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North Korea says it won’t give Trump a summit for free

  • falter: Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim and Trump in Vietnam which broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.
  • surrender: Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim and Trump in Vietnam which broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.
  • resumption: North Korea last week said the United States has proposed a resumption of negotiations in December.

Iran calmer despite more 'riots' over oil price hikes

  • calm: Tehran (AFP)- Iran said it still faces " riots" even though the situation was calmer Monday after days of violent protests sparked by a shock decision to hike petrol prices in the sanctions-hit country.
  • loot: Major roads have been blocked, banks torched and shops looted in the nationwide unrest that has left at least two dead-- a civilian and a policeman.
  • calm: Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said the situation was " calmer" on Monday.
  • hypocritical: The dignified people of Iran know well that such hypocritical remarks do not carry any honest sympathy," ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying.
  • sympathy: The dignified people of Iran know well that such hypocritical remarks do not carry any honest sympathy," ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying.

Lam Urges Besieged Protesters to Heed Police: Hong Kong Update

  • surrender: Bloomberg)-- Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam urged protesters holed up in a Kowloon university to heed police calls to surrender, as activists called for more rallies near the campus to support the trapped demonstrators.
  • clash: Police and protesters have clashed around Hong Kong Polytechnic University for much of the day, leading to multiple arrests and injuries as dozens tried to flee the area.
  • flee: Police and protesters have clashed around Hong Kong Polytechnic University for much of the day, leading to multiple arrests and injuries as dozens tried to flee the area.
  • rubber: Running battles have occurred, with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators who threw bricks and Molotov cocktails while hiding behind umbrellas.
  • bullet: Running battles have occurred, with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators who threw bricks and Molotov cocktails while hiding behind umbrellas.

Global Wave of Street Protests Spreads to Iran

  • pump: Iran subsidizes gasoline prices heavily at the pump and, despite being a major producer of crude oil, has limited refining capacity.
  • tomorrow: Highlights: Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and National Security Council aide Alexander Vindman testify tomorrow; Sondland and State Department official David Hale have their turn on Wednesday.
  • tomorrow: The first televised debate of the U.K. election campaign takes place tomorrow evening between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
  • shun: The leader of a Swedish political party once shunned for its ties to far-right extremism is riding a wave of popularity that he says may upset the Nordic archetype of Social Democratic-style governing.
  • archetype: The leader of a Swedish political party once shunned for its ties to far-right extremism is riding a wave of popularity that he says may upset the Nordic archetype of Social Democratic-style governing.

France returns Omar Tall's sword to Senegal

  • revere: The artefact originally belonged to the revered west African leader Omar Saidou Tall, who led an anti-colonial struggle against the French.
  • treasure: Last year a group of experts commissioned by France's President Emmanuel Macron recommended that African treasures in French museums be returned to their countries of origin.
  • duress: Their official report states that most of the Africa collection in Paris ' Quai Branly museum- approximately 46,000 pieces- was acquired with some degree of duress.
  • brass: The curved iron, brass and wood sword has been kept in its leather sheath in the museum in Senegal's capital on loan from France.
  • sheath: The curved iron, brass and wood sword has been kept in its leather sheath in the museum in Senegal's capital on loan from France.

Israel-Gaza clash: Why Hamas chose restraint

  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Islamic Jihad and Israel fought for two days while Gaza's Hamas rulers stayed on the sidelines.
  • imminent: The fighting started when Israel carried out what it called the targeted killing of a top commander in the smaller, more radical Islamic Jihad group, claiming he was planning attacks that posed an imminent threat.
  • barrage: These controversial operations have been rare since the 2014 Gaza war, and Islamic Jihad responded with barrages of rocket fire.
  • rocket: These controversial operations have been rare since the 2014 Gaza war, and Islamic Jihad responded with barrages of rocket fire.
  • avenge: It expected Hamas to join it in avenging the assassination of the commander, Baha Abu al-Ata.

Japan hosts first fully-fledged arms show looking for an edge in tech

  • affront: Some 200 protesters gathered near the entrance of the convention centre near Tokyo, calling for the government-backed DSEI Japan exhibition to be shut down as they regarded it as an affront to the nation's pacifist constitution.
  • obsolete: China spends more than three times as much as Japan on defence, while recent North Korean advances threaten to make Japan's new missile defences obsolete before they are deployed.
  • inroad: Yet in the more than five years since that ban ended Japan has largely failed to make inroads overseas, hobbled both by a lack of experience and concern that the reputational risk of selling arms could hurt other more profitable businesses.
  • militarism: Abe's government faces opposition at home to policies that some Japanese people fear could erode the pacifist constitution and herald a return to the militarism that devastated the country in World War Two.

China defends Xinjiang crackdown after massive document leak

  • leak: Beijing (AFP)- China on Monday vowed it would " never be soft" in its crackdown in Xinjiang, after a massive leak of government documents shed new light on the mass detention of Muslims in the far-west region.
  • leak: The documents, leaked by an unnamed official, included unpublished speeches by Xi as well as directives on the surveillance and control of the Uighur minority, the newspaper reported on Saturday.
  • slander: China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Monday accused the Times of " turning a blind eye to the facts " while" taking meaning out of context to publicise so-called internal documents, slander and smear counter-terrorism and de-radicalisation efforts in Xinjiang ".
  • fractious: Human rights groups and outside experts say more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities have been rounded up in a network of internment camps across the fractious region.
  • suppression: The leaked papers clearly reveal and confirm what has been going on in Xinjiang with regard to the all-out suppression and control of the non-Han peoples there ( and elsewhere in China), including the massive detention and forced education camps," Fei-Ling Wang, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, told AFP.

Lebanon’s Protests Divide Hezbollah. Will It Strike Back?

  • pseudonym: He uses a pseudonym here because Hezbollah fighters are barred from speaking to Western media.
  • tenuous: He is careful to keep Nasrallah above reproach, blaming those around him and his tenuous ally, Berri, who went from warlord to parliamentary speaker in 1992 and has held the position ever since.
  • collapse: Three days after the government collapsed, on Nov. 1, he went on air again, this time to begrudgingly accept the reality of the Hariri led cabinet resignation.
  • cabinet: Three days after the government collapsed, on Nov. 1, he went on air again, this time to begrudgingly accept the reality of the Hariri led cabinet resignation.
  • stagnation: As protests and political stagnation add to the economic crisis, faith in the established parties continues to dissipate, even among core supporters.

Lebanese protests test Hezbollah’s role as Shiites’ champion

  • teem: Streets teemed with cars, a man in a uniform picked up trash as men and women, some in overflowing black abayas, others in jeans, passed by.
  • uniform: Streets teemed with cars, a man in a uniform picked up trash as men and women, some in overflowing black abayas, others in jeans, passed by.
  • vegetable: Working at a hospital, he recently took a second job selling vegetables and still struggles to make ends meet.

Why U.K. Conservatives Are So Good at Winning

  • antediluvian: After Winston Churchill unexpectedly lost the 1945 election, and with it the chance to unwind the expansion of the state brought about by the need to defeat Hitler, it quickly became apparent to all but the most antediluvian Tory that there could be no going back.
  • prosaic: The reality was more prosaic: They were sacred cows that the party ultimately proved willing to slaughter as time and perceived partisan advantage dictated.
  • tack: In order to persuade them to do that, however, the Conservatives have suddenly changed tack on public services, like health and education.

Washington silent as US-crafted regime under fire in Iraq

  • wane: Its apparent absence during a key turning point in Iraq lays bare how much its interests and influence have waned since the 2003 US-led invasion that opened the door to fellow Shi ite-majority neighbour Iran.
  • overhaul: Now, protesters across Baghdad and the Shi ite-majority south are demanding an overhaul of the US-crafted system, but the US has remained comparatively restrained.
  • restrain: Now, protesters across Baghdad and the Shi ite-majority south are demanding an overhaul of the US-crafted system, but the US has remained comparatively restrained.
  • blackout: Since protests erupted on October 1, more than 330 people have died, authorities have imposed an internet blackout, and activists have been threatened and kidnapped.
  • kidnap: Since protests erupted on October 1, more than 330 people have died, authorities have imposed an internet blackout, and activists have been threatened and kidnapped.

UN calls for talks to end Bolivia crisis as death toll rises

  • pacify: Morales resigned Nov. 10 after weeks of protests against him over disputed election results, has said her priorities are to pacify Bolivia and hold new elections within three months.
  • calm: Thousands of Catholic faithful prayed for peace Sunday, which proved a day of relative calm in the crisis that began after the contentious Oct. 20 presidential election that Morales claimed he won outright, but his opponents contended was fraudulent.
  • outright: Thousands of Catholic faithful prayed for peace Sunday, which proved a day of relative calm in the crisis that began after the contentious Oct. 20 presidential election that Morales claimed he won outright, but his opponents contended was fraudulent.
  • fraudulent: Thousands of Catholic faithful prayed for peace Sunday, which proved a day of relative calm in the crisis that began after the contentious Oct. 20 presidential election that Morales claimed he won outright, but his opponents contended was fraudulent.

Kim Jong Un supervises another N. Korean military drill

  • falter: Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim and Trump in Vietnam, which broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.
  • parachute: KCNA published photos that showed Kim posing with North Korean air force sharpshooters and soldiers who used white parachutes to land on a training field.
  • surrender: Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim and Trump in Vietnam, which broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.
  • resumption: North Korea last week said the United States has proposed a resumption of stalled nuclear negotiations in December.

Letter from Africa: The great train safari from Tanzania to Zambia

  • express: In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe boards the Tazara express, fulfilling a long-cherished dream to travel along what is also called the " uhuru railway ", meaning " freedom railway" in Swahili.
  • carriage: The train, with its occasional jolts and shakes, sometimes felt as if it was coming unstuck- and I could see the odd old carriage lying by side of the tracks, which was not encouraging for someone with a weak stomach on a bumpy journey.
  • introspection: The delays and slow pace give the mind time for introspection.
  • carriage: The train had a restaurant carriage where the same meals were served every day: chicken with rice or beef with rice.
  • mountainous: In 1970 work commenced on the line in Dar es Salaam and thousands of Chinese workers joined their African counterparts to work it, blasting tun nels, building bridges and laying tracks on difficult mountainous terrain in southern Tanzania at high altitudes.

The fight to get citizenship for descendants of German Jews

  • nationality: It was in this period that people like Julius Strauss, who had fled the country and taken another nationality before they were stripped of their German citizenship, were deemed ineligible- and also Jews who had lived in eastern territories occupied by Germany, such as Danzig ( now Gdansk, in Polan d).
  • riot: As Nazis rioted in the town, two Jews were murdered and Julius Strauss, James's father, was beaten unconscious and locked up in the town's jail.
  • jail: The ringleader, Kurt Baer, a member of a Nazi paramilitary force known as the SA, was tried and jailed- but soon released by a Nazi-sympathising judge.
  • pardon: Baer was later sentenced to life imprisonment, but pardoned after four years.
  • commemorate: There I met lovely young people from the junior high school and local officials who had worked hard to commemorate this terrible incident," he says.

Ever tried revenge honey? It tastes good

  • barb: I look down and see two barbs hanging out of my thumb.
  • clamour: As soon as I pass into the garden the atmosphere changes; the chatter and clamour of the university is gone.
  • profile: Climate Defenders profiles some of the people leading the battle against climate change and its effects- the series will appear on the BBC News website and on BBC World News over the next few weeks.
  • heal: Nature has this tendency to heal itself," Sarah explains.
  • graze: Regreening isn't a new concept, she says, but the community needs to support the project by ensuring that grazing animals are kept out and no-one cuts trees and shrubs for firewood.

HEC takes top spot in FT Executive MBA Ranking 2019

  • parity: The joint programme run by Washington Universit y’s Olin School of Business, in St Louis, and Fudan in China is the only member of the top 10 to achieve near parity in its class in take, with women accounting for 49 per cent of the student cohort.
  • worse: EMBA students tend to be from more senior levels, where the gender balance is worse.
  • progression: The success of its international EMBA programme is partly thanks to ranking top for career progression ( up from third in 2018) and a sharp rise in its work experience performance, jumping from 39th last year to fifth.
  • progression: Other strong factors are increases in career progression, from 24th last year to 12th position, and research, from 17th to 10th over the same timeframe.
  • progression: The school’s alumni have strong career progression, ranked seventh in the category overall, with many alumni in senior roles such as directors or vice-presidents.

Hong Kong protests: Police officer wounded with arrow at campus stand-off

  • quell: There are fears of bloodshed should police move in to quell what they have now declared a riot.
  • crew: The blaze triggered a number of small explosions, witnesses said, and fire crews eventually moved in to douse the flames.
  • array: Protesters around Hong Kong Polytechnic University have armed themselves with an array of weapons.
  • ammunition: Officers have warned that they could use live ammunition if protesters do not stop attacking them using such weapons.
  • extradition: The protests in Hong Kong, which began in June, were triggered by a now-withdrawn plan to allow extradition to mainland China but have since expanded into wider demands for greater democracy and for investigations into the actions of police..

Trump defends Biden over North Korea's 'rabid dog' jibe

  • rabid: Trump defends Biden over North Korea's 'rabid dog ' jibe- BBC News.
  • jibe: Trump defends Biden over North Korea's 'rabid dog ' jibe- BBC News.
  • lavish: Mr Trump has lavished Mr Kim with compliments, describing him as " very sharp" and a " real leader ".
  • rabid: Trump defends Biden over North Korea's 'rabid dog' jibe.
  • jibe: Trump defends Biden over North Korea's 'rabid dog' jibe.

5 Takeaways From the Leaked Files on China's Mass Detention of Muslims

  • leak: It is one of the most significant leaks of papers from inside the ruling Communist Party in decades.
  • secrecy: The 403 pages reveal how the demands of top officials, including President Xi Jinping, led to the creation of the indoctrination camps, which have long been shrouded in secrecy.
  • benevolent: The Chinese government has described its efforts in Xinjiang as a benevolent campaign to curb extremism by training people to find better jobs.
  • harvest: The papers describe how parents were taken away from children, how students wondered who would pay their tuition, and how crops could not be planted or harvested for lack of workers.
  • stab: Xi, the party chief, laid the groundwork for the crackdown in a series of speeches delivered in private to officials during and after a visit to Xinjiang in April 2014, just weeks after Uighur militants stabbed more than 150 people at a train station, killing 31.

Australian politicians banned from China 'will not repent' for criticism

  • retract: Two Australian politicians refused entry to China have said they will not retract their criticisms of the country.
  • redress: "As long as the people concerned genuinely repent and redress their mistakes, view China with objectivity and reason, respect China's system and mode of development chosen by the Chinese people, the door of dialogue and exchanges will always remain open," they added.
  • mentality: Shortly after the article was published, the Chinese embassy in Australia said the piece betrayed his " Cold War mentality and ideological bias".

US election 2020: Democrats respond to Obama's warning

  • conciliatory: Elizabeth Warren, another left-leaning frontrunner, struck a more conciliatory tone, choosing to praise Mr Obama's trademark health care policy, the Affordable Care Act.
  • rebuke: Although none of the Democratic candidates explicitly rebuked Mr Obama's comments, Mr Sanders mounted the strongest defence of his policy platform.
  • alienate: The former president clearly had those two frontrunners in mind when he suggested such aggressive talk risks alienating the kind of middle-of-the-road voters necessary to defeat Donald Trump next year.
  • consternation: That created a fair amount of consternation of among progressives in his party, who thought he was one of their own when elected.
  • combustion: The moderate-progressive division within the Democratic Party is very real, and it has the potential for combustion.

Trump says N.Korea went too far in calling Biden 'rabid dog'

  • rabid: Joe Biden may be Sleepy and Very Slow," Trump tweeted, using his derisive nicknames for the former vice president and Democratic 2020 presidential nomination frontrunner," but he is not a 'rabid dog.
  • tepid: Washington (AFP)- US President Donald Trump issued a rare-- if tepid-- defense of election rival Joe Biden on Sunday, saying Pyongyang's depiction of him as " a rabid dog" who should be " beaten to death" went a bit too far.
  • rabid: Washington (AFP)- US President Donald Trump issued a rare-- if tepid-- defense of election rival Joe Biden on Sunday, saying Pyongyang's depiction of him as " a rabid dog" who should be " beaten to death" went a bit too far.
  • visceral: The president was responding to a conservative commentator's tweet about a particularly visceral attack on Biden issued Friday by North Korea.
  • temerity: The North's official KCNA news agency said Biden had shown " the temerity to dare slander the dignity of the supreme leadership" of North Korea.

UPDATE 4-Iran's Khamenei backs fuel price hike, blames 'sabotage' for unrest

  • sabotage: The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," Khamenei said.
  • repeat: Iran's clerical rulers want to prevent any repeat of unrest in late 2017, when 22 people were reported to have died during protests in 80 cities and towns over poor living standards, some calling on Shi ' ite Muslim clerical leaders to step down.
  • exile: Tehran often accuses exiled opponents as well as the United States, arch-enemy Israel and regional rival Saudi Arabia of trying to destabilise Iran through online propaganda campaigns.
  • sabotage: Some people are no doubt worried by this decision... but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people ," the Iranian Supreme Leader said in a live speech on state TV.

Private zoo owner in Crimea pleads for public to take 30 of his bears so he won't have to euthan...

  • euthanasia: The owner of a struggling safari park in Crimea is giving more than thirty bears to save them from euthanasia.
  • zoo: Private zoo owner in Crimea pleads for public to take 30 of his bears so he won't have to euthanise them.
  • cull: Mr Zubkov said he had already fed several dozen of his Vietnamese pigs to the lions and tigers in a bid to cut costs, and that he had informed regional veterinary authorities about his decision to cull his bears.
  • zoo: Mr Zubkov also runs a second zoo, called Skazka, in Yal ta.

Russia providing mood music for House impeachment drama

  • disparage: Trump has also repeatedly disparaged and even suggested withdrawing from NATO, the military alliance that has served as a deterrent to Soviet and Russia aggression since it was formed after World War II.
  • aggression: Trump has also repeatedly disparaged and even suggested withdrawing from NATO, the military alliance that has served as a deterrent to Soviet and Russia aggression since it was formed after World War II.
  • endemic: U.S. diplomats also worried that the hold on the security assistance would undercut Zelenskiy, whom they viewed as a reformer in a nation that has repeatedly endured tumult spurred by endemic corruption.

Sri Lanka election: Unity hard to achieve in divided country

  • unify: Unifying the different communities- and pursuing post-war reconciliation- will be a daunting task.
  • desert: On Sunday, the streets of Colombo were deserted and eerily quiet as the election news broke.
  • tarnish: Sri Lanka is still in shock, seven months after the bomb attacks by a cell of Islamist militants which devastated the island's economy, blew apart the island's fragile communal relations and was the final blow to public confidence in a government already tarnished by in-fighting.
  • daunting: Unifying the different communities- and pursuing post-war reconciliation- will be a daunting task.
  • insult: They say their businesses have been boycotted, that they're openly insulted on the street, that their children are called names at school.

U.S. postpones military exercises with South Korea in nod toward North Korea

  • resumption: Talks launched by President Donald Trump in 2018 have stalled with no resumption in sight.
  • provocation: Although the U.S. military for years as called its joint military exercises with South Korea an important means of keeping troops and commanders ready for combat on short notice, Trump has called them a waste of money and a provocation to the North.
  • defiance: Shortly after Esper and Jeong spoke, the North Korean foreign ministry issued a written statement of defiance.
  • prominence: Esper told reporters he did not consider the postponement a concession to North Korea, although it follows earlier cutbacks in the scale and prominence of U.S.-South Korean exercises.

Trump's health 'very good' after unscheduled physical exam

  • laboratory: The White House confirmed he underwent an exam and some laboratory tests on Saturday at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington.
  • energetic: In a statement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said the latest tests were prompted by a " free weeken d" in the president's diary, and that Mr Trump remained healthy and energetic without complaints.
  • irresponsible: Further speculation beyond the extensive and honest info I put out is wholly irresponsible and dangerous for the country," she added in a tweet.

Trump's secret sauce

  • leniency: This is the Trump era," he warned those expecting leniency in enforcing immigration laws.
  • occupant: Haley is a throwback to the pre-Trump Republican Party, closer to Jeb and George W. Bush (and some of the people inside the executive branch who are also playing a key role in the impeachment inquir y) than the current occupant of the Oval Office.
  • precursor: Sessions was a precursor to Trump and his first major Capitol Hill endorser.
  • foist: They still chose Trump, who railed against two decades of bipartisan trade deals, the shaky Washington consensus that tried to foist " comprehensive immigration reform" on an unwilling conservative base, and the Iraq war.

Iran petrol price hike: Supreme Leader condemns 'hooligan' protesters

  • spill: Image copyright EPA Image caption Anger at the fuel-price hike spilled on to the streets of the central city of Isfahan.
  • sabotage: The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so.
  • exaggerate: Iran's state-run TV has accused " hostile media" of trying to exaggerate the scale of the unrest.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka's powerful new president

  • crush: On the one hand, he is hailed by supporters for playing a crucial role in crushing the Tamil Tiger separatist rebels and bringing to an end Sri Lanka's long-running civil war in 2009, when he was the defence secretary.
  • fruit: Some analysts worry it may escalate ethnic tensions, while others hope his promises on security will bear fruit as Sri Lanka looks for calm as it recovers from the Easter Sunday bombings by Islamic State militants this year, which killed more than 250 people.
  • calm: Some analysts worry it may escalate ethnic tensions, while others hope his promises on security will bear fruit as Sri Lanka looks for calm as it recovers from the Easter Sunday bombings by Islamic State militants this year, which killed more than 250 people.
  • cabinet: Mr Rajapaksa is part of one of Sri Lanka's most powerful families: his father was an MP and cabinet minister, while his elder brother Mahinda was Sri Lanka's president twice, and another two brothers have held high-ranking positions in previous administrations.
  • award: For the next 20 years, he worked his way up the ranks, receiving a number of awards for gallantry, before leaving to work in IT.

UPDATE 1-Iran's Khamenei blames enemies for "sabotage" in gasoline price protests

  • sabotage: UPDATE 1- Iran's Khamenei blames enemies for " sabotage" in gasoline price protests.
  • sabotage: DUBAI, Nov 17 (Reuters)- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed gasoline price increases that have sparked protests across Iran, blaming opponents of the Islamic Republic and foreign enemies for " sabotage", state television reported.
  • sabotage: Some people are no doubt worried by this decision... but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people.
  • sabotage: The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," Ayatollah Khamenei said, according to state TV.
  • repeat: Iran's clerical rulers are anxious to prevent any repeat of unrest in late 2017, when people staged protests in 80 cities and towns over poor living standards, some calling on Shi ' ite Muslim clerical leaders to step down.

Leaked China documents reveal 'no mercy' in Xinjiang: NYT

  • leak: Wang released on his own initiative more than 7,000 people from camps in Xinjiang, and feared that " rounding up so many people would knowingly fan conflict and deepen resentment ", according to a confession by Wang leaked to the Times.
  • leak: Beijing (AFP)- A rare and huge leak of Chinese government documents has shed new light on a security crackdown on Muslims in China's Xinjiang region, where President Xi Jinping ordered officials to act with " absolutely no merc y" against separatism and extremism, The New York Times reported.
  • leak: The leak also suggests that there has been some discontent within the party about the crackdown.
  • leak: The documents were leaked by an unnamed member of the Chinese political establishment who expressed hope that the disclosure would prevent the leadership, including Xi, from " escaping culpability for the mass detentions ", the Times said.
  • dissent: Reputed within the party for his handling of minority groups, Chen earlier led iron-fisted policies aimed at crushing dissent in Tibet.

UPDATE 3-U.S., South Korea postpone military drills in bid to bolster N.Korea peace effort

  • hesitation: We also urge the DPRK to return to the negotiating table without precondition or hesitation.
  • deference: In deference to Pyongyang, the exercises had already been reduced in scale and scope from previous years, but North Korea still objected to them regardless.
  • reclusive: Still, it was unclear whether the decision by Washington and Seoul would kickstart talks with Pyongyang aimed at getting the reclusive state to give up its nuclear weapons program.
  • halt: Trump says he has secured a halt in North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear tests, significantly lowering fears of war.
  • stealth: Vigilant Ace had more than 230 aircraft, including six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, and around 12,000 U.S. service members.

American Kurds take up Syria fight as Erdogan visits Trump

  • enlist: He started a clothing drive, and enlisted the help of a handful of local Kurdish Americans to help organise it.
  • formula: From there, they shared a flier about Zebari's clothing drive and began immediately accumulating donations of winter clothes and baby formula.
  • drawl: A country-music loving, beer-drinking, gun enthusiast with a southern drawl, Nejeer Zebari is like any red-blooded southern American male.
  • sick: I 'm sick of these protests," he says.
  • emigrate: Though Zebari emigrated to the US when he was a young child, he 'd heard about the misery of cold winters in refugee camps from friends who 'd experienced them firsthand- stories of people fighting over food and clothing, their hopes dwindling of ever being resettled.

Robyn Crawford opens up about Whitney Houston

  • radiance: Whitney had this angelic radiance about her and And then she pulled a joint out of her breast pocket as if to say, " Yeah, I do this too, OK?
  • respite: I guess when you're working hard, and home life is turbulent, there's no respite.
  • memento: Shortly before Whitney died, you gave away some of the mementoes of your time together.
  • platinum: I presented a lot of gold and platinum discs to the Whitney Houston Academy of Performing Arts, which is the grammar school that she attended.

How do you fight extreme wildfires?

  • vegetation: A top priority should be managing the amount of vegetation a fire can consume.
  • scorch: The sight of soaring flames, burning trees and scorched earth is becoming a familiar one for people around the world.
  • graze: This can be done with machinery or by grazing animals such as sheep or goats.
  • sheep: This can be done with machinery or by grazing animals such as sheep or goats.
  • vegetation: This involves burning some down some vegetation under carefully managed conditions.

Yellow vest protests: More than 100 arrested as violence returns to Paris

  • quell: Mr Macron attempted to quell the protests with promises of tax cuts, higher pensions and reforms, but many still feel he has not done enough.
  • smash: They burned barricades, smashed the front of a bank, defaced a World War Two memorial; and they flung stones and rocks at police, who responded with clouds and clouds of tear gas.
  • deface: They burned barricades, smashed the front of a bank, defaced a World War Two memorial; and they flung stones and rocks at police, who responded with clouds and clouds of tear gas.

One dead as petrol protests spread in Iran

  • thwart: The death occurred Friday in the central city of Sirjan, where protesters had tried to set a fuel depot ablaze but were thwarted by security forces, semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
  • suspicious: In Ahvaz " rioters" torched a bank and in Khoramshahr " suspicious and unknown armed individu als" opened fire and injured a number of people, state television's website said.
  • exaggerate: It accused " hostile media" of trying to use fake news and videos on social media to exaggerate protests as " large and extensive ".
  • stagnate: The rial has plummeted, inflation is running at more than 40 percent and the International Monetary Fund expects Iran's economy to contract by nine percent this year and stagnate in 2020.
  • circumvent: Lawmakers were unhappy to have been circumvented, with Tehran MP Parvaneh Salahshouri tweeting that parliament had " lost its authorit y ".

Government leak highlights China's crackdown on Muslims

  • firm: Officials were advised to tell the students their relatives were " in treatment" after exposure to radical Islam, and respond with increasingly firm replies when pressed on their matter, highlighting the narrative the government had carved out to justify the internment.
  • infect: No matter what age, anyone who has been infected by religious extremism must undergo study.
  • fruition: Many people argue that both of these things have come to fruition regardless.

Protests Erupt Across Iran After Gasoline-Price Increase

  • populous: Iran is just the latest-- if most populous-- Middle Eastern nation to see public outrage over bread-and-butter issues like living expenses transform in recent months into potent political protests.
  • potent: Iran is just the latest-- if most populous-- Middle Eastern nation to see public outrage over bread-and-butter issues like living expenses transform in recent months into potent political protests.
  • cheer: Fars posted a video purporting to show onlookers cheering as a dump truck emptied a full load of bricks and dirt on to the Imam Ali highway in Tehran.
  • load: Fars posted a video purporting to show onlookers cheering as a dump truck emptied a full load of bricks and dirt on to the Imam Ali highway in Tehran.

Palestinian militant groups come to blows over Israel diplomacy

  • accost: Senior Hamas officials were accosted by Islamic Jihad supporters when they tried to visit a mourning tent for Baha Abu al-Ata, the assassinated Jihad commander.
  • assassinate: Senior Hamas officials were accosted by Islamic Jihad supporters when they tried to visit a mourning tent for Baha Abu al-Ata, the assassinated Jihad commander.
  • fracture: The clashes, which were broken up by Hamas policemen, were a rare public show of the fractures between the two groups.
  • intercept: An Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome defence missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells Credit: AFP.
  • artillery: An Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome defence missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells Credit: AFP.

Prince Andrew interview: Jeffrey Epstein stay was 'wrong thing to do'

  • solicit: In 2010, the prince was photographed walking with Epstein in New York's Central Park- two years after Ep stein's conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
  • immaterial: Details of Ms Giuffre's claims against the prince were later officially struck from court records when a judge ruled they were unnecessary to the case, saying they were " immaterial and impertinent" to the " central claim ".
  • impertinent: Details of Ms Giuffre's claims against the prince were later officially struck from court records when a judge ruled they were unnecessary to the case, saying they were " immaterial and impertinent" to the " central claim ".
  • defamation: Separately, a woman called Johanna Sjoberg alleged that the prince touched her breast while they sat on a couch in Ep stein's Manhattan apartment in 2001 in documents from a defamation case.
  • impropriety: In 2015, a statement from the palace said that " any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors" by the prince was " categorically untrue ".

Political Unpredictability Is Now the New Normal: Weekend Reads

  • disdain: With Donald Trump, witnesses gave evidence exposing a pursuit of personal interests and disdain of custom that have turned years of work from career officials on its head.
  • custom: With Donald Trump, witnesses gave evidence exposing a pursuit of personal interests and disdain of custom that have turned years of work from career officials on its head.
  • drastic: Hong Kong Protest Violence Risks Empowering Hawks in BeijingHong Kong lawmaker Lam Cheuk-Ting took a drastic measure to resist a growing crackdown on elected leaders.

Turkey Is the World’s New Nuclear Menace

  • flood: Erdogan hit back with threats to flood Europe with captured Islamic State terrorists.
  • retired: For advice, I reached out to Chuck Wald, a retired 4-star Air Force general who served as deputy commander of the U.S. European Command in the 2000s.
  • qualm: Tobin Harshaw: General, I know that given the current tensions between Turkey and the U.S., you have qualms about the NATO presence at Incirlik.
  • sporadic: Eventually, after a year of prodding, the Turks begrudgingly gave in; however, we still had to contend with their sporadic demands to halt operations.
  • halt: Eventually, after a year of prodding, the Turks begrudgingly gave in; however, we still had to contend with their sporadic demands to halt operations.

Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on streets of Hong Kong for clean-up operation

  • barrack: The appearance of the PLA soldiers outside their barracks- even dressed in shorts and t-shirts- to help clear away barricades and debris from another night of protests could be seen as an incremental raising of the political stakes from Beijing.
  • double: Foreign envoys and security analysts estimate up to 12,000 troops are now based across Hong Kong- more than double the usual garrison number following an additional deployment last August.
  • garrison: Foreign envoys and security analysts estimate up to 12,000 troops are now based across Hong Kong- more than double the usual garrison number following an additional deployment last August.
  • barrack: It was not clear how many were involved yesterday, but by late afternoon, the PLA soldiers had left the streets outside Baptist University beside their barracks in Kowloon Tong.
  • garrison: The PLA garrison in Hong Kong said that when some residents began cleaning, some troops " helped clear the road in front of the garrison gate ".

Gilets Jaunes: Anger of yellow vests still grips France a year on

  • repel: Several people have been arrested, police have fired tear gas to disperse some demonstrators, and an attempt to block the main ring-road in the city was repelled.
  • awaken: We gathered the crowds and awakened consciences, and I 'm happy about that.
  • conflagration: The government's fear is that these traditional groups could join up with the yellow vests in a major conflagration of protest.
  • repeat: Some fear another round of clashes could bring a repeat of the violence seen last year, when rioters and radical groups joined the yellow vest protests.

Russia Loves the Impeachment Hearings Because GOP Is Parroting Kremlin Propaganda

  • disseminate: Instead of disseminating their usual conspiracy theories, the Russians watch gleefully as the Republicans do that for them.
  • hoax: The Kremlin also enjoys the Trump-GO P treatment of the Mueller report as a colossal hoax, or even a joke, letting Russian President Vladimir Putin off the hook, and putting him in a position to make light of the whole matter.
  • smear: State TV channel Rossiya-1 smeared Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as a Soros-linked architect of post-Soviet color revolutions.
  • permeate: There is a common thread permeating the Russian media blitz: Ukraine is all alone and has nowhere left to turn, except to Russia.
  • uproarious: When Ukrainian panelist Alexander Goncharov said that his country is relying on the support of Republicans, the hosts and other panelists broke out in uproarious laughter.