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Saudi Arabia closes two holiest shrines to foreigners as coronavirus fears grow

  • precaution: The World Health Organization is recommending that people take simple precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus, for which there is no specific cure or vaccine.
  • cure: The World Health Organization is recommending that people take simple precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus, for which there is no specific cure or vaccine.
  • rub: Frequently wash their hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or warm water and soap.
  • dilapidated: Meanwhile Iraq announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in its capital, Baghdad, taking nationwide infections to six and raising concerns about the capacity of the dilapidated health system to respond.
  • pilgrimage: Hajj attracts close to 3 million people from around the world every year for a pilgrimage, that transforms the holy shrines into the most densely packed pocket on earth for up to one week a year.

Putin dismisses rumours he uses body doubles for security

  • double: Putin dismisses rumours he uses body doubles for security- BBC News.
  • double: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin, pictured here with Chechen President Alu Alkhanov in 2005, denied he has ever used body doubles.
  • double: In reply, Mr Putin confirmed he was real before denying he used body doubles for security reasons.

Obama slams 'despicable' attack ad against Joe Biden

  • despicable: Obama slams 'despicable' attack ad against Joe Biden- BBC News.
  • despicable: Barack Obama has made a rare intervention in the 2020 White House race to blast a " despicable" racially charged attack ad against Joe Biden.
  • cynicism: A female narrator introduces audio from former US President Obama's 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, in which he reads a quotation from a Chicago barber who had expressed cynicism about Democratic politics.
  • despicable: This despicable ad is straight out of the Republican disinformation playbook," Katie Hill, Obama's communications director, said in a statement.
  • speechless: Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg was also criticised for an attack ad that doctored TV debate footage to show his rivals speechless after he asked if any of them had ever started a business.

Q&A: Saudis halt Muslim pilgrimage over virus fears

  • makeup: Women forgo makeup and perfume and wear loose-fitting clothing and a head covering, while men dress in seamless, white terrycloth garments.
  • decorate: In poorer districts across the Middle East, families decorate the outer walls of their homes with paintings of the Kaaba, airplanes and ships to commemorate the journey.
  • kiss: The epicenter appears to be in the Shiite holy city of Qom, where pilgrims kiss and touch a famous shrine.
  • empty: The Saudis risk losing tens of millions of dollars a day as hotels and other establishments empty out, but the cost of containing an outbreak could be much higher.

EXPLAINER-Gaps between Britain and EU on eve of talks on post-Brexit ties

  • opaque: London says the EU system of granting market access is opaque and unreliable.
  • averse: The EU is demanding " zero dumping" assurances as well and is averse to trading on WTO rules it says would be damaging for both sides.
  • diverge: If there isn't, the two sides ' plans diverge.

AP-NORC poll: Election security, integrity worry Americans

  • tamper: Roughly two-thirds also are highly concerned that foreign governments will interfere in 2020 by tampering with results or influencing what Americans think about political candidates.
  • denigrate: Mueller charged 13 Russians in a covert social media campaign that prosecutors said was aimed at dividing public opinion on hot-button social issues as well as propping up Trump while denigrating Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee.
  • elicit: Voter fraud and voter suppression also elicit a wide partisan divide.
  • disenfranchise: Democrats have fought many of those laws, saying they disenfranchise some voters.

We can't trust Trump to handle the coronavirus crisis

  • ostensible: President Trump went before the nation on Wednesday with the ostensible purpose of informing and reassuring the public about his administration's handling of the global coronavirus outbreak.
  • hyperbole: Instead, Trump gave the American public what he always does: a mix of hyperbole, ignorance, and score-settling.
  • slide: This week's stock market slide was the fault of Democratic presidential candidates, he claimed.
  • digression: We're here to talk about the virus," he said after one digression.
  • energetic: Otherwise, Trump was Trump: listless when he had to stick more or less to the facts, energetic when given an opportunity to boast of his accomplishments or tear down his rivals.

Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims over coronavirus

  • pilgrimage: Riyadh (AFP)- Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended visas for visits to Islam's holiest sites for the " umrah" pilgrimage, an unprecedented move triggered by coronavirus fears that raises questions over the annualhajj.
  • pilgrimage: The move comes as Gulf countries implement a raft of measures, including flight suspensions and school closures, to curb the spread of the disease from people returning from pilgrimages to Iran.
  • pilgrimage: The umrah, which refers to the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of year, attracts millions of devout Muslims from all over the globe each year.
  • pilgrimage: There was no clarity over how the move would affect the annual hajj pilgrimage due to start in late July.
  • pilgrimage: In September 2015, a stampede killed up to 2,300 worshippers-- including hundreds of Iranians-- in the worst disaster ever to strike the pilgrimage.

India says US politicizing religious riots in which 30 died

  • subside: Though the rioting had largely subsided, the rising toll was confirmed by hospital officials Thursday.
  • riot: Muslims affected by the violence allege Hindu mobs screamed pro-Hindu slogans and rioted with impunity as the police appeared to aid the marauding crowds.
  • ultimatum: Hours before the clashes, local politician Kapil Mishra, who is affiliated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, appeared at a rally against the citizenship law's opponents and issued an ultimatum to the police to clear out the demonstrators.
  • lavish: Trump's first state visit to India included a lavish reception in Modi's home state of Gujarat and talks with the Indian leader, but the U.S. leader said they didn't discuss the violence.

Chancellor Hopefuls Clash in Duel for Post-Merkel Germany

  • woo: After officially announcing their respective candidacies to lead the CDU on Tuesday in Berlin, the two events were the first stops to woo the base.
  • hiatus: At the Laschet event, Martin Solbach acknowledged that Merz still has strong support in the rolling hills of rural western Germany even after his long hiatus from politics.
  • tepid: The performance was unusually tepid for an Ash Wednesday speech, a tradition in German politics.
  • staid: The events, often held in locations off the beaten path, typically offer politicians a platform to address issues in a more emotional way, a departure from staid stump speeches.

Iran Can’t Be Trusted to Deal With Coronavirus

  • understate: The official death toll, which stands at 19, is almost certainly understated.
  • credence: Its reflexive tendency to lie about crises, recently on display with the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner, adds credence to reports that the first signs of the outbreak were evident on Feb. 13, six days before the government owned up.
  • sanguine: The regime in Tehran may be sanguine about endangering its people and neighbors.

Sanders' rise fuels Dems' angst over keeping House control

  • sanguine: Yet with Sanders, I-Vt., riding high after early nominating contest wins in New Hampshire and Nevada and a virtual first-place tie in Iowa, other House Democrats were less sanguine.
  • squander: I don't want to squander that opportunit y" by nominating a contender who divides Democrats, he said in an unspoken reference to Sanders.
  • foible: As Trump roared toward the GOP nomination, his anti-immigrant views and personal foibles soured Republican congressional candidates, but many chose not to abandon him and risk alienating their party's base, conservative voters.

Fight by 2 Republicans for Georgia Senate seat unnerves GOP

  • inroad: Against the backdrop of this year's presidential and congressional elections, the showdown looms as a test of which path makes sense for the GOP in a red-leaning state where Democrats have carved robust inroads.
  • fret: Republicans fret that a drawn-out battle between Loeffler and Collins will bloody both, leaving a Democrat unscathed and likely qualifying for the runoff.
  • unscathed: Republicans fret that a drawn-out battle between Loeffler and Collins will bloody both, leaving a Democrat unscathed and likely qualifying for the runoff.
  • falter: Loeffler took office Jan. 6 to replace GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson, 75, who retired in faltering health.

Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimages over virus; Iran says 22 dead

  • kiss: The epicenter in the Mideast's most-affected country, Iran, appears to be in the holy Shiite city of Qom, where the faithful in reverence reach out to kiss and touch a famous shrine.
  • able-bodied: Disease outbreaks always have been a concern surrounding the hajj, required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life, especially as pilgrims come from all over the world.
  • malaria: The earliest recorded outbreak came in 632 as pilgrims fought off malaria.
  • cholera: A cholera outbreak in 1821 for instance killed an estimated 20,000 pilgrims.
  • cholera: Another cholera outbreak in 1865 killed 15,000 pilgrims and then spread worldwide.

How to combat the threat of Facebook ads in US elections

  • lea: Facebook however continues to allow its clients to serve political ads, with no fact-checking, to selected groups of its nearly 3bn users, based on characteristics ranging from their postcode to their political lea nings.
  • inconsistent: The reported click-through rate is inconsistent with the general broad advertising targeting information which Facebook shared with Congress,” argued an online marketing executive who declined to be identified.
  • custom: Such critics ask whether Russian trolls had access to electorally sensitive US voter data, and targeted Americans using Facebook’s custom audiences tool which targets groups of individuals specified by the advertiser.
  • advertiser: Such critics ask whether Russian trolls had access to electorally sensitive US voter data, and targeted Americans using Facebook’s custom audiences tool which targets groups of individuals specified by the advertiser.
  • custom: Facebook admits that the now notorious British analytics group Cambridge Analytica, wielding the data of 87m Facebook users it bought from researchers, did use the custom audiences tool in its work for the Trump campaign in 2016.

'After the coral ban, I lost everything'

  • marine: Coral is a living thing, groups of marine invertebrates that live together in compact colo nies.
  • differentiate: She also thought it was too difficult to differentiate between farmed and wild coral, with the latter often being passed off as the former.
  • prune: It requires diving down to brush the sensitive corals to clean them of algae, and pruning them regularly.
  • suffocate: Hundreds of racks of coral have been left untended, and are now smothered with algae, which is slowly suffocating them.
  • preservation: Coral reefs are both a breeding ground for commercially valuable fish and critically important for the preservation of the planet's biodiversity.

Afghan peace talks: The woman who negotiated with the Taliban

  • banish: The group, which banished women from public life, imprisoned her husband- and tried to kill her when she later became a politician.
  • austere: During their rule from 1996-2001, the Taliban barred women from education and employment and imposed their own austere version of Islamic laws, including stoning to death and flogging.
  • crux: For people like Ms Koofi this is the crux of the problem.

Italy’s China Chill Runs Deeper Than Fears Over the Coronavirus

  • materialize: The anticipated economic boost for Italy has yet to materialize, with its trade deficit with China widening further last year.
  • tepid: Alongside tepid investments, trade benefits have failed to accrue to the European country.
  • accrue: Alongside tepid investments, trade benefits have failed to accrue to the European country.

'Fear and panic' as virus threatens Afghanistan, Pakistan

  • porous: Islamabad (AFP)- With porous borders, creaking hospitals and large illiterate populations, Afghanistan and Pakistan face a potentially devastating health crisis after the new coronavirus erupted in neighbouring Iran.
  • illiterate: Islamabad (AFP)- With porous borders, creaking hospitals and large illiterate populations, Afghanistan and Pakistan face a potentially devastating health crisis after the new coronavirus erupted in neighbouring Iran.
  • kiss: Adding to the challenge of limiting the spread of the virus is the Afghan tradition of greeting family and friends with handshakes, hugs and kisses.
  • illiterate: A largely illiterate population also makes it difficult to educate people about ways to stop the transmission.
  • illiterate: "People are illiterate, you can't get the message through to them," Wali said.

Bernie Sanders: 17 things the Democratic front-runner believes

  • wholly: Now the senator from firearms-friendly Vermont wholly endorses such measures as expanded background checks for gun transactions, something he voted against in Congress back in 1993.
  • reparation: Sanders once dismissed out of hand the idea of reparations for the descendants of African-American slaves, but last year backed the idea of a commission to study the issue.
  • disheveled: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sanders supporters celebrate his famously disheveled hair.
  • tired: Anti-war- " The American people are sick and tired of endless wars, which have cost us trillions of dollars," Sanders said during a TV debate in Iowa in January.
  • brusque: When questioned about his frequently-rumpled coiffure, Sanders was brusque: " The media will very often spend more time worrying about hair than the fact that we're the only major country on earth that doesn't guarantee healthcare to all people.

Trump faces credibility test as he plays down virus threat

  • undue: After two days of the stock market tumbling, Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to blame the media and Democrats for causing undue alarm and harming American financial markets.
  • slide: He blamed part of this week's stock market slide on people's reaction to Tuesday night's Democratic debate and the possibility one of those candidates might replace him.
  • gravity: It was only the second time in his presidency that Trump had spoken from the podium in that room, and aides acknowledged he was trying to underscore that he has the situation under control and understands the gravity.
  • pandemic: Republicans close to the White House are keenly aware of the political implications of a pandemic scare.
  • credit: In 2014, the GOP aggressively criticized the Obama administration's handling of the Ebola epidemic, which it later credited with helping the party seize back the majority in the Senate.

Docking gives Intelsat telecoms satellite new lease of life

  • satellite: Docking gives Intelsat telecoms satellite new lease of life- BBC News.
  • burgeon: Two American satellites have docked high over the Atlantic in a demonstration of what many commentators expect to be a burgeoning new industry.
  • defunct: The satellite industry has been talking for some time about a capability to carry out in-orbit servicing and re-fuelling of ageing spacecraft, and even to bring defunct assets out of the sky altogether.
  • map: Northrop Grumman's vehicle will now control all movement for the pair, including the precise pointing required by IS-901 to map its telecommunication beams on to the right regions of Earth's surface.
  • orbit: When the Intelsat's extended mission comes to an end, the MEV-1 will take the telecoms platform to a " graveyard" orbit before then joining up with another " running on empty" customer that needs the same manoeuvring assistance.

Trump campaign sues The New York Times over a 2019 Russia op-ed

  • oligarchy: In the op-ed, Frankel writes "there was no need for detailed electoral collusion between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin's oligarchy because they had an overarching deal: the quid of help in the campaign against Hillary Clinton for the quo of a new pro-Russian foreign policy, starting with relief from the Obama administration's burdensome economic sanctions.
  • defamatory: The campaign's legal adviser claims these statements were " 100 percent false and defamatory" and the Times" was aware of the falsity at the time it published them.
  • malice: Axios notes that to win this lawsuit, the campaign would need to prove the Times acted with " actual malice," which is usually a " high bar" to clear.

Trump's coronavirus response is worse than incompetent

  • drastic: While the rate of new infection appears to be slowing in China thanks to drastic mass quarantines and clampdowns on movement, other outbreaks in Iran, South Korea, and Italy have still not been controlled.
  • tyrannical: The United States is highly vulnerable to epidemic disease because the president is a corrupt, tyrannical moron who can't do the job.
  • authoritarian: As I wrote earlier this week, Trump's model of governance is classic authoritarian corruption.
  • fealty: Others are suggesting that one CDC official is raising the alarm because she is the sister of former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who was pushed out for insufficient fealty to Trump).
  • contagious: All this makes an interesting contrast with Trump's behavior during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, when he accused the CDC of lying about how contagious the disease was, demanded that all U.S. citizens with the disease be left to die, and attacked President Obama for appointing a single person to coordinate the outbreak response ( which did indeed bring it under control).

Cyber police in virus-hit Iran arrest 24 over COVID-19 rumours

  • sanitary: Schools, universities and cultural centres have been closed, sporting events cancelled and teams of sanitary workers deployed to disinfect buses, trains and public spaces.
  • disinfect: Schools, universities and cultural centres have been closed, sporting events cancelled and teams of sanitary workers deployed to disinfect buses, trains and public spaces.
  • spread: The arrests were carried out after the establishment of a special unit to " combat rumour-mongers regarding the 'spread of coronavirus in the country ' ", he was quoted as saying.
  • suspect: Every 24 hours, at least 10 percent of those hospitalised or suspect cases are discharged with good general health," the official said.

Why is Iran's reported mortality rate for coronavirus higher than in other countries?

  • mortality: Why is Iran's reported mortality rate for coronavirus higher than in other countries?
  • mortality: At the center of the outbreak in Hubei province in China, the reported mortality rate is estimated at 2 percent.
  • mortality: In South Korea, 11 patients have died out of 1,146 cases, for a reported mortality rate of slightly less than 1 percent.
  • porous: Amid a shortage of surgical masks and hand sanitizer in shops, public health experts say Iran could become the hub of a major outbreak across the Middle East, especially given its porous borders with unstable countries at war or in turmoil.
  • diagnose: That could be because Iranian authorities are missing less severe cases across the country because of how they are testing and diagnosing patients, because of how information is shared or because of flawed medical equipment.

AccuWeather's 2020 Asia spring forecast

  • forecast: Meanwhile, a couple of early-season cold outbreaks are forecast from eastern Siberia into northeastern Mongolia and the northern Heilongjiang province of China, but even these areas will finish the three-month period from March through May with near- to above-average temperatures.
  • mitigate: Increased soil moisture from the storms should mitigate the heat over northern India, including in New Delhi.
  • infrequent: It would still get hot in these areas as it typically does, but the warmup should be lower than average with bouts of extreme heat likely to be more infrequent than usua l," Nicholls stated.
  • warm: Central and southern India are predicted to warm up much faster than average this spring.
  • autumn: Drought conditions, which developed during autumn, are forecast to ease over Indonesia and Malaysia.

Everything You Should Know About Amy Klobuchar’s Boyfriend Loophole Bill

  • moderator: About half an hour into the debate, moderator Gayle King opened up the floor to Biden to discuss his plans to combat gun violence in the United States.
  • hone: Given these statistics and the overwhelming cultural push for addressing gun violence and violence against women, closing the boyfriend loophole is an issue 2020 presidential hopefuls are honing in on with actionable solutions that can be implemented.
  • actionable: Given these statistics and the overwhelming cultural push for addressing gun violence and violence against women, closing the boyfriend loophole is an issue 2020 presidential hopefuls are honing in on with actionable solutions that can be implemented.

Biden nabs Clyburn endorsement before South Carolina primary

  • limp: The support could help Biden avoid limping across the finish line in Saturday's balloting in South Carolina, where he has long led in polling, particularly among the black voters, who comprise most of the Democratic electorate.
  • opaque: Biden, taking the podium from Clyburn on Wednesday, thanked his longtime friend but then quickly slipped into an opaque reference to Sanders.
  • blossom: Through the years, the fish fry has blossomed into a showpiece event for Democratic politicians in the state and as a must-stop event for the party's presidential contenders aiming to build support in the state.

'No way out': Demographics drive GOP nosedive on West Coast

  • lumber: A lumber mill operated along the banks of the Deschutes River in Oregon's high-desert country.
  • lumber: Today, the lumber mill is an REI outdoor recreation store.
  • tack: The transformation shows how demographic shifts and the GOP's tack further to the right are helping push the party into a nosedive along the West Coast.
  • exodus: Vance blames the area's exodus of college-educated white voters, particularly women, from the GOP on the party's turn toward more fundamentalist values under Trump.
  • array: The town of roughly 100,000 is arrayed along a scenic river and below the Cascade Range, with one of the highest number of breweries per capita in America.

A guerrilla-to-entrepreneur plan in Colombia leaves some new businesswomen isolated and at risk

  • process: More than 2,000 women were processed through demobilization camps in Colombia as the government transitions disarmed FARC guerrillas back into civilian life, Jan. 18, 2017.
  • disarm: More than 2,000 women were processed through demobilization camps in Colombia as the government transitions disarmed FARC guerrillas back into civilian life, Jan. 18, 2017.
  • dissertation: For seven months in 2018 and 2019, as part of my dissertation research on Colombia, I conducted in-depth interviews with 12 retired female guerrilla fighters to document their transition back into civilian life.
  • retired: For seven months in 2018 and 2019, as part of my dissertation research on Colombia, I conducted in-depth interviews with 12 retired female guerrilla fighters to document their transition back into civilian life.
  • cook: Whether they served as soldiers, cooks, spies or sexual partners to male fighters, women militants are frequently seen as abnormal, or unfeminine.

Nuclear war could be devastating for the US, even if no one shoots back

  • starve: Finally, we coupled this with food storage to predict how many people would starve.
  • resilient: The U.S. is blessed with a large amount of agricultural land compared to the population, so the country is resilient to industrial loss and mild nuclear autumn if Americans cooperate and share resources.
  • starve: If the U.S. attempts to expand our stockpile as recently proposed and then used 7,000 nuclear weapons, even if everything went perfectly our way, at minimum 5 million Americans would starve.

Airplanes spread diseases quickly – so maybe unvaccinated people shouldn't be allowed to fly

  • testament: The worldwide response is a testament to the immediate need for intervention and containment: flights canceled, cruise ships quarantined, travel banned, and a rigorous monitoring of the Chinese response.
  • pneumonia: Transmission of seasonal influenza during flights is well documented; after 9-11, when U.S. airline travel stopped abruptly, the pattern of mortality associated with it or pneumonia dramatically shifted.
  • prolong: There is no doubt that close contact, especially when prolonged, spreads conta gion.
  • oral: This is true for respiratory droplets, direct skin contact, and sometimes, fecal or oral spread.
  • protective: Tourists wearing protective masks from Korea walk through Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel.

Syrian troops push into last rebel area, hit civilian sites

  • shell: Syrian opposition activists said government forces shelled a Turkish military convoy on a road near the northwestern village of Bara on Wednesday.
  • convoy: Syrian opposition activists said government forces shelled a Turkish military convoy on a road near the northwestern village of Bara on Wednesday.
  • shell: The announcement came a day after shelling and airstrikes in Idlib province left at least 16 civilians dead, including students and teachers in a school in the provincial capital, also called Idlib..

Germany overturns ban on professionally assisted suicide

  • euthanasia: However, the head of Germany's palliative medicine society, Heiner Melching, warned that overturning the ban could open a door to " self-styled euthanasia assistants ".
  • euthanasia: The issues surrounding assisted dying and euthanasia are particularly sensitive in Germany because of the Nazi campaign of murder of 300,000 people with mental and physical disabilities.
  • euthanasia: The Nazis referred to the murders as a " euthanasia programme ".
  • euthanasia: The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg permit euthanasia and assisted suicide in some, strictly regulated circumstances.

Sanders, Bloomberg Draw Fire in Debate on Who Can Beat Trump

  • dislodge: Yet none of the other five contenders in Charleston, South Carolina, had the kind of breakout moment that suggested they were prepared to grab the nomination, or emerge from the pack to dislodge Sanders as the front-runner.
  • steal: Warren accused the Vermont senator of stealing details of her health-care plan.
  • unlimited: Bloomberg has offered himself as a practical, more moderate and extremely well-funded alterative to Sanders, with nearly unlimited funds to take on Trump.
  • pregnant: Warren also made her questions to Bloomberg personal to her own story, saying she had been dismissed from an early teaching job because she was pregnant.
  • rehabilitate: Bloomberg was under the most pressure to rehabilitate himself after a widely criticized first debate last week.

10 things you need to know today: February 26, 2020

  • seclusion: Mubarak went into seclusion after his resignation before being put on trial on charges that included corruption, abuse of power, and conspiring to kill Arab Spring protesters.
  • straight: U.S. stocks plunged for a second straight day Tuesday, capping their worst two-day loss since 2008.
  • overshadow: Clashes between Hindus and Muslims over a new citizenship law erupted in India Tuesday near where President Trump was meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, overshadowing the conclusion of Trump's two-day visit to the country.
  • culvert: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the Border Control agent was standing in the U.S. when he fired the fatal shot at Hernandez, who had been playing with friends in a culvert that straddled the border, so the teen's " location at the precise moment the bullet landed should not matter one whit.
  • precise: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the Border Control agent was standing in the U.S. when he fired the fatal shot at Hernandez, who had been playing with friends in a culvert that straddled the border, so the teen's " location at the precise moment the bullet landed should not matter one whit.

Caution, cancellations mark Ash Wednesday in time of virus

  • liturgy: Neither the priests nor the faithful were wearing masks, and they all exchanged a sign of peace toward the end of the liturgy.
  • prelate: He also greeted prelates with a handshake at the beginning and end of the gathering, but it appeared most clergy were refraining from kissing Francis ' ring or embracing him, as they normally would do.
  • metropolis: In the Philippines, the Rev. Victorino Cu eto, rector of the popular National Shrine of our Mother of Perpetual Help in the Manila metropolis, said the practice of sprinkling ash on heads of devotees was a precaution to prevent the spread of infections but actually is an old tradition based on the Old Testament.

India Divided Under Modi Faces Big Risks

  • stick: At the same time, large groups of Hindu men vandalized mosques and attacked citizens in Muslim-majority neighborhoods with sticks and stones.
  • dislodge: Yet none of the other contenders had the kind of breakout moment needed to dislodge Sanders.
  • fracture: The U.S. House Judiciary Committee meets today to consider a rewrite of federal surveillance powers, setting up a messy fight that could expose fractures within the Trump administration.

US, South Korea militaries face new enemy in viral outbreak

  • curtail: In response the allies are taking aggressive measures to guard against a viral outbreak and are even considering curtailing a key joint military exercise, something experts say is inevitable because if the virus were to spread through the ranks it could significantly weaken their ability to fight if necessary.
  • alley: Col. Edward Ballanco, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, said bowling alleys, movie theaters and a golf course at the four U.S. bases in the Daegu region were closed after the soldier's case was confirmed, and that all restaurants there were only serving take-out meals.
  • meal: Col. Edward Ballanco, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, said bowling alleys, movie theaters and a golf course at the four U.S. bases in the Daegu region were closed after the soldier's case was confirmed, and that all restaurants there were only serving take-out meals.
  • meal: Concerned about the possibility that her restaurant becomes linked to a future infection, Ji has closed the dining room and is now serving only take-out meals.
  • animosity: The U.S. and South Korean militaries have regularly held drills since the 1950 -53 Korean War and they have become a major source of animosity with North Korea, which views them as rehearsals for an invasion.

How fear set in overnight in Sri Lanka

  • wry: "By this time the police would have been informed that you were here talking to me," she said with a wry smile.
  • oversee: He served as defence secretary in his brother Mahinda Rajapaska's administration, overseeing the bloody end of the country's civil war between the army and Tamil separatist rebels a decade ago.
  • kidnap: Six months earlier, he had been briefly kidnapped and interrogated by men in one of the white vans which would become synonymous with disappearances at the time.
  • interrogate: Six months earlier, he had been briefly kidnapped and interrogated by men in one of the white vans which would become synonymous with disappearances at the time.
  • afraid: Many fear that the Rajapaksa brothers ' return to power will re-open old wounds and rivalries, but most are afraid to speak out.

Coronavirus: Could North Korea handle a Covid-19 outbreak?

  • cope: As the number of coronavirus cases in South Korea keeps on rising, attention is turning to how its impoverished neighbour might cope with an outbreak of its own.
  • guard: State media and officials have repeatedly stressed there are no cases in the country- while warning they should not let their guard down.
  • pump: Information is being pumped out almost on a daily basis on the " high-intensity" steps taken to prevent coronavirus- as well as the need to practise responsible hygiene.
  • hygiene: Information is being pumped out almost on a daily basis on the " high-intensity" steps taken to prevent coronavirus- as well as the need to practise responsible hygiene.
  • protective: Images have been broadcast of workers in protective suits disinfecting public spaces and health workers educating the public on symptoms of the disease.

How did companies sell 'unmentionable' sanitary towels?

  • infirmity: In 1868, the vice-president of the American Medical Association warned female physicians could not be trusted during their monthly " infirmity".
  • strenuous: The writer Eliza Duffey sharply responded Dr Clarke had no objection to women performing strenuous housework during their periods.
  • papyrus: Tampons have existed for thousands of years: thought to have been made from wool in Rome, vegetable fibres in Indonesia, paper in Japan, grass in Africa, papyrus reeds in Egypt and ferns in Hawaii.
  • sanitary: It seems most women still found it cheaper, or more comfortable, or less embarrassing, to make their own sanitary towels from whatever material they had to hand.
  • bombard: The booming market encouraged manufacturers to bombard consumers with advertisements, albeit euphemistic ones.

Viewpoint: Why a Texas county had a radical rethink on crime

  • viewpoint: Viewpoint: Why a Texas county had a radical rethink on crime- BBC News.
  • viewpoint: Viewpoint: Why a Texas county had a radical rethink on crime.
  • juvenile: Some new judges have recently changed longstanding courtroom culture by ending the shackling of juvenile suspects and fining prosecutors for withholding evidence.
  • steam: Long-time advocates against mass incarceration are being joined by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, so-called " progressive prosecutors " are gaining steam as they roll out new approaches to punishment, executions are declining, and both states and the federal government are continuing to roll back harsh drug sentences.
  • misdemeanour: The county, and the 16 misdemeanour judges named as defendants, fought the lawsuit in federal court.

Pompeo Criticizes Iran, China; Gilead Drug Trials: Virus Update

  • resort: Italy reported a surge in infections and Spanish police isolated 1,000 people at an island resort.
  • confident: Chinese President Xi Jinping said the country was confident of limiting the impact.
  • straight: China death toll 2,663, up 71; total mainland cases at 77,658Italy cases rise to 283 from 229; Austria reports two infectionsUnited Air abandons profit goal, Mastercard cuts forecastU.S. stocks head for a fourth straight decline; bond yields fall.
  • vaccine: Drugmakers and governments are working on vaccines and therapies to use against the virus.
  • insure: Bonds that insure against just such a catastrophe say that it probably is.

Coronavirus: Iran's deputy health minister tests positive as outbreak worsens

  • disinfect: Image copyright AFP Image caption Teams are disinfecting public spaces in Qom, including the shrine of Hazrat Masumeh.
  • liner: Meanwhile, Japanese media reported that a fourth passenger on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise liner had died.
  • liner: The country has confirmed more than 850 people are infected, most of them on the liner.
  • retract: Mr Amirabadi-Farahani subsequently refused to retract his claim, saying he had sent a list of 40 people who had died to the minister and awaited his resignation.

Volkmarsen attack: Almost 60 hurt after car drives into carnival crowd

  • raid: They raided his home late on Monday and his landlord told local broadcaster Hessenchau that he was a " very calm, totally inconspicuous and always polite person ".
  • landlord: They raided his home late on Monday and his landlord told local broadcaster Hessenchau that he was a " very calm, totally inconspicuous and always polite person ".
  • condolence: In a statement, he shared his condolences with the victims and their families, while urging people not to speculate about possible motives.

Merkel's would-be successors announce bids for party leader

  • nemesis: Berlin (AFP)- Political heavyweights in Germany's ruling CDU announced on Tuesday their bids for the crisis-wracked party's top job, with a staunch ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her nemesis jumping into the race.
  • woo: Merz wants to shift the party to the right to woo back voters lost to the anti-Islam, anti-immigrant AfD..
  • brass: With Kramp-Karrenbauer's resignation leaving the party's top brass in disarray, Spahn warned that the CDU was " in the biggest crisis in its history ".
  • scathing: The scathing assessment came after the CDU scooped just 11.5 percent in a regional election in Hamburg at the weekend-- its second worst result ever in a state poll.
  • edict: Kramp-Karrenbauer threw in the towel on February 10 after barely a year as head of the party, felled after Thuringia's CDU lawmakers sided with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in a vote for state premier, defying an edict from Berlin not to ally with the extremes.