It's fun and simple!
  1. Start by clicking on a news article below.
  2. Get help with TOEFL / SAT vocab words while reading.
  3. Take a quiz after you are done reading.
Want to use it on any web page anywhere?
  1. Add the ESL Reader bookmark to your browser.
  2. Go to any web page and click on the bookmark.
News / blog publishers:
Increase your traffic and user engagement using the ESL Reader Widget.

World News North America Europe Asia Latin America Mid-East Africa Live Dictionary API & Feeds About

Select Your Reading Level:   All Levels |  Easy (Simpler English) |  Medium (Intermediate) |  Hard (Advanced)

Mount Rushmore: Trump hosts 4 July celebration event amid criticism

  • landmark: The Mount Rushmore landmark was carved between 1927 and 1941, but the land it lies on- in the Black Hills of South Dakota- was taken from the indigenous Lakota Sioux by the US government in the 1800s.
  • culture: President Trump is expected to denounce " cancel culture ", and the toppling of monuments during recent anti-racism protests.
  • available: Masks will be available but not required, and social distancing will not be strictly enforced.
  • attend: A fireworks display will also be held at the pre-Independence Day event, which 7,500 people are expected to attend.
  • activist: Activists have long taken issue with the monument, which was created on land sacred to the Sioux tribe.

Nagaland dog meat: Animal rights groups hail ban as 'major turning point'

  • wet: On Thursday, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisation (FIAPO) said it was " hit by shock and horror at recent images" of dogs in " terrifying conditions, tied up in sacks, waiting at a wet market, for their illegal slaughter, trade, and consumption as meat ".
  • urge: The group urged Nagaland's government to enforce an immediate ban on selling dog meat.
  • remove: Earlier this year, the state of Mizoram took the first step towards ending the sale of dogs, by amending legislation to remove them from the list of animals suitable for slaughter.
  • ban: The government shared no further details about how it planned to enforce the ban.
  • illegal: Eating dog meat is illegal in parts of India, but some communities in north-eastern areas consider it a delicacy.

Coronavirus: UK government's quarantine-free list 'absurd'

  • require: The Foreign Office is expected to update its travel guidance on Saturday, including naming which countries will have a reciprocal arrangement with the UK and not require British visitors to quarantine on arrival.
  • reciprocal: Now we see a plan to let residents of 60 or more countries into England without any reciprocal arrangements.
  • treat: It is quite absurd the UK has seven times more cases of Covid-19 than Portugal so we think this is not the way in which allies and friends are treated.
  • absurd: It is quite absurd the UK has seven times more cases of Covid-19 than Portugal so we think this is not the way in which allies and friends are treated.
  • arrival: The Foreign Office is expected to update its travel guidance on Saturday, including naming which countries will have a reciprocal arrangement with the UK and not require British visitors to quarantine on arrival.

Hachalu Hundessa: 'My friend the hero who was gunned down'

  • hero: Hachalu Hundessa: 'My friend the hero who was gunned down '.
  • activist: He always fought for them- and during those times when many artists, activists and politicians fled the country, Hachalu stayed back raising issues that many would not dare to raise.
  • culture: He sang about culture, identity, unity, human rights and love among other things.
  • camera: BBC camera operator Amensisa Ifa, who was a friend of the musician's and had filmed an award-winning video with him, looks back on the days since he died.
  • ethnic: Image copyright Dagi Pictures Image caption Hachalu was proud to identify with his Oromo ethnic group.

Hachalu Hundessa: 'My friend the hero who was gunned down'

  • award: Amensisa's video for Hachalu's 2015 song Maalan Jira has won awards.
  • attend: Only a small number of mourners were able to attend the funeral.
  • funeral: Only a small number of mourners were able to attend the funeral.

Will Putin Really Return To The Kremlin in 2024?

  • legal: Although Putin now has the legal right to run for an additional two terms, some Russian political insiders and experts are not entirely convinced that he will opt to do so.
  • dismiss: The president also now has the ability to propose that the Federation Council dismiss senior judges, whereas under the old constitution, only fellow judges could make that recommen dation.
  • expert: Although Putin now has the legal right to run for an additional two terms, some Russian political insiders and experts are not entirely convinced that he will opt to do so.
  • constitution: The president also now has the ability to propose that the Federation Council dismiss senior judges, whereas under the old constitution, only fellow judges could make that recommen dation.
  • emerge: Although Russia initially succeeded in containing the spread of the disease, it later emerged as a global coronavirus hotspot, with 661,165 confirmed infections as of Thursday, according to a real-time database from Johns Hopkins University.

Coronavirus: Waiting for tourists on Spain's Costa del Sol

  • further: There's nobody at all sitting at the tables outside The Blarney Stone, a bar a little further along the seafront in Torremolinos.
  • quiet: Image caption The beach at Torremolinos is quiet for the moment.
  • sand: Some young men are playing football, and the two wardens ask them to move up the sand so parents and their children can play in the surf.
  • caption: Image caption Hand-sanitiser and social distancing await, as soon as the tourists arrive.
  • spread: Their job is to patrol Spain's southern coasts, gently reinforcing new rules to try to prevent any spread of Covid-19.

Coronavirus: Face mask exemption cards and other US claims fact-checked

  • immune: Masks may stop germs getting into your mouth or nose, so your immune system doesn't have to kick in, but this doesn't mean it is being suppressed," says Keith Neal, an infectious disease expert.
  • narrator: The narrator suggests Democratic politicians intentionally put the public in harm's way to increase the number of coronavirus fatalities and to stoke fear around the pandemic.
  • fraudulent: Now, the US Justice Department has put out a statement about " fraudulent cards" that purport to give the carrier an exemption from wearing a face mask in public.
  • criteria: There are clear criteria for reporting coronavirus cases in both countries, and people who enter hospital with an unrelated illness or injury aren't counted as a coronavirus case.
  • warn: The cards warn that businesses could be reported to this so-called agency.

Coronavirus: What makes a gathering a ‘superspreader’ event?

  • avoid: We asked Dr Abraar Karan, a physician and public health researcher at Harvard Medical School, to look at three different cases since the US outbreak began to understand how some events can shift from low to high risk, and how to avoid attending a superspreader event yourself.
  • outbreak: We asked Dr Abraar Karan, a physician and public health researcher at Harvard Medical School, to look at three different cases since the US outbreak began to understand how some events can shift from low to high risk, and how to avoid attending a superspreader event yourself.
  • risk: We asked Dr Abraar Karan, a physician and public health researcher at Harvard Medical School, to look at three different cases since the US outbreak began to understand how some events can shift from low to high risk, and how to avoid attending a superspreader event yourself.
  • attend: We asked Dr Abraar Karan, a physician and public health researcher at Harvard Medical School, to look at three different cases since the US outbreak began to understand how some events can shift from low to high risk, and how to avoid attending a superspreader event yourself.
  • precaution: Now months into the US coronavirus outbreak, safety precautions have become routine: stand 6ft ( 2 m) apart, wear a mask, and wash your hands.

Coronavirus: Japan's mysteriously low virus death rate

  • sense: It is a concept dating back to Japan's imperial era and denotes a sense of racial superiority and cultural chauvinism.
  • possible: He thinks it is possible a Sars-like virus has circulated in the region before, which may account for the low death rate, not just in Japan, but in much of China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South East Asia.
  • susceptibility: Professor Shibuya does not discount the possibility of regional differences in immunity or genetic susceptibility to Covid.
  • launch: These discoveries led to the government launching a nationwide campaign warning people to avoid the " Three Cs".
  • circulate: He thinks it is possible a Sars-like virus has circulated in the region before, which may account for the low death rate, not just in Japan, but in much of China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South East Asia.

The Latest: Trump to establish 'National Garden' of heroes

  • oppose: Trump has forcefully opposed efforts by protesters as well as by government officials to remove Confederate statues, monuments and other honors for American leaders who benefited from slavery.
  • further: Police wearing riot gear and holding shields moved in on the protesters from both sides and warned them to disperse but took no further action.
  • troops: Tow trucks pulled up behind the officers and troops to remove the vans.
  • icon: He led into the announcement by paying tribute to a litany of American icons, from political figures like Ulysses S. Grant and Frederick Douglass to entertainers like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
  • statue: The executive order released Friday by the White House says the garden will feature statues of several presidents as well as other historic notables, including Davy Crockett, Amelia Earhart, Billy Graham, Harriet Tubman and Orville and Wilbur Wright.

The UK buys a 45 percent stake in broke satellite startup OneWeb

  • necessitate: OneWeb says the company gives it a near-term commercial opportunity" t hrough its presence across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, where the terrain necessitates the use of satellite-based connectivity.
  • bankruptcy: A government-led consortium has won an auction for the satellite internet company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March as it sought a buyer.
  • constellation: Since early 2019, OneWeb has launched 79 of 650 planned 5G satellites for its initial constellation.
  • planet: Meanwhile, Bharti owns the third-largest mobile provider on the planet in Bharti Airtel, which has more than 425 million customers.
  • satellite: The UK buys a 45 percent stake in broke satellite startup OneWeb.

Alabama health officials can't verify 'COVID party' reports

  • quarantine: The Department of Public Health said people with COVID-19 are to remain in home quarantine and could be fined for violating quarantine.
  • quarantine: The Department of Public Health said people with COVID-19 are to remain in home quarantine and could be fined for violating quarantine.
  • research: The department thought the parties were rumors, but Smith said after some research, officials discovered they were real.
  • discover: The department thought the parties were rumors, but Smith said after some research, officials discovered they were real.
  • infect: Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith told the City Council on Tuesday that fire officials confirmed some students had attended parties despite knowing they were infected.

8-year-old killed, 3 injured in shooting at Alabama mall

  • suspect: Derzis said police are working promising leads, but did not say if they had identified suspects.
  • resident: He asked residents in the city to pray for the family.
  • pray: He asked residents in the city to pray for the family.
  • mistake: The mall in suburban Birmingham was the site of a 2018 police shooting where an officer fatally shot a Black man with a gun after mistaking him for the gunman in an earlier shooting at the mall.
  • site: The mall in suburban Birmingham was the site of a 2018 police shooting where an officer fatally shot a Black man with a gun after mistaking him for the gunman in an earlier shooting at the mall.

Epstein cohort's arrest becomes new test for plea deal

  • perform: The British socialite was arrested Thursday in New Hampshire on charges that she acted as a recruiter of underage girls for Ep stein, usually under the guise of hiring them to perform massages, and sometimes participated in his sexual abuse of the teens.
  • avoid: In court papers filed Thursday, prosecutors said she went into hiding after Ep stein's arrest last year and took steps to avoid detection before she was apprehended in New Hampshire.
  • guilty: The allegations against the couple date back many years, but Ep stein, for a while, appeared to have resolved them under a deal with federal and state prosecutors in South Florida in which he pleaded guilty to lesser state charges and served 13 months in jail and a work-release program.
  • crime: His lawyers said it prevented him from being charged with further crimes.
  • federal: The allegations against the couple date back many years, but Ep stein, for a while, appeared to have resolved them under a deal with federal and state prosecutors in South Florida in which he pleaded guilty to lesser state charges and served 13 months in jail and a work-release program.

Coronavirus: Air France set to cut more than 7,500 jobs

  • government: The French government has pledged billions of Euros to support Air France-KLM and the wider aviation industry as demand for travel has crashed as a result of coronavirus-related lockdown measures.
  • employee: Natural departures ", such as retirements and employees who leave of their own accord, are expected to make up about half of the reductions at Air France.
  • loan: Loans to Air France were contingent on the carrier scrapping some domestic flights in a bid to cut its carbon emissions.
  • contingent: Loans to Air France were contingent on the carrier scrapping some domestic flights in a bid to cut its carbon emissions.
  • crash: The French government has pledged billions of Euros to support Air France-KLM and the wider aviation industry as demand for travel has crashed as a result of coronavirus-related lockdown measures.

Former world leaders warn against Israel annexation plan

  • autonomy: The plan would establish a disjointed Palestinian state with limited autonomy in carved-up pockets of the remaining land.
  • endorse: The international community has endorsed a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 lines, with final borders to be worked out in negotiations.
  • violate: The United Nations, the EU and key Arab countries have all said annexation would violate international law and undermine the already diminished prospects of establishing a viable independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.
  • disjointed: The plan would establish a disjointed Palestinian state with limited autonomy in carved-up pockets of the remaining land.
  • establish: The plan would establish a disjointed Palestinian state with limited autonomy in carved-up pockets of the remaining land.

Coronavirus: Brazil's Bolsonaro waters down law requiring face masks

  • premise: The bill passed by the Chamber of Deputies included an article saying that masks had to be worn by people in " commercial and industrial establishments, religious temples, teaching premises and also closed places where people are gathering ".
  • pandemic: Listen to the man who resigned as Brazil's health minister as the pandemicworsened
  • acknowledge: He has refused to acknowledge the gravity of Brazil's Covid-19 outbreak, despite it having the world's second-highest numbers of cases and deaths.
  • veto: Congress has 30 days to overrule the vetoes by absolute majority vote.
  • gravity: He has refused to acknowledge the gravity of Brazil's Covid-19 outbreak, despite it having the world's second-highest numbers of cases and deaths.

Edouard Philippe: France's former PM faces probe into Covid-19 response

  • prime: Mr Philippe's future as prime minister had been in doubt for several weeks and he will now take up the post of mayor in Le Hav re, after winning the local vote on Sunday.
  • warn: On Friday evening, Mr Castex warned in a speech that " the health crisis is, unfortunately, not over" and that " the economic and social crisis is already here ".
  • attend: He attended the same elite university as Mr Macron and Mr Philippe and, like Mr Philippe, was previously a member of the right-wing Republicans party.
  • government: A court has launched an inquiry into the French government's handling of the coronavirus response.
  • government: The government has faced criticism over shortages of medical equipment during the pandemic.

Cop who stopped Elijah McClain fired over response to photos

  • reform: In several places, the chokehold has been banned and other police reforms passed after nationwide protests.
  • brain: He suffered cardiac arrest, was later declared brain dead and taken off life support.
  • launch: Aurora police launched an investigation last week after another officer reported the photos.
  • position: Aurora Officer Jason Rosenblatt tried to use a chokehold on the 23-year-old but couldn't because of his position, so another officer did, a report from prosecutors said.
  • arrest: He suffered cardiac arrest, was later declared brain dead and taken off life support.

Bounties Uproar Casts a Shadow Over a Rare Trump Foreign Policy Achievement

  • disaster: Now the uproar over U.S. intelligence showing that Russia paid bounties for the killings of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is renewing focus on a conflict that had drifted to the political back burner and turning what had been a qualified success story for the president into at least a short-term political disaster.
  • approve: On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee voted 45-11 to approve a bipartisan amendment to an annual defense authorization bill that would restrict funds for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan below the level of 8,000.
  • liberal: Bolton recounts numerous instances when Trump, making liberal use of expletives, asked his exasperated advisers when he could be finished with the country.
  • government: That is the minimum level that military commanders say allows them to prevent the Taliban and other radical fighters from overrunning the shaky, U.S.-backed Afghan government in Kabul.
  • foreign: For a president with few tangible foreign policy accomplishments under his belt, Afghanistan had come to look something like a bright spot.

Italy slams Egypt's stance on killing as 'punch in the face'

  • express: Fico, a leading member of the main party in Italy's coalition government, the populist 5-Star Movement, was expressing frustration that the discussions Italian prosecutors had with their Egyptian counterparts this week failed to elicit progress.
  • government: Fico, a leading member of the main party in Italy's coalition government, the populist 5-Star Movement, was expressing frustration that the discussions Italian prosecutors had with their Egyptian counterparts this week failed to elicit progress.
  • coalition: Tension over the case comes at a sensitive time for Conte's increasingly squabbling coalition.
  • elicit: Fico, a leading member of the main party in Italy's coalition government, the populist 5-Star Movement, was expressing frustration that the discussions Italian prosecutors had with their Egyptian counterparts this week failed to elicit progress.
  • lawmaker: Some Italian lawmakers have contended that the only progress so far in the case came after Italy temporarily yanked its ambassador to Egypt.

Iran says identifies cause of nuclear 'accident'

  • release: Tehran (AFP)- Iran's top security body said Friday it had determined the cause of an " accident" at a nuclear site but declined to release details, citing security reasons.
  • complex: The Islamic republic's nuclear body said the incident happened Thursday at a warehouse under construction at the complex in central Iran, saying it caused no casualties or radioactive pollution.
  • complex: Investigations by relevant bodies have accurately determined the cause of the accident at... Natanz nuclear complex," said a spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council, referring to one of the country's main uranium enrichment plants.
  • publish: Hours after the announcement on Thursday, IRNA published an editorial warning Iran's arch-foes against hostile actions, saying that unnamed Israeli social media accounts had claimed the Jewish state was behind the incident.
  • relevant: Investigations by relevant bodies have accurately determined the cause of the accident at... Natanz nuclear complex," said a spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council, referring to one of the country's main uranium enrichment plants.

Rideau Hall: Canada Armed Forces member faces 'multiple charges'

  • resolve: The RCMP said it is working closely with the Canadian Armed Forces to investigate the incident, which was resolved " quickly and safely ".
  • renovate: Mr Trudeau and his family, who are currently living at a cottage on the Rideau Hall estate while the prime minister's official residence is being renovated, were not at home at the time of the incident.
  • identify: They confirmed the suspect was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, but they did not identify him by name.
  • discuss: The RCMP would not discuss the nature of the conversation, as the investigation is ongoing.
  • suspect: Police confirmed the suspect had multiple weapons, though did not confirm the number or type.

White couple charged for threatening black family

  • excuse: She bumped me, and I said, 'excuse you'.
  • restaurant: Local Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the confrontation had stemmed from a " bump" at the entrance to a restaurant.
  • brandish: Ms Wuestenberg gets into her vehicle, driven by her husband Eric, 42, but the argument escalates and she reappears brandishing a gun and pointing it at Makayla and her mother.
  • arrest: Several people called the police and the couple were arrested, Sheriff Bouchard said.
  • confrontation: Local Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the confrontation had stemmed from a " bump" at the entrance to a restaurant.

Can Trump's anti-mail-voting crusade hurt him in key states?

  • hesitant: Some longtime GOP activists say expanded vote by mail is essential for older voters who are accustomed to voting in person but hesitant to during the pandemic and who are unfamiliar with the process.
  • intervene: Trump's campaign has intervened directly in Ohio, while allies have fired warning shots in Iowa and Georgia, aimed at blunting Republican secretaries of state in places that could be competitive in November.
  • register: Last week, after Iowa voters broke a 26-year-old statewide primary election turnout record, the Iowa Senate's GOP majority pressed to bar Secretary of State Paul Pate from sending absentee ballots to all 2 million registered voters this fall, as he did before the June 3 primary.
  • extensive: Trump has repeatedly made the unfounded claim that voting by mail could lead to fraud so extensive it could undermine the integrity of the presidential election.
  • dissonance: The rare dissonance between Trump and other Republican elected officials also reflects another reality the president will not concede: Many in his party believe expanding mail-in voting could ultimately help him.

Russian Orthodox Church defrocks coronavirus-denying monk

  • vaccine: The monk has described the vaccines being developed against COVID-19 as part of a global plot to control the masses via chips.
  • monastery: I 'm calling on all Orthodox believers to come to defend the monastery," he said in his latest video.
  • monastery: The police visited the monastery last month a day after Father Sergiy took over, but found no violations of public order.
  • rebellious: Facing stiff resistance by his supporters, church officials have appeared indecisive, lacking the means to enforce their ruling and evict the rebellious monk by force.
  • conflict: The top church hierarchy has avoided conflict with the monk until he openly defied the Kremlin and the Moscow Patriarchy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ethiopia's Nobel Winner Can't Rest on His Laurels

  • conflict: At a virtual meeting of the United Nations Security Council this week, Egypt warned of conflict if Ethiopia proceeds with plans to fill the dam.
  • deploy: Abiy deployed the military in the capital, and called for national unity.
  • occasion: On the most bizarre of these occasions, the government cited exam cheating as the reason.
  • dispute: Territorial disputes between Tigray and the region Ahmara are also expected to flare.
  • dam: Relations with Egypt are near breaking point over a giant Ethiopian dam project on the Nile.

Supermarkets snub coconut goods picked by monkeys

  • remove: A number of supermarkets have removed some coconut water and oil from their shelves after it emerged the products were made with fruit picked by monkeys.
  • emerge: A number of supermarkets have removed some coconut water and oil from their shelves after it emerged the products were made with fruit picked by monkeys.
  • fruit: A number of supermarkets have removed some coconut water and oil from their shelves after it emerged the products were made with fruit picked by monkeys.
  • treat: The animal rights group said pigtailed macaques in Thailand were treated like " coconut-picking machines ".
  • remove: Meanwhile, Morrisons said it had already removed products made with monkey-picked coconuts from its shelves.

Iraq sets up border posts to try to prevent Turkish advance

  • troops: The invading Turkish troops set up posts in the Zakho district in northern province of Dohuk, about 15 kilometers ( 9 miles) inside Iraqi territory, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the military operations.
  • launch: The recent incursion into Iraqi territory has drawn condemnation from Baghdad, which has summoned Ankara's ambassador to Iraq twice since the campaign was launched.
  • discuss: The invading Turkish troops set up posts in the Zakho district in northern province of Dohuk, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) inside Iraqi territory, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the military operations.
  • campaign: The recent incursion into Iraqi territory has drawn condemnation from Baghdad, which has summoned Ankara's ambassador to Iraq twice since the campaign was launched.
  • border: Iraq sets up border posts to try to prevent Turkish advance.

Sikh pilgrims in deadly Pakistan train crash

  • express: The crash, involving a Karachi-Lahore express train, happened on a level crossing near Sheikhupura, in Punjab province, police said.
  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption The van was taking Sikhs from a pilgrimage site back home to Peshawar.
  • pilgrimage: Image copyright AFP Image caption The van was taking Sikhs from a pilgrimage site back home to Peshawar.
  • site: Image copyright AFP Image caption The van was taking Sikhs from a pilgrimage site back home to Peshawar.
  • crash: The crash, involving a Karachi-Lahore express train, happened on a level crossing near Sheikhupura, in Punjab province, police said.

Putin orders amendments extending his rule into constitution

  • approve: Putin proposed amending the constitution in January and insisted on putting the language on his eligibility for office and the other topics up to a nationwide vote that wasn't legally required after the changes were approved by Russia's parliament and rubber-stamped by the country's Constitutional Court.
  • decree: According to a copy of the decree released by the Russian government on Friday, the amendments will come into force on Saturday.
  • lawmaker: Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, said Friday that lawmakers would start working on bills implementing the amendments immediately, without taking their traditional summer break.
  • parliament: Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, said Friday that lawmakers would start working on bills implementing the amendments immediately, without taking their traditional summer break.
  • postpone: The citizens ' vote was initially scheduled for April 22, but postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Civil rights leader Andrew Young says racism is based on fear

  • intelligence: I 've always been impressed with the level of intelligence, the kinds of questions that I get, sensitivity and awareness of most of those people in prison.
  • prison: I 've always been impressed with the level of intelligence, the kinds of questions that I get, sensitivity and awareness of most of those people in prison.
  • issue: Do you think that is still an issue in terms of wealth in this country and around the world?
  • telephone: You know, I say that, when I was working with Martin Luther King we hardly had telephones in most of the residences where we stayed.
  • recover: When we recover from this virus, with 40 million people out of work, we're going to need help from our trading partners around the world.

Coronavirus-denying Father Sergiy expelled by Russian Church

  • site: The former emperor and his family were thought to have been buried outside Yekaterinburg after their murders in 1918, near the Sredneuralsk site, and Fr Sergiy is seen as the figurehead of the shadowy " tsar worshipper" movement within the Church.
  • figurehead: The former emperor and his family were thought to have been buried outside Yekaterinburg after their murders in 1918, near the Sredneuralsk site, and Fr Sergiy is seen as the figurehead of the shadowy " tsar worshipper" movement within the Church.
  • monastery: Fr Sergiy has stated that church authorities " will have to storm the monastery " if they want him to leave.
  • rebel: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Orthodox Church clerics in Yekaterinburg passed judgement on the rebelpriest
  • allege: Some of the nuns considered administering beatings to be as routine as tending the horses or working in the refectory, they alleged.

The UK government to acquire satellite company OneWeb in deal funded in part by India's Bharti ...

  • inexpensive: The PNT navigation services extension would be an extension of OneWeb's existing mission, but theoretically, it's a relatively inexpensive way to leverage planned in-space assets to serve a second purpose.
  • constellation: Distressed satellite constellation operator OneWeb, which had entered bankruptcy protection proceedings at the end of March, has completed a sale process, with a consortium led by the UK Government as the winner.
  • constellation: OneWeb is a London-based company already, and its constellation can provide access to low latency, high-speed broadband via low Earth orbit small satell ites, which could potentially be a great resource for connecting UK citizens to affordable, quality connections.
  • bankruptcy: OneWeb, which has launched a total of 74 of its planned 650 satellite constellation to date, suffered lay-offs and the subsequent bankruptcy filing after an attempt to raise additional funding to support continued launches and operations fell through.
  • extension: The PNT navigation services extension would be an extension of OneWeb's existing mission, but theoretically, it's a relatively inexpensive way to leverage planned in-space assets to serve a second purpose.

Turkey fireworks: Deadly factory blasts trap workers

  • series: Almost 200 workers have been caught up in a series of explosions at a fireworks factory in north-west Turkey that has left at least two dead.
  • disaster: A dark plume of smoke billowed above the factory and the government's disaster agency described the blasts as an industrial accident.
  • explosion: Almost 200 workers have been caught up in a series of explosions at a fireworks factory in north-west Turkey that has left at least two dead.
  • explosion: Mr Erdogan said 189 people had been working at the site at the time of the explosions.
  • mayor: The local mayor, Turgut Babaoglu, said many of them had managed to escape the blasts, which began at around 11:15 ( 08:15 GMT).

Uganda boda boda rider sets himself on fire 'over bribe'

  • further: The president said in late June that they could lead to the further spread of the virus if allowed to transport people at this stage.
  • vehicle: He said the force's Professional Standards Unit would be looking into allegations that the officers were demanding bribes after vehicles were impounded for flouting lockdown restrictions.
  • release: Mr Walugembe reportedly became frustrated with the police after visiting the station several times to demand they release his bike.
  • seize: Hussein Walugembe's bike was seized in the south-western district of Masaka, about 135km ( 85 miles) from the capital, Kampala, on Monday.
  • transport: The president said in late June that they could lead to the further spread of the virus if allowed to transport people at this stage.

UN agency: North Europe radiation likely linked to reactor

  • risk: The agency stressed anew that the concentrations of the particles in the air were very low and posed no risk to human health or the environment.
  • environment: The agency stressed anew that the concentrations of the particles in the air were very low and posed no risk to human health or the environment.
  • territory: They said nothing on their territory had happened to explain their presence, as did more than 40 other countries that volunteered information to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • nuclear: Russia was among the countries that reported back to the IAEA after it contacted nuclear authorities across Europe to request information.
  • contact: Russia was among the countries that reported back to the IAEA after it contacted nuclear authorities across Europe to request information.

Iran declines to disclose cause of mysterious nuke site fire

  • release: However, a released photo and video of the site broadcast by Iranian state television showed a two-story brick building with scorch marks and its roof apparently destroyed.
  • scorch: However, a released photo and video of the site broadcast by Iranian state television showed a two-story brick building with scorch marks and its roof apparently destroyed.
  • community: Kashan is a nearby city once home to a large, historic Jewish community.
  • publish: Suspicion over the incident immediately fell on Israel, including in a commentary published by Iran's state-run IRNA news agency Thursday.
  • site: However, a released photo and video of the site broadcast by Iranian state television showed a two-story brick building with scorch marks and its roof apparently destroyed.

UN staff in Israel suspended over sex act video

  • react: The UN reacted with horror to the video and launched an investigation, which is focused on two workers from the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization ( UNTSO), which monitors military activity in Israel.
  • cavort: The United Nations has suspended two male workers without pay after a video emerged of them cavorting with a woman in a red dress inside a UN-marked vehicle as it cruised through Tel Aviv..
  • vehicle: The United Nations has suspended two male workers without pay after a video emerged of them cavorting with a woman in a red dress inside a UN-marked vehicle as it cruised through Tel Aviv..
  • origin: They could also be banned from taking part in UN peacekeeping work and after being repatriated to their countries of origin could face further investigation from the national authorities.
  • passenger: In the 18-second video clip, a woman is seen straddling a man in the back seat of the car, while another man dozes in the passenger seat as the vehicle drives past a beach in the Israeli city.

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

  • guarantee: Hong Kong's sovereignty was handed back to China by Britain in 1997 and certain rights were supposed to be guaranteed for at least 50 years under the " one country, two systems " agreement.
  • 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.
  • opponent: Opponents of the law say it erodes the territory's freedoms.

French PM Edouard Philippe resigns as Macron plans new team

  • struggle: Mr Macron's young LREM party has struggled to maintain the initial support it won from voters after his presidential victory in 2017.
  • unique: We have a relationship of trust that's in a way unique in terms of the French Republic," he said in his interview published late on Thursday.
  • prime: Under France's constitution, the prime minister is appointed by the president to run the government an co-ordinate its actions under policies set out by the president.
  • constitution: Under France's constitution, the prime minister is appointed by the president to run the government an co-ordinate its actions under policies set out by the president.
  • publish: We have a relationship of trust that's in a way unique in terms of the French Republic," he said in his interview published late on Thursday.

North Korea and US likely to resume talks whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden win 2020 election, China...

  • missile: Zhang believes that US policymakers have concluded it would be to Washington's advantage to let North Korea hold onto part of its nuclear arsenal and negotiate with Kim only on give up his long-range missiles.
  • regime: If a regime is struggling for survival, it may drag someone down with it," he said.
  • negotiate: Zhang believes that US policymakers have concluded it would be to Washington's advantage to let North Korea hold onto part of its nuclear arsenal and negotiate with Kim only on give up his long-range missiles.
  • weapon: One is to press on to force North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons completely, verifiably and irreversibly.
  • ancestor: We should bear in mind what our ancestors have taught us " make friends from afar and attack enemies who are near.

It Would Cost Trillions: The Day North Korea Collapses

  • imagine: There is great uncertainty about what Korean unification would look like, but one study by colleagues at CSIS looked at the economics of unification and concluded that it may not be as cumbersome as is typically imagined.
  • proxy: Using the reunification of Germany as a proxy, the Eastern part to this day receives cash injections.
  • cumbersome: There is great uncertainty about what Korean unification would look like, but one study by colleagues at CSIS looked at the economics of unification and concluded that it may not be as cumbersome as is typically imagined.
  • estimate: Estimates on how much reunification would cost South Korea range from 3 percent to 12 percent of its annual GDP over several decades.
  • colleague: There is great uncertainty about what Korean unification would look like, but one study by colleagues at CSIS looked at the economics of unification and concluded that it may not be as cumbersome as is typically imagined.

Redskins sponsor, FedEx, urges team to rebrand

  • site: The Washington-based team was the only one of the 32 NFL teams no longer listed in the site's index.
  • sever: Last week, 87 investment firms and shareholders wrote to FedEx, along with fellow Redskins ' sponsors Nike and PepsiCo, calling on the firms to sever ties with the Redskins, according to AdWeek.
  • connotation: 'Redskins' remains a de-humanising word characterizing people by skincolour and a racial slur with hateful connotations," the letter written to PepsiCo said.
  • investor: After pressure from investors, FedEx on Thursday added its voice to the calls.
  • communicate: We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name," it said in a statement.

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 ".
  • murder: Mohammed bin Salman is asked: "D id you order the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?
  • accuse: The other 18 defendants are accused of having suffocated Khashoggi, whose remains have not been found.

Modi visits military base close to China amid standoff

  • troops: According to Indian officials, Chinese troops atop a ridge at the mouth of the narrow valley threw stones, punched and pushed Indian soldiers down a ridge at around 4,500 meters ( 15,000 feet.
  • stretch: The disputed border covers nearly 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) of frontier that the two countries call the Line of Actual Control and that stretches from Ladakh in the north to the Indian state of Sikkim in the northeast.
  • information: Both India and China have provided little information officially, but media in the two countries have given large coverage to the escalating tensions, much of it replayed on television news channels and social media.
  • site: They say the soldiers ignored repeated verbal warnings, triggering a yelling match, stone-throwing and even fistfights in at least one place along the Pangong Lake, the site of several such confrontations in the past.
  • kilometer: The disputed border covers nearly 3,500 kilometers ( 2,175 miles) of frontier that the two countries call the Line of Actual Control and that stretches from Ladakh in the north to the Indian state of Sikkim in the northeast.

South Africa's hospitals bracing for surge of virus patients

  • risk: Everyone is at risk from the virus," he said.
  • especially: South Africa's health minister, Dr. Zwelini Mkhize, issued a sobering warning recently about an expected flood of cases, especially in urban centers as many return to work.
  • treatment: To increase its hospital capacity, South Africa has converted convention centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg, built wards in huge tents, and turned a closed Volkswagen car manufacturing plant into a 3,300-bed treatment center.
  • disease: For weeks Cape Town has been the country's epicenter of the disease, but Johannesburg is rapidly catching up.
  • patient: Its hospitals are now bracing for an onslaught of patients, setting up temporary wards and hoping advances in treatment will help the country's health facilities from becoming overwhelmed.

Nord Stream 2 Could Sever Transatlantic Ties

  • vulnerable: Once that goes online, the rest of Europe may become too dependent and therefore vulnerable to blackmail.
  • transatlantic: They like to play the reasonable side in transatlantic fights but deserve just as much blame as Trump and Congress for causing this mess.
  • relationship: It is now rending what little remains of their former relationship.
  • 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.

Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan dies

  • choreograph: Khan had an illustrious career that stretched four decades, and choreographed some of Bollywood's most iconic and popular songs.
  • innumerable: She choreographed thousands of songs, created innumerable hits, won a dozen prestigious awards and had millions of fans in India and globally.
  • prominent: Saroj Khan, one of India's most prominent choreographers, has died at the age of 71.
  • career: Khan had an illustrious career that stretched four decades, and choreographed some of Bollywood's most iconic and popular songs.
  • stretch: Khan had an illustrious career that stretched four decades, and choreographed some of Bollywood's most iconic and popular songs.