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Zheng Yanxiong: China appoints hard-line Hong Kong security chief

  • secession: The law targets secession, subversion and terrorism with punishments of up to life in prison.
  • subversion: The law targets secession, subversion and terrorism with punishments of up to life in prison.
  • secession: The motorcyclist, accused of riding into a group of police carrying a flag calling for the liberation of Hong Kong, was charged with inciting secession and terrorism.

Khashoggi murder: Turkish absentia trial of 20 Saudis opens

  • suffocate: The other 18 defendants are accused of having suffocated Khashoggi, whose remains have not been found.
  • instigate: The prosecutors have charged Ahmed al-Asiri and Saud al-Qahtani with " instigating the deliberate and monstrous killing, causing torment ".
  • torment: The prosecutors have charged Ahmed al-Asiri and Saud al-Qahtani with " instigating the deliberate and monstrous killing, causing torment ".

Nord Stream 2 Could Sever Transatlantic Ties

  • fray: The transatlantic alliance, which was already frayed, is close to tearing.
  • feign: The question is whether both sides are merely feigning recklessness ( as the game assumes) or are already too far gone.
  • deaf: My question to the Germans, then, is why they have for years been deaf to these strategic concerns by their partners in NATO and the European Union, while coddling their own pro-Russian business lobbies and, of course, the Kremlin.
  • coddle: My question to the Germans, then, is why they have for years been deaf to these strategic concerns by their partners in NATO and the European Union, while coddling their own pro-Russian business lobbies and, of course, the Kremlin.
  • intransigence: German intransigence looks even more unsavory when considering who within Germany is most passionately in favor of the pipeline.

Activist leaves Hong Kong after new law to advocate abroad

  • prominence: Law, 26, rose to prominence in Hong Kong as one of the student leaders of the pro-democracy Umbrella Revolution in 2014.
  • swear: In 2016, he became the youngest lawmaker elected to the city's legislature but was later disqualified after he raised his tone while swearing allegiance to China during the oath, making it sound like a question.
  • stab: A 24-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly stabbing a police officer during protests on Wednesday has been charged with wounding with intent, police said Friday.

North Korea's response to coronavirus has been a 'shining success', says Kim Jong-un

  • malignant: According to state news agency KCNA, Mr Kim told a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers Party that North Korea had " thoroughly prevented the inroad of the malignant virus and maintained a stable anti-epidemic situation despite the worldwide health crisis, which is a shining success achieved.
  • complacency: He warned against complacency or relaxation in the anti-epidemic effort and urged North Koreans to maintain " maximum alert ", KCNA said in a statement.
  • reclusive: While the reclusive country has not confirmed any infections, its public health ministry has reported all 922 people checked so far have tested negative.

Covid-19 scars may fade faster than we think

  • frugality: The after-effects are wonderfully described as “experience-induced frugality ” — that is, people who’ve seen periods of high unemployment save more and accumulate wealth, just in case.
  • thrift: Such thrift could lead to more investment, of course, but another recent paper by Julian Kozlowski, Laura Veldkamp, and Venky Venkateswaran argues otherwise.
  • statistician: My guess is that clever statisticians will be able to detect the psychological aftershocks of the pandemic for decades to come — but that, to a casual gaze, everyday life in 2022 will look a lot like it did in 2018.

Jeffrey Epstein ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell charged in US

  • rapport: The charges say she would build a rapport with them- including by taking them shopping or to the movies- and would later coax them into giving Epstein massages during which they were sexually abused.
  • coax: The charges say she would build a rapport with them- including by taking them shopping or to the movies- and would later coax them into giving Epstein massages during which they were sexually abused.
  • entice: Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
  • entice: Enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
  • befriend: She allegedly attempted to befriend them by asking about their lives and families and then she and Epstein built the friendships by taking minor victims to the cinema or shopping.

Outrage as Indian judge calls alleged rape victim 'unbecoming'

  • misogyny: Appealing to the Supreme Court judges to intervene, Ms Bhat said the judge's remarks showed " misogyny at its worst ", adding that not condemning them would " amount to condoning ".
  • condone: Appealing to the Supreme Court judges to intervene, Ms Bhat said the judge's remarks showed " misogyny at its worst ", adding that not condemning them would " amount to condoning ".
  • preposterous: It's preposterous to say women don't behave like this.
  • expunge: Ms Bhushan is among dozens of civil liberties activists, writers, actors, singers and journalists who wrote an open letter to Justice Dixit saying his ruling had " deeply disturbed and disappointed " activists and demanding that he expunge the comments.
  • castigate: In a a 2017 ruling, judges castigated a gang-rape victim for drinking beer, smoking, taking drugs and keeping condoms in her room, and called her " promiscuous".

Sky is the limit for Pakistan's metal artist

  • propeller: Then in 2001, he took to the air by designing a makeshift aircraft from an old automobile engine, used car tyres, wooden propellers and wings made of steel pipes covered with canvas sheets.
  • canvass: When he joined evening classes at Nishtar Hall, Peshawar's main cultural centre for music and art, he learned to paint, producing a number of oil paintings on large canvasses.
  • rivet: There were lots of old and rusted steel rivets at home which I put together to shape a dog.

An Iranian nuclear facility was apparently sabotaged, and a mysterious dissident group called the Ho...

  • dissident: An Iranian nuclear facility was apparently sabotaged, and a mysterious dissident group called the Homeland Cheetahs claimed responsibility.
  • sabotage: An important Iranian nuclear facility was damaged in a fire on Thursday that appears to have been the result of sabotage.
  • dissident: A previously unknown group calling itself the Homeland Cheetahs, apparently a dissident group, claimed responsibility for the incident.
  • sabotage: An Iranian nuclear facility appears to have been the target of sabotage, and a previously unknown self-declared dissident group calling itself the Homeland Cheetahs claimed responsibility, The New York Times and BBC News reported on Thursday.
  • dissident: An Iranian nuclear facility appears to have been the target of sabotage, and a previously unknown self-declared dissident group calling itself the Homeland Cheetahs claimed responsibility, The New York Times and BBC News reported on Thursday.

How California went from success story to virus hot spot

  • populace: Health experts say no single thing went wrong, but contributing factors included a populace made complacent by a long stretch of positive trends, the rapid reopening of businesses, a confusing patchwork of local rules and enforcement, and Newsom's late adoption of a mandatory mask rule, on June 18.
  • complacent: Health experts say no single thing went wrong, but contributing factors included a populace made complacent by a long stretch of positive trends, the rapid reopening of businesses, a confusing patchwork of local rules and enforcement, and Newsom's late adoption of a mandatory mask rule, on June 18.
  • plaudits: A data-driven governor, Newsom earned plaudits for issuing the nation's first statewide stay-at-home order in mid-March and rapidly moving to shore up the statewide heath care system.
  • loathe: The first-term Democrat has been loathe to admit any mistakes during the pandemic, saying all of his decisions were based on the best information available at the time, always in consultation with public health officials.
  • consistency: Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retailers Association, said her organization that represents grocery chains, big box stores and others, had long requested more consistency.

How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden

  • entomology: As researchers specializing in plantpathology and entomology, we have devoted our careers to understanding and managing plant pests and pathogens.
  • insect: We are also gardeners with varying levels of experience and have seen firsthand the damage these insects and disease-causing agents can inflict.
  • harvest: Plant health is essential for seeing your garden succeed all the way to harvest.
  • pest: Crowding can contribute to disease and pest outbreaks, so check and follow recommendations on seed packs or online as you add and move plants throughout the season.
  • cull: You can always cull plants after they come up to help with spacing.

Robert E. Lee statue becomes epicenter of protest movement

  • pedestal: The giant concrete pedestal of the statue is now covered by colorful graffiti, with many of the hand-painted messages denouncing police and demanding an end to systemic racism and inequality.
  • occurrence: Clashes between police and protesters gathered near the statue have become a regular occurrence.
  • pedestal: On Wednesday and Thursday, work crews used giant cranes, harnesses and power tools to remove imposing statues of Gen. Stonewall Jackson and Navy officer Matthew Fontaine Maury from their pedestals as hundreds of onlookers cheered.
  • raucous: At the Lee statue, a new vibe has emerged alongside the raucous atmosphere of protests, one that is more reminiscent of the hippie love and peace festivals of the 1960s.
  • grass: Each day, hundreds of people of all ages and races visit the statue, located on a busy traffic circle and surrounded by grass.

Malawi country profile

  • quixotic: For the first 30 years of independence Malawi was run by an authoritarian and quixotic President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, but democratic institutions have taken hold since he relinquished power in the mid-1990s.
  • relinquish: For the first 30 years of independence Malawi was run by an authoritarian and quixotic President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, but democratic institutions have taken hold since he relinquished power in the mid-1990s.
  • subsistence: Most Malawians rely on subsistence farming, but the food supply situation is precarious because of the climate.
  • agitate: Hastings Kamuzu Banda agitated for independence from Britain and became President for Life.

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

  • benevolence: When psychologists lumped values into ten categories and asked people what was more important, benevolence or kindness, comes out on top, beating hedonism, having an exciting life, crea t ivity, ambition, tradition, security, obedience, seeking social justice and seeking power, said University of London psychologist Anat Bardi, who studies value systems.
  • medial: He said studies point to certain areas of the brain, the medial prefrontal cortex, temporal parietal junction and other spots as either activated or dampened by emotional activity.
  • temporal: He said studies point to certain areas of the brain, the medial prefrontal cortex, temporal parietal junction and other spots as either activated or dampened by emotional activity.
  • junction: He said studies point to certain areas of the brain, the medial prefrontal cortex, temporal parietal junction and other spots as either activated or dampened by emotional activity.

Michel Barnier blames UK's lack of respect as Brexit talks break up early

  • divergence: Michel Barnier accused British trade negotiators of a lack of respect after Brexit talks ended a day early on Thursday amid " serious divergences" between the UK and the EU.
  • intransigence: Mr Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, blamed British intransigence and a refusal to engage in negotiations for the lack of progress in this week's round of talks, which had been meant to close on Friday.
  • divergence: However, after four days of discussions, serious divergences remain.

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

  • entice: The indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, included counts of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
  • perjure: She was also accused of perjuring herself during a deposition in a civil lawsuit over alleged abuse.
  • deposition: She was also accused of perjuring herself during a deposition in a civil lawsuit over alleged abuse.
  • entice: T hrough this process, Maxwell and Epstein enticed victims to engage in sexual activity with Epstein.
  • magnate: Maxwell is the daughter of a British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, who died in 1991 after falling off his yacht near the Canary Islands.

The lockdown death of a 20-year-old day trader

  • brokerage: The tragic episode highlights the dark side of the recent boom in retail trading and the offerings from online brokerages — such as free trading, options, cheap debt and the ability to buy small slices of stocks— which have lured more investors to the markets.
  • akin: Some observers worry the new class of e-brokers have helped turn the experience into something akin to a video game, with constant updates about profits and losses and social media fuelling the frenzy.
  • boon: The surge in retail trading has been a boon to brokerages.
  • brokerage: The surge in retail trading has been a boon to brokerages.
  • double: Schw ab, ETrade and Interactive Brokers together added 1.5m new accounts in the first five months of the year, nearly double the amount for the same period in 2019.

DC mayor caught between activists, police in funding battle

  • sting: Cotton lumped Bowser in with the late Marion Barry, a former mayor who was caught on video smoking crack cocaine in a 1990 FBI sting.
  • usurp: In the early days of the protests, Bowser publicly sided with the demonstrators as Trump usurped local authority and called in a massive federal security response.
  • resurgent: Now that struggle moves into the district's decision-making corridors as Bowser finds herself caught between the D.C. Council, street pressure from a resurgent activist community and her own police department.
  • facade: Goggans, the local Black Lives Matter organizer, dismissed the budget dispute as a facade, saying that the proposed cuts amount to far less than they seem.

Rolling Stones warn Trump not to use their songs - or face legal action

  • desist: In a statement released on Saturday, representatives for the group said that " further steps to exclude " Mr Trump from using Rolling Stones material in future presidential campaigning was necessary after previous " cease and desist directives" had been ignored.
  • desist: Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Rolling Stones, seen here in 2019, said " cease and desist " requests were ignored.
  • desist: Earlier this month, the family of rock musician Tom Petty issued a cease and desist letter to the Trump campaign over the unauthorised use of his song I Won't Back Down at the Tulsa rally.

Li Zhensheng: Photographer of China's cultural revolution

  • negative: When he was eventually accused of counter-revolutionary activities in 1968, his flat was ransacked by the authorities but the negatives remained undiscovered.
  • cerebral: The 79-year-old died earlier this week of cerebral haemorrhage in the US, said his Hong Kong publisher, the Hong Kong University Press.
  • emblazon: He noticed that the Red Guards- militant students- were getting access to photograph anything they wanted, so he decided to make an armband emblazoned with the words " Red-colour news soldier ".
  • negative: We will be forever grateful to Li for having risked so much to doggedly preserve his images at a time when most of his colleagues agreed to allow their politically' negative negatives' to be destroyed," said Pledge.

'The love letter to my neighbourhood that helped me flee my country'

  • impudence: I miss the impudence of the roosters at dawn and the eloquence of the cats at dusk.
  • eloquence: I miss the impudence of the roosters at dawn and the eloquence of the cats at dusk.
  • sick: He spent his first month feeling sick, unused to the cold Argentinian winters, and had no leads for job interviews.

Malawi opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera wins historic poll rerun

  • heal: The Pentecostal preacher and former theology lecturer will first have to heal a nation that's been through many months of political turmoil.
  • annul: In February, Malawi's constitutional court annulled Mr Mutharika's victory in the May 2019 election, citing vote tampering.
  • tamper: In February, Malawi's constitutional court annulled Mr Mutharika's victory in the May 2019 election, citing vote tampering.
  • annul: It is the second African nation to annul a presidential election over irregularities, after Kenya in 2017.
  • tamper: Mr Chakwera, who came second in that election, argued that tallying forms had been added up incorrectly and tampered with.

Spanish colonial monuments fuel race strife in US Southwest

  • venerate: As statues and monuments associated with slavery and other flawed moments of the nation's history come tumbling down at both the hands of protesters and in some cases decisions by politicians, the movement in the American Southwest has turned its attention to representations of Spanish colonial figures long venerated by some Hispanics but despised by Native Americans.
  • ancestry: Meanwhile, Latinos in other southwestern states often identify as Mexican American or mestizo, a mixture of Spanish and Native American ancestry.
  • deface: In California, people have been defacing Serra's statues for years, saying the Spanishpriest credited with bringing Roman Catholicism to the western United States forced Native Americans to stay at the missions after they were converted or face brutal punishment.
  • sordid: Albuquerque City Councilor Cynthia Borrego, who is Hispanic, acknowledged the sordid aspects of history during a city-sponsored prayer and healing event prompted by the protests.

Russia Offered Afghans Bounty to Kill U.S. Troops, Officials Say

  • mechanics: The officials did not describe the mechanics of the Russian operation, such as how targets were picked or how money changed hands.
  • spate: Though coalition troops suffered a spate of combat casualties last summer and early fall, only a few have since been killed.
  • theorize: Some officials have theorized that the Russians may be seeking revenge on NATO forces for a 2018 battle in Syria in which the U.S. military killed several hundred pro-Syrian forces, including numerous Russian mercenaries, as they advanced on an American outpost.
  • outpost: Some officials have theorized that the Russians may be seeking revenge on NATO forces for a 2018 battle in Syria in which the U.S. military killed several hundred pro-Syrian forces, including numerous Russian mercenaries, as they advanced on an American outpost.
  • poison: The unit is linked to the March 2018 nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury, England, of Sergei Skripal, a former GRU officer who had worked for British intelligence and then defected, and his daughter.

Trump bruised as polls favour Biden – but experts warn of risk of dirty tricks

  • queue: States are seeking a massive expansion of mail-in ballots so people do not have risk their health by queuing and voting in person.
  • ineligible: Republicans are also reportedly aiming to recruit up to 50,000 people in 15 key states to serve as poll watchers and challenge the registration of voters they believe are ineligible.
  • complacency: Scarred by 2016, Democrats know their greatest threat could be complacency, especially among younger voters who might decide to stay at home on a rainy day and not get around to voting.

American jailed in Spain was unwitting drug mule, US says

  • dupe: Though Spanish authorities are dubious, the U.S. Justice Department has advised Spain that it believes Stemberger was duped into acting as a drug mule for a West Africa criminal network, and has asked the country for evidence it's gathered, according to correspondence obtained by The Associated Press.
  • defraud: A Justice Department attorney told Spanish authorities the emails show Stemberger concerned about being defrauded, undergoing uncomfortable travel conditions and having to pay for travel.
  • rope: As his family works to prove his innocence, even Stemberger, who passed his 50th wedding anniversary in jail, has come around to the idea that he was roped into a scam, his son said.