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Coronavirus: Nigeria confirms first case in sub-Saharan Africa

  • confirm: Coronavirus: Nigeria confirms first case in sub-Saharan Africa- BBC News.
  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Nigerian officials have been screening passengers arriving at the country's main airports.
  • passenger: Image copyright AFP Image caption Nigerian officials have been screening passengers arriving at the country's main airports.
  • confirm: The first case of the coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa has been confirmed in Nigeria.
  • patient: The patient is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and flew into the commercial city of Lagos from Milan on 25 February.

Sun Yang: Eight-year ban for Chinese Olympic champion

  • double: Sun Yang was a double Olympic gold medallist at London 2012 and won the men's 200m freestyle title in 2016.
  • champion: China's three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang has been banned for eight years for missing a doping test in September 2018.
  • appeal: Following an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency ( Wada) to the Court of Arbitration for Sport ( Cas), the decision has been overturned.
  • ban: An eight-year ban was imposed on Sun because this was his second offence.
  • suspension: He had served a three-month suspension in 2014 for taking prohibited stimulant Trimetazidine.

Fire kills 5 in residential building in Iranian city of Qom

  • blaze: The report did not say what caused the blaze at the 228-apartment building in the holy city of Qom.
  • smoke: It said two men and two women died of smoke inhalation in a hallway of the building as they tried to escape the flames and the child died at the hospital.
  • trap: Firefighters evacuated 160 people who were trapped in their apartments when the fire broke out around 3 a.m..
  • confirm: Qom, where the faithful are drawn to a famous Shiite shrine, has been at the center of coronavirus cases in Iran, with 63 confirmed sickened there by the new virus that first emerged in China in December.
  • emerge: Qom, where the faithful are drawn to a famous Shiite shrine, has been at the center of coronavirus cases in Iran, with 63 confirmed sickened there by the new virus that first emerged in China in December.

Africa May Only See Impact of New Free-Trade Deal After 3 Years

  • lope: Lopes led the unit that provided technical support to the African Union, which is spearheading efforts to establish the continent-wide deal.
  • technical: Lopes led the unit that provided technical support to the African Union, which is spearheading efforts to establish the continent-wide deal.
  • establish: Lopes led the unit that provided technical support to the African Union, which is spearheading efforts to establish the continent-wide deal.
  • concession: Tariff concessions, rules of origin and protocols governing services are still to be agreed onAn agreement on tariffs could take time because countries are expected to offer concessions on an individual basis and the secretariat responsible for facilitating the agreement is not in place yet.
  • origin: Tariff concessions, rules of origin and protocols governing services are still to be agreed onAn agreement on tariffs could take time because countries are expected to offer concessions on an individual basis and the secretariat responsible for facilitating the agreement is not in place yet.

Prayers at fire-bombed mosques as India's riot toll grows

  • rebuild: If they burn our mos ques, we will rebuild them again and pray.
  • government: Tensions between Hindu hard-liners and Muslims protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi government's Hindu-first policies had been building for months when the violence exploded Sunday night, on the eve of U.S. President Donald Trump's first state visit to India.
  • violence: Tensions between Hindu hard-liners and Muslims protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi government's Hindu-first policies had been building for months when the violence exploded Sunday night, on the eve of U.S. President Donald Trump's first state visit to India.
  • explode: Tensions between Hindu hard-liners and Muslims protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi government's Hindu-first policies had been building for months when the violence exploded Sunday night, on the eve of U.S. President Donald Trump's first state visit to India.
  • shout: On one riot-torn street, Hindus shouted " Jai Shri Ram," or Long Live Ram, the Hindu god, as Muslims attempted to reach a mosque damaged in the riots.

Kosovo’s Bid to Lift Serb Trade Embargo Draws Sharp U.S. Rebuke

  • campaign: Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, almost a decade after a war that ended with a NATO bombing campaign against Belgrade-backed forces.
  • remove: Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said the levy will be removed for Serbian raw materials next month, the Beta newswire reported late Thursday.
  • material: Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said the levy will be removed for Serbian raw materials next month, the Beta newswire reported late Thursday.
  • ambassador: Under Trump, Grenell, who also serves as U.S. ambassador to Germany, has been pushing for a deal between the two sides.
  • resumption: Since last year, he has brokered agreements that may see the resumption of flights and road and rail links.

Parents of 'terrified' Africans stranded in China want help

  • outbreak: Many countries evacuated citizens from Wuhan after the virus outbreak started there, but thousands of students from African countries have been left behind.
  • plea: Despite pleas with governments for evacuation, several African countries have said it's safer to stay in place.
  • government: Despite pleas with governments for evacuation, several African countries have said it's safer to stay in place.
  • estimate: More than 4,000 African students have been estimated to be in Wuhan, a result of China's push to expand its influence on the youthful African continent.
  • expand: More than 4,000 African students have been estimated to be in Wuhan, a result of China's push to expand its influence on the youthful African continent.

Hong Kong Tycoon Lai Arrested in Fresh Crackdown on Activists

  • tycoon: Bloomberg)-- Hong Kong media tycoon and a prominent democracy advocate Jimmy Lai, who has long denounced as a traitor by Chinese state media, was among activists swept up in a fresh wave of arrests in the Asian financial hub.
  • prominent: Bloomberg)-- Hong Kong media tycoon and a prominent democracy advocate Jimmy Lai, who has long denounced as a traitor by Chinese state media, was among activists swept up in a fresh wave of arrests in the Asian financial hub.
  • democracy: Bloomberg)-- Hong Kong media tycoon and a prominent democracy advocate Jimmy Lai, who has long denounced as a traitor by Chinese state media, was among activists swept up in a fresh wave of arrests in the Asian financial hub.
  • advocate: Bloomberg)-- Hong Kong media tycoon and a prominent democracy advocate Jimmy Lai, who has long denounced as a traitor by Chinese state media, was among activists swept up in a fresh wave of arrests in the Asian financial hub.
  • denounce: Bloomberg)-- Hong Kong media tycoon and a prominent democracy advocate Jimmy Lai, who has long denounced as a traitor by Chinese state media, was among activists swept up in a fresh wave of arrests in the Asian financial hub.

As Virus Spreads, Koreans Blame Refusal to Stop Chinese Visitors

  • confidence: Bloomberg)-- In a matter of days, South Korea has swung from confidence that it had escaped the worst of the coronavirus outbreak to a cautionary tale of how quickly the disease can plunge a nation into crisis.
  • outbreak: Bloomberg)-- In a matter of days, South Korea has swung from confidence that it had escaped the worst of the coronavirus outbreak to a cautionary tale of how quickly the disease can plunge a nation into crisis.
  • disease: Bloomberg)-- In a matter of days, South Korea has swung from confidence that it had escaped the worst of the coronavirus outbreak to a cautionary tale of how quickly the disease can plunge a nation into crisis.
  • plunge: Bloomberg)-- In a matter of days, South Korea has swung from confidence that it had escaped the worst of the coronavirus outbreak to a cautionary tale of how quickly the disease can plunge a nation into crisis.
  • crisis: Bloomberg)-- In a matter of days, South Korea has swung from confidence that it had escaped the worst of the coronavirus outbreak to a cautionary tale of how quickly the disease can plunge a nation into crisis.

UN agency says 35 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

  • rant: The International Organization for Migration tweeted that mig rants, who were intersected on Thursday, were given medical assistance and relief items upon disembarkation.
  • intersect: The International Organization for Migration tweeted that mig rants, who were intersected on Thursday, were given medical assistance and relief items upon disembarkation.
  • chaos: Libya, which descended into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing war and poverty to Europe.
  • topple: Libya, which descended into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing war and poverty to Europe.
  • dictator: Libya, which descended into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing war and poverty to Europe.

Steve Bannon Hosts a Dinner of International Populist Leaders

  • grapple: Bloomberg)-- As President Donald Trump grappled with a public health crisis that could threaten his re-election, his former chief strategist was across the street from the White House dining with a group of like-minded Europeans and Latin Americans to plot the next wave of a global surge in right-wing populism.
  • crisis: Bloomberg)-- As President Donald Trump grappled with a public health crisis that could threaten his re-election, his former chief strategist was across the street from the White House dining with a group of like-minded Europeans and Latin Americans to plot the next wave of a global surge in right-wing populism.
  • threaten: Bloomberg)-- As President Donald Trump grappled with a public health crisis that could threaten his re-election, his former chief strategist was across the street from the White House dining with a group of like-minded Europeans and Latin Americans to plot the next wave of a global surge in right-wing populism.
  • plot: Bloomberg)-- As President Donald Trump grappled with a public health crisis that could threaten his re-election, his former chief strategist was across the street from the White House dining with a group of like-minded Europeans and Latin Americans to plot the next wave of a global surge in right-wing populism.
  • chairman: Raheem Kassam, a former editor at Breitbart News, of which Bannon was executive chairman, co-hosted the dinner at the Hay-Adams hotel.

Delhi riots: 'Hero cop' who braved a mob to save lives

  • riot: Delhi riots: 'Hero cop ' who braved a mob to save lives- BBC News.
  • brave: Delhi riots: 'Hero cop ' who braved a mob to save lives- BBC News.
  • mob: Delhi riots: 'Hero cop ' who braved a mob to save lives- BBC News.
  • riot: Delhi riots: 'Hero cop ' who braved a mob to save lives.
  • brave: Delhi riots: 'Hero cop ' who braved a mob to save lives.

Downfall: BP refinery worker sacked over Hitler parody wins job back

  • refinery: Downfall: BP refinery worker sacked over Hitler parody wins job back- BBC News.
  • parody: Downfall: BP refinery worker sacked over Hitler parody wins job back- BBC News.
  • refinery: Downfall: BP refinery worker sacked over Hitler parody wins job back.
  • parody: Downfall: BP refinery worker sacked over Hitler parody wins job back.
  • caption: Image copyright Downfall Image caption Bruno Ganz's depiction of Adolf Hitler in Downfall has spawned countless parodies.

Financial pain deepens as 57 countries exposed to virus

  • livelihood: As the list of countries hit by the illness grew to 57 with Belarus, Lithuania, New Zealand, Nigeria, Azerbaijan and the Netherlands reporting their first cases, the threats to livelihoods were increasingly eyed as warily as the threats to lives.
  • announce: Attractions including Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan announced closures and events that expected tens of thousands, including a tour by the K-pop group BTS, were called off.
  • closure: Attractions including Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan announced closures and events that expected tens of thousands, including a tour by the K-pop group BTS, were called off.
  • specter: In Italy, where the count of 650 cases is growing, hotel bookings were dropping and Premier Giuseppe Conte raised the specter of recession.
  • recession: In Italy, where the count of 650 cases is growing, hotel bookings were dropping and Premier Giuseppe Conte raised the specter of recession.

Turkey threatens Europe with refugees after 33 troops killed

  • intervene: It was the highest number of Turkish soldiers killed in a single day since Ankara first intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2016.
  • conflict: It was the highest number of Turkish soldiers killed in a single day since Ankara first intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2016.
  • development: The development was the most serious escalation in the conflict between Turkish and Russia-backed Syrian forces and raised the prospect of all-out war with millions of Syrian civilians trapped in the middle.
  • conflict: The development was the most serious escalation in the conflict between Turkish and Russia-backed Syrian forces and raised the prospect of all-out war with millions of Syrian civilians trapped in the middle.
  • civilian: The development was the most serious escalation in the conflict between Turkish and Russia-backed Syrian forces and raised the prospect of all-out war with millions of Syrian civilians trapped in the middle.

Germany’s Obstinate Stinginess Hurts Everyone

  • version: Switzerland and Austria have versions of it, too, while the European Union and most U.S. states have constraints on public budgets in some other form.
  • budget: Switzerland and Austria have versions of it, too, while the European Union and most U.S. states have constraints on public budgets in some other form.
  • debt: The debt brake came into existence as a constitutional amendment in 2009, just as the global financial implosion was transmogrifying into the euro crisis.
  • existence: The debt brake came into existence as a constitutional amendment in 2009, just as the global financial implosion was transmogrifying into the euro crisis.
  • financial: The debt brake came into existence as a constitutional amendment in 2009, just as the global financial implosion was transmogrifying into the euro crisis.

Boris Johnson Denies the Laws of Gravity

  • publish: The U.K. published its 30-page negotiating mandate on Thursday for the EU trade talks that begin next week.
  • mandate: The U.K. published its 30-page negotiating mandate on Thursday for the EU trade talks that begin next week.
  • document: The U.K. document also puts its red lines up front:.
  • government: Whatever happens, the government will not negotiate any arrangement in which the U.K. does not have control of its own laws and political life.
  • negotiate: Whatever happens, the government will not negotiate any arrangement in which the U.K. does not have control of its own laws and political life.

Afghans view US-Taliban deal with well-earned skepticism

  • temporary: There's been bitter squabbling among political leaders, concern of a temporary truce being undermined, and the challenge of uniting a fractured country remains daunting.
  • truce: There's been bitter squabbling among political leaders, concern of a temporary truce being undermined, and the challenge of uniting a fractured country remains daunting.
  • undermine: There's been bitter squabbling among political leaders, concern of a temporary truce being undermined, and the challenge of uniting a fractured country remains daunting.
  • daunt: There's been bitter squabbling among political leaders, concern of a temporary truce being undermined, and the challenge of uniting a fractured country remains daunting.
  • coalition: Arash, an Afghan policeman in the capital of Kabul, was 7 years old when a U.S.-led military coalition ousted the Taliban government in 2001.

US schools start planning for possible spread of coronavirus

  • emergency: Districts have been rushing to update emergency plans this week after federal officials warned that the virus, which started in China, is almost certain to begin spreading in the U.S. Many are preparing for possible school closures that could stretch weeks or longer, even as they work to tamp down panic among students, parents and teachers.
  • federal: Districts have been rushing to update emergency plans this week after federal officials warned that the virus, which started in China, is almost certain to begin spreading in the U.S. Many are preparing for possible school closures that could stretch weeks or longer, even as they work to tamp down panic among students, parents and teachers.
  • warn: Districts have been rushing to update emergency plans this week after federal officials warned that the virus, which started in China, is almost certain to begin spreading in the U.S. Many are preparing for possible school closures that could stretch weeks or longer, even as they work to tamp down panic among students, parents and teachers.
  • spread: Districts have been rushing to update emergency plans this week after federal officials warned that the virus, which started in China, is almost certain to begin spreading in the U.S. Many are preparing for possible school closures that could stretch weeks or longer, even as they work to tamp down panic among students, parents and teachers.
  • possible: Districts have been rushing to update emergency plans this week after federal officials warned that the virus, which started in China, is almost certain to begin spreading in the U.S. Many are preparing for possible school closures that could stretch weeks or longer, even as they work to tamp down panic among students, parents and teachers.

Parents in Japan and Hong Kong struggle as schools shut

  • struggle: Parents in Japan and Hong Kong struggle as schools shut- BBC News.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A child plays in a playground of a public housing estate win Hong Kong while wearing a mask as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus.
  • spread: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A child plays in a playground of a public housing estate win Hong Kong while wearing a mask as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus.
  • prime: Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe requested that schools close, but some could chose to remain open or delay their closure.
  • request: Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe requested that schools close, but some could chose to remain open or delay their closure.

Sanders' appeal tested in moderate Virginia on Super Tuesday

  • consolidate: Like Luria's district, which includes Virginia Beach, where Sanders is holding a rally Saturday night, her state presents a vital test for Sanders ' ability to consolidate his position as the clear Democratic 2020 front-runner by winning in a swing state with moderate lea nings.
  • position: Like Luria's district, which includes Virginia Beach, where Sanders is holding a rally Saturday night, her state presents a vital test for Sanders ' ability to consolidate his position as the clear Democratic 2020 front-runner by winning in a swing state with moderate lea nings.
  • moderate: Like Luria's district, which includes Virginia Beach, where Sanders is holding a rally Saturday night, her state presents a vital test for Sanders ' ability to consolidate his position as the clear Democratic 2020 front-runner by winning in a swing state with moderate lea nings.
  • lea: Like Luria's district, which includes Virginia Beach, where Sanders is holding a rally Saturday night, her state presents a vital test for Sanders ' ability to consolidate his position as the clear Democratic 2020 front-runner by winning in a swing state with moderate lea nings.
  • security: She is among the dozen or so freshman members of Congress with national security backgrounds who persuaded voters to throw out an incumbent Republican, and Democrats are counting on them to help maintain control of the House in November.

Jimmy Lai: Pro-democracy media tycoon arrested and charged

  • tycoon: Jimmy Lai: Pro-democracy media tycoon arrested and charged- BBC News.
  • arrest: Jimmy Lai: Pro-democracy media tycoon arrested and charged- BBC News.
  • tycoon: One of Hong Kong's most high-profile entrepreneurs, pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai, has been charged with illegal assembly and intimidation.
  • illegal: One of Hong Kong's most high-profile entrepreneurs, pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai, has been charged with illegal assembly and intimidation.
  • intimidation: One of Hong Kong's most high-profile entrepreneurs, pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai, has been charged with illegal assembly and intimidation.

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

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

At least 7 Iranian government officials have coronavirus

  • government: Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iran's vice president for women and family affairs, is the latest Iranian government official to contract the COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • positive: At least seven officials in the country have tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • government: Ebtekar is the highest-ranking woman in Iran's government, and is now quarantined at home, her deputy announced on Thursday.
  • announce: Ebtekar is the highest-ranking woman in Iran's government, and is now quarantined at home, her deputy announced on Thursday.
  • cabinet: She was photographed on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting, sitting just a few yards away from President Hassan Rouhani.

Coronavirus: Shares face worst week since global financial crisis

  • unsettle: Asian markets have reacted badly as the coronavirus outbreak spreads across Europe and unsettles investors.
  • steeply: Asian markets have been slow to react to Covid-19 because markets previously believed that this is a Greater China issue- until the infection cases in South Korea and Japan begun to rise steeply.
  • financial: Coronavirus: Shares face worst week since global financial crisis- BBC News.
  • crisis: Coronavirus: Shares face worst week since global financial crisis- BBC News.
  • financial: Stock markets across the globe are suffering their worst week since the global financial crisis of 2008.

Plans for first US 'safe injection site' derailed again

  • site: Vancouver's unusual approach offers opioid users injection sites, antidotes and even heroin on prescription.
  • antidote: Vancouver's unusual approach offers opioid users injection sites, antidotes and even heroin on prescription.
  • assuage: However, advocates have not been able to assuage opponents ' concerns that they will expand drug use.
  • site: Plans for first US 'safe injection site' derailed again- BBC News.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The latest plans to open a safe injection site in the US have been derailed again.

Korea Cases Top 2,000; WHO Sees ‘Decisive’ Stage: Virus Update

  • attention: In Asia, attention continues to focus on countries outside China as new cases slow at the epicenter of the outbreak.
  • outbreak: In Asia, attention continues to focus on countries outside China as new cases slow at the epicenter of the outbreak.
  • spread: The virus also is also spreading in Europe and the Middle East, with countries including Italy, Iran and Kuwait reporting more cases.
  • expand: U.S. health authorities moved to greatly expand the number of people who will be tested, adding travelers from several new countries and people with unexplained, severe respiratory illnesses.
  • severe: U.S. health authorities moved to greatly expand the number of people who will be tested, adding travelers from several new countries and people with unexplained, severe respiratory illnesses.

Scientists detect biggest explosion since Big Bang

  • emanate: The huge release of energy is thought to have emanated from a supermassive black hole some 390 million light years from Earth.
  • gorge: Black holes are famous for gorging on infalling matter, but they will also expel prodigious amounts of material and energy in the form of jets.
  • prodigious: Black holes are famous for gorging on infalling matter, but they will also expel prodigious amounts of material and energy in the form of jets.
  • caption: Image copyright Chandra X-ray Observatory Image caption Images of the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster appear to confirm the explosion.
  • confirm: Image copyright Chandra X-ray Observatory Image caption Images of the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster appear to confirm the explosion.

Dozens of Turkish soldiers killed in strike in Idlib in Syria

  • border: Military sources among moderate and jihadist rebel factions fighting in the northwestern province bordering Turkey said the deaths followed a precision strike on a two-storey building in the village of Balioun.
  • ambulance: Rahmi Dogan, the local governor of the southeastern Turkish province of Hatay on the border with Idlib, said ambulances streamed from a Syrian border crossing to a hospital in the nearby town of Reyhanli on Thursday night.
  • ferocious: Turkish officials have blamed the Syrian regime for the attack, but several sources in Idlib and unverified footage of the nighttime strike suggested it had been carried out by the Russian air force, which has helped Damascus conduct a ferocious three-m o n t h-old offensive on Idlib..
  • personnel: Turkish officials said at least 33 of its military personnel were killed in the attack on Thursday night.
  • moderate: Military sources among moderate and jihadist rebel factions fighting in the northwestern province bordering Turkey said the deaths followed a precision strike on a two-storey building in the village of Balioun.

AP decides not to declare Iowa caucus winner after recount

  • fiasco: Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price resigned after the caucus fiasco, saying that Democrats deserved better and that he bore responsibility for any failures.
  • accurate: The Associated Press has reviewed the updated results and will not call a winner, given remaining concerns about whether the results as reported by the party are fully accurate.
  • caucus: The Feb. 3 caucuses were beset by technical glitches that led to a delay in reporting the results, inconsistencies in the numbers and no clear winner.
  • beset: The Feb. 3 caucuses were beset by technical glitches that led to a delay in reporting the results, inconsistencies in the numbers and no clear winner.
  • technical: The Feb. 3 caucuses were beset by technical glitches that led to a delay in reporting the results, inconsistencies in the numbers and no clear winner.

Grandfather, Navy vet among 5 victims of Wisconsin shooting

  • avid: Walk was an avid fisherman and Green Bay Packers fan who loved spending time with his family at a nearby lake, according to a death notice.
  • victim: Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales identified the victims on Thursday as Jesus Valle Jr., 33, of Milwaukee; Gennady Lev shetz, 61, of Mequon; Trevor Wetselaar, 33, of Milwaukee; Dana Walk, 57, of Delafield; and Dale Hudson, 60, of Waukesha.
  • mystery: He was an electrician at Molson Coors and his motive remains a mystery.
  • release: Police say the case is still under investigation, and they have yet to release details about how the shooting unfolded.
  • employee: Molson Coors chief executive officer Gavin Hattersley said employees were grieving for the five who were lost.

UN prepared to make humanitarian exemptions for N. Korea on coronavirus

  • reclusive: The problem is that right now the North Koreans closed the borders," Heusgen said after a closed-door Council meeting about the reclusive state.
  • novel: United Nations (United States) (AFP)- The UN Security Council on Thursday declared that it would adopt humanitarian exemptions to the heavy economic sanctions imposed on North Korea to help the impoverished country fight the novel coronavirus, Germany's ambassador to the UN said.
  • ambassador: United Nations (United States) (AFP)- The UN Security Council on Thursday declared that it would adopt humanitarian exemptions to the heavy economic sanctions imposed on North Korea to help the impoverished country fight the novel coronavirus, Germany's ambassador to the UN said.
  • issue: The coronavirus issue was discussed and the committee immediately had given permission to export the equipment " used to fight the illness, said Christoph Heusgen, who heads the United Nations body that applies the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang in an effort to force it to give up its ballistic and nuclear programs.
  • discuss: The coronavirus issue was discussed and the committee immediately had given permission to export the equipment " used to fight the illness, said Christoph Heusgen, who heads the United Nations body that applies the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang in an effort to force it to give up its ballistic and nuclear programs.

Greta Thunberg: Who is the teenage climate change activist?

  • international: Greta Thunberg is the Swedish teenager who skipped school and inspired an international movement to fight climate change.
  • climate: Greta Thunberg is the Swedish teenager who skipped school and inspired an international movement to fight climate change.
  • participant: Greta's mother, Malena Ernman, is an opera singer and former Eurovision Song Contest participant.
  • descendant: Her father Svante Thunberg, is an actor, and is a descendant of Svante Arrhenius, a scientist who came up with a model of the greenhouse effect.
  • model: Her father Svante Thunberg, is an actor, and is a descendant of Svante Arrhenius, a scientist who came up with a model of the greenhouse effect.

Protecting whales from the noise people make in the ocean

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

The crisis forcing mothers to give away their babies

  • termination: Strict abortion laws which only allow for terminations in cases when the mother's life is in danger further limit women's choices.
  • crisis: The crisis forcing mothers to give away their babies- BBC News.
  • caption: Image copyright Guillermo D. Olmo Image caption The sign is a way to draw attention to the growing number of babies being abandoned.
  • attention: Image copyright Guillermo D. Olmo Image caption The sign is a way to draw attention to the growing number of babies being abandoned.
  • block: The Venezuelan artist posted the signs on walls across Venezuela after a newborn was found in the rubbish near his apartment block in the capital, Caracas.

Whistleblower: Feds helping evacuees lacked virus protection

  • employee: The complaint deals with Health and Human Services Department employees sent to Travis and March Air Force bases in California to assist the quarantined evacuees.
  • assist: The complaint deals with Health and Human Services Department employees sent to Travis and March Air Force bases in California to assist the quarantined evacuees.
  • federal: The Office of Special Counsel, a federal agency that investigates personnel issues, confirmed Thursday it has received the unnamed whistleblower's complaint and has opened a case.
  • personnel: The Office of Special Counsel, a federal agency that investigates personnel issues, confirmed Thursday it has received the unnamed whistleblower's complaint and has opened a case.
  • issue: The Office of Special Counsel, a federal agency that investigates personnel issues, confirmed Thursday it has received the unnamed whistleblower's complaint and has opened a case.

Afghanistan conflict: US-Taliban deal raises hope for peace

  • obliterate: The local school has been obliterated by an air strike, targeting the militants who used it as a base.
  • fluid: Instead, they found themselves caught along the fluid front lines of a war in which tens of thousands of Afghans have died.
  • conflict: Afghanistan conflict: US-Taliban deal raises hope for peace- BBC News.
  • caption: Image caption About 100 people took part in this rally for peace in Kunduz city.
  • guard: Pointing up to it, a policeman standing guard nearby tells me that whenever the Taliban have briefly captured the city, one of their first actions has been to replace the flag with their own white and black banner.

Western nations demand immediate cease-fire in Syria's Idlib

  • temporary: He also said the reason people are dying is from heaters catching fire in their temporary tents, rather than from freezing, and he urged humanitarian workers and the companies supplying the heaters to address the heater issue to prevent future deaths.
  • urge: He also said the reason people are dying is from heaters catching fire in their temporary tents, rather than from freezing, and he urged humanitarian workers and the companies supplying the heaters to address the heater issue to prevent future deaths.
  • issue: He also said the reason people are dying is from heaters catching fire in their temporary tents, rather than from freezing, and he urged humanitarian workers and the companies supplying the heaters to address the heater issue to prevent future deaths.
  • civilian: Indiscriminate attacks against civilians are war crimes," he said.
  • crime: Indiscriminate attacks against civilians are war crimes," he said.

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

  • rebel: Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish troops are backing rebel forces in north-western Syria.
  • artillery: Russia has also accused Turkey of violating the 2018 ceasefire by backing rebels with artillery fire.
  • reiterate: Watch: Turkey's defence ministry reiterates his country's threat to Syria.
  • chase: Responding to a statement from Belgium and Germany that the killing of civilians must stop, the Russian ambassador said the only solution was to chase what he called the terrorists from the country.
  • troops: Syria war: 29 Turkish troops killed in air strike in Idlib- BBC News.

Officials scramble to retrace steps of California coronavirus case

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

CORRECTED-U.S. spy agencies monitor coronavirus spread, concerns about India -sources

  • spy: CORRECTED-U.S. spy agencies monitor coronavirus spread, concerns about India -sources.
  • spread: CORRECTED-U.S. spy agencies monitor coronavirus spread, concerns about India -sources.
  • intelligence: WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters)- U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring the global spread of coronavirus and the ability of governments to respond, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, warning that there were concerns about how India would cope with a widespread outbreak.
  • spread: WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters)- U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring the global spread of coronavirus and the ability of governments to respond, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, warning that there were concerns about how India would cope with a widespread outbreak.
  • government: WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters)- U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring the global spread of coronavirus and the ability of governments to respond, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, warning that there were concerns about how India would cope with a widespread outbreak.

Do liberals want Trump to spark a panic?

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

Russian Firm Dodging U.S. Questions on ‘Putin’s Chef’ Ties

  • contempt: Bloomberg)-- The only Russian entity that has responded to U.S. charges of meddling in the 2016 presidential election could be held in contempt of court in Washington for not answering subpoenas ahead of its April trial.
  • subpoena: Bloomberg)-- The only Russian entity that has responded to U.S. charges of meddling in the 2016 presidential election could be held in contempt of court in Washington for not answering subpoenas ahead of its April trial.
  • plead: The company, which allegedly bankrolled the multimillion-dollar effort, was the only Russian party to answer the charges, pleading not guilty in May 2018.
  • guilty: The company, which allegedly bankrolled the multimillion-dollar effort, was the only Russian party to answer the charges, pleading not guilty in May 2018.
  • identify: The U.S. seeks to identify the extent of the relationship between Concord and the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency.

WHO says virus at 'decisive point' as world battles spread

  • pinch: The EU said it was bracing for an economic hit, with tourism already feeling the pinch and supply chains reliant on China being affected.
  • decisive: WHO says virus at 'decisive point' as world battles spread.
  • spread: WHO says virus at 'decisive point' as world battles spread.
  • epidemic: Geneva (AFP)- The World Health Organization declared Thursday that the new coronavirus epidemic was at a " decisive point" as countries across the globe battled to contain the deadly outbreak.
  • decisive: Geneva (AFP)- The World Health Organization declared Thursday that the new coronavirus epidemic was at a " decisive point" as countries across the globe battled to contain the deadly outbreak.

Catherine Pugh: Ex-Baltimore mayor handed three year prison term

  • mayor: Catherine Pugh: Ex-Baltimore mayor handed three year prison term- BBC News.
  • prison: Catherine Pugh: Ex-Baltimore mayor handed three year prison term- BBC News.
  • caption: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Catherine Pugh resigned as the scandal broke.
  • jail: Disgraced ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has been jailed for three years for using revenue from fraudulent book sales to benefit her re-election bid.
  • fraudulent: Disgraced ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has been jailed for three years for using revenue from fraudulent book sales to benefit her re-election bid.

Feds cite new evidence against former Mexico security chief

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

Democrats focus on Super Tuesday even as S. Carolina looms

  • candidate: The South Carolina primary is just two days away, but the race is quickly going national as candidates pivot to the 14 states that vote on Tuesday.
  • nomination: About a third of the delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination will be on the table.
  • stretch: The tight turnaround between Saturday's primary in South Carolina and the contests that follow on Tuesday is creating a hectic stretch for campaigns.
  • campaign: The tight turnaround between Saturday's primary in South Carolina and the contests that follow on Tuesday is creating a hectic stretch for campaigns.
  • traditional: New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg has sought to bypass the traditional early voting states including South Carolina to focus exclusively on the Super Tuesday states.

States ramp up virus preparations, try to reassure public

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

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to 3 years in book scheme

  • evasion: She pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in November.
  • leniency: Dozens of people submitted letters to the federal judge pleading for leniency, including Kweisi Mfume, the former NAACP leader and Democratic nominee for Maryland's 7th Congressional District.
  • insure: Other Pugh customers include CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Permanente, which insure city employees.
  • federal: Catherine Pugh spoke through tears for about 10 minutes before her sentencing in federal court in Baltimore.
  • struggle: The scandal has shaken Maryland's largest city, which for years has struggled with grinding poverty, political misma nagement, record crime rates and police abuses that led to massive riots.

AP-NORC poll: How Americans describe 2020 Democrats, Trump

  • coalesce: Americans don't coalesce around one way of describing Elizabeth Warren.
  • campaign: As the 2020 campaign intensifies, a poll from The Associated Press-NOR C Center for Public Affairs Research asked Americans to say what word or phrase comes to mind when they think of the top candidates, including incumbent President Donald Trump.
  • candidate: As the 2020 campaign intensifies, a poll from The Associated Press-NOR C Center for Public Affairs Research asked Americans to say what word or phrase comes to mind when they think of the top candidates, including incumbent President Donald Trump.
  • incumbent: As the 2020 campaign intensifies, a poll from The Associated Press-NOR C Center for Public Affairs Research asked Americans to say what word or phrase comes to mind when they think of the top candidates, including incumbent President Donald Trump.
  • positive: Each received both positive and negative responses; In some cases, a sizable share didn't know enough about the candidate to give a description.