's economy but drew controversy by defying constitutional term limits to run for a fourth term in October's election, which is alleged to have been rife with irregularities.
  • volatile: That is not entirely clear at this point, adding to the volatile nature of the situation.

Rohingya crisis: The Gambia accuses Myanmar of genocide at top UN court

  • injunction: In its filing, The Gambia asked the court to implement an injunction to make sure Myanmar immediately" stops atrocities and genocide against its own Rohingya people ".
  • census: Despite living in Myanmar for generations, they are not recognised as citizens or counted in the census.
  • interloper: Thy are often painted, including by government officials, as illegal immigrants and interlopers from Bangladesh.
  • rape: Clearance operations by security forces in response saw entire villages burned, and civilians attacked, raped and killed, UN investigators found.
  • demolish: Earlier this year, the BBC found evidence that entire Rohingya villages had been demolished and replaced by secure government facilities.

UN: Top Iraqi Shiite cleric backs reforms to resolve unrest

  • perpetrator: Hennis-Plasschaert said Sistani, who did not issue a separate statement, insisted there should be " zero" use of violence against peaceful protesters and that perpetrators "should be held to account without delay.
  • abduction: More immediate measures included the release of peaceful demonstrators detained since early October, an investigation into cases of abduction and punishing those found guilty of using excessive force against protesters.
  • contingent: Saleh said in late October that early elections would be held following the resignation of Prime Minister Adil Ab dul-Mah di, who in turn said his stepping down was contingent on political parties finding a suitable alternative for the premiership.

Nigel Farage Stands Down Hundreds of Candidates, Handing Election Boost to Boris Johnson

  • manifesto: We will concentrate our total effort into all the seats that are held by the Labour party, who have completely broken their manifesto pledge in 2017 to respect the result of the referendum, and we will also take on the rest of the Remainer parties.
  • severely: May's 317 seats fell short of a majority, forcing her to make a deal with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party and severely undermining her power.
  • scent: Even for many Conservatives, Farage's brand of populist anti-immigration rhetoric is toxic and the scent of some kind of arrangement between him and Johnson could go down badly among swing voters.

Turkey’s Digital Tax Will Inspire Others

  • marketplace: The tax, which is expected to be approved by parliament this week, will apply not only to electronic marketplaces like eBay and digital-advertising giants like Google and Facebook, but also to e-commerce platforms involved in the sale of digital goods and services, like Spotify and Netflix.
  • contemplate: The severity of the regulatory framework being contemplated is in many ways a by-product of the failure of multilateralism and its inability to redress the grievances of nations that perceive the system as being rigged against their economic interest.
  • redress: The severity of the regulatory framework being contemplated is in many ways a by-product of the failure of multilateralism and its inability to redress the grievances of nations that perceive the system as being rigged against their economic interest.
  • grapple: National governments have long grappled with the need to tax the digital behemoths.
  • behemoth: National governments have long grappled with the need to tax the digital behemoths.

Climate change: British Airways reviews 'fuel-tankering' over climate concerns

  • load: Yet BBC Panorama has seen dozens of internal BA documents that show up to six tonnes of extra fuel have been loaded onto planes in this way.
  • emit: The extra weight meant the plane emitted more than 600kg of additional carbon dioxide- the same emissions one person is responsible for on a return flight to New York.
  • emit: For such a big company to be trying to save such small amounts while emitting so much extra CO2 seems unjustifiable in the current climat e," he said.

Uber CEO calls Jamal Khashoggi murder 'serious mistake'

  • forgive: Pressed on Saudi links with Uber in a TV interview, Dara Khosrowshahi said: "People make mistakes, it doesn't mean they can never be forgiven.
  • pedestrian: He was referring to Uber's self-driving cars, one of which struck and killed a woman in 2018 when it " failed" to identify her as a pedestrian.
  • reprehensible: When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused.
  • excuse: When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused.
  • spate: Mr Kalanick, Uber's billionaire co-f o under, resigned after a spate of controversies at the firm.

10 things you need to know today: November 11, 2019

  • incursion: Milley did not provide a precise figure, but before President Trump ordered U.S. withdrawal last month ahead of Turkey's incursion, Milley said less than 1,000 U.S. troops would be left operating in the area along the Turkish border.
  • douse: Later, a pro-Beijing supporter was doused with liquid and set on fire.
  • liquid: Later, a pro-Beijing supporter was doused with liquid and set on fire.
  • waive: The National Parks Service is waiving entrance fees for the federal holiday.

Bolivian President Evo Morales Resigns After Army Tells Him to Go

  • plunge: Bolivia plunged into deeper chaos late Sunday with reports of fires and looting, as well as confusion over the succession after the three officials who were next in line to replace Morales also stepped down.
  • cling: While he presided over respectable economic growth under a socialist-light model, his desire to cling on to power after almost 14 years even after losing a referendum ultimately led to his downfall.
  • cede: Morales resigned just hours after ceding to pressure to hold new elections.

Iran underground lab boosts low-enriched uranium production

  • quarterly: The United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, was expected to release a quarterly report about Iran's program on Monday.
  • slate: Under the deal, a United Nations-imposed arms embargo on Iran is slated to be lifted in October 2020, five years after the accord's adoption.
  • sanction: The website also notes that Qassem Soleimani, the sanctioned head of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard's expeditionary Quds Force, would be able to travel freely abroad if the measure is allowed to expire.

57 countries sue Myanmar over reported genocide of Rohingya in historic lawsuit

  • raze: Over 700,000 Rohingya, a Muslim-majority ethnic minority, have fled Myanmar since a campaign by the country's military to push them out and raze their villages began in August 2017.
  • expel: According to a statement from the law firm Foley Hoag, which is assisting with the case, the suit bases that charge on the U.N.'s fact-finding mission released in August 2018 that found Myanmar's military had genocidal intent in its violent campaign to expel the Rohingya.
  • request: In July, the ICC chief prosecutor requested that the global body authorize an investigation into possible war crimes by Myanmar senior military and civilian officials, after the prosecutor's office's preliminary investigation said it had determined their actions met the legal conditions necessary.
  • diplomat: More recently, Yanghee Lee, a South Korean diplomat who serves as U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, said on Oct. 23 that Myanmar should face prosecution at the ICC and that conditions on the ground remain too dangerous for the nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees in neighboring Bangladesh.
  • arbitrary: Similarly, Amnesty International released a report in late October that included " fresh evidence that the Myanmar military is continuing to commit atrocities against ethnic minorities," including arbitrary arrest, detention and torture.

Latin American Politics Still a Military Affair

  • immense: In Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro has hung on in the face of immense international pressure, with the army behind him.
  • dispel: The unrest raised more questions about police methods to dispel anti-government demonstrations.
  • restrain: As Steven T. Dennis reports, transcripts released by House impeachment investigators offer no evidence that Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney or Secretary of State Michael Pompeo tried to restrain Trump, highlighting his preference for advisers who don't question him.
  • tomorrow: European Union foreign ministers meet in Brussels today and tomorrow to discuss Syria, Afghanistan and Iran.
  • cede: Yet the U.K. insists it is not ceding control any time soon.

Imelda Marcos Is Here to Teach Us How Wannabe Autocrats Like Trump Really Think

  • sick: Imelda and her husband Ferdinand Marcos had been ousted from power five years earlier by a popular uprising in the Philippines where people had grown sick of their corruption and brutality.
  • powerless: Trump was a loud-mouthed but ultimately powerless New York real estate mogul.
  • extrajudicial: Ferdinand died in 1989, but in recent years, the family secretly helped to fund the rise of Duterte, a notorious homophobe and rape apologist who has bragged of executing drug-dealers in thousands of extrajudicial street killings.
  • congratulate: Trump is one of the few world leaders to have spoken warmly of Duterte and reportedly congratulated him on his approach to the drug trade.
  • glimpse: Her new film offers a glimpse of the distorted inner monologue of a politician driven by autocratic tendencies.

Is climate change to blame for Australia's bushfires?

  • blaze: Image copyright JACKI POCOCK Image caption The blazes have destroyed hundreds of homes in two states.
  • raze: Australia is enduring a bushfire crisis that has left three people dead, razed more than 150 homes, and prompted warnings of " catastrophic" danger.
  • blaze: Bushfires are a regular feature in the Australian calendar, but the blazes in New South Wales and Queensland have not previously occurred on such a scale and so early in the fire season, officials say.
  • cumulative: He added fire seasons were starting earlier and" the cumulative fire danger" in many areas was growing.

Kenya census: Why counting people can be controversial

  • census: Kenya census: Why counting people can be controversial- BBC News.
  • census: Kenya's population census figures have been released, causing controversy among some groups who feel the results are not fair or accurate.
  • census: The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.
  • embolden: The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.
  • border: In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey.

The reigning queen of American reality TV

  • vie: While many people outside of the US may not be aware of her, the two shows often vie with each other to be the top-rated cable television programme on the day they go out.
  • amass: She and her husband have amassed their fortune over the past 37 years.
  • akin: Madeline Berg, a media writer at Forbes magazine who follows the fortunes of reality TV stars, says this is a fusion of entertainment and commerce akin to the Disney theme parks.
  • swim: If I 'm suddenly going to say 'oh look, here I am, and I 'm developing a swimming pool cleaner ', everyone's going to say it's rubbish.
  • hospitality: You must always put a smile on your face in the hospitality industry, you must always be kind and generous," she says.

The Iranian opposition fighters who mustn't think about sex

  • languish: Now, dozens languish in the Albanian capital, Tirana, unable to return to Iran or get on with their lives.
  • abscond: He is 60, and absconded two years ago from the ME K's military-style encampment outside Tirana.
  • comrade: Now he scrapes by in the city, full of regrets and accused by his former Mujahideen comrades of spying for their sworn enemy, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • citadel: Neighbouring Iraq offered sanct uary, and from their desert citadel during the Iran/Iraq war ( 1980-1988), the MEK fought on the side of Saddam Hussein against their homeland.
  • perilous: In 2003, the allied invasion of Iraq made life perilous for the ME K..

Pakistan pollution: Teens fight to save Lahore from toxic air

  • intensive: When Nariman Qureshi returned to her home in Lahore after a week-long work trip in early November, she discovered her five-year-old daughter Anya had spent two nights in intensive care.
  • fog: Image copyright AFP Image caption In January, the early morning fog mixed with pollution to create a toxic smog over Lahore.
  • menace: Air pollution in Punjab, and Lahore in particular, has long been a menace to citizens and the government has don little in response.

Sesame Street at 50: Five defining moments

  • episode: Sesame Street has produced nearly 5,000 episodes, won 193 Emmy awards, and now broadcasts in 150 different countries.
  • award: Sesame Street has produced nearly 5,000 episodes, won 193 Emmy awards, and now broadcasts in 150 different countries.
  • engender: Harvard Education Professor Joe Blatt, who was a consultant on the show, says the concept of using TV- which was then thought to engender only laziness and bad habits in children- was a " brilliant and kind of daring and exciting move" for 1969.
  • script: The script had been tested on children before airing, Prof Blatt tells the BBC, to ensure they understood the message.
  • mix: TV producers" bring the Sesame model, this mix of curriculum and research, to a country, and develop a new series with authentic goals relevant to the local country," explains Prof Blatt.

Mexico ambush: How a US Mormon family ended up dead

  • ambush: Mexico ambush: How a US Mormon family ended up dead- BBC News.
  • ambush: Mexico ambush: How a US Mormon family ended up dead.
  • ambush: Nine members of a Mormon community in northern Mexico died in an ambush by gunmen while travelling from their home on the La Mora ranch to a nearby settlement.
  • ambush: Their grandfather filmed the aftermath of the cartel ambush with his mobile phone" for the record" as he put it, his voice cracking.
  • solace: Perhaps the only solace for this tight-knit Mormon community exists in the knowledge that the children who died were with their mothers- a family united to their untimely, violent end.

Chile protests: Concerns grow over human rights abuses

  • rubber: He's at the eye hospital getting treatment after he was hit six times by rubber bullets- one of them blinded him.
  • prevalence: The level of prevalence of use of force is so clear," says Amnesty's Cesar Marin of the tactical campaign and crisis response team.
  • quell: A few days after Chile brought in the state of emergency to quell last month's violent protests, Cesar went for a drive.
  • blind: He's at the eye hospital getting treatment after he was hit six times by rubber bullets- one of them blinded him.
  • lying: The president's lying," he says of Mr Pinera's justification that he's protecting Chileans from the violent protesters.

The cheap sensor detecting landslides in India

  • velocity: An accelerometer is a type of motion sensor which measures changes in velocity.
  • instantaneous: Due to the early warnings from small movements, detecting a landslide is easier than trying to detect an earthquake, which is more instantaneous with a very small warning corridor.
  • frequency: Authorities say the frequency of landslides in Himachal Pradesh is due to its mountainous terrain and the instability of the Himalayas, which is a relatively young mountain range.
  • mountainous: Authorities say the frequency of landslides in Himachal Pradesh is due to its mountainous terrain and the instability of the Himalayas, which is a relatively young mountain range.
  • emit: The device measures all these movements, and when it detects a significant displacement of earth which could result in a landslide, it emits loud noises and sends text messages to officials so that they can evacuate and stop vehicular movement to and around the area.

Adèle Haenel MeToo moment shocks French cinema

  • irksome: I did not see that my adulation for her, and the hopes I placed in her, might- given her young age- come across at times as irksome.
  • pardon: I ask her pardon," he said in a statement.
  • adulation: I did not see that my adulation for her, and the hopes I placed in her, might- given her young age- come across at times as irksome.
  • incomparable: Adele, your courage is a gift of incomparable generosity.....

'I was kidnapped and now only travel by train'

  • commuter: To avoid Nigeria's notorious kidnapping gangs thousands of commuters pack on to trains each day between the capital, Abuja, and the city of Kaduna.
  • carriage: When I joined 600 passengers on the 09:45 from Abuja, more than 50 were standing in my carriage.
  • divergent: A cosmopolitan city, Kaduna is very different to Abuja, bristling with divergent interests, but with simmering tensions over ethnic, political and religious issues.
  • brave: Image copyright Nigeria Police Image caption The Abuja-Kaduna highway is now travelled by only a brave few.
  • ordeal: Image caption Manir Awal Addo refuses to travel by road after his kidnapping ordeal.

Iran's network of influence in Mid-East 'growing'

  • bulwark: Prior to that event, the Gulf Arab states saw Sunni Arab-ruled Iraq as something of a bulwark against any Iranian expansionism.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps ( IRGC) is estimated to have more than 150,000 active personnel.
  • export: Starting with Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Islamic Republic has been seeking to export its revolutionary ideology and expand its influence beyond its borders ever since the return of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to Tehran in 1979.
  • external: The key ingredient here has been the Quds Force, the external operations wing of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps ( IRGC).
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Popular Mobilisation Units ( PMU) fought alongside Iraqi forces against the Islamic State group.

The shareholders fighting to make oil firms greener

  • marine: He implored them to back a resolution, brought by a small group of investors, to stop Equinor's plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight- a stretch of coastline in South Australia said to be one of the most unspoiled marine environments in the world.
  • marine: Image copyright Brad Leue Image caption The Bight is one of the most unspoiled marine environments in the world.
  • frontier: The motion called on the company to stop oil-and-gas exploration and production in " frontier" and " pristine" environments that would include the Bight.
  • pristine: The motion called on the company to stop oil-and-gas exploration and production in " frontier" and " pristine" environments that would include the Bight.
  • inconsistent: They can also convince firms to stop lobbying that is " inconsistent" with the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to reduce the risks and impacts of climate change globally.

Head of UN Palestinian agency resigns amid ethics probe

  • allege: An internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency, which has also faced a financial crisis after the United States suspended and later cut all its funding for it in 2018.
  • suspend: An internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency, which has also faced a financial crisis after the United States suspended and later cut all its funding for it in 2018.
  • headquarters: According to a separate statement from UN headquarters, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said preliminary findings revealed no " fraud or misappropriation of operational funds" by Krahenbuhl.
  • dissent: According to the confidential report, the allegations include senior management engaging in " sex ual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority, for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives.
  • allege: Krahenbuhl himself was alleged to have been romantically involved with a colleague appointed in 2015 to a newly created role of senior adviser after an " extreme fast-track" process, the report says.

Yemeni officials: Rebels missile, drone attack kills 8

  • port: Wadah Dobish, a spokesman for government forces on Yemen's western coast, told The Associated Press at least four missiles fired by the Iran-backed rebels struck warehouses used by the allied force known as the Giants Bridges in the port town of Mocha.
  • shell: Houthi officials, meanwhile, said Giant Bridges fighters fired dozens of shells at the rebel-held town of Durayhimi, just south of the Hodeida port city.
  • brief: All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
  • port: The port city is the main entry point for humanitarian aid to Yemen, where more than five years of war have spawned the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with near-famine conditions in some areas.

UPDATE 4-Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

  • supervise: After all successful preparations... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement reported by Iranian media.
  • reiterate: The United States, which withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, reiterated a statement from Tuesday, calling Iran's move a " big step in the wrong direction.
  • behaviour: U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Tehran had no credible reason to expand its uranium enrichment program and Washington would continue its policy of economic pressure on Iran until it changed its behaviour.
  • pact: Under the pact, Iran agreed to turn Fordow into a " nuclear, physics and technology centre" where 1,044 centrifuges are used for purposes other than enrichment, such as producing stable isotopes, which have a variety of civil uses.
  • physics: Under the pact, Iran agreed to turn Fordow into a " nuclear, physics and technology centre" where 1,044 centrifuges are used for purposes other than enrichment, such as producing stable isotopes, which have a variety of civil uses.

UN mulls slow DR Congo drawdown despite ongoing bloodshed

  • scourge: We will do everything to bring an end to the scourge of insecurity," he said.
  • tentative: Goma (DR Congo) (AFP)- UN peacekeepers should progressively withdraw from DR Congo by the end of 2022 at the earliest, a strategic review said Wednesday, in the first tentative timeline to exit a country grappling with militia violence and Ebola.
  • restive: In the most recent violence, members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) crossed the border from Uganda late on Tuesday and " killed 10 civilians, some with knives and others with firearms," in the locality of Kokola, Donat Kibwana, local administrator in the restive Beni region, told AFP.
  • casualty: "That's why they try to cause terror among the population," he told AFP, declining to give a casualty toll for Tuesday's attack.
  • impoverish: The impoverished central African country has been wracked by conflict near its eastern border, with many of the militias having evolved from the two Congo wars ( 1996-1997 and 1998-2003).

How dangerous is Mexico?

  • illicit: Mexico's location on the southern border of the US means that for decades it has been home to powerful criminal groups smuggling cocaine, heroine, marijuana and methamphetamines north to the United States, the world's largest market for illicit drugs.
  • quell: Image copyright AFP Image caption The deployment of soldiers has failed to quell the violence.
  • extortion: These groups do not just deal in drugs but also engage in extortion, money laundering, human trafficking, people smuggling and contract killings.
  • ambush: Image copyright AFP Image caption Members of the Lebaron family mourn in front of the burned car where some of their relatives were murdered in an ambush.

Exclusive: Tony Blair on regulating Big Tech, Facebook, Russia, China and Brexit

  • revolutionize: TB: Yes, I think social media is a revolutionary phenomenon and it's revolutionized everything, including politics.
  • underpin: This is part of what underpins the Huawei debate regarding 5G.
  • arbiter: Living in 2019, we know more than ever before about how Big Tech, particularly in the shape of Facebook, Twitter and Google-- as the prime arbiters of information and social media online-- have shaped and affected politics today.
  • imposition: So you really want to make sure that the regulation you're introducing is not an imposition on the companies for providing the service they do, but it is giving people proper protection and it's recognizing, as I say, the power that these companies have.
  • transatlantic: In regards to regulation, I would like to see Europe and America create a new transatlantic partnership around regulation.

Today's Pickup: India Gains $755 Million In Additional Exports To The US Due To US-China Trade War

  • franchise: As the largest beverage company in the world, it is understandably an incredibly complex task to manage the huge number of partners, franchises and Coca-Cola Co ( NYSE: KO) product manufacturers around the world.
  • variant: Tesla also maintained strict control over the number of variants it pushed out, which led to its car model launches becoming events that were as widely anticipated as iPhone launches.
  • leverage: Tesla was amongst the earliest proponents of data analytics, amassing billions of data points from its cars, leveraging it now in its self-driving program.
  • combustion: Meanwhile, incumbent automakers like Volkswagen or Daimler failed to realize the threat of electrification to their combustion engine vehicles early on, and are still playing catch up with Tes la, which sits well on top as the market leader of a segment that has just started sprouting wings.

Former military insider tries to rally Egypt's opposition

  • momentum: Now Ali is on a media blitz, seeking to inject momentum into his cause.
  • inject: Now Ali is on a media blitz, seeking to inject momentum into his cause.
  • divisive: While in Spain, where he has relocated, Ali said he was approached by the Brother hood, which had taken offense to one of his videos accusing their elected but divisive president, Mohammed Morsi, of mismanaging the country during his brief rule.
  • mismanage: While in Spain, where he has relocated, Ali said he was approached by the Brother hood, which had taken offense to one of his videos accusing their elected but divisive president, Mohammed Morsi, of mismanaging the country during his brief rule.
  • lucrative: Over 15 years of work with the military, Ali says his company routinely paid bribes to the military's business arm, the so-called Engineering Authority, to secure countless contracts for lucrative projects, such as the building of presidential palaces and luxury hotels.

Costa Rica Turns to Chromalox to Further Decarbonization

  • steam: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--( Newsfile Corp.- November 6, 2019)- In the wake of the 2019 United Nations Climate Summit and being awarded the 2019 Champions of the Earth Award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) has recognized Chromalox as the preferred partner for utilizing its renewable energy for carbon-free industrial steam and heating applications.
  • conjunction: On Oct. 24, 2019, Chromalox, in conjunction with the IC E, CFS, and Spirax Sarco, finalized the partnership to utilize electric heating as part of the plan to " decarbonize" the country by 2050.
  • steam: Last week's event brought together Costa Rica's largest industrial steam and heat users to hear Chromalox present on their electric heating technology, specifically DirectConnectTM medium voltage, and teach about the advantages of electric heating over fuel-fired sources.
  • steam: Chromalox's parent company Spirax Sarco also presented on their expertise in steam management and role in Costa Rican steam usage and maintenance.
  • steam: Chromalox's parent company Spirax Sarco also presented on their expertise in steam management and role in Costa Rican steam usage and maintenance.

Iran says to start enriching uranium at midnight

  • suspension: The move was Iran's fourth step in a phased suspension of its own commitments in response to US President Donald Trump's abandonment last year of the deal.
  • resumption: French President Emmanuel Macron said Iran had made " grave" decisions and its resumption of uranium enrichment was a " profound change" from Tehran's previous position.
  • inject: In the coming hours, the process of injecting ( uranium hexafluoride) gas into the centrifuges at the Fordow site will be finalised," said agency spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi, quoted in the semi-official news agency ISNA.
  • suspension: The suspension of enrichment at the Fordow plant was one of the main curbs on its nuclear activities that Iran accepted four years ago in return for the lifting of international sanctions.
  • pact: The next few weeks will be dedicated to increasing pressure on Iran to return within the framework of the pact, the French president said, adding that this must be " accompanied by an easing of some sanctions ".

Iraq protesters storm Baghdad bridge, medic killed

  • clash: In Baghdad, protesters clashed with security forces on a fourth bridge over the Tigris River after previous clashes forced the closure of three other spans, paralyzing much of the city.
  • disperse: Security forces killed at least three people as they dispersed the protest.
  • closure: In Baghdad, protesters clashed with security forces on a fourth bridge over the Tigris River after previous clashes forced the closure of three other spans, paralyzing much of the city.
  • paralyze: In Baghdad, protesters clashed with security forces on a fourth bridge over the Tigris River after previous clashes forced the closure of three other spans, paralyzing much of the city.
  • baton: Security and medical officials said at least 29 people were wounded after being hit with batons or exposed to tear gas on or near Martyrs ' Bridge.

Attacker stabs 8 at popular Jordanian tourist site

  • amateur: Amateur video showed a bloody scene next to the Jerash archaeological site, an ancient city whose ruins include a Roman amphitheater and a columned road.
  • subdue: Along with the tour guide, three other Jorda nians, including two security officers and a bus driver, were also hurt before the attacker was subdued and arrested.
  • amphitheater: Amateur video showed a bloody scene next to the Jerash archaeological site, an ancient city whose ruins include a Roman amphitheater and a columned road.
  • embarrass: Jordan's economy relies heavily on tourism, and Islamic militant groups and other attackers have in the past targeted tourist sites to embarrass the government or harm the valuable industry.
  • triple: In 2005, triple hotel attacks killed at least 23 people, while the following year a British tourist was killed when a gunman opened fire at Roman ruins in Amman.