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South Africa's ruthlessly efficient fight against coronavirus

  • formidable: Heading the fight here against Covid-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa has emerged as a formidable leader- composed, compassionate, but seized by the urgency of the moment and wasting no time in imposing tough restrictive steps and galvanising crucial support from the private sector.
  • calm: What we may currently be experiencing is the calm before a heavy and devastating storm".
  • clumsy: There has been confusion about some of the regulations, clumsy messaging and U-turns from some of the country's less impressive ministers.
  • hygiene: Above all, there has been the struggle to impose social distancing and effective hygiene in South Africa's poorest, most crowded neighbourhoods, where many fear the virus could yet wreak havoc.
  • wreak: Above all, there has been the struggle to impose social distancing and effective hygiene in South Africa's poorest, most crowded neighbourhoods, where many fear the virus could yet wreak havoc.

Trump is risking conflict with Iran and hammering it with sanctions as the country is devastated by ...

  • pump: Meanwhile, the US has continued to hit Iran with sanctions amid the pandemic, prompting growing calls for the US to pump the brakes on pummeling the Iranian economy as it struggles to deal with coronavirus.
  • proxy: Intelligence has reportedly suggested that Iranian proxy forces have been plotting against the US..
  • plot: Intelligence has reportedly suggested that Iranian proxy forces have been plotting against the US..
  • diplomat: Iran's top diplomat, Javad Zarif, fired back at Trump.
  • disinfect: Firefighters disinfect a street against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020.

Spanish hospital personnel must improvise in a makeshift ICU

  • infinite: With the scarcity of full-body protective suits across Spain, doctors and nurses are employing what they can find, reusing masks, layering oversized surgical gowns with plastic aprons and running through an infinite number of latex gl oves.
  • plethora: Health workers remain focused on their essential tasks-- monitoring vitals, administering medication, manipulating the tubes and cords connecting the patients to a plethora of machines.
  • alternate: The patients in this alternate ICU will likely spend weeks in the hospital before their battle with the virus is won or lost.
  • foggy: Time floats, and not just because the nurses are unable to see their watches from behind their foggy goggles.

Judge who presided over terrorism trials dies of coronavirus

  • bemoan: All three trials resulted in convictions, and Duffy sent the defendants to prison for the rest of their lives, bemoaning the change terrorism had brought to the United States.
  • felon: After one defendant complained that prison guards had not given him prayer beads and rugs, Duffy replied: "You're a convicted felon.
  • apostle: At a sentencing years later, he called Yousef, the 1993 bombing's mastermind, an " apostle of evil.
  • demeanor: Yet, he used a folksy demeanor with jurors, making them feel at ease with plain talk.

New Yorkers Are Right to Be Skeptical of Evangelical-Run Coronavirus Ward in Central Park

  • intolerant: As a result, conservative Christians exploded on social media, citing the controversy as further proof that their faith is under attack by intolerant liberals and coastal elites who care little about human life.
  • evangelist: He is the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham and a spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump who has a surprisingly long history of controversial comments and hate speech.
  • immigrate: In 2015, he recommended banning all Muslims from immigrating to America and suggested our government treat them like the Japanese and German during World War II.
  • treat: In 2015, he recommended banning all Muslims from immigrating to America and suggested our government treat them like the Japanese and German during World War II.

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

  • bravado: Messages from the Islamic extremist groups show concern about the virus mixed with bravado, asserting that it is punishment for non-Muslims while also urging followers to repent and take care of themselves.
  • offshoot: In Nigeria, which has struggled against the Boko Haram extremist group and an assertive IS-linked offshoot, the military has called for suspending much of its activities including large gatherings and training.
  • research: While security forces are targets, under-guarded prisons could be too, said Laith Alkhouri, a counterterrorism adviser who researches extremists in West Africa.
  • mismanage: Their fighters are likely to exploit the pandemic by accusing governments of mismanaging the crisis to try to win popular support, he said.

The US and Iran could bring down tensions if they're willing to talk about one issue

  • clash: Recent clashes between the US and Iran have nearly escalated into full-fledged conflict.
  • precipice: This January, the two countries were dangerously on the precipice of a wide-scale military confrontation, with US Hellfire missiles slamming into Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani's convoy and Iranian ballistic missiles sending over 100 US soldiers to the hospital with traumatic brain injuries.
  • convoy: This January, the two countries were dangerously on the precipice of a wide-scale military confrontation, with US Hellfire missiles slamming into Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani's convoy and Iranian ballistic missiles sending over 100 US soldiers to the hospital with traumatic brain injuries.
  • proactive: The gap separating these two countries is astronomical, made worse by Trump's proactive destruction of the Iran nuclear agreement.
  • sentence: The Iranian government has always perceived these charges as politically motivated, much the same way as the United States views Americans who have been detai ned, charged, or sentenced by the Iranian authorities for spying.

Battling exhaustion and trolls, Fauci says he's OK

  • pedestal: Fauci, who has advised every U.S. president on public health issues dating back to Ronald Reagan, has been put on a pedestal by Trump critics.
  • peddler: At the same time, Fauci has been vilified by some conspiracy peddlers on the far right as a part of the anti-Trump deep state.
  • deference: Trump has shown an unusual amount of deference to Fauci in public, even as the doctor has repeatedly corrected the president on his faulty science.
  • cadence: Fauci has acknowledged to reporters that the cadence of the rapidly growing disaster has been exhausting.

NYC residents should cover face when in public, mayor says

  • troublesome: While New York City remained a hotspot, there were troublesome trends around the state as the outbreak spread to every county.
  • anesthesia: If supplies run short, the state is ready to use anesthesia and converted BiPAP machines, usually used to treat sleep apnea, or put more than one patient on a single ventilator.
  • ration: The true number is likely much higher because officials have rationed tests and encouraged all but the most seriously ill people not to seek treatment and instead ride it out at home.

Brazil: Amazon land defender Zezico Guajajara shot dead

  • protector: Image copyright Zezico Guajajara Image caption Zezico Guajajara is the fifth Amazon forest protector to be killed in six months.
  • protector: The killing- the fifth in six months- increases concerns about violence against Amazon forest protectors.
  • brigade: The people that are part of the brigade are together for this, to protect mother nature above all".

Coronavirus: Fighting al-Shabab propaganda in Somalia

  • cope: Although there have only been a handful of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Somalia so far, the authorities are deeply worried that if the disease takes hold they will be unable to cope.
  • pray: Somalis have been discouraged from praying in mosques because of coronavirus.
  • ablution: We will talk about hand-washing and social distancing, but also speak of how Islam encourages cleanliness, including ablutions before prayers, and how there were dangerous diseases at the time of the Prophet Mu hammad.
  • divine: Some believe Covid-19 is a divine punishment imposed on China for its treatment of the Muslim Uighurs" ", Source: Mary Harper, Source description: BBC Somalia analyst, Image: Mary Harper.
  • divine: Some believe Covid-19 is a divine punishment imposed on China for its treatment of the Muslim Uighurs.

Trust Becomes Another Casualty of Pandemic

  • gauge: Checking the latest tally of the sick and the dead has become a gruesome routine around the world, a key gauge of both fear and hope during the pandemic.
  • flout: As countries grapple with enforcing virus lockdowns, in some cases authorities are beating people who flout curfew-like restrictions, or forcing them to do squats, push-ups, crawl and roll around on the streets.
  • squat: As countries grapple with enforcing virus lockdowns, in some cases authorities are beating people who flout curfew-like restrictions, or forcing them to do squats, push-ups, crawl and roll around on the streets.
  • outlast: As Helene Fouquet and Sarah Frier report, the big worry now is the change will outlast the quarantine.

Marie Kondo is back to ‘spark joy’ in your work

  • pristine: Tidy hair, pristine cream jumper, lit by the Los Angeles sun streaming through a huge glass window.
  • paraphernalia: By contrast, I am surrounded by teenage posters and Harry Potter paraphernalia, talking via videoconference from my stepdaughter’s bedroom.
  • keepsake: Instead, we should organise by category — books, toiletries, sentimental keepsakes— and only keep those items that spark joy.
  • inkling: “I do have an inkling that it’s a time people will want to tidy their home,” she says.
  • juggle: Focus is hard for those who are in crisis mode, I say, while also trying to juggle caring responsibilities.

Top S African HIV scientist dies from coronavirus

  • vibrant: G ita was a vibrant person, a real fighter.
  • tenacity: She also spoke about her pride in having two successful sons and a successful husband- and her advice for younger women interested in a career in science: " Love of the job, passion, drive and tenacity are critical traits to have for scientific excellence.
  • excellence: She also spoke about her pride in having two successful sons and a successful husband- and her advice for younger women interested in a career in science: " Love of the job, passion, drive and tenacity are critical traits to have for scientific excellence.

Coronavirus: Zoom under increased scrutiny as popularity soars

  • soar: Coronavirus: Zoom under increased scrutiny as popularity soars- BBC News.
  • soar: The videoconferencing app Zoom has come under fresh high-level scrutiny as its popularity soars during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • leisure: Zoom is now being used by millions of people for work and leisure, as lockdowns are imposed in many countries.
  • hijack: Zoom has had security flaws in the past, including a vulnerability which allowed an attacker to remove attendees from meetings, spoof messages from users and hijack shared screens.
  • exhaustive: The company has pushed back at those concerns, telling the BBC: " Globally, 2,000 institutions ranging from the world's largest financial services companies to leading telecommunications providers, government agencies, universities, healthcare and telemedicine practices have done exhaustive security reviews of our user, network and data centre layers confidently selecting Zoom for complete deployment.

Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus

  • anomaly: Still, Germany may not be as much of an anomaly as it seems.
  • bemoan: Experts have bemoaned that many countries took similar steps too late.
  • complacency: Amid the cautious optimism, there are those who warn against complacency.

Europe faces ICU crunch, rushes to build field hospitals

  • disinfectant: Turkey sent masks, hazmat suits, goggles and disinfectants to Italy and Spain.
  • pharmacy: Milan opened an intensive care field hospital Tuesday at the city fairgrounds, complete with a pharmacy and radiology wards.
  • saturate: Yet many Italians are still dying at home or in nursing homes because hospitals are saturated and they could not get access to ICU breathing machines.
  • contagion: While Spain's confirmed infections shot past 102,000 Wednesday and its deaths are now beyond 9,000, the increase in infections was less than the previous day, offering some hope that the contagion rate is stabilizing.

Trump allies warn against feud with swing state governor

  • feud: Both sides have tried to de-escalate the feud this week, although Trump's supporters in particular sought to downplay tensions that ratcheted up over the weekend when the Republican president unleashed a social media broadside against Whitmer, a Democrat who had been critical of the federal government's response to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • feud: The governor, too, has backed away from the feud this week as the state grapples with the escalating crisis.
  • magnate: The former New York real estate magnate has showed he cannot help but respond with force when criticized.

Angela Merkel Can’t Isolate Herself From Pressure to Save Europe

  • elude: The galleries at the UNESCO World Heritage Site may boast more World War II bullet holes than visitors in the time of coronavirus, but the calm eludes the German chancellor.
  • succor: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned the Covid-19 response could give succor to nationalist, anti-EU parties that have gained ground across the continent since the onslaught of the European debt crisis in late 2009.
  • onslaught: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned the Covid-19 response could give succor to nationalist, anti-EU parties that have gained ground across the continent since the onslaught of the European debt crisis in late 2009.
  • magnanimity: Italian regional leaders and mayors took out a full page advert in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung this week reminding Germany of the debt relief it was granted in 1953 and called for the same kind of magnanimity from Berlin now.
  • fractious: Yet such appeals fail to acknowledge the domestic political reality of keeping a fractious coalition and the German public on board, something that Merkel balanced through the long years of turbulence.

What coronavirus tests does the world need to track the pandemic?

  • impatience: As hunger for diagnosis grows, as testing kits are rejected and impatience with government mounts, we look at the available technologies, their potential and limitations.
  • immune: The second, an antibody test, looks for signs that someone has been infected in the past by searching for an immune response.
  • patient: You’ve had to physically get patient blood, find the antibodies in that blood ( molecules smaller than the virus), create a reproducible antibody in the lab, and then create a reagent test that will react in the presence of that antibody — which can be read by health teams,” said Dr Gill.
  • validate: The private sector has played an outsized role in the development and manufacturing of antibody tests, though its products still have to be validated by public health authorities before use.
  • exhaustive: Find’s list is not exhaustive and does not include some major players that have not sought to appear.

Moqtada al-Sadr Is Courting Irrelevance in Iraq

  • revert: In reverting to homophobic form this week, speculating that the coronavirus pandemic was the result of same-sex marriage, he is demonstrating how far behind he has fallen.
  • inhospitable: Like most countries in the Middle East, Iraq is inhospitable to homosexuals.
  • malleable: When the protests forced the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mah di, Sadr was able to keep Iran from hand-picking a malleable replacement.

Why a Frenchman built a 'Tudor' castle in Burkina Faso

  • enamour: Mr Fornier became enamoured with all things British after he went to the UK on a language exchange programme at the age of 15.
  • statuette: On the window sill is a statuette of the crucifixion surrounded by items traditionally associated with witchcraft in Burkina Faso- the hand of a monkey, a tortoise shell and porcupine spikes, propped up inside bell jars.
  • witchcraft: On the window sill is a statuette of the crucifixion surrounded by items traditionally associated with witchcraft in Burkina Faso- the hand of a monkey, a tortoise shell and porcupine spikes, propped up inside bell jars.

Big splash: The world's largest designer of water parks

  • divest: Three years after his park opened, he sold it, divesting completely from park ownership and operations, to instead focus on waterslide and pool design, engineering, manufacturing, and delivery.
  • aqueous: Teams of designers, architects and engineers work at its headquarters in Vancouver, alongside artists and sculptors, to create the next most popular water slides, and other aqueous attractions.
  • endeavour: Launching his new endeavour he had soothed his stress with the thought that, if the venture failed miserably, he always had accounting to fall back on.

Globetrotting meteorologist offers advice on sheltering in place after living for a year in Antarcti...

  • trepidation: It's excitement for the winter to actually start... There's also a little bit of trepidation too because it's unknown: How are you going to react without the sun 24/7 for six months?
  • calibrate: As the station chief, Schultz's job is to run all of the 30 or so different instruments on the site, to perform maintenance, fix things when they break, calibrate the instruments and handle shipping and receiving during the summer months when the planes are flying.
  • knit: Over her time spent sheltering from the minus 70 F temperatures, Schultz and the group watched movies, learning how to knit and hit the gym.
  • observatory: In the observatory at American Samoa, one of the fans critical for a temperature sensor has broken due to reasons from a swarm of mosquitoes flying in and clogging the machine to a gecko crawling in and dying.
  • pilot: "As a 22-year-old you don't usually envision yourself piloting a vessel of 50 people, 231-feet long, for a job.

Watchdog finds new problems with FBI wiretap applications

  • inconsistent: In those instances, the facts stated in the applications were either not backed up any documentation or were inconsistent with the documentation.
  • indispensable: As Director Wray has stressed, FISA is an indispensable tool to guard against national security threats, but we must ensure that these authorities are carefully exercised and that FISA applications are scrupulously accurat e," Abbate wrote.
  • omission: The new findings are on top of problems identified last year by the watchdog office, which concluded that the FBI had made significant errors and omissions in applications to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the early months of the Russia investigation.
  • overhaul: Critics have long complained about the opaque, one-sided nature of the application process, and longstanding calls to overhaul the system received a bipartisan push because of the errors identified during the FBI's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

US ignores calls to suspend Venezuela and Iran sanctions amid coronavirus pandemic

  • suspension: At a time when all of humanity is facing a common, invisible, enemy, world leaders have called for a suspension of economic sanctions that have increasingly become the pursuit of war by other means.
  • coincidence: Briefing the press on the indictment, attorney general William Barr left little doubt about their political nature, portraying the coincidence with the pandemic as serendipity, claiming it will spur on regime change.
  • serendipity: Briefing the press on the indictment, attorney general William Barr left little doubt about their political nature, portraying the coincidence with the pandemic as serendipity, claiming it will spur on regime change.
  • sanction: Iran and Venezuela are so heavily sanctioned already that there is precious little income left to cut off.
  • ineptitude: In Tehran, government ineptitude allowed coronavirus to spread unhindered for weeks before serious action was taken.

2 reasons – and 1 disease – that make peace in Syria so difficult

  • grind: As the war grinds on, conditions are only getting worse.
  • exodus: That has sparked an exodus of nearly a million people toward the now-sealed Turkish border.
  • freeze: Although the U.N. has tried to deliver badly needed relief, many Syrians are facing winter conditions without shelter and there are reports of children freezing to death.
  • conflict: These conflicting objectives mean that what might appear from the outside as a single war is really a collection of semi-related subconflicts.
  • disconnect: Beginning in mid-2013, fighting erupted in the north between the Kurdish armed groups and the Islamic State group, a conflict that was largely disconnected from the war being waged elsewhere in the country.

Feed the soul: In chaotic times, gardening becomes therapy

  • seed: Her three young children add an extra layer of busy, and together they 've seeded a variety of vegetables and herbs.
  • bustle: As the weather warms, garden shops are bustling as other businesses shut during the outbreak.
  • perennial: Niblett, who has a degree in horticultural therapy, tends to a kitchen garden near her backdoor, perennial flowers, flowering trees and shrubs, and upper and lower grassy yards connected by a path through an area left in its natural condition.

10 things you need to know today: March 31, 2020

  • remiss: North Korea's Foreign Ministry said Pompeo was the reason U.S.-North Korea relations" remain remiss " despite" special personal relations" between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump.
  • reckless: The statement came after North Korea criticized Pompeo for " reckless remarks" to other world leaders at last week's Group of Seven meeting on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
  • mileage: President Trump is expected to issue a final rule on Tuesday rolling back Obama-era vehicle mileage standards, undoing a major government effort to fight climate change.