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Zambia aid: UK suspends funding over corruption fears

  • aid: Zambia aid: UK suspends funding over corruption fears- BBC News.
  • corruption: Zambia aid: UK suspends funding over corruption fears- BBC News.
  • corruption: The UK takes a " zero-tolerance approach to fraud and corruption ", the UK's Department for International Development ( DfID) said in a statement.
  • government: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK government is worried that money meant for poor Zambians is being stolen by corrupt officials.
  • evidence: There is no evidence that confirms any loss of UK taxpayers ' money," it added.

Brazil Presidential Candidate Vows Not to Pardon Comrade Lula

  • audacious: Haddad was named as the W orkers ' Party (PT) candidate last week after Lula finally gave up his audacious bid to stand in the October 7 first round presidential election from his prison cell.
  • corruption: Should he be elected, though, he won't be exercising his right to pardon criminals to free Lula from a 12-year corruption sentence.
  • candidate: Haddad was named as the W orkers ' Party (PT) candidate last week after Lula finally gave up his audacious bid to stand in the October 7 first round presidential election from his prison cell.
  • campaign: "As a citizen I will remain in the campaign to free the president," said Haddad, 55.
  • judicial: He's the first to say: ' I don't want favors, I want the Brazilian courts and international forums to recognize that I was the victim of a judicial error'," Haddad told CBN radio and the G1 website.

Syria's Idlib Spared Attack, Turkey to Send in More Troops

  • avert: Turkey will send more troops into Syria's Idlib province after striking a deal with Russia that has averted a government offensive and delighted rebels who say it keeps the area out of President Bashar al-Assad's hands.
  • government: Yahya al-Aridi, spokesman for the opposition Syrian Negotiations Commission expressed hope that a government offensive was now off the table for good.
  • quarter: That goal is also obstructed by the presence of U.S. forces in the quarter of Syria east of the Euphrates which is held by an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, and at a base near the borders with Jordan and Iraq..
  • rebel: Analysts cautioned that implementation of the deal faced big challenges, notably how to separate jihadists from other rebels- a goal Ankara has been struggling to achieve for some time.
  • extremist: Iran, Assad's other main ally, said " responsible diplomacy" had averted a war in Idlib" with a firm commitment to fight extremist terror ".

Russian aircrew deaths: Putin and Netanyahu defuse tension

  • accurate: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said its aircraft were targeting Syrian military facilities" from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebano n ".
  • issue: Mr Netanyahu addressed that issue in the telephone call, offering to provide " all necessary informatio n" in the investigation of the incident, as well as expressing regret over the fatalities.
  • telephone: Mr Putin and Mr Netanyahu spoke by telephone on Monday, shortly after the Russian president had made his conciliatory statement in Moscow.
  • crew: It has lost an aircraft and the lives of its 15-person crew.
  • influence: For one thing the air campaign in Syria is seen by Israel as a vital strategic necessity to thwart, as they see it, Iran's growing influence.

With no verdict, how survivors of child sex abuse find own sense of justice

  • engineer: Larry Antonsen, a retired building engineer in Chicago, experienced a hard-to-describe transformation after he recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a priest.
  • abuse: With no verdict, how survivors of child sex abuse find own sense of justice.
  • alcohol: The man instead brought Antonsen to a motel room, gave him alcohol, and assaulted him.
  • morality: Such claims ignore statutory rape laws as well as basic morality.
  • abuse: Feeling guilty, the pastor blamed the girl for the months of abuse she endured.

Pope Gives Bishops More Decision-Making Options

  • issue: Francis has sought to encourage greater debate at synods, and his 2014 and 2015 editions on family issues became controversial over the issue of whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion.
  • decree: Pope Francis decreed on Tuesday that ordinary Catholics should be consulted about issues facing the Catholic Church and that bishops gathering for periodic meetings can make binding decisions on church teaching.
  • synod: The pope can help guarantee the outcome another way, by appointing members of the synod secretariat, drafting committee as well as the synod itself, whose members are only required to come to a " moral unanimity" in voting for their final document, but no numerical threshold.
  • expert: However, Vatican officials confirmed that while women can attend synods as nominated experts and take the floor to speak, they can't vote.
  • subsequent: Many conservatives accused Francis of going beyond even what the synod participants had agreed to in his subsequent document opening the door to letting these Catholics receive the sacraments.

EU Investigates German Carmakers for Possible Collusion

  • approve: The EU subsequently tightened its testing procedures to reflect real-world driving conditions for cars being approved for sale now.
  • procedure: The EU subsequently tightened its testing procedures to reflect real-world driving conditions for cars being approved for sale now.
  • technical: It said anti-trust rules leave room for technical cooperation aimed at improving product quality.
  • jail: Former CEO Martin Winterkorn was criminally charged by U.S. authorities but cannot be extradited; Audi division head Rupert Stadler has been jailed while prosecutors investigate possible wrongdoing.
  • compete: The probe focuses on whether the automakers agreed not to compete against each other in developing and introducing technology to restrict pollution from gasoline and diesel passenger cars.

Florence Soaks Northeast as Southeastern US Struggles to Recover

  • predict: President Donald Trump praised his administration's recovery efforts and predicted Democratic politicians would try to discredit them.
  • administration: President Donald Trump praised his administration's recovery efforts and predicted Democratic politicians would try to discredit them.
  • centimeter: Some 1,500 roads remained closed in North Carolina, where Florence dumped 91 centimeters of rain since Thursday, hindering relief efforts.
  • flood: Flash flood watches and warnings are posted from Virginia into Vermont and New Hampshire through Tuesday.
  • resident: Residents in the eastern U.S. coastal states of North and South Carolina struggled to recover from Hurricane Florence Tuesday as the remnants of the storm moved up the eastern seaboard, dumping heavy rain that triggered new warnings of widespread flooding.

Church protests halt Georgia cannabis law

  • caption: Image copyright Georgian Patriarchate Image caption Priests led Sunday's protests.
  • government: The government denied any anti-LGBT agenda, but for the Church and its allies the whole question of drugs is tied up with their opposition to gay rights.
  • civil: One thing the Church and civil libertarians agree on is that the marijuana export bill could be a gateway to the legal cultivation and sale of drugs at home.
  • urgent: Irakli Kobakhidze said the bill is " an urgent matter ", and parliament will return to it next week.
  • argue: The authorities have argued that they are doing just what the Patriarch ordered- namely taking responsibility- but the waters are further muddied by money.

Niger Says Italian Priest Kidnapped Near Burkina Faso Border

  • initiative: In Niger he had promoted initiatives to encourage an end to the cultural practice of female genital mutilation, which had sparked some local opposition to him, according to the Fides missionary news agency in Rome.
  • genital: In Niger he had promoted initiatives to encourage an end to the cultural practice of female genital mutilation, which had sparked some local opposition to him, according to the Fides missionary news agency in Rome.
  • discuss: Nigeria's Defense Minister Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali has been in Niger for two days discussing with President Mahamadou Issoufou the insecurity along Niger's southern border with Nigeria, where Boko Haram is present.
  • kidnap: Burkina Faso's border with Niger and Mali is home to extremists who kidnap and kill officials, sometimes in connection with other Islamic extremist groups in West Africa's vast Sahel region.
  • extremist: Burkina Faso's border with Niger and Mali is home to extremists who kidnap and kill officials, sometimes in connection with other Islamic extremist groups in West Africa's vast Sahel region.

Chinese city debuts 'bus-pooling' service

  • murder: On 11 September, China ordered the indefinite suspension of leading taxi-hail app Didi Chuxing, after the murder of two people who used its services.
  • alleviate: Despite bus lanes, traffic jams are common, and the new scheme could go some way towards alleviating snarls.
  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption The traffic authority is hoping to make taking the bus more 'personalised'.
  • passenger: The authorities are carrying out an investigation into similar taxi-hail apps, and are looking at ways to ensure passengers have better safety measures in place when using their services.
  • suspension: On 11 September, China ordered the indefinite suspension of leading taxi-hail app Didi Chuxing, after the murder of two people who used its services.

South Africa legalises cannabis use

  • cheer: Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted " Weed are free now" when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling.
  • judgment: The potential implications of the binding judgment are enormous, and unpredictable- particularly in terms of the criminal justice system, which routinely locks up thousands of overwhelmingly poor South Africans for using or dealing in small amounts of cannabis.
  • activist: Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted " Weed are free now" when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling.
  • government: South Africa's government had opposed its legalisation, arguing the drug was " harmful" to people's health.
  • undermine: It is possible that the ruling, by allowing users to grow their own marijuana at home, could undermine the stranglehold of powerful drug gangs that blight so many communities.

Trump Accuses China of Trying to 'Change' US Election

  • target: Trump did not offer evidence to support his accusation nor did he specify whether it was the upcoming midterm elections China was allegedly targeting.
  • numerous: The Trump administration exempted numerous other items from the new tariffs, including smart watches, Bluetooth devices, and infant car seats.
  • issue: China's Commerce Ministry issued a statement Tuesday warning that it would respond to the new U.S. tariffs" to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and the global free trade order.
  • device: The Trump administration exempted numerous other items from the new tariffs, including smart watches, Bluetooth devices, and infant car seats.
  • safeguard: China's Commerce Ministry issued a statement Tuesday warning that it would respond to the new U.S. tariffs" to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and the global free trade order.

No whispering, just horses and city kids, learning on a farm

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  • relationship: She emphasizes how the equine interactions can help the children with other relationships in their lives.
  • emphasize: She emphasizes how the equine interactions can help the children with other relationships in their lives.
  • program: Katie was given a scholarship through the program to take lessons with Perkins.
  • feed: They often start the day with barn chores, such as feeding his ferociously hungry flock of baby lambs, and then go for a hayride.

Why do billionaires want to own the news?

  • investor: Those pressures have made the media sector a far less attractive prospect for investors.
  • advertiser: They are under " enormous pressur e" says Douglas McCabe, media analyst at Enders Analysis, in part due to early decisions not to charge for online access- and because advertisers are not willing to pay as much for digital ads as they have done for their print equivalents.
  • leverage: Partly leveraging Amazon's enormous reach to boost subscriber numbers, the DC-based paper has become a genuine rival to the New York Times.
  • profile: Increasingly, the answer seems to be a high profile newspaper or magazine that has fallen on hard times.
  • landscape: The academic also warns Time's new owner, Mr Benioff, to be prepared for years of losses as the magazine tries to identify its new mission in a fast-changing media landscape.

UN: S. Sudan Doing Little to Stop Rape, Sexual Violence

  • rape: Commission Chair Yasmin Sooka said in Yei County, commission members were told government soldiers had abducted and raped women and that many women who gave birth after being raped abandoned their babies because of the stigma attached.
  • government: South Sudan's Minister of Justice and Social Affairs Paulino Wanawila Onango said his government does not condone violations of human rights and improvements have been made in this regard.
  • account: The three-member Commission submitted its findings to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva after returning from a recent mission to South Sudan where it heard testimonies of wanton killings and numerous accounts of brutal sexual violence.
  • ignore: Sooka said the plight and suffering of South Sudanese women and girls can no longer be ignored.
  • violence: He said special protection police units have been set up, and 30 police officers, mainly women, are being trained to investigate cases of sexual violence and to counsel victims.

'Game of Thrones' Takes Top Prize at Surprising Emmys

  • female: In the comedy categories," Mrs Maisel" bested all comers in its first year of eligibility, sweeping the female acting prizes ( star Rachel Brosnahan and co-star Alex Borstein) and best series honors.
  • storm: HBO's record-breaking fantasy epic " Game of Thrones" stormed back onto the Emmys stage on Monday, winning the coveted best drama series prize on a night full of surprises, including an on-air marriage proposal that stunned the audience.
  • audience: HBO's record-breaking fantasy epic " Game of Thrones" stormed back onto the Emmys stage on Monday, winning the coveted best drama series prize on a night full of surprises, including an on-air marriage proposal that stunned the audience.
  • myriad: The Emmys opened with a daring song-and-dance number poking fun at myriad controversies including the problem of ensuring diversity in Hollywood productions.
  • prize: In the comedy categories," Mrs Maisel" bested all comers in its first year of eligibility, sweeping the female acting prizes ( star Rachel Brosnahan and co-star Alex Borstein) and best series honors.

UN: A Child Dies Every Five Seconds, Most Are Preventable Deaths

  • medicine: With simple solutions like medicines, clean water, electricity and vaccines " this toll could be dramatically reduced, said Laurence Chandy, an expert with the U.N. children's fund UNICEF.
  • electricity: With simple solutions like medicines, clean water, electricity and vaccines " this toll could be dramatically reduced, said Laurence Chandy, an expert with the U.N. children's fund UNICEF.
  • malaria: It found that most children under five die due to preventable or treatable causes such as complications during birth, pneumonia, diarrhoea, neonatal sepsis and malaria.
  • complication: It found that most children under five die due to preventable or treatable causes such as complications during birth, pneumonia, diarrhoea, neonatal sepsis and malaria.
  • period: The number of under five deaths fell to 5.4 million in 2017 from 12.6 million in 1990, while the number of deaths in five to 14 year-olds dropped to under a million from 1.7 million in the same period.

School Attacks in Cameroon Prompt Parents to Withdraw Students

  • government: Separatists took over and requested the creation of an English-speaking state and the government declared war on them.
  • crisis: Please accept all children who are transferring from the north west or the south west as a result of the crisis," said Lyonga.
  • education: Cameroon's minister of secondary education, Professor Nalova Lyonga, is pleading with school administrators in safer locations to accept the displaced children even if their classrooms are congested.
  • administrator: Address the problem further up to the ministry, to the governors, the local administrators and then send it to us.
  • accept: Cameroon's minister of secondary education, Professor Nalova Lyonga, is pleading with school administrators in safer locations to accept the displaced children even if their classrooms are congested.

Yusaku Maezawa: The Japanese billionaire who wants to fly to the Moon

  • exact: His company recently made headlines after it launched a bodysuit that customers can use to upload their exact body measurements to the clothes shopping site.
  • caption: Image copyright yusaku2020 Image caption Yusaku Maezawa posted an image of Devil's Head in 2016 with the caption: " Jean-Michel Basquiat is coming to Japan".
  • caption: Image copyright yusaku2020 Image caption Yusaku Maezawa posted an image of Devil's Head in 2016 with the caption: " Jean-Michel Basquiat is coming to Japan".
  • masterpiece: Now, the billionaire plans to use his trip around the Moon to inspire new " masterpieces," created by the artists he chooses to accompany him.
  • clothes: His company recently made headlines after it launched a bodysuit that customers can use to upload their exact body measurements to the clothes shopping site.

McDonald's workers strike over sexual harassment policy

  • restaurant: McDonald's said there was " no place for harassment" at its restaurants.
  • policy: McDonald's has a company-wide sexual harassment policy but the protestors- who are backed by the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund- want to see improvements.
  • ignore: The women said they were ignored after reporting incidents including groping, indecent exposure and lewd comments.
  • inadequate: They say procedures for responding to harassment complaints are inadequate and that all staff should undergo anti-harassment training.
  • labour: McDonald's also continues to face pressure from labour unions over the wages it pays it staff.

The heartbreaking photo that raised $43,000 in one day

  • allege: Unions have alleged that this is because they are not given proper safety equipment.
  • equipment: Unions have alleged that this is because they are not given proper safety equipment.
  • attention: I just wanted to draw attention to the deaths of sewer workers," Mr Sunny said.
  • incident: This is the second incident involving the death of sewer workers in Delhi this month.
  • protective: Police told the NDTV news website that an investigation into Anil's death had revealed that the rope was not strong enough and that Anil had not been wearing protective gear.

Belgian chips set to shrink due to drought

  • traditional: Belgium's traditional potato " frites" could soon be 3cm ( 1.1in) smaller than normal, growers have warned.
  • warn: Belgium's traditional potato " frites" could soon be 3cm (1.1in) smaller than normal, growers have warned.
  • emergency: Last month, the Guardian newspaper reported that Belgium has applied to the EU for emergency funds to deal with the drought.
  • disaster: It is a disaster in the fields that the farmers could not irrigate.
  • normal: Belgium's traditional potato " frites" could soon be 3cm (1.1in) smaller than normal, growers have warned.

Nicolás Maduro: Fury over Venezuela leader's Salt Bae 'feast'

  • plaque: Other videos show President Maduro smoking a cigar taken from a box with his name engraved on a plaque, and Cilia Flores holding up a T-shirt with the chef's image.
  • disparity: Cartoonists have pounced on the incident to highlight the disparity between the president's meal and the fact that many Venezuelans are having to search the rubbish for food.
  • restaurant: The images show Turkish celebrity chef Nusret Gokce, also known as " Salt Bae" carving meat in front of the president and his wife, Cilia Flores, at Gokce's Nusr-Et restaurant in Istanbul.
  • restaurant: Gokce owns several luxurious restaurants in the US, the Middle East and Turkey, and videos of him carving meat have been watched by millions of people.
  • incident: Cartoonists have pounced on the incident to highlight the disparity between the president's meal and the fact that many Venezuelans are having to search the rubbish for food.

Celia Barquín: European golf champion murdered in Iowa

  • passion: We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life.
  • murder: Collin Daniel Richards, also 22, has been charged with her murder, police say.
  • personality: The university's athletics director, Jamie Pollard, said: " Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed.
  • discover: Golfers at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames discovered an unattended golf bag on the course early on Monday.
  • participate: She had also missed the first few weeks of university life in Iowa while participating in the Youth Olympic Games in China.

Japan billionaire to be first moon tourist

  • tycoon: Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42, announced: " I choose to go to the Moon.
  • announce: Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42, announced: " I choose to go to the Moon.
  • passenger: Elon Musk's company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon.
  • announce: In 2017, Mr Musk announced that he would be sending two paying passengers on a loop around the Moon- which was to have launched as early as this year.
  • rocket: The rocket is expected to stand 118m high and have a diameter of 9m.

Using a cheap smartphone to catch fish

  • village: Fishermen in Chennai first mapped land use when the government proposed an expressway in 2010 that would cut across an intertidal zone, affecting 14 villages, including the nesting ground for the endangered Olive Ridley turtles.
  • witness: Coastal areas in the region have witnessed a surge in storms, floods and beach erosion in the last decade alone.
  • affect: A one-metre rise in sea levels by 2050 will affect more than a hundred thousand fisherfolk in just three districts of the state including Chennai, according to a 2017 report by the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability.
  • evict: So we mapped all our common areas and village boundaries so that the government can't evict us and private companies can't encroach on to our land," says R Suraya, 21, a fisherman in the Koraikuppam village, which is located to the north of Chennai.
  • development: This is crucial to monitor development projects along the shoreline, protect the livelihoods of fishermen and conserve ecologically sensitive areas.

Emmy Awards 2018: Sandra Oh's mother rocks hanbok on red carpet

  • nomination: Sandra Oh may have made history for Asian women with her Emmy nomination, but it was her mother who became the star of the show by appearing in traditional Korean dress.
  • nominate: Young-nam Oh and husband Joon-soo Oh were guests of the star, nominated for her role in BBC America's Killing Eve.
  • traditional: Sandra Oh may have made history for Asian women with her Emmy nomination, but it was her mother who became the star of the show by appearing in traditional Korean dress.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The hanbok consists of a jacket and a long skirt and is the traditional dress of Korea.
  • bodice: Consisting of a tight fitted bodice and long flowing skirt, it is commonly worn during special occasions in both North and South Korea.

US imposes new tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods

  • opportunity: We have been very clear about the type of changes that need to be made, and we have given China every opportunity to treat us more fairly.
  • risk: US officials hope the risk of economic harm will convince the Chinese government to change its policies.
  • worse: Given the diametrically opposing views Washington and Beijing have of their problems, this trade war is unlikely to get better before it gets worse- for them, or for any of us.
  • behaviour: The ministry said that it hoped the US would correct its behaviour, but did not specify what actions it would take.
  • substantive: Mr Trump's economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, has said they were still happy to talk: " We are ready to negotiate and talk with China anytime they are ready for serious and substantive negotiations.

South Africa crime: Can the country be compared to a 'war zone'?

  • account: The murder rate, which takes into account a country's population, is a good way to show the scale of the deaths.
  • conflict: It also includes victims of terror attacks where the perpetrators of the attack are part of a conflict.
  • murder: Further afield in Brazil, the murder rate in 2017 was 30.8 per 100,000 people, according to one recent study.
  • crime: South Africa crime: Can the country be compared to a 'war zone'?
  • murder: South Africa had the fifth highest murder rate in the world in 2015, according to the UN ODC's most recent data.

Zimbabwe's cholera emergency: 'Stench of sewage' in Harare

  • disease: Questions are still being asked 10 years on about why a preventable disease keeps recurring.
  • cholera: Between August 2008 and July 2009, some 4,200 people died from cholera according to the World Health Organization.
  • block: Health authorities say that blocked sewers left unattended have contaminated water supplies.
  • disease: As a stop-gap measure, the new finance minister Mthuli Ncube has created an emergency crowdfunding campaign to fight the disease.
  • weak: It is an eerie reminder that Harare's old enemy is back, and it is stalking the weak and the vulnerable.

Emmy Awards 2018 red carpet fashion - in pictures

  • anniversary: Nike has made the NFL player, who kneeled during the national anthem at a match to protest police brutality and racial injustice, one of the faces of its celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of the Just Do It slogan.
  • protest: Nike has made the NFL player, who kneeled during the national anthem at a match to protest police brutality and racial injustice, one of the faces of its celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of the Just Do It slogan.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Handmaid's Tale actor Joseph Fiennes, nominated for supporting actor in a drama series, and wife Maria Dolores Dieguez Image copyright Getty Images Image caption British actress and Black Panther star Letitia Wright was nominated for supporting actress in a limited series or movie Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sarah Paulson was nominated for best lead actress in a limited series or movie.
  • nominate: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Handmaid's Tale actor Joseph Fiennes, nominated for supporting actor in a drama series, and wife Maria Dolores Dieguez Image copyright Getty Images Image caption British actress and Black Panther star Letitia Wright was nominated for supporting actress in a limited series or movie Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sarah Paulson was nominated for best lead actress in a limited series or movie.
  • series: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Handmaid's Tale actor Joseph Fiennes, nominated for supporting actor in a drama series, and wife Maria Dolores Dieguez Image copyright Getty Images Image caption British actress and Black Panther star Letitia Wright was nominated for supporting actress in a limited series or movie Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sarah Paulson was nominated for best lead actress in a limited series or movie.

US slashes number of refugees to 30,000

  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Trump administration has pursued tight restrictions on immigration.
  • publish: In a statement published on the body's website, Mr Schwartz said the decision continues the Trump administration's " rapid flight from the proud US tradition of providing resettlement to those fleeing persecution around the world ".
  • refugee: Over the past decade, the number of refugees admitted to the US has fluctuated from a low of 48,282 in 2007 to a high of 84,995 in 2016.
  • announce: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced " the new refugee ceiling ", adding the US would also process more than 280,000 asylum seekers in 2019.
  • refugee: The US is currently on track to admit only about half the maximum number of refugees allowed in 2018.

Kavanaugh twist shows rising influence of MeToo

  • defend: How can an accused defend himself from charges of a nameless person?
  • accuse: How can an accused defend himself from charges of a nameless person?
  • incident: Ford did not tell anyone about the incident at the time, but The Washington Post reviewed notes from a therapist she saw in 2012 detailing the incident.
  • nameless: How can an accused defend himself from charges of a nameless person?
  • clothes: When she went to use the bathroom, she claims she was pushed into a bedroom by Kavanaugh, and that he pinned her down and, laughing, tried to take off her clothes.

Wilmington: A community cut off after 'terrifying' storm

  • stick: For that reason, Florence will stick in people's memories.
  • storm: Other storms were not so considerate and in this area they know there is always the chance of having to accommodate a much more difficult visitor.
  • repair: I only just had the roof repaired from ( Hurricane) Matthew two years ago," another resident told me.
  • remove: Their neighbourhood is gradually being cleaned up but it will take a lot of chainsaws to remove the large number of trees that still litter streets and driveways.
  • electricity: Pavements have been destroyed by uprooted trees, homes have been badly flooded and families have been warned it could potentially be weeks before all their homes have electricity again.

How one North Carolina town stayed dry during Florence

  • bolster: Across the sound on Ocracoke Island, county leaders are working on bolstering dunes.
  • purchase: The county needs to purchase pumps to help clear water that seeps through the dike.
  • storm: Discussions about a dike had already begun there before the storm.
  • vulnerable: Across the Southern coast, such sentiments have begun to bubble up from vulnerable island towns and sound-side communities.
  • island: Across the Southern coast, such sentiments have begun to bubble up from vulnerable island towns and sound-side communities.

First-date peach tree bears fruit for son

  • site: Rhys said his Reddit post was his first ever on the social media site.
  • caption: Image copyright Rhys O'Neill Image caption Rhys and Lindsy say they knew they were made for each other.
  • bite: He took bites out of it," said Rh ys.
  • positive: Although Rhys said the majority of comments in response had been positive, some people have called him " creepy" and" highly inappropriate ".
  • caption: Image copyright Rhys O'Neill Image caption Rhys O'Neill's son was able to pick a peach from the tree his father bought for his mum on their first date.

US border agent Juan David Ortiz 'confesses to murders'

  • border: A US border agent has confessed to the murders of four women and the assault of a fifth, police records say.
  • murder: He made a " voluntary verbal confession" to the murders and assault over a two-week period, police say.
  • arrest: Juan David Ortiz, a Border Patrol supervisor, was arrested in Laredo, Texas after the assault victim escaped and alerted the authorities.
  • murder: US border agent Juan David Ortiz 'confesses to murders '- BBC News.
  • period: He made a " voluntary verbal confession" to the murders and assault over a two-week period, police say.

Storm Florence: Heavy flooding cuts off Wilmington

  • caption: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Officials have told evacuated residents: " We want you home, but you can't come yet".
  • warn: The National Weather Service has warned of at least two further days of possible flash flooding in the area before conditions are forecast to improve.
  • connect: Among the other fatalities were two men in their 70s who died in Lenoir County- one had been connecting extension cords and another was blown by high winds when checking on his dogs.
  • flood: In Wilmington, with its population of about 120,000, some 400 people have had to be rescued from flood waters, and most of the city remains without power.
  • storm: For everyone thinking they can ride this storm out, I have news for you: that will be one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your life.

Typhoon Aims at S. China After Killing 28 in Philippines

  • gust: It currently packed sustained winds of 155 kilometers (96 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 190 kph ( 118 mph).
  • gust: Many stores and houses were damaged but most residents remained indoors as occasional gusts sent small pieces of tin sheets and other debris flying dangerously.
  • port: In nearby Fujian province in China, 51,000 people were evacuated from fishing boats and around 11,000 vessels returned to port on Saturday morning.

Caribbean Rum resurgence: 'Hellish liquor' to premium product

  • imbibe: Long the poison of brutish pirates and drunken sailors, rum was traditionally a cheap booze imbibed far less for its flavour than its heady effect.
  • amalgamate: In 1932, a handful of independent rum shop owners amalgamated into Antigua Distillery which today produces the multi-award winning English Harbour Rum with varieties aged up to 25 years.
  • ferment: Modern rum is said to have been discovered by slaves on Caribbean sugar plantations who found molasses could be fermented into alcohol.

Chinese gambling boom looms over Cambodia's Kampot

  • exterior: In the tumult of civil war and genocide, the hotel fell to ruin, leaving only black cavernous windows and a gruesome grey exterior.
  • haunt: Once a fishing village and backpacker haunt, its streets are now packed with Chinese supermarkets, flashy condos and casinos.
  • rocket: The couple, who manage a hotel, couldn't keep up with the city's runaway growth which has seen property prices rocket amid insatiable demand for housing from Chinese expats, driving up costs.