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Boeing 777X: World’s largest twin-engine jet completes first flight

  • technical: The 252-foot-long passenger jet had been due to launch this year but has been delayed by some technical difficulties.
  • version: The 777X is a larger and more efficient version of Boeing's successful 777 mini-jumbo.
  • passenger: The plane will go head-to-head with the Airbus A350-1000 which seats about 360 passengers.
  • further: Further tests are needed before the aircraft enters service with Emirates next year.
  • passenger: The 252-foot-long passenger jet had been due to launch this year but has been delayed by some technical difficulties.

Impeachment: Democrats undoing 2016 election, say Trump lawyers

  • witness: In a news conference after Saturday's hearing, Adam Schiff, the Democrats ' lead prosecutor, raised the disputed issue of calling witnesses.
  • compelling: The leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, told reporters that Mr Trump's defence team had inadvertently " made a really compelling case for why the Senate should call witnesses and documents ".
  • ballot: Echoing a line heard from many Republicans, Mr Cipollone said Democrats were " asking you not only to overturn the results of the last electio n... they're asking you to remove President Trump from the ballot in the election that's occurring in approximately nine months.
  • possible: The Republican party leadership has made no secret that they want this trial over as quickly as possible, so they may have been pleased to hear that Mr Trump's lawyers don't intend to use all of the 24 hours allotted to them to make their case.
  • document: The one question they did not address at all is why they don't want to give the American people a fair trial, why they want this to be the first impeachment case in history without a single witness and without a single document being handed over.

Arizona man dresses up skeleton to drive in HOV lane

  • passenger: The Arizona man is not the first to have gone to extreme lengths to avoid rules preventing drivers with no passengers from driving in particular lanes.
  • tactics: In a post on Tw itter, it warned others against trying the same tactics.
  • warn: In a post on Tw itter, it warned others against trying the same tactics.
  • vehicle: A driver in the US has been caught trying to disguise a fake skeleton as a passenger so he could use a high-occupancy vehicle ( HOV) lane.
  • passenger: A driver in the US has been caught trying to disguise a fake skeleton as a passenger so he could use a high-occupancy vehicle ( HOV) lane.

Xi Jinping warned of the 'grave situation' created by the 'accelerating' spread of c...

  • centralized: Confronted with the grave situation of this accelerating spread of pneumonia from infections with the novel coronavirus, we must step up the centralized and united leadership under the party central" Xi said, according to The New York Times.
  • quarantine: Trending posts on Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo called for the Communist Party to address the crisis as citizens bristled under measures like the government-ordered quarantine of 35 million people across 12 cities.
  • wholly: It appears the government has taken a wholly different approach since the outbreak two weeks ago, as the World Health Organization said throughout its work so far in the country, Beijing had been cooperative and transparent in coordinated efforts to address the virus.

Iran executes 'Crocodile of the Gulf' drug kingpin

  • purchase: The gang laundered money and used the proceeds of the drug trade to purchase real estate- some of which has now been seized by the government.
  • caption: Image caption Iran executes hundreds of prisoners each year, normally by hanging.
  • arrest: The " crocodile" was arrested in the middle of transferring more than 100 tonnes of drugs in international waters, officials said.
  • accomplice: The 36-year-old and an accomplice were killed following a years-long intelligence operation.
  • alias: The' Crocodile ' was operating under different guises and aliases " Hormozgan province chief prosecutor Ali Salehi told ISNA news agency.

Trump lawyer says Dems want to 'overturn' last election

  • perpetrate: They're here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history," White House Counsel Pat Cipollone toldsenators.
  • rebut: The Trump legal team's arguments in the rare Saturday session were aimed at rebutting allegations that the president abused his power when he asked Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and then obstructed Congress as it tried to investigate.
  • obstruct: The Trump legal team's arguments in the rare Saturday session were aimed at rebutting allegations that the president abused his power when he asked Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and then obstructed Congress as it tried to investigate.
  • insistence: This entire impeachment process is about the house managers ' insistence that they are able to read everybody's thoughts," Sekulow said.
  • pivotal: The Senate is heading next week toward a pivotal vote on Democratic demands for testimony from top Trump aides, including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton, who refused to appear before the House.

In Limelight Again, Key Impeachment Witnesses Still Experience a Divided Response

  • gravity: While the whistleblower remains silent at work, he has discussed the stress of the events and the gravity of impeachment with friends and expressed frustration that his decision to remain anonymous has meant that right-wing attacks on his character and motivations go unanswered.
  • portfolio: He no longer mentions Ukraine, once a cherished part of his portfolio.
  • memorable: Several other witnesses who provided memorable, and often damning, testimony have left government.

Trump Impeachment: Making a Case Against a President, and Against Tuning Out

  • acquit: If the Republican majority was going to acquit the president, and if it was going to be voting against calling witnesses and subpoenaing documents that might weaken his defense, the Democrats would make sure that the viewing audience knew it.
  • exploit: There was his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, regaling Fox News hosts about his Ukraine exploits.
  • posthumous: There was Sen. John McCain, a frequent critic of Trump, summoned Friday as a posthumous witness.
  • stationary: The senators were a captive audience, although some ducked out, unseen by the stationary cameras.
  • program: In a way, the Democrats programmed their presentation the way a cable news channel does.

China coronavirus spread is accelerating, Xi Jinping warns

  • urgency: The urgency reflects concern both within China and elsewhere about the spread of the virus which first appeared in December.
  • spread: The urgency reflects concern both within China and elsewhere about the spread of the virus which first appeared in December.
  • suspect: The UK is investigating a number of suspected cases, with officials trying to trace around 2,000 people who have recently flown to the UK from Hubei province.
  • tonight: From midnight tonight private cars are not allowed on the road.
  • warn: China coronavirus spread is accelerating, Xi Jinping warns- BBC News.

Iraqis security forces raid Baghdad protest site

  • assassinate: Also assassinated in the US drone strike was Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi who had commanded the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group.
  • injure: Several people are reported to have been injured in Saturday's clashes.
  • militia: Also assassinated in the US drone strike was Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi who had commanded the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group.
  • remove: They fired live ammunition and tear gas as they began removing tents and concrete barriers near Tahrir Square and a bridge across the Tigris river, eyewitnesses say.
  • security: Iraqi security forces have moved against the main anti-government protest site in central Baghdad.

Why is Vladimir Putin racing to amend Russia's constitution?

  • overhaul: Ever since Vladimir Putin announced a dramatic overhaul of Russia's constitution and the removal of his longtime prime minister and cabinet, Russians have been asking themselves a single question: What is Putin up to?
  • cabinet: Ever since Vladimir Putin announced a dramatic overhaul of Russia's constitution and the removal of his longtime prime minister and cabinet, Russians have been asking themselves a single question: What is Putin up to?
  • convene: A constitutional council specially formed to advise on the potential changes had not even convened before the amendments were submitted, fully written.
  • trick: Putin could repeat that trick in 2024, but he's suggested he doesn't intend to, and among the proposed constitutional changes is one that limits future presidents to two terms, consecutive or not.
  • consecutive: Putin could repeat that trick in 2024, but he's suggested he doesn't intend to, and among the proposed constitutional changes is one that limits future presidents to two terms, consecutive or not.

'This is huge': Locust swarms destroy crops in East Africa

  • pluck: Astonished by the finger-length insects, children dash here and there, waving blankets or plucking at branches to shake the locusts free.
  • millet: Farmers are afraid to let their cattle out for grazing, and their crops of millet, sorghum and maize are vulnerable, but there is little they can do.
  • infest: About 70,000 hectares (172,973 acres) of land in Kenya are already infested.
  • exasperate: As exasperated farmers look for more help in fighting one of history's most persistent pests, the FAO's Locust Watch offers little consolation.

GOP senators incensed by Schiff's 'head on a pike' remark

  • incense: GOP senators incensed by Schiff's ' head on a pike' remark.
  • confidant: CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that key senators were warned, 'Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.
  • persuadable: Democrats need support from at least four Republicans to win a vote on calling witnesses, and Schiff's arguments over three days were clearly aimed at persuadable GOPsenators.

Turkey earthquake: At least 18 dead as buildings collapse

  • magnitude: The 6.8 magnitude quake, centred on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province, caused buildings to collapse and sent residents rushing into the street.
  • resident: The 6.8 magnitude quake, centred on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province, caused buildings to collapse and sent residents rushing into the street.
  • rice: Siv rice, a town of about 4,000 people, is a popular tourist spot on the shore of Hazar lake, the source of the river Tig ris.
  • displace: It said more than 400 rescue teams are heading towards the region, along with beds and tents for those displaced.
  • tremor: Tremors were also felt in neighbouring Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

Ukraine's Zelensky weathers crises from Trump to downed jet

  • unscathed: Yet so far Zelensky has sailed through relatively unscathed, avoiding any major gaffes, political analysts said.
  • smash: The 41-year-old played a president in a popular TV sitcom before sweeping to power in elections last April on promises to " smash the old corrupt system" and end the separatist war in the east.
  • inexperience: Fears of his inexperience turned out to be exaggerated," said Oleksiy Melnyk, a foreign policy analyst at the Razumkov Center in Kiev..
  • novice: When it comes to international relations, the political novice has been constantly in the spotlight.
  • plunge: Just a few months into his first term, Zelensky found himself plunged into the impeachment scandal that threatens to take down US President Donald Trump.

Facebook and YouTube moderators sign PTSD disclosure

  • moderator: The reports come as Facebook faces lawsuits from former content moderators over a range of mental health issues in California and Ireland.
  • moderator: Content moderators are being asked to sign forms stating they understand the job could cause post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD), according to reports.
  • moderator: The Financial Times and The Verge reported moderators for Facebook and YouTube, hired by the contractor Acc enture, were sent the documents.
  • moderator: Moderators monitor objectionable materials and often view hundreds of disturbing images in a day's work.
  • moderator: Both The Verge and Financial Times report that moderators were sent documents that required to them to acknowledge the mental health risks of the role.

WRAPUP 10-Xi says China faces 'grave situation' as virus death toll hits 41

  • overshadow: BEIJING, Jan 25 (Reuters)- President Xi Jinping said China was facing a " grave situatio n" as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped to 41, overshadowing celebrations of the Lunar New Year that began on Saturday.
  • protective: In Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, officials appealed for masks and protective suits.
  • pneumonia: It can cause pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases.
  • virtual: Wuhan said it would ban non-essential vehicles from its downtown starting Sunday, further paralysing a city of 11 million that has been on virtual lockdown since Thursday, with nearly all flights cancelled and checkpoints blocking the main roads leading out of town.

Chinese diasporas on edge over coronavirus

  • fret: From thousands of miles away, members of the Chinese diaspora are worrying for their families from afar, or fretting over getting sick themselves.
  • quarantine: It's hard not to worry, as you're based overseas and can't do much about it," said Rui Zhong, a Chinese-American living in Maryland with family in Wuhan, where millions of residents are under quarantine.
  • proactive: That has helped the world take more proactive measures to tackle the outbreak, he said.
  • utmost: The family's health is of the utmost importance," she said.

Six maps and graphics to explain the outbreak

  • ambulance: It also has its own hospital and ambulance," Chongthan Pepe Bifhowjit, an Indian student at the Wuhan University of Technology, told the BBC.
  • queue: Videos have been circulating on social media, reportedly taken by Wuhan residents, showing long queues at local hospitals.
  • hygiene: They include hand and respiratory hygiene as well as safe food practices.
  • acute: People are advised to avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections; wash hands regularly, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment; and avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
  • quarantine: This means people diagnosed with the virus in the country must be isolated and can be placed in quarantine.

Pompeo to visit UK ahead of Brexit, then to Ukraine

  • rebuke: The British government on Friday rebuked the US for refusing to extradite a diplomat's wife charged over a car crash that killed a British teenager.
  • extradite: The British government on Friday rebuked the US for refusing to extradite a diplomat's wife charged over a car crash that killed a British teenager.
  • collide: Harry Dunn, 19, died in August when his motorcycle collided with a car driven by Sacoolas on the wrong side of the road in Britain.
  • tarnish: The Democratic prosecution team at the Senate trial has alleged Trump flagrantly tried to force Kiev to help him tarnish his possible 2020 election challenger, former vice president Joe Biden.

Trump impeachment trial: What happened so far

  • meticulous: Democratic congressmen who serve as prosecutors in the trial have laid out meticulous evidence over three days that they said proved Mr Trump had abused his power and obstructed Congress.
  • intersperse: The managers interspersed their oral arguments with audio and video tape, using the president's own words- including a now-infamous call with the president of Ukraine- in their effort to portray him as guilty.
  • eschew: Representative Hakeem Jefferies, an impeachment manager, eschewed the founding fathers, choosing instead to quote the late Brooklyn rapper Notorious BIG.
  • requisite: It may not be nearly enough to convince the requisite number of Republican senators, but the uninterrupted fusillade was as much geared toward public opinion as it was towards the people in the Capitol.
  • fusillade: It may not be nearly enough to convince the requisite number of Republican senators, but the uninterrupted fusillade was as much geared toward public opinion as it was towards the people in the Capitol.

The United States' main allies are abandoning Trump after his 'dangerous escalation' wit...

  • rift: Gen. Qassem Soleimani has exposed a growing rift between the US and its historically closest allies in Europe.
  • transatlantic: Yet rather than bring US allies into line, Trump's threats merely highlighted the declining importance that many European leaders now place in the transatlantic alliance.
  • alienate: Here's how Trump's international allies are increasingly abandoning the president as his administration alienates them.

Pompeo heads to Ukraine next week to meet with president

  • postpone: Since November, Pompeo has twice canceled plans to visit Ukraine, most recently just after the New Year when developments with Iran forced him to postpone the trip.
  • smear: Yovanovitch testified that Trump supporters had mounted a smear campaign against her.
  • defensive: Repeating a frequent talking point, he said the Trump administration had done more for Ukraine than President Barack Obama had done, including supplying the country with lethal defensive weapo nry.
  • endemic: The Obama administration pushed Ukraine to do more to fight endemic corruption.
  • postpone: The senior official, who previewed Pompeo's ultimately postponed trip, said the secretary would discuss Zelenskiy's anti-corruption efforts but would not comment on whether the secretary would raise Trump's desire for an investigation into Hunter Biden and his role on the board of a Ukrainian energy company or discredited claims that Ukraine and not Russia was responsible for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

A quarter of a million Iraqis protested the US military's 'occupation' of their country

  • expulsion: Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis poured into Baghdad's streets Friday to call for the expulsion of the roughly 5,200 US troops based in their country.
  • concussion: The Iranian missile strike left dozens of US troops with concussions and traumatic brain injuries, some of whom were evacuated from the country for treatment and evaluation.
  • continuous: The US military had a continuous presence in Iraq from the time it invaded in 2003 until the withdrawal of troops in 2011, returning just three years later in 2014 at the invitation of the Iraqi government to help thwart ISIS.
  • precaution: When asked if there were concerns about the safety of personnel at the Baghdad embassy and if extra precautions were being taken, a State Department spokesperson on Thursday told Insider, " We are aware of the planned protests.

Latin America’s Trash Brims with Hidden Cash

  • emergency: In two weeks, more than 60 Rio neighborhoods were blighted, triggering a run on emergency rooms, bottled water and conspiracy theories.
  • potent: Organic waste, including sewage, may not be the biggest contributor to climate-baking greenhouse gases, but it is a huge source of methane, 28 times more potent for trapping heat than carbon dioxide.
  • trap: Organic waste, including sewage, may not be the biggest contributor to climate-baking greenhouse gases, but it is a huge source of methane, 28 times more potent for trapping heat than carbon dioxide.
  • excitable: I live in Rio de Janeiro, an excitable town where emergency lurks in every WhatsApp group and Twitter feed.This was different, as I soon found.
  • emergency: I live in Rio de Janeiro, an excitable town where emergency lurks in every WhatsApp group and Twitter feed.This was different, as I soon found.

A Holocaust Survivor Warns Against the Rise in Anti-Semitism in Honor of International Holocaust Rem...

  • perish: We need to remember those who perished in the Holocaust and empower ourselves to be vigilant to minimize the opportunity that it will occur again," says Dr. Miller.
  • calm: I 've lived long enough to see that it was horrific during the Holocaust with the Nazis and then it calmed down and now it's coming up again.
  • partner: Another tool she suggests is partnering with organizations fighting anti-Semitism, including StandWithUs, Hillel and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee ( AIPAC), to ensure that all generations never forget what happened during the Holocaust.

Winning worker hearts and minds is key to companies achieving their green goals

  • ingenuity: The result has been that companies tend to departmentalize sustainability efforts, depriving the company of the ingenuity and passion of the employee base in addressing one of the most complex problems of our times.
  • integral: Perhaps not surprisingly, companies that want to achieve goals like reducing their carbon footprint or waste tend to do better when they make sustainability an integral part of their core purpose and communicate this commitment to the entire staff.
  • stride: For my book, I spent countless hours over a period of five years interviewing executives, middle managers and factory workers to try understand what separates the companies making successful strides in reducing their environmental impact from those still struggling.
  • research: CB Bhattacharya has previously consulted for some of the organizations he researched for " Small Actions, Big Difference.

In the terrorism fight, Trump has continued a key Obama policy

  • covert: In the mid-20th century, America developed groups of covert combatants, including units that preceded the Navy SEALs, to operate in parallel with larger conventional military forces.
  • precede: In the mid-20th century, America developed groups of covert combatants, including units that preceded the Navy SEALs, to operate in parallel with larger conventional military forces.
  • fanatic: They tend to be extremists, like religious fanatics or white supremacists, rather than attention-seeking secular political activists.
  • alcohol: Indeed, in recent years, they have experienced an increase in alcohol abuse and suicides.
  • specialize: With specialized, clandestine forces, presidents likely find it easier to wage war without consulting Congress and without clear strategic plans.

200 years of exploring Antarctica – the world's coldest, most forbidding and most peaceful conti...

  • mythology: Early explorers were drawn there by the mythology of Terra Australis, a vast southern continent that scholars imagined for centuries as a counterweight to the Northern Hemisphere.
  • frigid: For the past 14 million years, it has been the frigid continent that persists today.
  • circumnavigate: British explorer Sir James Cook circumnavigated the continent in 1772-1775, but saw only some outlying islands.
  • melt: Understanding how the ice has changed in the past is key to predicting how much and how fast it will melt in the coming years.
  • susceptible: These questions are especially important in West Antarctica, where the bottom of the ice sheet is below sea level, making it very susceptible to changes in sea level and ocean temperature.

The daily business briefing: January 24, 2020

  • freeze: The U.S. Treasury Department said it would freeze all assets of the companies that are within U.S. jurisdiction.
  • ancestry: CEO Anne Wojcicki said she had been " surprised" at the drop in demand for testing kits that allow customers to find out details of their ancestry and genetic medical risk factors.
  • prescribe: Prosecutors said Kapoor ran a bribery and kickback scheme that involved millions of dollars paid out to get doctors to prescribe the Arizona pharmaceutical company's highly addictive fentanyl spray, Subsys, a painkiller for cancer patients.
  • improper: The root cause of the sales practices misconduct problem was the Community Bank's business model, which imposed intentionally unreasonable sales goals and unreasonable pressure on its employees to meet those goals and fostered an atmosphere that perpetuated improper and illegal conduct," the OCC said in the complaint.

China coronavirus: Death toll rises as more cities restrict travel

  • reproduction: It is known as the virus's basic reproduction number- anything higher than 1.0 means it's self-sustaining.
  • contagious: Yes, that is less dangerous than Sars, but if those hard-to-detect mild or maybe symptomless cases are contagious too, then it is much harder to contain.
  • queue: In one video on Twitter taken from Chinese social media, a man can be heard complai ning, saying patients could be queuing for as long as 10 hours.

Most political unrest has one big root cause: soaring inequality

  • wane: Many members of the liberal establishment in America have failed to come to terms with the waning appeal of the free-market model.
  • cure: They dismiss populism as a sort of exogenous disease to be cured by appeals to reason and facts rather than recognize it as a darkly symptomatic response to a system that has failed so spectacularly to meet the basic needs of so many.
  • grotesque: Pinker made no mention of inequality, the rise of the superrich, and the surging discontent with a global economy that has produced such grotesque imbalances.

Muslim women occupy streets in India against citizenship law

  • trickle: Through numerous police barricades, women trickle in from the winding arterial alleys of Shaheen Bagh with children in hand, as poets and singers take the makeshift stage, drawing rapturous appl ause.
  • alley: Through numerous police barricades, women trickle in from the winding arterial alleys of Shaheen Bagh with children in hand, as poets and singers take the makeshift stage, drawing rapturous appl ause.
  • revocation: The women, like demonstrators elsewhere in the country, have been demanding the revocation of the citizenship law approved last month.

Why Can’t These Ex-Fox News Women Get New TV Jobs?

  • overweight: Rudi Bakhtiar was a rising star at CNN in the spring of 2004, when a barrel-chested, overweight, balding man lumbered over to her amid the black-tie crush of the White House Correspondents Dinner at the Washington Hilton.
  • lumber: Rudi Bakhtiar was a rising star at CNN in the spring of 2004, when a barrel-chested, overweight, balding man lumbered over to her amid the black-tie crush of the White House Correspondents Dinner at the Washington Hilton.
  • crush: Rudi Bakhtiar was a rising star at CNN in the spring of 2004, when a barrel-chested, overweight, balding man lumbered over to her amid the black-tie crush of the White House Correspondents Dinner at the Washington Hilton.
  • invite: Why invite in somebody who has a record of speaking up when they see workplace toxicity?
  • appraise: The Fox News Chairman instructed the 5-foot-tall Bakhtiar to stand up so he could appraise her phys i que.

Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities

  • amusement: Cinemas, amusement parks, temples and other public sites were ordered to close.
  • censor: Cities are blanketed with video cameras and the ruling party has, with the help of Western tech companies, developed computerized systems to track the public, monitor and censor internet use and suppress protests and dissent.
  • mollify: Chinese leaders tried to mollify the public by reassigning the Beijing party secretary and began daily announcements about new cases.
  • vegetable: THE PUBLIC EFFECT: Food prices in Wuhan spiked as shoppers cleared grocery store shelves of vegetables, rice and other supplies.
  • vegetable: Trucks with vegetables, rice and other supplies were allowed into Wuhan after residents stripped grocery store shelves and prices spiked.

Trial highlights: Conspiracy theories and fidget spinners

  • rebut: Rebutting a central Trump claim, Democrats said the president sought a political investigation of Biden by Ukraine to sway the 2020 election in his favor.
  • bogus: Similarly, Democrats said Trump and his allies, including his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, pushed a bogus, Kremlin-pushed conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.
  • fidget: As senators sat through endless hours of arguments, they found another outlet to focus their attention: fidget spinners.
  • fidget: A fidget spinner is a small toy designed to be spun between the fingers, relieving stress or boredom.
  • boredom: A fidget spinner is a small toy designed to be spun between the fingers, relieving stress or boredom.

Russian Auschwitz survivor: Only coincidence that I lived

  • scourge: They put me on a bench, tied up my feet and body and scourged me with whipping sticks.
  • expanse: He was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the vast expanse of crude barracks and crematoria built by the Nazis in occupied Poland that was created to supplement the original Auschwitz camp, where the first victims to be fatally gassed and incinerated by the Nazis were Soviet war prisoners.
  • incinerate: He was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the vast expanse of crude barracks and crematoria built by the Nazis in occupied Poland that was created to supplement the original Auschwitz camp, where the first victims to be fatally gassed and incinerated by the Nazis were Soviet war prisoners.
  • incinerate: So many prisoners were killed that the crematoria on the edge of the camp couldn't incinerate all the bodies.
  • cull: Prisoners who were ill or feeble were culled from the new arrivals and executed quickly.

Democrats argue ‘right matters’ in Trump impeachment trial

  • juror: As the audience of Senate jurors sat through another long day, and night, the prosecutors outlined the charge.
  • border: The president is facing trial in the Senate after the House impeached him last month, accusing Trump of abusing his office by asking Ukraine for the investigations while withholding the aid from a U.S. ally at war with bordering Russia.
  • acquittal: Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and acquittal is considered likely.
  • fidget: To help senators pass the time, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr of North Carolina, passed out lunch favors of fidget spinners, stress balls and other toys.
  • repetition: Democrats thanked the senators for their time and patience, acknowledging the repetition of some of their presentations.

Democrats struggle to build broad support on eve of voting

  • negligible: Pete Buttigieg's support with African Americans is negligible, and the buzz that surrounds Amy Klobuchar belies the fact that she's barely registering with virtually any key demographic.
  • belie: Pete Buttigieg's support with African Americans is negligible, and the buzz that surrounds Amy Klobuchar belies the fact that she's barely registering with virtually any key demographic.
  • rift: At the same time, Trump is trying to stoke Democratic divisions, betting that rifts between core Democratic constituencies will help him win a second term.

China building a hospital to treat virus, expands lockdowns

  • slate: The facility will be a prefabricated structure on a 25,000- square-meter (270,000-square-foot) lot, slated for completion Feb. 3.
  • quiet: Normally bustling streets, malls and other public spaces were eerily quiet in Wuhan on the second day of its lockdown.
  • mandatory: Masks were mandatory in public, and images from the city showed empty shelves as people stocked up for what could be an extended isolation.
  • empty: Masks were mandatory in public, and images from the city showed empty shelves as people stocked up for what could be an extended isolation.
  • grapple: Hospitals in Wuhan were grappling with a flood of patients and a lack of supplies.

Trump impeachment: Senators play games and nap during trial

  • fidget: Crossword puzzles, fidget spinners and at least one paper aeroplane have been spotted with senators..
  • hallowed: The upper chamber of US Congress prides itself as a hallowed sanctum of decorum.
  • decorum: The upper chamber of US Congress prides itself as a hallowed sanctum of decorum.
  • fidget: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Senator Mike Rounds plays with a fidget spinner.
  • tome: She tweeted that the tome- How Trump Haters Are Breaking America, by Kim Strassel- " provides good insights into today's proceeding s ".

China coronavirus: The lessons learned from the Sars outbreak

  • outbreak: China coronavirus: The lessons learned from the Sars outbreak- BBC News.
  • epidemic: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China was accused of covering-up the Sars epidemic.
  • infect: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) went on to infect more than 8,000 people and kill almost 800.
  • infect: Many of those it infected, including doctors, went from having flu-like symptoms to severe pneumonia within days.
  • pneumonia: Many of those it infected, including doctors, went from having flu-like symptoms to severe pneumonia within days.

Face of impeachment: Schiff sets tone with appeals to Senate

  • ardent: He is setting the tone of the prosecution's case, working methodically to convince even his most ardent detractors that Trump deserves to be removed from office.
  • conciliatory: Schiff has tried to set a non-combative tone on the Senate floor, with conciliatory words to the Senate.
  • admonish: I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and the president's counsel, in equal terms, to remember that they are addressing the world's greatest deliberative body," Roberts said.

American Dirt: Oprah book club pick suffers Latino backlash

  • plaudits: However, the plaudits were quickly followed by outrage from members of the Hispanic community, who complained that the novel misrepresents the Latin-American experience.
  • misrepresent: However, the plaudits were quickly followed by outrage from members of the Hispanic community, who complained that the novel misrepresents the Latin-American experience.
  • adjunct: Maricela Becerra, an assistant adjunct professor at UCLA, told the BBC: " We have been talking about these issues for many, many years as Latinxs and immigrants, and the problem is that we have not been heard.

Your Evening Briefing

  • stimulus: After years of radical stimulus, bank executives are increasingly calling on central banks to reverse a half decade of negative interest rates.
  • amateur: Amateur investors are making risky bets that could wipe them out.
  • deride: China is touting its climate credentials as it seeks to clamp down on environmental damage at home while demonstrating a commitment to the international order derided by Trump.

Opioid executive admits to ‘no morals’ ahead of prison term

  • liable: US pharmaceutical executives have been put on notice that they could be held criminally liable for fuelling America’s epidemic of opioid addiction, after the founder of the drugmaker Insys was sentenced on Thursday to five-and-a-half years in prison for masterminding a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a dangerous painkiller.
  • prescribe: US pharmaceutical executives have been put on notice that they could be held criminally liable for fuelling America’s epidemic of opioid addiction, after the founder of the drugmaker Insys was sentenced on Thursday to five-and-a-half years in prison for masterminding a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a dangerous painkiller.
  • prescribe: Mr Burlakoff said that no one at the company cared whether the doctors were prescribing it “on-label” for cancer patients or “off-label” for anyone else.
  • emigrate: Mr Kapoor, now 76, is a serial pharma entrepreneur who emigrated to the US from India in his early 20s.
  • honorarium: Amount doctors could earn in ‘honorariums ’ a year for speaking about Subsys.

24 hours in, senators flout quaint impeachment rules

  • flout: Almost immediately after Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled in Wednesday's session of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, bored and weary senators started openly flouting some basic guidelines in a chamber that prizes decorum.
  • decorum: Almost immediately after Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled in Wednesday's session of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, bored and weary senators started openly flouting some basic guidelines in a chamber that prizes decorum.
  • agony: The agony of the senator-jurors had begun to show the night before, with widespread but more subtle struggles to pay attention to opening arguments.
  • exhaustive: Fewer than 12 hours later, the senators were back, with little sleep, for more of the same impeachment story, told by Schiff and his team in exhaustive detail.
  • boredom: Their boredom, one Republican senator suggested, had become a challenge to the prolific House managers ' strategy.

Auschwitz: How death camp became centre of Nazi Holocaust

  • oppress: They did not greet us, nor did they smile; they seemed oppressed not only by compassion but by... the feeling of guilt that such a crime should exist.
  • emaciate: We saw emaciated, tortured, impoverished people ," soldier Ivan Martynushkin said of liberating the death camp.
  • starve: Those deported to the camp complex were gassed, starved, worked to death and even killed in medical experiments.
  • eradicate: Six million Jewish people died in the Holocaust- the Nazi campaign to eradicate Europe's Jewish population.
  • conquer: Groups of German soldiers called Einsatzgruppen set out across newly conquered lands in Eastern Europe to massacre civilians.

Why Wuhan Is at the Center of the Viral Outbreak

  • hygiene: As recently as last June, Wuhan residents complained about poor hygiene at the seafood market, but the municipality didn't respond.
  • municipality: As recently as last June, Wuhan residents complained about poor hygiene at the seafood market, but the municipality didn't respond.
  • hygiene: After all, the Chinese have had a taste for exotic animal meat for centuries; why should we worry about the hygiene of a wet market now?

Case for impeachment fails to disturb McConnell's sweet dreams of acquittal

  • powerless: An alarmed aide sat at his side, powerless, as McConnell surrendered to the arms of Morpheus.
  • rub: Over nearly two and a half hours, McConnell would not be the only Republican senator to nod off, ya wn, rub their eyes or bolt the chamber.
  • microscope: Reading from typed A4 sheets in a ring binder, he delivered a tour de force that was both epic and intimate, historically sweeping yet highly specific, offering a view from both 30,000 feet and the microscope.
  • entreat: He entreated senators to put the constitution before party and warned that every generation had to fight anew for democracy and freedom.
  • preordain: Nearly a century later, the Republican defence appears to be based on blind faith in Trump and the verdict on his conduct is preordained.