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Iraqi Kurds turn to Zoroastrianism as faith, identity entwine

  • ruin: In a ceremony at an ancient, ruined temple in northern Iraq, Faiza Fuad joined a growing number of Kurds who are leaving Islam to embrace the faith of their ancestors-- Zoroastrianism.
  • ancestor: In a ceremony at an ancient, ruined temple in northern Iraq, Faiza Fuad joined a growing number of Kurds who are leaving Islam to embrace the faith of their ancestors-- Zoroastrianism.
  • conversion: During Fuad's conversion ritual in Darbandikhan, near the Iranian border, a high priest and his assistants wore white clothes representing purity and recited verses from the Zoroastrian holy book, the Avesta.
  • clothes: During Fuad's conversion ritual in Darbandikhan, near the Iranian border, a high priest and his assistants wore white clothes representing purity and recited verses from the Zoroastrian holy book, the Avesta.
  • abide: The newcomer raised her hand and swore to abide by those three values and to protect nature, respecting water, air, fire, earth, animals and humans.

NYC, California sue Postal Service over smuggled cigarettes

  • contraband: Accepting and delivering contraband cigarettes is not only a health hazard for our citizens but a detriment to our state's economy," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.
  • detriment: Accepting and delivering contraband cigarettes is not only a health hazard for our citizens but a detriment to our state's economy," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.
  • thwart: Postal service officials ' failure to enforce the 2010 Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking law" thwarts each and every goal expressed by Congress in the statute," including its desire to stop terrorist organizations such as al-Qaida from benefiting from large profits produced by cigarettes distributed through the mail, the lawsuit said.
  • balloon: Prior to the law's passage, Congress was told internet vendors selling cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to U.S. buyers numbered about 40 in 2000, through it ballooned to over 500 by 2005.
  • quantity: They estimate the quantity from audits conducted last year by investigators at the John F. Kennedy International Mail Facility, the lawsuit said.

'Phony.' Donald Trump mocks 'emoluments' clause of U.S. Constitution that bans forei...

  • chide: Trumps remarks came as he was chiding Democrats for pushing back against his decision to host the G-7 at his Doral resort.
  • patronize: The suit challenged the financial benefits Trump has reaped from government entities patronizing his businesses while he is president, pointing in particular to government bookings at his Trump International Hotel, a few blocks from the White House.
  • sarcasm: Billionaire activist Tom Steyer mocked Trump in a tweet dripping with sarcasm.
  • impropriety: Breaking precedent: 'There's a perception of impropriety ': Former White House officials say Doral G-7 breaks precedent.

South Africa end Japan's Rugby World Cup run

  • superb: Television audiences and media interest has gradually increased after an impressive group-stage performance which included superb wins against Ireland and Scotland.
  • overpower: The Springboks overpowered Japan in a scrum and De Klerk's pass to Mapimpi found the left wing with plenty of room to run through Tamura and dive over in the corner.
  • numerical: No tries came of the numerical advantage, but Japan won a scrum penalty just to the left of the posts and the crowd exploded into cheers.
  • forward: South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus had stacked his side with strength up front, naming six forwards on the bench.
  • maul: The Sale scrum-half sprung through the hole created in the Japanese defence by a Springbok maul to score and Pollard landed the conversion.

Australia is debating a vast underground 'battery'

  • aqueduct: The technological wonder included seven power stations, 16 major dams, 145km of inter-connected tunnels and 80km of aqueducts.
  • labour: Over 100,000 men and women from more than 30 countries laboured for years.
  • ingenuity: A third of the workforce was Australian, and they, along with migrant muscle, built a symbol of national ingenuity and diversity.
  • gouge: For the exploratory excavations alone, 600,000 cubic metres of rock will be gouged from the land.
  • irritant: It's unclear if power bills- a constant irritant for many Australians- will fall when the giant storage unit is working.

Dior apologises for using China map without Taiwan

  • misrepresent: Christian Dior has become the latest foreign brand to apologise to China after it used a map that Beijing sees as misrepresenting its territory.
  • diligent: Christian Dior said it had done a " diligent investigatio n ", adding it would " seriously handle " the matter.
  • treasure: "Dior has always respected and upheld the principle of one China, strictly upholding China's rights and complete sovereignty, treasuring the feelings of Chinese citizens," it added.
  • animated: Earlier this week, Vietnam banned the animated movie Abominable over another map row.

I Have a Plan to Get North Korea to Give Up Its Nuclear Weapons

  • deter: If Kim shifts his strategy to focus on other military capabilities to deter an attack, he can negotiate away his nuclear program in exchange for a massive payout in economic benefits.
  • beneficial: This would prove more beneficial in the long run for North Korea as the true existential threat to the regime is more likely to come internally than from an outside attack.
  • existential: This would prove more beneficial in the long run for North Korea as the true existential threat to the regime is more likely to come internally than from an outside attack.
  • typical: The typical argument for why North Korea cannot give up its nuclear weapons is that the ruling party needs its demonstrated nuclear capability as a deterrent to ensure it does not face a forced regime change from a South Korean or U.S. attack.
  • typical: A typical suggestion, then, is that the key to North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons is security guarantees, primarily from the U.S. Guarantees could take the form of a peace treaty to formally end the war, normalized relations, or a series of more incremental measures.

The floodgates are opening as Trump officials publicly defy his orders and more whistleblowers come ...

  • leverage: Taken together, their revelations paint a damaging portrait of a concerted effort across the government to leverage US foreign policy in exchange for material that would personally benefit the president.
  • discredit: Trump also asked Zelensky to help discredit the FBI's finding that Russia secretly worked to help elect Trump.
  • defiance: In the weeks since, Trump officials have come out of the woodwork, in defiance of his and other top officials ' orders to stay silent, to offer their own testimony to lawmakers in the impeachment inquiry.
  • explosive: The most significant part of Volker's hearing was not his testimony but a series of explosive text messages he turned over to Congress.
  • predicate: Volker and Sondland also exchanged several texts in which they both expressed the understanding that a good relationship between Trump and Zelensky was predicated on the Ukrainian government pursuing " investigations" and" getting to the bottom" of what happened in 2016.

Dark web child porn bust leads to 338 arrests worldwide

  • reprehensible: Darknet sites that profit from the sexual exploitation of children are among the most vile and reprehensible forms of criminal behavior," U.S. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski said.
  • redeem: Users were able to redeem the digital currency in return for " points" that they could spend downloading videos or buying all-you-can watch " VIP" accounts.
  • euphemism: The NCA did not immediately return an email seeking clarification on the term, which is sometimes used as a euphemism for hacking.
  • subvert: Experts pointed to the bust as evidence that the trade in child abuse imagery could be tackled without subverting the encryption that keeps the rest of the internet safe.

Trump impeachment: State department official says he was sidelined by 'three amigos' as Whit...

  • corps: During testimony on Tuesday, politicians heard that the state department informed Ukraine of the shift in diplomatic responsibilities in June, and that the decision surprised some in the diplomatic corps at the time.
  • endeavour: He has also accused Mr Kent and Ms Yovanovitch of endeavouring to protect Mr Biden and his family.
  • bemoan: Trump uses St Louis Blues ' White House reception to bemoan impeachment.

Hong Kong chief abandons policy speech; protest leader hospitalised

  • seethe: The speech by chief executive Carrie Lam was billed as an attempt to win hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests.
  • abyss: So much has happened on Hong Kong's streets over the past four months but Lam has been either hiding in her abyss or acting like a wax figure," pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan told reporters.
  • clash: Recent requests by the group have been rejected, with more hardcore activists instead holding wildcat protests and quickly clashing with police..
  • inhibit: It is not hard to link this incident to a spreading political terror in order to threaten and inhibit the legitimate exercise of natural and legal rights," the CHRF said, adding Sham was conscious as he was taken to hospital.
  • quell: Willy Lam, a politics expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said Lam's speech would do little to quell protests which are fuelled by years of anger over sliding freedoms and the inability of Hong Kongers to elect their own leaders.

Ayodhya dispute: The complex legal history of India's holy site

  • pertain: A court case pertaining to the ownership of the land has been dragging on in the Supreme Court for years, but a verdict is expected next month.
  • litigant: The Hindu litigants are the Hindu Mahasab ha, a right-wing political party, and the Nirmohi Akhara, which is a sect of Hindu monks.
  • tenet: It affirmed the disputed spot was the birthplace of Lord Ram, that the Babri Masjid was built after the demolition of a Hindu temple and that it was not built in accordance with the tenets of Islam.

Russia Prepares the Way for Bashar al-Assad’s Brutal Endgame in Nothern Syria

  • gloat: Now, he stood gloating on a former U.S. military base.
  • facility: Shortly before U.S. troops withd rew, ISIS families still being detained at a nearby prison facility in Ain Aissa reportedly set fires throughout the camp in a renewed attempt to try to escape.
  • insistence: Despite the Turkish insistence to continue fighting, in reality the tide seems to be turning against Ankara and its proxies.
  • delay: However, the likely delay in achieving further Turkish gains will also give the Syrian regime a larger window to calmly mobilize and deploy its forces throughout the region while still being able to exploit the threat posed to the SDF by Ankara in order to slowly grab more power in northeastern Syria.
  • log: If you are clearing Manbij of terrorist organizations, then go ahead, you or the regime can provide all the log istics.

Some want to write Bernie Sanders off. But he proved he's still got it

  • succinct: He gave powerful, succinct summaries of his vision for the country.
  • moderator: He repeatedly brought up climate change unprompted, even though (shockingly) the debate moderators seemed to have no interest in the issue.
  • inane: He gave a solid answer to an inane final question about bipartisan friendships, pointing to the legislation he had passed by working with Republican colleagues ( and highlighting the little-acknowledged fact that he has a strong record as a pragmatic legislato r).
  • atrocious: Harris has generally been doing worse than some of us expected, possibly because she has no clear platform and is incapable of honestly accounting for her atrocious record.

Indian skyscrapers to be brought down in controlled implosions

  • implosion: Indian skyscrapers to be brought down in controlled implosions- BBC News.
  • implosion: Alfa Serene and three other buildings- which together house 343 flats and some 2,000 people- will be brought down in implosions later this month.
  • implosion: The residents had also fought through the courts- but their pleas went unheeded: the Kerala state government told the court last month that it would carry out the implosion in 90 days, leaving home owners disappointed, frustrated and scared for their futures.
  • ale: S ale of flats continued as buyers were not expecting the Supreme Court to leave us homeless overnight.
  • implosion: The buildings will be handed over to a demolition contractor who specialises in swift controlled implosions.

Turkey slams 'dirty deal' between Syria's Assad and Kurdish forces

  • onslaught: The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) struck a deal with Damascus over the weekend in order to win its protection against the Turkish onslaught.
  • offshoot: In recent days, we have seen US officials use their official powers to spread fake news about the situation in northern Syria and cover up crimes committed by the PK K's Syrian offshoot.
  • offshoot: Ankara says the YPG is a " terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan W orkers ' Party ( PK K), which has waged a bloody insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.

America's “Dauntless” Dive-Bomber Was a World War II Classic

  • aerial: World War II gave us many stories of aerial warfare, men and their machines fighting their way to victory and glory in the name of huma nity.
  • ordnance: That victory came about as a result of Allied airmen dropping ordnance onto the most important things the Axis countries owned, turning them into rubble or wreckage.
  • wreckage: That victory came about as a result of Allied airmen dropping ordnance onto the most important things the Axis countries owned, turning them into rubble or wreckage.
  • embroil: Most airpower enthusiasts of the day saw bombing in terms of large formations of huge multi-engined planes, fighting their way past hostile defenses to carpet an objective with bombs, the target being embroiled in the mess.
  • tenacity: Those battles were won by one small, tub by, and not terribly fast airplane, flown by men whose courage and tenacity are still a source of envy and wonder to historians of the period.

'Five Eyes' in the dark: Will Trump and Barr destroy trust in U.S. intelligence?

  • substantiate: The very fact that the top law enforcement official in the nation is personally involved in an outside-normal-channels outreach to allied nations in order to substantiate a largely debunked conspiracy theory could potentially damage critical U.S. intelligence relationships worldwide.
  • reticence: The result is likely to be greater reticence to share intelligence with us.
  • consternation: The Justice Department has confirmed that U.S. Attorney John Durham, whom Barr has named to lead the investigation, has accompanied him on some of these trips, which are provoking consternation bordering on alarm in several foreign capitals because they are taking place outside normal and carefully established intelligence-sharing channels.
  • border: The Justice Department has confirmed that U.S. Attorney John Durham, whom Barr has named to lead the investigation, has accompanied him on some of these trips, which are provoking consternation bordering on alarm in several foreign capitals because they are taking place outside normal and carefully established intelligence-sharing channels.
  • erratic: All aspects of U.S. national security policy seem subordinated to American domestic politics at the moment, and an erratic President Trump continues to spout provably false conspiracy theories even as he retains the power to declassify and release top secret intelligence on a whim.

Biden hopes to escape the shadow of Obama's immigration policies

  • contentious: When the debate concluded, Biden approached Ramos and had a conversation that a high-level Univision source with knowledge of the exchange described as contentious.
  • punitive: The bill, widely supported by Democrats at the time, is now viewed as a vehicle for making deportations easier, establishing the practice of deputizing local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law, and creating the punitive three- and 10-year bars, which prohibit reentry based on time spent in the country illegally.
  • concession: This was part of a pattern by Democrats, including Obama, to offer border security enhancements in hopes of winning concessions on legalizing undocumented immigrants.
  • legalize: This was part of a pattern by Democrats, including Obama, to offer border security enhancements in hopes of winning concessions on legalizing undocumented immigrants.
  • urgent: With Biden in the midst of a multicountry swing through Latin America, advisers recall the West Wing calling with an urgent directive: He had to sit down with the heads of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, known as the Northern Triangle countries, and deliver a stern warning that they should do as much as possible to stop migrants from coming to the U.S..

Uzbek wedding restrictions prompt backlash

  • lavish: The new regulations, which also apply to birthdays and funerals, come into force in January 2020, and are the latest in a long campaign by the authorities against public pressure on families to host lavish festivities that push them into debt.
  • deaf: His recommendation to cap the number of guests and singers fell on deaf ears, prompting the government to enforce the curbs.
  • lavish: We need to find out where people get the money for these lavish weddings, if they don't earn much.
  • feign: Try your own pocket," read one comment on the Troll .uz site's Instagram page, while another feigned sympathy with the senator- " her surprise is reasonable, as politicians should have ensured that the people have no money left at all by now ".
  • nuptial: Whatever the rights and wrongs of the curb on celebrations, one social-media commentator spoke for many when he wondered what Mr Hamroyev's nuptial feast was like.

At least 26 dead as Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan

  • burst: More than 100,000 rescuers-- including 31,000 troops-- were working through the night to reach people feared trapped after torrential rain caused landslides and filled rivers until they burst their banks.
  • levee: Rivers overspilled their banks at close to dozen locations-- including in central Japan's Nagano, where a levee breach sent water from the Chikuma river gushing into residential neighbourhoods, flooding homes up to the second floor.
  • awry: Military and fire department helicopters winched survivors from roofs and balconies in several locations, but in Fukushima one rescue went tragically awry when a woman died after falling from a chopper cradle.
  • smash: Hagibis smashed into the main Japanese island of Honshu on Saturday night as one of the most violent typhoons in recent years, with wind gusts of up to 216 kilometres ( 134 miles) per hour.
  • gust: Hagibis smashed into the main Japanese island of Honshu on Saturday night as one of the most violent typhoons in recent years, with wind gusts of up to 216 kilometres ( 134 miles) per hour.

Elizabeth Warren Is Jussie Smollett

  • complement: Elizabeth Warren has a moving story about being fired from a teaching job because she was pregnant, a story that perfectly complements her political narrative that she is the tribune and champion of those who have been treated unfairly by the powerful.
  • tribune: Elizabeth Warren has a moving story about being fired from a teaching job because she was pregnant, a story that perfectly complements her political narrative that she is the tribune and champion of those who have been treated unfairly by the powerful.
  • forthright: She was forthright in her account of the episode at earlier points in her life.
  • smear: The smear was transp arent, obvious even by the low standards of Newsweek.
  • fictitious: Newsweek has not apologized to Karen Pence, who had no connection at all to the fictitious events save that they were purported to have happened at her place of employment.

Protesters erect 'Lady Liberty' statue on Hong Kong mountain top

  • elicit: It was a regular feature at larger, more peaceful rallies this summer, eliciting cheers when it was wheeled in by volunteers and transported around the city on the back of a truck.
  • wheel: It was a regular feature at larger, more peaceful rallies this summer, eliciting cheers when it was wheeled in by volunteers and transported around the city on the back of a truck.
  • hardy: Named because its shape resembles the big cat, Lion Rock has been a symbol of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement for years with large banners demanding freedoms or criticising Beijing frequently unfurled by hardy protesters.
  • lantern: In September, during a mid-Autumn festival, hundreds of protesters gathered on Lion Rock and other peaks surrounding the city shining laser pens and lanterns.
  • infuse: Asked why they had chosen Lion Rock to be the statue's final journey, he said it was " a symbolic gesture to infuse a refreshed mindset for the fight for democrac y ".

Pro-Turkey rebels 'execute' 9 civilians in Syria: monitor

  • mercenary: Khalaf, 35, was " taken out of her car during a Turkish-backed attack and executed by Turkish-backed mercenary factions ", the political arm of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces ( SDF) said in a statement.
  • authenticity: The Observatory confirmed the authenticity of the videos but AFP could not independently verify them.
  • verify: The Observatory confirmed the authenticity of the videos but AFP could not independently verify them.
  • supervise: Later Saturday, the Syrian National Army, the banner under which the Ankara-allied former rebels fight, said it had ordered commanders to " continuously supervise combatants on the frontlines to prevent any abuse ".
  • disobedience: Perpetrators of possible abuses" would face the most severe sanctions and be brought to justice for military disobedience ", it said.

California power lines spark wildfires and prompt blackouts. Why not just bury them?

  • transmission: California has 25,526 miles of higher voltage transmission lines, and 239,557 miles of distribution lines, two-thirds of which are overhead, according to CPUC.
  • transmission: It also has about 18,000 miles of larger transmission lines, the majority of which are overhead lines.
  • utility: This week, the company's shares tumbled after a federal bankruptcy judge ruled that the utility no longer had the sole right to shape the terms of its reorganization.
  • conversion: If gas and telephone utilities share costs with electric companies, conversion costs can come down, but it all comes out of the customer's pocket eventually.
  • utility: Since 1967, the California Public Utilities Commission has had a rule requiring utilities to contribute funds to communities for utility conversion projects from overhead to underground infrastructure, paid for partially by ratepayers.

Exposed and under fire, Syria's Kurds may turn to Damascus

  • offshoot: Middle East analyst Jean-Pierre Filiu argued that the leadership of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan W orkers ' Party (PK K)-- of which the SDF is an offshoot-- was paying a price for two mis judgements.
  • relinquish: In comments published Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said Damascus was ready to welcome the Kurds back into the fold but stressed the government would not relinquish control over " a single pinch of dirt" in the war-torn country.
  • pinch: In comments published Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said Damascus was ready to welcome the Kurds back into the fold but stressed the government would not relinquish control over " a single pinch of dirt" in the war-torn country.
  • swallow: Turning to Assad might work to keep Turkey at bay, but it would be a bitter pill for the leadership of the SDF to swallow.
  • calm: Moscow on Thursday said it would " push to get contacts going between Damascus and Kurdish organisations" to calm the situation on Syria's northern border.

Silver-haired sit-in, face mask party protests planned for Hong Kong

  • indiscriminate: Whilst we may not be able to fight alongside the young protesters in the frontline against an unjust government, escalating police violence and indiscriminate arrests, we take it to heart to uphold the core values of Hong Kong and defend the future of our younger generations," it said in a statement.
  • obsolete: We, the old but not obsolete Silver-Haired Marchers, will be holding a press conference this Saturday Oct. 12 to announce a rally we are arranging.
  • express: Metro operator MTR Corporation said services would end at 10 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Saturday and the express train linking the airport with the city would not stop at stations in between from 3 p.m. local time.
  • landlord: Hong Kong's financial chief urged landlords and property developers on Friday to offer rent subsidies to retailers and food and beverage businesses.

AP Explains: Columbus, once immigrant hero, now heel to some

  • obscure: Columbus was an obscure figure until his adventures were revitalized in the 1800s.
  • theorize: He theorized that the distance between Spain's Canary Islands and Japan was only around 2,300 miles ( 3,701 kilometers) and felt he could sail west to reach Asia for a new sought-out route for spices.
  • crusade: Columbus convinced Spain's Queen Isabella to fund his voyage by promising that the riches he 'd collect would be used to finance a crusade to " reclaim" Jerusalem for Christians.
  • reclaim: Columbus convinced Spain's Queen Isabella to fund his voyage by promising that the riches he 'd collect would be used to finance a crusade to " reclaim" Jerusalem for Christians.
  • revolt: As indigenous populations revolted against brutal Spanish treatment, Columbus ordered a ruthless crackdown that included having dismembered bodies being paraded in public.

Judge blocks Trump immigration rule, calls it 'repugnant to American Dream'

  • aspire: NEW YORK (Reuters)- A U.S. federal judge in New York on Friday temporarily blocked a Trump administration rule that would deny residency to aspiring immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance, calling it " repugnant to the American Dream.
  • repugnant: NEW YORK (Reuters)- A U.S. federal judge in New York on Friday temporarily blocked a Trump administration rule that would deny residency to aspiring immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance, calling it " repugnant to the American Dream.
  • drastic: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule, if ultimately allowed to take effect, could be the most drastic of the Trump administration's hardline anti-immigration policies, experts have said.
  • injunction: Other U.S. judges issued similar injunctions elsewhere on Friday, including the Eastern District of Washington and the Northern District of California.
  • repugnant: It is repugnant to the American Dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility," Daniels wrote.

Greta Thunberg's fans are upset she didn't win the Nobel Prize, but a peace expert says she ...

  • contender: Greta Thunberg's fans are upset she didn't win the Nobel Prize, but a peace expert says she should have never been a contender.
  • snub: While Thunberg has remained silent about the snub so far, the Nobel Committee's selection has sparked an outcry on social media.
  • outcry: While Thunberg has remained silent about the snub so far, the Nobel Committee's selection has sparked an outcry on social media.
  • chastise: Morgan was poking fun at Thunberg's iconic speech at the United Nations General Assembly last month, in which she chastised world leaders who she said were looking to her for hope regarding climate change.
  • fan: Since Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel prize in March, her followers and fan base have continued to grow.

Aviation experts blast FAA over 737 MAX redesign approval: report

  • alteration: The Federal Aviation Administration failed to stick to its own rules, followed out-of-date procedures and lacked the manpower and expertise to properly oversee the alterations, a panel of worldwide experts found.
  • defer: The new report echoed AFP reporting showing company officials and the FAA knew about the issues with the flight handling system, but the US regulators deferred to Boeing and approved the MAX without independently studying or testing the flight system.
  • validate: A Boeing spokesman said the company appreciated the panel's work and" is committed to working with the FAA in reviewing the recommendations and helping to continuously improve the process and approach used to validate and certify airplanes going forward.

India pharma brothers arrested over '$330m fraud'

  • promoter: Shivinder Singh and Malvinder Singh, former promoters of the pharmaceutical giant Ran baxy, were once counted among the richest businessmen in India.
  • embezzle: The financial service firm, Religare Finvest, had filed a complaint alleging that the brothers had embezzled money it had loaned to companies related to them or their associates.
  • loan: The financial service firm, Religare Finvest, had filed a complaint alleging that the brothers had embezzled money it had loaned to companies related to them or their associates.

Why Starbucks? The brands being attacked in Hong Kong

  • franchise: While Starbucks may be a US brand, the Hong Kong franchise it is operated by a local company, Maxim's Caterers.
  • franchise: So protesters started directing their anger against Maxim's and the franchises it operates.
  • franchise: After there was confusion about a Facebook post- which some read as coded criticism of police- the operator of the Hong Kong franchise said he supported the police and government.
  • emigrate: Fujian is a Chinese province, from where many people have emigrated to Hong Kong over the years.
  • parlour: The parlour has released a statement saying they are not Fujianese and in fact support the protesters ' demands.

Turkey’s Invasion of Kurdish-Controlled Syrian Territory Stalls as Soon as It Starts, but for How Lo...

  • ardent: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina and normally an ardent supporter Donald Trump, has clashed repeatedly with the president over his eagerness to withdraw from Syria.
  • clash: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina and normally an ardent supporter Donald Trump, has clashed repeatedly with the president over his eagerness to withdraw from Syria.
  • restrain: Despite the efforts of the international community and the U.S. Congress to restrain Turkey, deep bitterness remained among the embattled Kurdish commanders, many of whom were frankly bewildered after years fighting and dying on the ground with U.S. support in the battles against ISIS.
  • bitterness: Despite the efforts of the international community and the U.S. Congress to restrain Turkey, deep bitterness remained among the embattled Kurdish commanders, many of whom were frankly bewildered after years fighting and dying on the ground with U.S. support in the battles against ISIS.
  • bewilder: Despite the efforts of the international community and the U.S. Congress to restrain Turkey, deep bitterness remained among the embattled Kurdish commanders, many of whom were frankly bewildered after years fighting and dying on the ground with U.S. support in the battles against ISIS.

Kashmir conflict: Are local elections amid lockdown a 'sham'?

  • infuse: BJP leaders say the elections will infuse fresh blood in the valley's restive politics, which have long been dominated by the People's Democratic Party ( PDP) and the National Conference.
  • restive: BJP leaders say the elections will infuse fresh blood in the valley's restive politics, which have long been dominated by the People's Democratic Party ( PDP) and the National Conference.
  • desert: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Streets are mostly deserted since the lockdown came into effect on 5 August.
  • barring: No cases have been registered against political leaders, barring Farooq Ab dullah," said Mr Raina.

Scratched images explore Australia's past

  • scorch: I constantly long for the Australian light, the weather that changes in a moment, the scorching sun and the bitter wind.
  • ferocious: I miss the ferocious Pacific Ocean and the vast wilderness of the landscape, which is still largely uncultivated.
  • disqualify: This story helped to unite the blended inhabitants and create a unified nation of new settlers but was fundamental in disempowering and disqualifying the achievements of Aboriginal people.
  • truthful: My own manipulation and distortion of the imagery is a part of my personal attempt at coming to terms with the history of the country, leaving my own individual trace within the image and uncovering and revealing a more truthful version of history.

Who are the Kurds? A Middle Eastern people with 'no friends but the mountains'

  • abrupt: President Donald Trump made an abrupt decision this week to withdraw U.S. troops from the border between Turkey and Syria, a move that cleared the way for Turkey to launch a military offensive Wednesday into Kurdish-controlled parts of Syria.
  • mountainous: The Kurds are an ethnic minority group found in the Middle East and in the mountainous Caucasus region between Europe and central Asia.
  • ridiculous: The U.S. president tweeted Monday that he had been elected on " getting out of these ridiculous endless wars," adding that " Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to figure out the situation.
  • exhort: There are also concerns that if Turkey attacks the SDF it could lead to further displacement of refugees and, perhaps more worryingly still, lead to a chaotic and dangerous situation for Kurdish-run detention centers that are holding thousands of captured Islamic State fighters and their families including Hoda Muthana, an American who exhorted Americans to commit mass murder and terror attacks.
  • decry: A reckless gamble ': Four reasons critics decry Trump's 'impulsive' Syria withdrawal.

White House, Democrats spar over rules for impeachment

  • illegitimate: In vowing to halt all cooperation with House Democrats ' impeachment inquiry, the White House on Tuesday labeled the investigation " illegitimate" based on its own reading of the Constitution's vague language.
  • hesitant: Courts have been historically hesitant to step in as referee for congressional oversight and impeachment.
  • referee: Courts have been historically hesitant to step in as referee for congressional oversight and impeachment.
  • reinstate: In that case, Walter Nixon, a federal district judge who was removed from office, sought to be reinstated and argued that the full Senate, instead of a committee that was established to hear testimony and collect evidence, should have heard the evidence against him.
  • collect: In that case, Walter Nixon, a federal district judge who was removed from office, sought to be reinstated and argued that the full Senate, instead of a committee that was established to hear testimony and collect evidence, should have heard the evidence against him.