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NYC inspectors only discovered an apartment was split into 9 illegal micro-units because a tenant ha...

  • tenant: NYC inspectors only discovered an apartment was split into 9 illegal micro-units because a tenant happened to open the door when they arrived.
  • tenant: The tenants who were living in the units have been offered relocation assistance from the Red Cross.
  • hazard: Tenants living in truncated windowless dwelling units like this poses an extreme hazard to their safety, as well as the safety of their neighbors, and first responders," Rudansky told Insider in a statement.
  • landlord: Dangerous living conditions like this cannot be tolerated in our city, and we are holding these landlords accountable for their egregious failure to keep the building safe and livable for tenants.
  • tenant: Dangerous living conditions like this cannot be tolerated in our city, and we are holding these landlords accountable for their egregious failure to keep the building safe and livable for tenants.

Cathay flight attendant says fired over Facebook posts on HK protests

  • summarily: A flight attendant on Friday accused Cathay Pacific of summarily firing her over Facebook posts linked to Hong Kong's political crisis, adding to concerns about a China-driven witch-hunt to root out pro-democracy supporters at major firms.
  • summarily: On Friday, Rebecca Sy, who worked for the airline's regional arm Cathay Dragon and is also a union leader, said she was pulled off a rota to fly to China and summarily dismissed the next day on August 21.
  • vituperative: Cathay Pacific became of the focus of China's vituperative social media after some airline staff joined a pro-democracy strike, including the union representing the carrier's flight attendants.

Canada halts Hong Kong consulate staff travel after UK case

  • resident: This photo provided by Wilson Li shows Simon Cheng Man-kit, second from left, a resident of Hong Kong.
  • judicial: The case is stoking fears that Beijing is extending its judicial reach to semi-autonomous Hong Kong.
  • violate: China said this week Cheng had been placed in administrative detention for 15 days for violating public order regulations.
  • consulate: China said Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, Cheng, a staffer at the British consulate in Hong Kong, has been given 15 days of administrative detention in the neighboring mainland city of Shenzhen for violating regulations on public order.
  • violate: China said Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, Cheng, a staffer at the British consulate in Hong Kong, has been given 15 days of administrative detention in the neighboring mainland city of Shenzhen for violating regulations on public order.

Brown bear that is killing livestock and startling hikers in Italy's Dolomites is wanted, dead o...

  • disembowel: Since escaping the enclosure in a wildlife sanctuary in the province of Trentino on July 15, it has been slowly moving northwards, disemboweling a cow and encountering hikers.
  • alive: Brown bear that is killing livestock and startling hikers in Italy's Dolomites is wanted, dead or alive.
  • raid: A bear that is raiding beehives, attacking livestock and startling hikers in the Dolomite mountains of Italy is now wanted dead or alive.
  • alive: A bear that is raiding beehives, attacking livestock and startling hikers in the Dolomite mountains of Italy is now wanted dead or alive.
  • capture: It had been captured just a few hours before after being identified as a problem bear which posed a threat to farm animals.

Iran ready to work on French nuclear deal proposals, does not want war: foreign minister

  • tomorrow: There are proposals on the table, both from the French and the Iranian side, and we are going to work on those proposals tomorrow," he said.
  • fraught: Adding to the fraught mood, British forces seized an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar in July then Iranian Revolutionary Guards detained a British vessel in the Gulf.
  • commodity: Several international merchant vessels have been attacked in the Gulf in recent months in incidents that have rocked global commodity trading.
  • exaggerate: Western military analysts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, though concerns about its long-range ballistic missile program contributed to Washington last year leaving the nuclear deal.

Banks condemn Hong Kong violence in newspaper adverts

  • financial: HSBC said maintaining the rule of law was " essential to Hong Kong's unique status as an international financial centre ", adding "they fully support the ambition to resolve the present situation peacefully ".
  • condemn: We strongly condemn violence of any kind and the disruption caused to the communities in which our customers, staff and shareholders live," HSBC said in the advert.
  • violence: We strongly condemn violence of any kind and the disruption caused to the communities in which our customers, staff and shareholders live," HSBC said in the advert.
  • shareholder: We strongly condemn violence of any kind and the disruption caused to the communities in which our customers, staff and shareholders live," HSBC said in the advert.
  • publish: The HSBC advert was published in Chinese in the Hong Kong Economic Times, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Sing Tao, Wen Wei Pao and Ta Kung Pao.

Are mass shootings a 'mental illness problem'? Experts say the link is vastly overstated

  • compliant: The data shows this law is working, is fully compliant with HIPAA?
  • stigma: Mental health professionals encourage everyone to reach out for help when they need it, but stigma surrounding mental illness is often a major deter rent, especially for veterans, soldiers, law enforcement officers and others who believe that getting help might cost them their careers.
  • accrue: Nothing in the statute addresses how long the state will maintain the mental health records it accrues as a result of the legislation.
  • involuntary: No attempt on the data has occurred in the past six years, nor has there ever been one on the federal involuntary confinement database in the decades since 1968, per state officials.

Hong Kong police in standoff with protesters after sit-in

  • flood: The black-clad protesters flooded earlier into Yuen Long station to commemorate the July 21 rampage by a group of men suspected of organized crime links, in what was a shocking escalation of the city's summer of protest.
  • commemorate: The black-clad protesters flooded earlier into Yuen Long station to commemorate the July 21 rampage by a group of men suspected of organized crime links, in what was a shocking escalation of the city's summer of protest.
  • syndicate: They say some of those arrested have triad links, referring to organized crime syndicates.
  • assailant: The assailants, all clad in white in contrast to the protesters ' black, swung wooden poles and steel rods, injuring 45 people.
  • consulate: Also Wednesday, China said a staffer at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been given 15 days of administrative detention in the neighboring mainland city of Shenzhen for violating regulations on public order.

Single-use plastics banned in Nepal's Everest region

  • municipality: The ban will take effect in the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu municipality from January 2020.
  • plastic: All plastic drinking bottles and plastics of less than 30 microns in width will be banned in the province.
  • effect: Khumbu Pasang Lhamu receives tens of thousands of tourists every year, and the government is introducing more and more measures to limit the effect they have on the area.
  • climb: Earlier in 2019 at least 11 people died or went missing on the peak, of a record 885 people who attempted to climb Everest this climbing season.
  • ban: Trekking companies, airlines and the Nepal Mountaineering Association will work with local officials to enforce the ban.

Take the deal, President Trump. Eighteen years is enough. It's time to leave Afghanistan.

  • theocracy: Furthermore, the Taliban have indicated that their goals are to be again the dominant force in Afghan society and to restore their previous male-controlled theocracy notorious for oppressing women.
  • oppress: Furthermore, the Taliban have indicated that their goals are to be again the dominant force in Afghan society and to restore their previous male-controlled theocracy notorious for oppressing women.
  • waffle: Trump seems to be waffling a bit under pressure from a national security community that has had almost 18 years to get things right but has failed.

The Family: 'Raised in a doomsday cult, I entered the real world at 15'

  • foliage: Tucked away in their home on the shores of Australia's Lake Eildon, behind heavy foliage and barbed wire, seven children in matching outfits and bleached blonde haircuts were finishing their morning hatha yoga practice when they heard a commotion on the stairs.
  • commotion: Tucked away in their home on the shores of Australia's Lake Eildon, behind heavy foliage and barbed wire, seven children in matching outfits and bleached blonde haircuts were finishing their morning hatha yoga practice when they heard a commotion on the stairs.
  • stiletto: Aunties" held children's heads under water and hands above candles to the point of burning, while Anne, when she wasn't away travelling, sometimes beat them with her stiletto heels.
  • divulge: Lying in bed that first night away from Lake Eildon, Ben combed through everything he had said that day, making sure he had divulged nothing that could get him in trouble.
  • repentance: Seeing her create a lie, perpetuate a lie and damage people... I knew that she was probably beyond what we call repentance," he says.

'Nightmare' hand statue looms over New Zealand city

  • spectator: One spectator told Newshub that the " Lovecraftian" sculpture left her " deeply uncomfortable and perplexed ".
  • resident: However, residents of its previous home don't seem too sad to see the back of Quasi: " So glad it's gone from Christchurch," many on Facebook comment.
  • weigh: The relocation of the five-metre tall (16 feet) sculpture, which weighs 400kg ( 880 pounds), has stirred up a mixture of revulsion and civic pride in New Zealand's capital.
  • caption: Image copyright Don Arnold Image caption The artist Ronnie van Hout is known for his thought-provoking and disturbing work.
  • caption: Image copyright TV New Zealand Image caption The giant hand will stare out across Wellington for at least three years.

Hong Kong: Timeline of extradition protests

  • government: On 3 April, Hong Kong's government introduced plans for changes to a legislation that would for criminal suspects to potentially be extradited to China.
  • violence: During the violence that Sunday, one protester was injured in her eye- it remains unclear how- becoming a symbol of the protest movement.
  • judicial: Critics say the plan will erode the city's judicial independence.
  • headquarters: On 9 June, an estimated one million people marched to the government headquarters to show they were against the proposed bill.
  • suspect: On 3 April, Hong Kong's government introduced plans for changes to a legislation that would for criminal suspects to potentially be extradited to China.

The White House quietly appointed a new China director who could rattle Beijing and make a US-China ...

  • alternate: Abbas is the executive director of the Campaign for Uyghurs advocacy group and former high school student of Iltebir's father, Abdulhekim Baqi Iltebir, a late Uighur intellectual who lived in the US. (Uyghur is an alternate spelling.
  • spill: While her attitude toward China is not yet known, her appointment is likely to cause further friction between Washington and Beijing over human rights issues, which could spill over onto their protracted trade war.
  • protract: While her attitude toward China is not yet known, her appointment is likely to cause further friction between Washington and Beijing over human rights issues, which could spill over onto their protracted trade war.
  • oppress: Read more:This map shows a trillion-dollar reason why China is oppressing more than a million Muslims.
  • qualified: She is the most qualified person with her academic backgrounds," Abbas told Business Insider.

U.S. issues warrant to seize Iran oil tanker 'Grace 1' after Gibraltar judge orders its rele...

  • shipment: Authorities suspected it of violating European Union sanctions on oil shipments to Syria.
  • shipment: Its seizure aggravated fears of a conflict in the Persian Gulf, where Iran claims control of the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway for oil shipments.
  • destination: Gibral tar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said he had received " written assurances" from Iran that its tanker would not seek to travel to a destination that is subject to EU sanctions.
  • collide: The Islamic Republic is still holding the " Stena Impero," claiming it failed to stop after colliding with an Iranian fishing boat.
  • sabotage: Iran has also seized other foreign oil tankers and the U.S. blames Tehran for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone as well as a series of sabotage attacks on ships operating in the Persian Gulf.

Democrats cross the racial Rubicon with Trump

  • stipulate: By labeling Trump a white supremacist, Democrats are stipulating that the president and anyone who supports him is a modern incarnation of Nathan Bedford Forrest.
  • conformity: In contrast to the strict conformity demanded by Democrats, most Republicans openly criticize Trump and cringe at his inflammatory language.
  • inflammatory: In contrast to the strict conformity demanded by Democrats, most Republicans openly criticize Trump and cringe at his inflammatory language.
  • enlighten: When your divisive language is portrayed as truth-telling and your Manichean world view is cast as enlightened community-building you are free to use any means necessary.
  • repulsive: Which raises the question: If the Democrats win in 2020, how can they lead a nation, in which, they say, nearly half the people embrace repulsive views?

Small protests in Moscow for free elections

  • circumvent: In a move to circumvent restrictions by the authorities, activists took turns to hold protest signs as such demonstrations do not technically need approval.
  • plastic: They stand accused of offences including throwing plastic water bottles at police officers.
  • baton: At previous events police have used batons and grabbed people from the streets indiscriminately.
  • tolerate: The Communists are tolerated by the Kremlin and veteran leader Gennady Zyuganov has said the party will not support the liberal opposition's protest.

Why Nora's family may never know the truth behind her mysterious death

  • ravine: Nora was found by volunteer searchers, without clothes and lying in a sleeping pose, in a stream in a ravine near a remote jungle waterfall 1.5 miles from the resort.
  • perilous: The Quoirins have openly expressed their gratitude to the 350 local volunteers and police officers who fanned out across the perilous terrain, in hot and humid conditions, to search for their child.
  • eloquent: Still, throughout their ordeal the Quoirins have remained dignified in their gratitude to the Malaysian search team and eloquent in their grief.

The Only Thing Jeffrey Epstein’s Broken Bone Proves

  • fracture: Had Jeffrey Epstein been only twice as old as histeenage victims, his hyoid bone would have remained so flexible that a fracture would have been a much stronger indication he had been strangled.
  • fracture: A hyoid bone fracture would not likely have been caused by resuscitation efforts.
  • resuscitation: A hyoid bone fracture would not likely have been caused by resuscitation efforts.
  • fracture: Signs of hemorrhaging as the surrounding neck muscle is cut away alert the forensic pathologist to the possibility of a fracture.
  • fracture: Lesser fractures also are usually detectable by visual examination, the pathologist said.

Trump news: Impeachment support swells as president forced into rare apology after hurling abuse at ...

  • overweight: Trump news: Impeachment support swells as president forced into rare apology after hurling abuse at overweight supporter.
  • overweight: Impeachment support swells as president forced into rare apology after hurling abuse at overweight supporter.
  • cure: Hillary Clinton and Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar respectively, took credit for an Obama-era law, pledged to cure AIDS and praised state representative Al Baldasaro, who once called for Mrs Clinton to be shot.
  • slate: Mr Trump was slated to hold a meeting with his top foreign policy officials on Friday, where they were to discuss a potential peace agreement with the Taliban.

Cathay Pacific's torrid week ends with shock CEO resignation

  • torrid: Cathay Pacific announced the shock resignation on Friday of its CEO Rupert Hogg, compounding a torrid week for the Hong Kong carrier after it was excoriated by Beijing because some staff supported pro-democracy protests.
  • ensnare: The 72-year-old airline has been left reeling after it became ensnared in the hardening of rhetoric from the communist mainland over ten weeks of anti-government protests that have plunged Hong Kong into crisis.
  • indignation: Fired up by the thunderous state media articles, China's heavily censored social media platforms lit up with indignation from people vowing never to fly Cathay again.
  • censure: Shukor Yusof, founder of aviation consultancy Endau Analytics in Malaysia, said Cathay's censure was a warning to other companies that Beijing will not tolerate dissent.

North Korea snubs peace talks with South Korea over war drills

  • snub: North Korea snubs peace talks with South Korea over war drills- BBC News.
  • snub: North Korea snubs peace talks with South Korea over war drills.
  • juncture: President Moon said the goal of achieving denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula was at its" most critical juncture ", as talks between North and South appear deadlocked.
  • preposterous: The North Korean spokesman describes the South Korean president as " shameless" and his remarks on reunifying the Korean peninsula as so preposterous they would " make the boiled head of a cow laugh ".
  • snub: This is a cruel snub for a South Korean leader who helped facilitate talks between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Kashmir: A priority for British Asians?

  • protest: Riz Ali, 34, travelled for about three hours from Peterborough to be at the protest.
  • descent: However, the tensions don't affect his everyday social life, or relations with British Asians of Indian descent.
  • adamant: Razaq Raj, a lecturer from Leeds, whose parents are from the Pakistan-administered Kashmir, says the political crisis is not divisive in his daily life- but is adamant that he will not buy Indian products.
  • descent: Neelam Heera, 30, from Huddersfield, is of Indian Sikh descent.
  • revocation: Kashmir was plunged into an unprecedented lockdown this month, following the revocation of Article 370, the constitutional provision which gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir special dispensation to make its own laws on everything apart from matters of foreign affairs, defence and communications.

Armed forces in Kashmir are detaining children and molesting women and girls amid a state-wide black...

  • blackout: Armed forces in Kashmir are detaining children and molesting women and girls amid a state-wide blackout, report claims.
  • curfew: Kashmir is in its 11th day of a state-wide curfews and a total internet and phone blackout.
  • blackout: Kashmir is in its 11th day of a state-wide curfews and a total internet and phone blackout.
  • abduct: A group of economists and activists published a report Wednesday saying that security forces in the region have abducted hundreds of boys in midnight raids and detained them.
  • raid: A group of economists and activists published a report Wednesday saying that security forces in the region have abducted hundreds of boys in midnight raids and detained them.

Hong Kong protests: Brand 'witch hunt' takes over Chinese internet

  • condemn: Many commenters condemned the brand while others accused it of being " two faced " and for profiting from Chinese money while disregarding Chinese sovereignty.
  • abide: China's state media propaganda machine is running at full speed to counter the anti-Beijing voices, and many Chinese social media users are now involved in an online hunt for international companies seemingly not abiding by the " one country, two system " principle, which states that while Hong Kong enjoys " a high degree of autonomy " it is part of China.
  • disregard: Many commenters condemned the brand while others accused it of being " two faced " and for profiting from Chinese money while disregarding Chinese sovereignty.
  • apology: Donatella Versace, designer and chief creative officer of Versace, also issued a personal apology on Instagram: " Never have I wanted to disrespect China's National Sovereignty and this is why I wanted to personally apologize for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it may have caused.
  • apologize: Donatella Versace, designer and chief creative officer of Versace, also issued a personal apology on Instagram: " Never have I wanted to disrespect China's National Sovereignty and this is why I wanted to personally apologize for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it may have caused.

Viewpoint: Why Modi's Kashmir move is widely supported in India

  • viewpoint: Viewpoint: Why Modi's Kashmir move is widely supported in India- BBC News.
  • viewpoint: Viewpoint: Why Modi's Kashmir move is widely supported in India.
  • merger: This was no longer a call for an independent Kashmir or even for merger with Pakistan; it was a call for a caliphate.
  • ferocity: The events of 2016 had another impact- they brought the ferocity and trenchant rhetoric of Kashmiri separatism into the heart of demonstrations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by left-wing groups on campuses, media debates and public platforms across India.
  • intersect: While that has happened to some degree, it has also allowed separatist ideas to intersect with the causes being espoused by the radical left, as well as with a small yet susceptible section of young Indian Muslims.

Why Cathay Pacific changed its tune on Hong Kong protests

  • revert: Even after Hong Kong reverted to Chinese control in 1997, the airline continued to be the territory's flag carrier, maintaining a prestige that enhanced its home region's status.
  • cherish: And, while China is an economic powerhouse in its own right, Hong Kong's old role as an economic bridgehead to the West is becoming less cherished.
  • smooth: She agrees that the political ground is definitely shifting, with Hong Kong no longer the smooth and easy route into Chinese markets it once was.
  • perform: So, why did the carrier perform a U-turn so quickly?
  • improve: The regulator has also demanded a report from Cathay by 15 August on planned measures to " strengthen internal control and improve flight safety and securit y ".

Ex-Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev charged with murder

  • plot: Kyrgyzstan's former President Almazbek Atambayev has been charged with murder and plotting a government coup.
  • protege: The current president, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, had initially been a protege of Mr Atambayev but the two have since fallen out.
  • subpoena: Parliament stripped Mr Atambayev of his immunity in June so that he could be sent a subpoena to appear as a witness in a case involving the unlawful release of a Chechen crime boss in 2013.
  • unlawful: Parliament stripped Mr Atambayev of his immunity in June so that he could be sent a subpoena to appear as a witness in a case involving the unlawful release of a Chechen crime boss in 2013.

Man vs Wild: India reacts to Modi's Bear Grylls debut

  • spear: A trailer showing Mr Modi learning to make a spear went viral weeks earlier.
  • ridicule: Monday's episode sparked a huge discussion among Indian viewers on social media, drawing both admiration and ridicule.
  • fountainhead: One tweet even showed Grylls ' face photoshopped on to the body of a worker from the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is the ideological fountainhead of Mr Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP).

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka's controversial ex-defence chief eyes power

  • relinquish: Mr Rajapaksa said he had submitted documents to the US embassy in Colombo that stated his desire to relinquish his US citizenship.
  • rehabilitate: He said that about 13,000 Tamil rebels who were either captured or surrendered had been rehabilitated since the end of the war.
  • heal: There has been peace in the years since the war ended, allowing some of scars to begin to heal.
  • loathe: Sri Lanka's minority Tamils loathe Mr Rajapaksa but he's celebrated as a hero by many in the majority Sinhalese population, particularly hardliners.
  • volatile: He was known for his volatile temper, and many journalists were too scared to ask him tough questions, especially questions about alleged rights abuses committed by Sri Lankan security forces.

UPDATE 5-Hong Kong airport grinds to halt; China likens protests to terrorism

  • grind: UPDATE 5-Hong Kong airport grinds to halt; China likens protests to terrorism.
  • skirmish: The airport authority said it was working with airlines to resume flights from 6 a.m. on Tuesday, but the developments raised the stakes sharply after a weekend of skirmishes during which both activists and police toughened their stances.
  • closure: The precise trigger for the airport's closure was not clear, since protesters occupying the arrivals hall for four days have been peaceful.
  • baton: Hundreds of people returned to a subway station, where police had hit activists with batons, to protest against heavy-handed tactics.
  • protest: Hundreds of people returned to a subway station, where police had hit activists with batons, to protest against heavy-handed tactics.

British academics call on University of Hong Kong not to dismiss jailed law professor

  • nuisance: Benny Tai Yiu-ting, one of nine founders of the 2014 Umbrella movement, was sentenced to 16 months in prison in April over public nuisance charges related to his role in the mass protests that lasted for 79 days.
  • dismissal: Terry C. Halliday, a research professor at the American Bar Foundation, warned that a dismissal would also be a " disaster" for the university's global reputation.
  • disciplinary: The university is expected to schedule a disciplinary hearing after Tai's appeal, having said in April it would follow up on the court's decision in accordance with its internal procedure.
  • sociology: Another jailed founder of the 2014 movement, Chan Kin-Man was an associate professor of sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, but retired at the end of 2018 before he was tried.

Hong Kong Violence Intensifies During 10th Weekend of Protests

  • rubber: Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets at various locations-- including inside a metro station for the first time.
  • relinquish: The protests, sparked in June by a bill easing extraditions to the mainland, have evolved into the biggest challenge to Chinese control since the U.K. relinquished its former colony in 1997.
  • leak: They allegedly leaked information about the travel arrangements of a Hong Kong police soccer team, the South China Morning Post reported.

Brazil ex-billionaire Batista out of jail: officials

  • magnate: Appeals Court judge Simone Schreiber ruled earlier Saturday that the detention of the magnate once considered Brazil's richest man " violated the Constitutio n... and the principle of presumption of innocence.
  • emblem: An emblem of Brazil's boom years, Batista amassed a fortune with investments in mining and oil that in 2012 put him in seventh place on the Forbes magazine list of the world's wealthiest people.
  • amass: An emblem of Brazil's boom years, Batista amassed a fortune with investments in mining and oil that in 2012 put him in seventh place on the Forbes magazine list of the world's wealthiest people.

Myanmar Battles Rising Floodwaters after Landslide Kills 52

  • wreckage: Hundreds of soldiers, firefighters and local rescue workers were still pulling bodies and vehicles out of the muddy wreckage of Paung township on Sunday.
  • satellite: About two-thirds of the state's Ye township remained flooded, an administrator said, as drone footage showed only the tops of houses, tree branches and satellite dishes poking above the waters.
  • swim: Families realized they had to leave in the early hours Sunday, packing possessions into boats, rowing towards higher ground or swimming away.
  • muffle: The heavy rains muffled their pleas but a boat happened to pass by and gave them a ride.

'A cricket machine with a human interior'

  • crease: Some England fans wore masks of Smith's face at Edgbaston, mocking him for his emotional news conference following the ball-tampering scandal- Smith says he wasn't even aware of the jeers that greeted his arrival at the crease.
  • bowler: Indoor cricket taught Smith to flick off his stumps to the leg side, a trait that exhausts England bowlers to this day.
  • proficiency: His proficiency against spin may have started with a shaved-down bat against a composite ball that skidded or skipped up on paving stones in his backyard, meaning he had to watch carefully out of the hand and off the surface.
  • centurion: When Smith was asked at Edgbaston why he added an elaborate flourish to some of his leaves, fellow centurion Matthew Wade jumped in.
  • bowler: Perhaps most telling was bowler James Pattinson, who said that, while he was impressed, he wasn't surprised.

The mystery of screaming schoolgirls

  • pandemonium: It was a quiet Friday morning last July when pandemonium broke out at a school in north-east Malaysia.
  • outburst: Siti's outburst triggered a powerful chain reaction that ripped through the school.
  • frantic: Within minutes students in other classrooms started screaming, their frantic cries ricocheting through the halls.
  • hysteria: By the end of the day, 39 people were deemed to have been affected by an outbreak of " mass hysteria ".
  • hysteria: Mass hysteria, or mass psychogenic illness, as it's also known, is the rapid spread of physical symptoms such as hyperventilation and twitching among a substantial group of people- with no plausible organic cause.

Some 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims scale Mount Arafat

  • repetition: Mount Arafat (Saudi Arabia) (AFP)- Nearly 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims converged on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia Saturday marshalled by tens of thousands of stewards in a bid to prevent any repetition of previous years ' deadly stampedes.
  • climb: Raising their palms skywards, the pilgrims set off on the climb to the summit where they held prayers to atone for their sins in a ritual that is regarded as the high point of the annualhajj.
  • atone: Raising their palms skywards, the pilgrims set off on the climb to the summit where they held prayers to atone for their sins in a ritual that is regarded as the high point of the annualhajj.
  • brave: Clutching brightly coloured umbrellas, pilgrims first braved the blazing sun and then heavy downpours that many welcomed as a blessing.
  • compatriot: Uddin, who works in the Saudi city of Jeddah less than 90 kilometres (55 miles) from Mecca, says he is happy to see so many of his compatriots among the pilgrims.

Thousands defy crackdown in Moscow's biggest protest for years

  • smoke: Until that point the rally had largely passed without major incident, apart from isolated police detentions and a smoke grenade set off nearby.
  • raid: Masked men raided her office and the police said they had information she and other activists were plotting a " provocation" at Saturday's rally.
  • plot: Masked men raided her office and the police said they had information she and other activists were plotting a " provocation" at Saturday's rally.
  • provocation: Masked men raided her office and the police said they had information she and other activists were plotting a " provocation" at Saturday's rally.
  • shelter: Throngs of protesters, sheltering from rain under umbrellas, chanted " freedom for political prisoners " and" Russia will be free ".

Inside Kashmir's lockdown: 'Even I will pick up a gun'

  • hustle: The paramilitary police try to hustle us away but the man wants to be heard.
  • underpin: Mr Malik is furious that India has revoked Kashmir's special status- which gave it a significant degree of autonomy and underpinned the region's relationship with the rest of India for decades- without consulting the state's people.
  • afoot: Everyone in Kashmir by then knew something was afoot, but of the dozens of people I spoke to, no-one expected Delhi would go this far and unilaterally revoke part of the constitution.
  • audacious: The same question is repeated in every part of Srinagar- in homes, on the streets, in the sensitive old city areas that the locals call " downtown", and in the southern district of Pulwama, home to the militant who carried out the audacious suicide bombing targeting the security forces in February that brought India and Pakistan close to war.

Hong Kong: China bans Cathay Pacific staff seen to support protests

  • coincide: Beijing's demand coincided with a peaceful rally at Hong Kong's airport, where thousands occupied a terminal.
  • franchise: A Taiwanese bubble tea franchise- Yifang- and a popular Japanese sports drink were also targeted by boycott campaigns.
  • leaflet: Activists waved banners written in different languages denouncing Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, and the police, and handed out leaflets with artwork explaining the recent protests.
  • epidemic: We 've experienced Sars and financial crises," she told reporters after the meeting, referring to the respiratory disease epidemic in 2003.
  • condone: If you are unsatisfied with the Hong Kong government that does not mean you should condone the violence.

Trump’s Tax Returns Are Essential Reading

  • undue: In addition, the judiciary has generally been protective of the First Amendment right to choose candidates without undue restriction.
  • penchant: Longstanding political norms that guard against corruption are under pressure from a president with flagrant conflicts of interest and a penchant for unethical behavior.
  • lapse: Other state officials and watchdog groups are rightly pursuing the president for financial misconduct, tax violations, ethical lapses and much else.
  • contender: One task of parties is to screen presidential contenders for the public, keeping dangerous or unworthy office seekers out of the candidate pool.

UPDATE 4-Thousands protest in Indian Kashmir over new status despite clampdown

  • abrogate: His Hindu nationalist-led party has long campaigned for abrogating Kashmir's special privileges in the constitution, which it sees as an appeasement to Muslims and a hindrance to its own development.
  • hindrance: His Hindu nationalist-led party has long campaigned for abrogating Kashmir's special privileges in the constitution, which it sees as an appeasement to Muslims and a hindrance to its own development.
  • diplomat: On Friday, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said China was gravely concerned about the situation in Kashmir, the cause of two of three wars between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.
  • gravely: On Friday, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said China was gravely concerned about the situation in Kashmir, the cause of two of three wars between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.
  • safeguard: Wang met Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Beijing and assured him that China would continue to support Pakistan to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Black women deserve better from Kamala Harris. Don't take our vote for granted

  • disdain: When Senator Kamala Harris announced a student loan cancellation plan over the weekend, it was roundly, and justifiably, met with disdain.
  • shallow: Instead of championing substantial debt relief, which would significantly close the black-white wealth gap, Harris seems to prefer shallow virtue-signaling to black voters.
  • moderation: While she may be able to make distinctions between herself and Joe Biden on civil rights, her brand of economic moderation is in some ways more dangerous.

Malaysians row over plans for Arabic calligraphy lessons

  • compulsory: Malay-language lessons are compulsory in all schools and the khat lessons are also meant to enhance students ' knowledge of the history, art and heritage of the language, the ministry said.
  • compulsory: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jawi has been used for centuries in Malaysia and it was compulsory in schools until 1966.
  • dilapidated: Politicians in Sabah and Sarawak, which have to cater for students in very remote areas, have called on the ministry to focus on more important issues, such as the dilapidated state of some schools, and asked to be given greater autonomy over their education policies.

India hails 'historic' Kashmir rule as Pakistan, China slam move

  • divisive: India's Hindu nationalist government on Tuesday hailed " historic" legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct control but Pakistan and China challenged the divisive move, sending tensions soaring between the nuclear neighb ours.
  • soar: India's Hindu nationalist government on Tuesday hailed " historic" legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct control but Pakistan and China challenged the divisive move, sending tensions soaring between the nuclear neighb ours.
  • autonomous: New Delhi stripped Kashmir of its seven-decade-long autonomous status via a presidential decree on Monday, hours after imposing a massive security lockdown in the state to quell any unrest.
  • decree: New Delhi stripped Kashmir of its seven-decade-long autonomous status via a presidential decree on Monday, hours after imposing a massive security lockdown in the state to quell any unrest.
  • quell: New Delhi stripped Kashmir of its seven-decade-long autonomous status via a presidential decree on Monday, hours after imposing a massive security lockdown in the state to quell any unrest.

The Latest: China concerned with rising tension over Kashmir

  • entirety: Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says India and Pakistan, which both claim the Himalayan region in its entirety, should practice restraint and avoid taking unilateral action to " change the status quo and escalate tensions.
  • exempt: India's lower house of Parliament ratified a bill presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist-led government to revoke a longstanding constitutional provision that made Kashmir exempt from some Indian laws and gave its residents hereditary rights to land, educational scholarships and public sector jobs within the region.
  • hereditary: India's lower house of Parliament ratified a bill presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist-led government to revoke a longstanding constitutional provision that made Kashmir exempt from some Indian laws and gave its residents hereditary rights to land, educational scholarships and public sector jobs within the region.
  • anger: Imran Khan says he fears that Kashmiri people, angered over India's decision to strip the region of its special status, could launch an attack on Indian security forces and that New Delhi could blame Pakistan for it.
  • restive: Thousands of troops were deployed to the restive region amid fears the government's steps could spark unrest.

Missouri abbey: 8 priests credibly accused of abusing kids

  • monastery: "On behalf of the monks of Conception Abbey, I offer my unconditional apology to all victims and their families affected by the evil of clergy sexual abuse," the Right Rev. Benedict Neenan, the Roman Catholic monastery's abbot, said in a statement on its website.
  • abbot: "On behalf of the monks of Conception Abbey, I offer my unconditional apology to all victims and their families affected by the evil of clergy sexual abuse," the Right Rev. Benedict Neenan, the Roman Catholic monastery's abbot, said in a statement on its website.
  • abbey: David Clohessy, volunteer leader of Missouri Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said the group doubts that the abbey's list is complete.

Amy McGrath calls out Sen. Mitch McConnell for posting a photo of her name on a tombstone

  • tombstone: Amy McGrath calls out Sen. Mitch McConnell for posting a photo of her name on a tombstone.
  • tombstone: McGrath called McConnell out on Twitter on Monday after his campaign Twitter account posted a photo of tombstones Saturday.
  • headstone: One of the headstones, among others inscribed with " socialism" and" Green New Deal," bore McGrath's name.
  • inscribe: One of the headstones, among others inscribed with " socialism" and" Green New Deal," bore McGrath's name.
  • tombstone: Team Mitch's original tweet included a picture of him smiling and the picture of the fake tombstones stuck in the ground near two Team Mitch campaign signs and a 'Matt Bevin for Governor ' sign.

Hong Kong protesters and opponents battle in old communist stronghold

  • course: Armed with wooden poles and ransacked road signs, pro-democracy protesters and their opponents fought an extraordinary battle on a Hong Kong street, exposing deep ideological fault lines coursing through the city.
  • demonstrator: The shocking scenes-- captured on film-- showed the demonstrators fighting back against the men, pelting them with traffic cones and even turning their aggressors ' weapons against them.
  • thoroughfare: Cars, including taxis and a Mercedes-Benz, were also caught up in the melees as both sides fought over street fencing dividing the thoroughfare.
  • smash: The men were eventually chased away, with protesters smashing the windows of a nearby building where they believed some of the attackers had taken refuge as a man inside brandished a meat cleaver.
  • brandish: The men were eventually chased away, with protesters smashing the windows of a nearby building where they believed some of the attackers had taken refuge as a man inside brandished a meat cleaver.