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The WHO often has been under fire, but no nation has ever moved to sever ties with it

  • sever: The WHO often has been under fire, but no nation has ever moved to sever ties with it.
  • galvanize: It was not until August 2014, well after the epidemic had spun out of control, that WHO officially declared a global health emergency, seeking to galvanize international response.
  • retrospect: More generally, much critical information about what is happening in the global health space can be known only in retrospect, once data on the event has been gathered, analyzed and disseminated by the scientific community.
  • instructive: Two other recent global health emergencies are instructive: the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

Judge orders Brazil to protect Indigenous people from ravages of COVID-19

  • precursor: Denying the humanity of a group is another frequent precursor to genocide, history shows.
  • incursion: Beyond bringing the coronavirus into isolated communities, such incursions endanger the very survival of Indigenous Brazilians.
  • smolder: Risk factors and warning signs can smolder for years in a country.
  • curtail: He has also curtailed the land rights of Indigenous people and turned a blind eye to illegal mining, logging and farming operations on their territory.
  • anemia: Indigenous Brazilians also have high rates of malnutrition, anemia and obesity- risk factors for severe COVID-19.

Wirecard executive Jan Marsalek touted Russian nerve gas documents

  • ingratiate: Wirecard executive Jan Marsalek touted secret documents about the use of a Russian chemical weapon in the UK, as he bragged of ties to intelligence services to ingratiate himself with London traders.
  • wreckage: The German authorities and Wirecard’s lenders are picking through the wreckage of the insolvent group in an attempt to discover what sort of business really took place inside a company with privileged access to global payments networks.
  • speculator: Before then he had presented himself as an international man of action, using secret documents to forge links with traders in a years-long operation to identify speculators betting against the Wirecard share price.
  • regiment: Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former commander of the UK’s chemical and biological weapons regiment, said: “These documents would be restricted to OPCW member states and should not be in the public domain.”
  • insolvency: But, as the Wirecard scandal exploded into full view and the company lurched towards insolvency, Philippine justice secretary Menardo Guevarra told the FT that: “CCTV footage does not show him arriving here, and there is no record of any flight to China scheduled in the morning of June 24 from Cebu.”

Expert sees "new level of repression" in Russian journalist's arrest

  • manifestation: Many see the arrest of Ivan Safronov as the latest manifestation of a crackdown by Russian authorities on independent journalists in the country.
  • intimidate: The lawyer suggested the arrest was aimed at intimidating journalists in the country, and said the outcome of the case could depend largely on the reaction of Safronov's media colleagues.
  • treason: If convicted of treason Safronov could face up to 20 years in prison.
  • treason: Ivan Safronov, a former journalist and aide to the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, detained on charges of treason for divulging state military secrets, stands inside a defendants ' cage during a court hearing in Moscow, July 7, 2020.
  • transcript: Transcripts of police bodycam video released in George Floyd's arrest.

With prizes, food, housing and cash, Putin rigged Russia's most recent vote

  • evade: At the center of the changes were new rules to allow Putin to evade term limits and serve two additional terms, extending his tenure until 2036.
  • advertiser: In the leadup to the constitutional vote, internet influencers read the public mood and refused payments for their endorsement, fearing a backlash from followers and advertisers.
  • antidote: As an antidote to unpopular pension reforms, a new provision guarantees pensioners annual adjustments linked to inflation.
  • coerce: Officials coerced employees of government agencies and large businesses to turn out.
  • evade: Ostensibly in response to COVID-19, the Electoral Commission altered voting procedures to evade observation, developing a flawed online voting system and creating mobile polling stations in parks, airports and outside apartment blocks.

US killing of Iran general was illegal - UN expert

  • extrajudicial: A report by the UN's special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, says the US had not provided sufficient evidence of an imminent threat to life to justify the attack.
  • clandestine: He was in charge of the Quds Force's clandestine missions and its provision of guidance, funding, weapons, intelligence, and logistical support to allied governments and armed groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
  • tendentious: This tendentious and tedious report undermines human rights by giving a pass to terrorists and it proves once again why America was right to leave " the UN Human Rights Council in 2018, she added.
  • tedious: This tendentious and tedious report undermines human rights by giving a pass to terrorists and it proves once again why America was right to leave " the UN Human Rights Council in 2018, she added.

The Mysterious Link Between COVID-19 and Guillain-Barré Syndrome

  • paralysis: Usually reversible, in severe cases it can cause prolonged paralysis involving breathing muscles, require ventilator support and sometimes leave permanent neurological deficits.
  • sheath: Most commonly, the injury involves the protective sheath, or myelin, that wraps nerves and is essential to nerve function.
  • sheath: Without the myelin sheath, signals that go through a nerve are slowed or lost, which causes the nerve to malfunction.
  • inflammation: Doctors often need to perform a lumbar puncture, otherwise known as spinal tap, to sample spinal fluid and look for signs of inflammation and abnormal antibodies.
  • abnormal: Doctors often need to perform a lumbar puncture, otherwise known as spinal tap, to sample spinal fluid and look for signs of inflammation and abnormal antibodies.

Virus projects renew questions about UAE's mass surveillance

  • parlor: The UA E's surveillance state can offer the parlor trick of finding your car at the massive, multistory parking garage of Mall of the Emirates, home to an indoor ski slope.
  • thermal: Malls and other business have implemented a variety of thermal image scanners.
  • thermal: At Dubai International Airport, for instance, those coming in walk past a thermal scanner that also checks people for masks.
  • thermal: Many of the cameras and thermal scanners used by the UAE come from China.

Business Deals May Give Netanyahu an Excuse Against Annexation

  • catalyze: The agreement is being portrayed as a joint effort against a global pandemic, born of necessity and for the greater good, but it is also part of pattern of deepening ties between Israel and the Gulf Arab states, catalyzed by their shared concern about the Iranian threat and about extremist groups across the region.
  • attache: The agreement between the three counties signals the importance Israel attaches to relations with the UAE..
  • pavilion: Israel will have a pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai, which was originally scheduled to start in October, but has been postponed because of the pandemic.
  • burnish: Business deals between Israeli and Arab companies, on the other hand, would burnish it.

Burial traditions clash with coronavirus safety in Indonesia

  • bury: Religion dictates that those practicing must usually bury their dead within 24 hours, the bodies interred without a casket so bodies can lie on their right side facing the holy city of Mecca.
  • cloth: Before the burial, the body is washed by family with soap and scented water, then wrapped in a seamless cloth that is tied at the head and feet.
  • bury: I feel very sad when I see the family cannot come closer while we bury the bodies.
  • corpse: In the city of Makassar on Sulawesi island, five of 13 men who were accused of stealing corpses of COVID-19 victims were put in a quarantine facility after they tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Recessionals: why coronavirus is another cruel setback for millennials

  • cataclysm: Having now watched them suffer two economic cataclysms in just over a decade, there will be strong pressure for older generations to repay the favour and help millennials get back on their feet.
  • wholly: According to Carnegie Mellon University economist Shu Lin Wee, limited career mobility after the financial crisis meant that millennials were caught between two wholly unsavoury choices: stay in jobs where they were being underpaid due to lacklustre salaries set at a time of high unemployment, or change career path into areas where a lack of experience means starting out further down the ladder.
  • attain: “People just handed out money”, Erica says, “and then stripped those young people of every single penny that they were able to attain from that degree.”
  • flamboyant: In a TV interview, the Australian property developer suggested it was not economic hardship that was keeping millennials off the housing ladder but a flamboyant taste in brunch.
  • fallacy: In the real world, there is little evidence to support the “avocado toast fallacy ” or variations on the theme.

Secluded Arctic region rejects Putin in rare protest

  • nomadic: The Nenets region is best known for its extreme weather conditions and the nomadic reindeer herders who call the vast tundra of Russia's Arctic home.
  • buttress: For generations, its local tribes have lived in tents buttressed by wood, guided by shamanistic beliefs that teach respect for the land.
  • merger: In the run-up to the vote on the constitutional amendments proposed by Putin, Nenets residents pressed ahead with the campaign against the merger, including petitions, demonstrations and protests online.
  • leaflet: Organisers sent leaflets by boat and helicopter to the region's most secluded villages.
  • nestle: The secluded settlement, nestled on the banks of the Barents Sea, has an official population of just 35 people.

Jawar Mohammed: The Ethiopian media mogul taking on Abiy Ahmed

  • illegitimate: Having previously warned that Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed risked turning into an " illegitimate" ruler, Jawar Mohammed, 34, has now become the most high-profile opposition politician to be detained since the Nobel Peace laureate took office in April 2018.
  • quell: For government supporters, Mr Jawar's arrest was vital to help quell the ethnic nationalism and violence that they accuse him of fanning to derail the prime minister's " coming together " vision, aimed at forging a new sense of national unity in the country of more than 100 million.
  • exile: I am an Oromo first," Mr Jawar- then exiled in the US- declared, adding that Ethiopia had been " imposed" on him.
  • satellite: The campaign culminated with the launch later in 2013 of a satellite television station- along with social media accounts- under the banner of the Oromia Media Network ( OMN).
  • liberate: We will liberate the land in the coming years," Mr Jawar said at its launch.

Politics latest news: Brexit talks end early for second week running despite 'constructive' ...

  • divergence: There remain " significant divergences" between the European Union and the UK in attempts to seal a post-Brexit trade deal, the European Commission said.
  • savour: She said people should " savour" the moments including the " first-non-amateur haircut in months ", but warned this was a " moment of real danger ".
  • closure: John Lewis closures underline 'missed opportunit y' of mini-Budget, says Labour.
  • proportionate: She said: " The balanced decision we announced yesterday on air bridges was essential for us to conclude, at this stage, that we are managing that risk in an effective and proportionate manner.
  • importation: And, to be clear, this must cover the possibility of importation from other parts of the UK, as well as from oversea s.

CIA Kept Giving Intel to Russia, Got Nothing Back

  • reciprocal: Instead, their problem was that the Trump administration, like several of its predecessors, had pushed the agency into a counterterrorism relationship that was nowhere near reciprocal.
  • corroborate: The ex-official, who declined to be named, corroborated that the Russians typically do not share intelligence.
  • jeopardy: It was something Flynn raised on his phone calls with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, that ultimately led to his downfall and legal jeopardy.

Despite risks, Trump invests big in attacks on Biden's age

  • ramble: Both men are prone to gaffes and rambling when off script.
  • obese: While the study did not take into account their health histories, Olshansky suggests that Biden may be in better health than Trump, who Olshansky notes is obese, generally doesn't eat well, doesn't exercise regularly and whose father suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
  • persuadable: A poll commissioned by the Republican National Committee this spring determined that attacks on Biden's mental acuity didn't sway persuadable voters.
  • rigor: Public polling also suggests that more voters may trust Biden's ability to handle the rigors of the presidency more than they trust Trump.
  • rigor: Americans deserve a president who can handle the rigors of the job.

Iran-backed militia says PM's actions could bring escalation

  • assailant: Hostilities have flared as Iraq reels from the assassination of Hisham al-Hashimi, 47, who was gunned down by unknown assailants on motorbikes outside his Baghdad home Monday.
  • speculate: They speculate al-Hashimi may have fallen victim to escalating tensions between the government and militia groups.
  • avenge: Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has vowed to avenge al-Hashimi's killing, but a serious investigation risks further stoking tensions with Iraq's militias.
  • liquidate: We have great concern that al-Kadhimi plans to liquidate these ( militant) factions," he said.
  • advisory: In it, he found that a disproportionate number of Iran-backed factions held leadership and advisory positions within the PMF..

Why Iranians, rattled by suicides, point a finger at leaders

  • hopelessness: The powerful images of hopelessness came one after another, creating mounting waves of shock for Iranians who may have thought themselves inured to tales of desperation, destitution, and political ang st.
  • inure: The powerful images of hopelessness came one after another, creating mounting waves of shock for Iranians who may have thought themselves inured to tales of desperation, destitution, and political ang st.
  • unsettle: Those cases proved unsettling even for Iranians used to bad news, who have been buffeted by years of homegrown economic misrule, exacerbated by ever-more-staggering U.S. sanctions and now the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • buffet: Those cases proved unsettling even for Iranians used to bad news, who have been buffeted by years of homegrown economic misrule, exacerbated by ever-more-staggering U.S. sanctions and now the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ancient Americans made epic Pacific voyages

  • conclusive: It was conclusive evidence that there was a single shared contact event.
  • superficial: Previously, researchers had noted superficial similarities between monolithic statues in Polynesia and others found in South America.
  • ancestry: In other words, Polynesians and Native Americans met at one point in history, and during that time children with both Native American and Polynesian ancestry were born.

Rosewood smuggling in The Gambia: Shipping firm halts timber exports

  • moratorium: One of the world's largest shipping lines has announced a moratorium on the transport of any wood from The Gambia.
  • contraband: In June, the EIA published a report saying shipping companies were transporting contraband timber from The Gambia to China.
  • prize: Also called Hongmu or" red woo d " this rare and valuable wood is prized for its colour and durability.
  • importation: Under the country's Forestry Act of 2018, importation from another country is only legal if it goes through an official port of entry.
  • auspicious: It is a notable move and a very auspicious start... other shipping lines must also act," Ms Handy said.

Anonymous letters providing solace in the pandemic

  • terrify: It's been really terrifying for my wife and it's been very difficult for us to think about when she gives birth.
  • aroma: I still have in my memory that wonderful sound of you laughing out loud, I can't forget your aroma... that mixture of the city in chaos with beautiful lavender landscapes.
  • loud: For those who do not have access to the internet, staff are sending videos of themselves reading over the popular messaging plat form, WhatsApp, or calling the families directly and reading to them out loud.

Christine Lagarde on climate, jobs, women and divergence

  • cajole: It's interesting that when you took over, the view amongst economists was that the ECB had reached the limit of monetary policy and that the best you could do is to cajole, convince governments to embrace fiscal stimulus.
  • calibrate: So we are going to be very attentive to the economic developments, to the many numbers that are popping out, whether it's PMI, whether it's services, whether it's employment, whether it's inflation and the like of it, to make sure that our tools are properly calibrated and can respond adequately to the current situation.
  • evidence: We supported the Bundesbank to make sure that the principles of proportionality was properly evidenced and demonstrated, as it has been applied ever since we went into monetary policy, for that matter.
  • granular: Now it's clear that if you are granular to the point where you only look at one category of transactions, of one category of citizens, you might reach a different conclusion.
  • corrosive: The main criticism is that it's corrosive, and that especially on banks and insurance, and that it fuels bubbles in property, for example.

Leaders like Trump fail if they cannot speak the truth and earn trust

  • improvise: Emergencies require swift, decisive steps, sometimes improvised and often pushing the boundaries of formal authority.
  • persistence: Eisenhower leaned heavily on experts and had the patience and persistence to navigate the complex machinery of government.
  • competence: Sometimes that made him appear cautious, but few questioned his competence.
  • competence: As their countries suffer some of the worst effects of the pandemic, Rachman believes citizens will rediscover the value of sheer competence.
  • deplete: If that perception becomes widespread, it will deplete whatever stock of trust citizens have left for the president.

Srebrenica, 25 years later: Lessons from the massacre that ended the Bosnian conflict and unmasked a...

  • secede: They were fighting the Bosnian Serbs, who had seceded to form their own republic and sought to expel everyone else from their new territory.
  • carnage: The carnage that ensued is epitomized by one street in one town I visited in 1996, as part of my study of the Bosnian conflict.
  • dither: The U.S. and UN could have supplied that force, but they dithered.

Tehran mayor sees 'threat' in Iranians' dissatisfaction

  • municipality: When there is dissatisfaction with the government or the state, it then reaches everyone and that includes the municipality too," he said in an interview on Tuesday.
  • shout: As he spoke in his town hall office, the shouts of angry garbage truck drivers echoed from the street outside, complaining they had not received pay or pensions for months.
  • municipality: The mayor downplayed the small rally as the kind of event that could happen in " a municipality in any other country ", adding that the men were employed not by the city itself but by contractors.
  • plunge: This accelerated the plunge of the Iranian rial against the US dollar, threatening to further stoke an already high inflation rate.
  • municipality: Tehran has had only 15 " clean" air quality days since the March 20 Persian New Year, according to the municipality.

Lebanese man who financed Hezbollah in US returns home

  • perish: McKenzie also made a brief stop at memorials honoring Americans who perished while serving in Lebanon.
  • barrack: Bombings in 1983 of the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut killed nearly 260 Americans and 63 others.
  • barrack: McKenzie's visit and reports that he may visit the Marine barracks bombing site sparked anti-U.S. protests.

China is 'greatest long-term threat' to the US, FBI director Christopher Wray says

  • usurp: China is seeking to become the world's only superpower by usurping the United States with a government-directed " campaign of theft and malign influence ", the US Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI) director said on Tuesday.
  • behaviour: In a wide-ranging attack on Beijing's behaviour on the world stage delivered at the conservative think tank Hudson Institute, Christopher Wray said that the counter-intelligence and economic espionage threat from China represented the " greatest long-term threat to our nation's information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality ".
  • vitality: In a wide-ranging attack on Beijing's behaviour on the world stage delivered at the conservative think tank Hudson Institute, Christopher Wray said that the counter-intelligence and economic espionage threat from China represented the " greatest long-term threat to our nation's information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality ".
  • usurp: China's " generational fight" to usurp the US was playing out in fields ranging from local politics to industries including aviation, agriculture, robotics and health care, said W ray, accusing Beijing of working to compromise American institutions conducting " essential" Covid-19 research.
  • nadir: The charges come at a nadir in US-China relations, with tensions boiling on a number of fronts including the coronavirus pandemic, Beijing's handling of Hong Kong, and treatment of each other's respective journalists.

How the US caught flashy Nigerian Instagrammers 'with $40m'

  • admonish: Stop letting people make you feel guilty for the wealth you 've acquired," he admonished, wearing designer jewellery and Gucci clothes from head to toe.
  • hush: The most famous of the dozen Africans nabbed in the dramatic operation was 37-year-old Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, " hushpuppi" or just " hush" as he was known by his 2.4 million Instagram followers.
  • arrogance: I think there's probably a certain arrogance when they believe they 've been careful about maintaining anonymity in their online identities, but they live high on the hog and get careless on social media," said Glen Donath, a former senior prosecutor in the US Attorney's Office in Washington, DC..
  • impersonate: They are accused of impersonating legitimate employees of various US companies in " business email compromis e" ( BEC) schemes and tricking the recipients into wiring millions of dollars into their own accounts.
  • wire: They are accused of impersonating legitimate employees of various US companies in " business email compromis e" (BEC) schemes and tricking the recipients into wiring millions of dollars into their own accounts.

Five shocking passages in Mary Trump's tell-all book

  • ineptitude: When things turned south in the late 1980s, Fred could no longer separate himself from his son's brutal ineptitude; the father had no choice but to stay invested," she writes of the senior Trump's attitude towards the future 45th US President.
  • patriarch: Ms Trump blames the Trump family patriarch, Fred Trump Sr for much of the family's alleged dysfunction.
  • aggrieved: Ms Trump writes that her uncle had asked her to ghost write a book about him, called the Art of the Comeback, and provided " an aggrieved compendium of women he had expected to date but who, having refused him, were suddenly the worst, ugliest and fattest slobs he 'd ever met ".
  • compendium: Ms Trump writes that her uncle had asked her to ghost write a book about him, called the Art of the Comeback, and provided " an aggrieved compendium of women he had expected to date but who, having refused him, were suddenly the worst, ugliest and fattest slobs he 'd ever met ".
  • suggestive: She says Mr Trump made suggestive comments about her body when she was 29 years old, even though she is his niece and Mr Trump was married to his second wife, Marla Maples.

Cancel culture: What unites young people against Obama and Trump

  • incendiary: Cancel culture ", the term for when individuals or companies face swift public backlash and boycott over offensive statements or actions, has been an incendiary topic in the movements of recent years, whether relating to misogyny, race or homophobia.
  • submission: He has deemed cancel culture" far-left fascism ", saying it is " driving people from their jobs, shaming disse nters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees ...is the very definition of totalitarianism ".
  • magnificent: This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly," Mr Trump told supporters during his Independence Day event on 3 July.
  • lieu: Activists calling for the removal of statues like Confederate general Robert E Lee and Italian explorer Christopher Columbus have said these monuments glorify in lieu of teaching people about history.
  • merciless: The president has called US statues " sacred" and" treasured American legacies ", while describing the push for their removal " a merciless campaign to wipe out our history " and" erase our values ".

Mount Rushmore: Trump hosts 4 July celebration event amid criticism

  • forefather: In a speech at the South Dakota landmark, he said it would " stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom ".
  • desecrate: This monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced," he told a cheering crowd.
  • deface: This monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced," he told a cheering crowd.

Coronavirus: Japan's mysteriously low virus death rate

  • susceptibility: Professor Shibuya does not discount the possibility of regional differences in immunity or genetic susceptibility to Covid.
  • macabre: It is a macabre question that has spawned dozens of theories, from Japanese manners to claims that the Japanese have superior immunity.
  • energetic: This is particularly striking because Japan has many of the conditions that make it vulnerable to Covid-19, but it never adopted the energetic approach to tackling the virus that some of its neighbours did.
  • paragon: Many paragons of Covid strategy, such as New Zealand and Vietnam, used tough measures including closing borders, tight lockdowns, large-scale testing and strict quarantines- but Japan did none of that.
  • denote: It is a concept dating back to Japan's imperial era and denotes a sense of racial superiority and cultural chauvinism.