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Naomi Wolf accuses Australian MP of lying over Christmas tree story

  • shrill: She also accused Mr Taylor of deploying an " anti-Semitic dogwhistle" with his use of the phrase " shrill elitist voices" to described his student opponents.
  • accuse: Naomi Wolf accuses Australian MP of lying over Christmas tree story- BBC News.
  • accuse: Naomi Wolf accuses Australian MP of lying over Christmas tree story.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US author Naomi Wolf disputes Australian Energy Minister Angus Taylor's claims.
  • dispute: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US author Naomi Wolf disputes Australian Energy Minister Angus Taylor's claims.

Joe Biden said 'of course' he would consider Kamala Harris as his Vice President pick

  • lackluster: Harris closed the chapter on a 2020 candidacy that began with high expectations, but she struggled with reported tumult among the campaign's staff, low polling and lackluster fundraising.
  • strenuous: Biden also stated that he talked to Harris on Tuesday and clarified that he's " not good at keeping hard feelings" when asked about some of the strenuous moments the two had during the Democratic debates.
  • intellect: The former vice president appeared to be shocked Tuesday when learning of Harris leaving the race, calling her a " first rate intellect, a first rate candidate and a real competitor.

Typhoid vaccine 'works fantastically well'

  • resistant: Nine million children are being immunised in Pakistan, where typhoid is now extremely resistant to antibiotics.
  • contagious: Typhoid fever is caused by highly contagious Salmonella Typhi bacteria and spread through contaminated food and water.
  • complication: It causes fatal complications, such as internal bleeding, in one in 100 people.
  • vaccinate: Gavi is now paying for nine million children to be vaccinated and Sindh province will now become the first region in the world to add the vaccine to routine childhood immunisations.

North Korea's Kim in new horse ride through winter snows

  • supervise: Kim-- in a black leather trenchcoat he has worn recently to open a flagship construction project and supervise a weapons test-- was pictured leading a squad of riders in a white forest near Mount Paektu.
  • dormant: The mountain-- a dormant volcano on the border with China-- has great symbolic significance in the North as both the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation and, according to Pyongyang's orthodoxy, the birthplace of Kim's father Kim Jong Il.
  • volcano: The mountain-- a dormant volcano on the border with China-- has great symbolic significance in the North as both the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation and, according to Pyongyang's orthodoxy, the birthplace of Kim's father Kim Jong Il.
  • orthodoxy: The mountain-- a dormant volcano on the border with China-- has great symbolic significance in the North as both the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation and, according to Pyongyang's orthodoxy, the birthplace of Kim's father Kim Jong Il.
  • ubiquitous: Analysts say that pictures of Kim at Mount Paektu-- a physically dramatic location that is ubiquitous in North Korean imagery-- represent assertions of leadership and legitimacy, given the historical background.

Ethical hacking: The challenges facing India

  • leak: This meant that the personal details and health information of nearly two million users could have leaked.
  • patient: He was able to access details such as the patient's full name, address, age, mobile number, history of appointments made via the portal, patient ID, partial Aadhaar number ( a unique biometric identification numb er) and details of diseases ailing an individual.
  • queue: In 2015, the country launched the ORS health portal as an easy way for users to book online appointments and skip long queues at government hospitals.
  • patient: Image copyright AIIMS Image caption Mr Jain was able to fish out patient details of Delhi's AIIMS hospital.
  • tamper: It was a simple vulnerability where by tampering with the patient ID linked to a specific user on the portal, Mr Jain was able to gain access to medical and personal data of several others registered on ORS.

As Lungs Pay Cost of Dirty Fuels, UN Urges Action on Climate Health Risks

  • malaria: Those range from lung and heart problems caused by toxic air to deaths in storms and wil dfires, and the expansion of dengue, malaria, cholera and other diseases spread by mosquitoes and contaminated water.
  • cholera: Those range from lung and heart problems caused by toxic air to deaths in storms and wil dfires, and the expansion of dengue, malaria, cholera and other diseases spread by mosquitoes and contaminated water.
  • premature: According to the WHO, the burning of oil, gas and coal is responsible for two-thirds of the outdoor air pollution that causes about 4 million premature deaths each year.
  • shelter: FILE- Tourists hold umbrellas to shelter from the sun during a heat wave as they walk past the Colosseum, in Rome, July 26, 2019.
  • smoke: At the Madrid climate talks Tuesday, activists and aid agencies cited a rise in hospital emissions linked to smoke from Australia's recent bush fires.

Dua Mangi: Slut-shamed in Pakistan for being abducted

  • abduct: Dua Mangi: Slut-shamed in Pakistan for being abducted- BBC News.
  • kidnap: It's been three days since Dua Mangi was kidnapped from an affluent neighbourhood of Pakistan's biggest city Karachi, but there is still no trace of her.
  • abduct: Her friend Haris Soom ro, with whom she was walking down the street when she was abducted by four or five armed men, was shot and injured by one of the assailants when he tried to resist.
  • assailant: Her friend Haris Soom ro, with whom she was walking down the street when she was abducted by four or five armed men, was shot and injured by one of the assailants when he tried to resist.
  • kidnap: Image copyright Laila Mangi Image caption Dua Mangi has been missing since she was kidnapped on Saturday night.

Kashmir conflict: Pro-India politicians feel 'betrayed' by Modi

  • void: The latest move by Delhi has " wiped out the middle-ground held by Kashmiri politicians" and this void could be very well" filled by militants ", said Siddiq Wahid, a historian.
  • outcast: Mr Mir, who toiled for years to get people to vote for Kashmir's oldest political party, the pro-India National Conference, now feels like a total outcast in his own homeland.
  • incarcerate: It was stripped of its autonomy, split it into two federally-run territories, put under a lockdown, and most of the state's political leaders and workers, including those who have been loyal to India, were incarcerated.
  • magnet: "Our intention is that politicians do not engage in any activities that could serve as a magnet for violence, as it has been the case in the past.
  • reciprocate: Mr Ab dullah, whose family had been instrumental in tying Kashmir's future to Delhi, appeared on television before his detention and appealed to the people of India, saying he had stood with them and it was their time to reciprocate.

Absence of Team Trump at impeachment hearings is a damning argument in itself

  • partisan: The Trump administration has attacked the impeachment process as partisan and unprecedented, decried it for what the White House says is a lack of due process, and complained about the secretive ( or public) nature of the hearings.
  • decorate: The firsthand accounts of career diplomats, a senior Trump political appointee and a highly decorated Army officer are dismissed as merely conjecture and hearsay.
  • conjecture: The firsthand accounts of career diplomats, a senior Trump political appointee and a highly decorated Army officer are dismissed as merely conjecture and hearsay.
  • hearsay: The firsthand accounts of career diplomats, a senior Trump political appointee and a highly decorated Army officer are dismissed as merely conjecture and hearsay.
  • perjury: The charge that Clinton had committed perjury before a grand jury was easy to swat down because the president had ( finally) told the truth before that grand jury, admitting to an affair with a White House intern.

US lawyers who have had abortions file Supreme Court brief

  • eventual: The Supreme Court's deliberations will come in the middle of the 2020 presidential campaign-- and its eventual ruling will be the first significant decision on the hot-button issue since President Donald Trump appointed Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, shifting the court's balance to the right.
  • reprisal: Identifying myself publicly brings me fear of reprisal from my colleagues and my broader community in South Carolina, many of whom are deeply religious and against abortion," one woman said.
  • immeasurable: They were coming forward-- " some at immeasurable personal and professional cost"-- to ensure that women have " all that the Constitution and the Court have rightfully promised them," they said.
  • legalize: The Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973 but anti-abortion groups have made repeated efforts to roll it back since then.

Soldier stationed in Afghanistan raises thousands to bring home his buddy, Sully the cat

  • feral: I know from experience that a lot of these kittens are feral.
  • poison: Stubby, the terrier mutt, alerted soldiers to poison gas and incoming artillery shells in World War I. Tiddles the cat was on several British ships, logging over 30,000 miles at sea during his career.
  • artillery: Stubby, the terrier mutt, alerted soldiers to poison gas and incoming artillery shells in World War I. Tiddles the cat was on several British ships, logging over 30,000 miles at sea during his career.
  • shell: Stubby, the terrier mutt, alerted soldiers to poison gas and incoming artillery shells in World War I. Tiddles the cat was on several British ships, logging over 30,000 miles at sea during his career.
  • career: Stubby, the terrier mutt, alerted soldiers to poison gas and incoming artillery shells in World War I. Tiddles the cat was on several British ships, logging over 30,000 miles at sea during his career.

Indian engineer 'interested in space' helps Nasa locate debris of Delhi's crashed Moon r...

  • ascribe: The US space agency ascribed its success in detecting debris of the Vikram moon lander to Shanmuga Subramanian, a technical architect at Lennor India Technology Centre in Chennai, who took up the challenge in his spare time.
  • crash: Nasa added that Mr Subramanian had helped Nasa confirm the location of the debris by analysing images of the lander before and after it crashed.
  • crash: The Indian moon lander crashed on impact Credit: Isro Handout/EPA.
  • mineral: It consisted of the Vikram lander, a lunar orbiter, and the Pragyan lunar rover, and was scheduled to make its lunar touch down after a 48-day journey on 7 September to begin its investigative missions that included a search for water and the existence of other minerals.

White House hopeful Warren takes aim at unpredictable work schedules

  • model: The proposal is modeled after a bill that Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, introduced in Congress called the Schedules that Work Act, to require employers in the food service, retail, cleaning, hospitality and warehouse industries to give employees two weeks ' notice of their work schedules.
  • hospitality: The proposal is modeled after a bill that Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, introduced in Congress called the Schedules that Work Act, to require employers in the food service, retail, cleaning, hospitality and warehouse industries to give employees two weeks ' notice of their work schedules.
  • accede: If an employee seeks a change to accommodate caring for a family member, attend training or educational classes or a second job, employers would have to accede to the request unless they provide a " legitimate business reason" why not, according to a preview of the plan Warren detailed on the website Medium.

Russia says sisters should face trial for murdering abusive father despite outcry

  • abusive: Russia says sisters should face trial for murdering abusive father despite outcry.
  • abusive: MOSCOW (Reuters)- Russian authorities said on Tuesday that two sisters should face trial for the premeditated murder of their abusive father, despite calls for leniency in a case that has shone a spotlight on domestic abuse in the country.
  • leniency: MOSCOW (Reuters)- Russian authorities said on Tuesday that two sisters should face trial for the premeditated murder of their abusive father, despite calls for leniency in a case that has shone a spotlight on domestic abuse in the country.
  • knife: Three sisters- Krestina, Angelina and Maria Khachaturyan- are accused of killing their 57-year-old father Mikhail with pepper spray, a knife and a hammer while he was sleeping in July last year.

North Korea unveils town hailed as 'epitome of civilisation'

  • epitome: North Korea has officially opened a new town its media is calling the " epitome of modern civilisation ".
  • uncommon: It is not uncommon for local civilians to be " forced" to work on such projects, and locals are often " required to contribute to construction projects by working and/or providing resources ".
  • morale: This to me looks like more of a soft opening designed to boost morale, and to perhaps allow some money to be recouped through small-scale tourism this winter before the big proper opening next Octob er.

With This Technology, The Navy May Want To Rethink Its Nuclear Submarines

  • decisive: Nuclear-powered submarines have traditionally held a decisive edge in endurance, stealth and speed over cheaper diesel submarines.
  • endurance: Nuclear-powered submarines have traditionally held a decisive edge in endurance, stealth and speed over cheaper diesel submarines.
  • stealth: Nuclear-powered submarines have traditionally held a decisive edge in endurance, stealth and speed over cheaper diesel submarines.
  • narrow: However, new Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) technology has significantly narrowed the performance gap on a new generation of submarines that cost a fraction of the price of a nuclear-powered boat.
  • submarine: These advantages led the U.S. Navy to phase out its diesel boats in favor of an all-nuclear powered submarine fleet.

Man rescued after 13 nights stranded in Outback; 1 missing

  • trio: The trio set out from Alice Springs for an afternoon drive on Nov. 19 when their car got stuck in a riverbed in the arid region.
  • arid: The trio set out from Alice Springs for an afternoon drive on Nov. 19 when their car got stuck in a riverbed in the arid region.
  • trio: Tamra McBeath-Riley was found late Sunday near a waterhole where the trio had been staying.

Hyderabad rape: 'Blame the men - not the safe city'

  • grisly: Hyderabad woke up on Friday to news of a grisly murder: the charred body of a 27-year-old woman had been found under a flyover on the outskirts of the city the previous day.
  • jagged: Once a sleepy city known for its jagged boulders and ghostly tombs, it expanded rapidly in the 2000s- that was when chief minister Chandrababu Naidu courted investors and software companies, which quickly set up shop.
  • port: However, it's worth remembering that many rape cases in India still go unr e ported.

Former U.S. President Carter hospitalized in Georgia with urinary tract infection

  • fracture: The first fall required he receive stitches to his face and the second resulted in a brief hospitalization for a minor pelvis fracture.
  • overshadow: His presidency was overshadowed by an economic recession, an energy crisis and the taking of U.S. hostages by Iran, but he also played a leading role in brokering the Camp David accords leading to an Egypt-Israeli peace treaty.
  • fixture: After leaving office in 1981, Carter went on to become an international fixture and noted humanitarian.

Roman Empire did not fall because of plague, study claims

  • pollen: The researchers analysis ancient texts alongside, pollen samples, plague genomes and the archeology around graves to debunk previous consensus around the scale of the outbreak.
  • archeology: The researchers analysis ancient texts alongside, pollen samples, plague genomes and the archeology around graves to debunk previous consensus around the scale of the outbreak.
  • debunk: The researchers analysis ancient texts alongside, pollen samples, plague genomes and the archeology around graves to debunk previous consensus around the scale of the outbreak.
  • construe: Plague is often construed as shifting the course of history.
  • pollen: Analysis of evidence such as pollen samples and burial sites also found that the millions of supposed deaths did not quite add up.

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

  • superintendent: Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who was already named interim superintendent in Chicago, was to take over the department of 13,500 officers immediately, Lightfoot said.
  • clot: Earlier in his tenure, he was hospitalized for a blood clot and kidney transp lant.
  • commemorate: Days later, he appeared with Lightfoot at an emotional news conference commemorating his long career, an appearance that Lightfoot said Monday she now regretted.
  • regret: Days later, he appeared with Lightfoot at an emotional news conference commemorating his long career, an appearance that Lightfoot said Monday she now regretted.
  • superintendent: Johnson, 59, was named superintendent in 2016 by then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who had fired Superintendent Garry McCarthy after the release of the now-infamous video showing officer Jason Van Dyke shooting teenager Laquan McDonald.

China suspends US Navy visits to Hong Kong over support for protests

  • sanction: They shoulder some responsibility for the chaos in Hong Kong and they should be sanctioned and pay the price," Ms Hua said, without specifying what form the measures would take.
  • amphibious: The USS Blue Ridge, the amphibious command ship of the US Seventh Fleet, was the last American navy ship to visit Hong Kong, in April.
  • navy: The USS Blue Ridge, the amphibious command ship of the US Seventh Fleet, was the last American navy ship to visit Hong Kong, in April.
  • warship: In September last year, China refused a US warship entry to Hong Kong after the US imposed sanctions over the purchase of Russian fighter aircraft.
  • firm: However, China quickly warned the US it would take " firm counter-measures ".

The Best Way to End Modern Slavery? Enable Legal Migration

  • archaic: For many people around the world, the fact that December 2 is celebrated as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery may seem like an archaic throwback.
  • servitude: Yet according to economist Siddharth Kara at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, there are more than three times as many people in forced servitude today as were captured and sold during the entire 350-year span of the transatlantic slave trade.
  • transatlantic: Yet according to economist Siddharth Kara at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, there are more than three times as many people in forced servitude today as were captured and sold during the entire 350-year span of the transatlantic slave trade.
  • afflict: Forced marriage, which is also considered a form of modern slavery, afflicts another 15.4 million women and young girls.

How a wrong injection helped cause Samoa's measles epidemic

  • contagious: Measles is a highly contagious illness that causes coug hing, rashes and fever.
  • shun: The rise is- in part- due to some parents shunning vaccines for philosophical or religious reasons, or concerns, debunked by medical science, that vaccines are linked to autism.
  • debunk: The rise is- in part- due to some parents shunning vaccines for philosophical or religious reasons, or concerns, debunked by medical science, that vaccines are linked to autism.
  • vaccinate: Since the emergency declaration last month, a mass vaccination campaign has got under way, with more than 58,000 people successfully vaccinated, the government said.
  • quadruple: Worldwide, the number of cases quadrupled in the first three months of 2019 compared with the same time last year, according to the World Health Organization ( W HO).

Democrats haven't made case for impeachment. They should censure Trump instead: Fleischer

  • censure: If the Democrats were smart, they would drop impeachment and instead vote to censure the president for his phone call and his attempts to link an investigation to the receipt of military assistance and/or an Oval Office visit.
  • gigantic: Their hatred of the president, driven by their growing liberal base and shortage of conservative or moderate members, has led to this gigantic waste of time that will result in a one-party, partisan impeachment.
  • censure: This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump impeachment case is weak, but censure could win Republican votes.

Meng Wanzhou: Oil paintings and books for Huawei executive fighting extradition

  • infrequent: They are being held in a detention centre and are allowed only infrequent visits from consular staff.
  • minutia: I can take the time to discuss minutiae with my colleagues or to carefully complete an oil painting ".
  • jewel: If Huawei is the crown jewel of Chinese tech, then Ms Meng is its princ ess.
  • vegetable: Their detention led to a diplomatic and trade row, with China blocking tens millions of dollars ' worth of Canadian pork and vegetable oil exports.

In pictures: Bhopal 35 years on

  • spill: Image copyright Judah Passow Image caption Victims say children are still being born with disabilities because of the effects of the spill.
  • cerebral: Image copyright Judah Passow Image caption Prachi Chug has cerebral palsy and mental -development problems.
  • palsy: Image copyright Judah Passow Image caption Prachi Chug has cerebral palsy and mental -development problems.

UPS workers allegedly trafficked 1,000s of pounds of drugs and fake vape pens across the country

  • contraband: The group of UPS employees allegedly ensured the contraband safely passed through the mail carrier's trucking and delivery systems, evading security protocols and law enforcement, officials told the Post.
  • evade: The group of UPS employees allegedly ensured the contraband safely passed through the mail carrier's trucking and delivery systems, evading security protocols and law enforcement, officials told the Post.
  • sergeant: They 've been doing it for so long that they were truly comfortable that they were never going to get caught," a police sergeant told the Post.
  • contraband: The UPS employees allegedly used their knowledge of the mail carrier's inner workings to ensure the contraband, packed in standard cardboard boxes, passed through its trucking and delivery systems and evaded security protocols and law enforcement, officials told the Post.
  • lavish: The alleged perpetrators splurged their profits on lavish properties, vacations, and vehicles, detectives told the Post.

Sydney 'lockout' laws: Australian city ends controversial bar curfews

  • curfew: Sydney'lockout ' laws: Australian city ends controversial bar curfews- BBC News.
  • curfew: Sydney'lockout ' laws: Australian city ends controversial bar curfews.
  • curfew: The so-called " lockout" laws, enacted in 2014, installed bar curfews in popular areas and restricted when alcohol could be served.
  • precinct: The laws will be wound back in all precincts except one- Kings Cross.

A recent court ruling could open the floodgates and let Congress haul in all of Trump's allies w...

  • subpoena: A federal judge this week threw a wrench into President Donald Trump's strategy of stonewalling Congress by ordering witnesses not to comply with subpoenas.
  • momentous: This week, a federal judge came down with a momentous ruling that may throw a wrench in Trump's efforts and allow Congress to haul in all the firsthand witnesses who have so far refused to testify in the impeachment inquiry.
  • subpoena: US District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's ruling on Monday was related to a House Judiciary Committee subpoena to Don McG ahn, the former White House counsel who was a star witness in the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
  • subpoena: McGahn refused to comply with the subpoena at the White House's direction, and the House committee took him to court to compel his testimony.
  • solicit: Trump and his allies have maintained that there was no quid pro quo, but a cascade of witness testimony has painted a damning picture of the president's months-long pressure campaign of leveraging US foreign policy while soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election.

No excuse for silence on China's camps for Uighurs: exiled leader

  • exile: No excuse for silence on China's camps for Uighurs: exiled leader.
  • fabricate: The government of Xinjiang condemned the 403 pages of documents as " fabricated" and prompted by " hostile foreign forces ".
  • leak: The second leak of documents, published last Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, describe the inner workings of detention camps.

Teen's TikTok video about China's Muslim camps goes viral

  • tack: The post appears to be about beauty tips at its start- but the young woman then changes tack to ask her viewers to raise awareness of what she describes as a " another Holocaust ".
  • circumvent: Part of the videos ' appeal is they are presented as a deliberate attempt to circumvent supposed censorship by TikTok's Beijing-based owner, Bytedance.
  • baton: An electric baton to the back of the head "- a former inmate described conditions at a secret camp to the BBC.
  • censor: While the version of TikTok used in mainland China does censor criticism of the Chinese Communist Party, the company says it does not take the same action against posts to the separate library of user-generated content it offers elsewhere.

Hong Kong elections: The young winners who unseated political veterans

  • triple: Image copyright Jordan Pang/Facebook Image caption The university leader beat " triple councillor" Horace Cheung.
  • solicitor: He defeated Mr Che ung, a 45-year-old solicitor who had represented Sai Wan since 2011, by almost 800 votes: a man who was known as a " triple councillor" having held positions in the district council, Legislative Council and Executive Council.
  • triple: He defeated Mr Che ung, a 45-year-old solicitor who had represented Sai Wan since 2011, by almost 800 votes: a man who was known as a " triple councillor" having held positions in the district council, Legislative Council and Executive Council.

Bloomberg Takes Untested Path to 2020, Skipping Key Contests

  • philanthropy: I believe my unique set of experiences in business, government and philanthropy will enable me to win and lead.
  • amass: No one has ever won that way, Democratic strategists and experts say-- but also say that no one like Bloomberg has been able to spend what it takes to run a national campaign to amass the needed delegates.
  • gravity: Running for the nomination without running in the early states is like defying gravity.
  • delegate: Bloomberg has the resources to compete in hundreds of congressional districts that could win him enough delegates to gain an insurmountable lead, strategists say.

Duterte fires VP from anti-drug post weeks after offering it

  • collide: Presidents and vice presidents are elected separately in the Philippines, resulting in candidates from rival parties like Duterte and Robredo ending up in the country's top leadership and often colliding on policies.
  • pique: Piqued by Robredo's constant criticism of his drug campaign, Duterte formalized an offer last month to appoint her as one of two heads of an inter-agency committee that includes the police and the military and is tasked with overseeing and coordinating the government's efforts to combat illegal drugs.
  • condone: Duterte and the police have denied condoning extrajudicial killings under the crackdown.
  • extrajudicial: Duterte and the police have denied condoning extrajudicial killings under the crackdown.

Democrats, don't hand impeachment to Mitch McConnell

  • underlying: Like an episode of Showtime's The Affair, the same events were told from slightly different perspectives, resulting in occasional clashes over details but little difference in the underlying narrative.
  • substantive: There has never been any substantive doubt whatsoever that Trump wanted these investigations announced, if not actually pursued, not least because our ignominious leader keeps going on Fox and confirming it, as he did on Friday.
  • subpoena: Instead of bringing the hearings to a close, House Democrats should be firing subpoenas off at the White House and delaying Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's ( R-Ky.
  • delay: Instead of bringing the hearings to a close, House Democrats should be firing subpoenas off at the White House and delaying Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's ( R-Ky.
  • coherent: The witnesses who testified before the House told a remarkably coherent story.

Hong Kongers flock to polls as democracy camp seeks to send message

  • buffet: Hong Kong has been buffeted by mass rallies and violent clashes pitting police against protesters who are agitating for direct popular elections of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's government, as well as a probe into alleged police brutality.
  • agitate: Hong Kong has been buffeted by mass rallies and violent clashes pitting police against protesters who are agitating for direct popular elections of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's government, as well as a probe into alleged police brutality.
  • acrimony: Campaigning has been marred by acrimony, with one pro-democracy candidate having his ear bitten off in an attack, while 17 other candidates of all stripes-- some seeking re-election-- have been arrested over protest-related activities.

Iran Focusing on Minorities Following Protests, Experts Say

  • abrupt: The nationwide protests in Iran erupted late last week because of frustration over an abrupt increase in gas prices by the government.
  • embolden: He said the officials in Tehran are concerned that Kurdish opposition militants, who operate on the Iran-Iraq border, could be emboldened by the protests to increase their presence in the predominately Kurdish regions.
  • profile: Iranian state media Thursday and Friday aired a report profiling female activists who were leading the protesters.

Polish city to pull Jewish gravestones from WW2 lake

  • exhaustion: One activist who has been campaigning for the gravestones ' recovery, said the labourers, who were mostly Jews often died of exhaustion during the lake's construction.
  • tombstone: From the beginning, the Germans designed Lake Rusalka with the use of tombstones to strengthen the lakebed and banks.
  • tombstone: One can only imagine how cruel it was for them, not only to have to do this murderous work, but also to line the lake with tombstones and matzevot from their sacred place, which is the cemetery.
  • ascertain: They will start by using sonar to ascertain the number of gravestones in the lake.

Samoa measles outbreak worsens with death toll reaching 22

  • compulsory: All schools are closed, children under 17 are banned from public gatherings and vaccinations are now compulsory.
  • alleviate: One businessman told Australian broadcaster ABC that his" Kangen Water"- in reality, tap water- could alleviate symptoms.
  • quarantine: The Tonga women's rugby team were put in quarantine on Thursday after a measles outbreak.
  • complication: Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious health complications, including infections of the lungs and brain.
  • quadruple: The World Health Organization (W HO) announced in April that the number of cases reported globally quadrupled in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2018.

Hong Kong protests slacken ahead of closely watched poll

  • respite: There have been no major rallies or violent clashes between police and protesters in the run-up to Sunday's district polls, a rare respite for a city roiled by nearly six months of political unrest.
  • mundane: The district council polls have in the past generated little passion, dominated by candidates allied to the China-backed government with a remit over more mundane matters as rubbish collections and planning decisions.
  • unlawful: If you create massive chaos or carry out unlawful deeds it will be difficult to hold a fair election," Cheung said.
  • facial: In a sign of mistrust between much of the public and the authorities, polling authorities on Saturday issued a statement to knock down rumours that facial recognition technology would be installed at polling stations.

Australian politician says media revelations of Chinese spying disturbing

  • deteriorate: Resource -rich Australia's ties with its most important trading partner China have deteriorated in recent years, amid accusations that Beijing is meddling in domestic affairs.
  • fraudulent: On April 10, he went to Hong Kong carrying a fraudulent Chinese passport and Hong Kong permanent residency card, they added in a brief statement.
  • infringe: Whether it is the Chinese internet army or the Chinese government, it is using the democratic system of Taiwan to infringe upon our democracy," Lee Yen-jong said.
  • kidnapping: Wang also gave Australia details of the kidnapping of a Hong Kong bookseller taken to the mainland and interrogated on suspicion of selling dissident materials, the paper said.
  • interrogate: Wang also gave Australia details of the kidnapping of a Hong Kong bookseller taken to the mainland and interrogated on suspicion of selling dissident materials, the paper said.

Impeach review: Neal Katyal makes strong case against Donald Trump

  • defiant: Trump, however, stands defiant, his base unmoved and intact.
  • cohesion: The social cohesion and trust that girded the move to impeach Richard Nixon and led to his resignation in the summer of 1974 has been ground to dust.
  • debunk: Related: Trump resurfaces debunked theory Ukraine interfered in 2016 election.
  • partisan: Said differently, being a law professor does not immunize one from being a partisan.
  • reminiscent: He acknowledges that America today is historically reminiscent of the 1850s, and yet he does not delve into how we got there.

China Hits Back at US for Criticizing Corridor Project With Pakistan

  • bilateral: ISLAMABAD- China and Pakistan urged the United States on Friday" to sift fact from fiction " before questioning their bilateral infrastructure development program, which Beijing is funding under its global Belt and Road Initiative ( B RI).
  • diplomat: The Chinese diplomat said CPEC is open to investment from anywhere in the world and China would happily welcome U.S. investment in it.
  • brief: Yao described Wells ' remarks as astonishing, saying he had personally briefed her twice on the program during her recent visits to Islamabad.
  • chairman: In this Nov. 30, 2018 photo, Mushahid Hussain, chairman of Pakistan's Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, speaks to The Associated Press in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • trap: Critics in the U.S. and elsewhere see China's BRI program as a " debt trap" for countries like Pakistan, which have struggling economies that would make it difficult for them to make Chinese loan repa yments.

Syracuse students have been besieged by racist attacks, and more than a dozen told us they're sc...

  • tepid: Syracuse students have been besieged by racist attacks, and more than a dozen told us they're scared and angry with the school's tepid response.
  • skit: In 2018, 15 members of Theta Tau, a professional fraternity on campus, were suspended after video emerged of brothers performing offensive skits derogatory to multiple groups, including gays and Jews.
  • substantiate: Initial reports said a manifesto was AirDropped to students at the library, but the chancellor said they were not able to substantiate that rumor.
  • loud: They see it as an opportunity to be able to do the same thing, or to say their opinions out loud on a wall because there are no repercussions," McLean said.

Australia bushfires: Which animals typically fare best and worst?

  • resilient: Many animals are resilient but others, unfortunately, don't survive, often because their potential escape habitats have already been destroyed by human activity.
  • ecology: Koalas don't make noise much of the time," says Prof Chris Dickman, an ecology expert at Sydney University.
  • disconnect: Disconnected patches of habitat left as a result of bushfires and human clearing also pose a threat to already endangered species.
  • resilient: The most resilient animals are those that can burrow or fly.
  • hollow: Possums may get singed, but can be protected in tree hollows.

As Soon As Hitler Was Dead, Great Britain Started Planning To Invade Russia

  • surrender: After Germany's inevitable surrender, the huge U.S. force in Europe would move to the Pacific.
  • offensive: Operation Unthinkable envisioned an offensive by the Anglo-American armies, plus a Free Polish contingent ( the Canadians were also informed of the plan).
  • contingent: Operation Unthinkable envisioned an offensive by the Anglo-American armies, plus a Free Polish contingent ( the Canadians were also informed of the plan).
  • halt: If the Allies won it, they would advance to a 250-mile-long line between Danzig and Breslau, where they would halt to avoid exposing their flank to a southern attack from Soviet forces in Czechoslovakia.
  • surrender: The Allied forces had nearly 4 million men in Europe when Germany surrendered, the majority of which were Americans who would soon be transferred to the Pacific.

BTS: What will military service mean for their future?

  • compulsory: It's been confirmed BTS will have to complete South Korea's compulsory military service.
  • able-bodied: Pretty much all able-bodied South Korean men must start almost two years of military service by the time they are 28.
  • exempt: They 've brought so much pride and a lot of money to the country but idols have never been exempt.

Electric Tesla Cybertruck Unveiled With Edgy, Futuristic Design

  • advertiser: Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site.
  • fledgling: Lordstown Motors, a fledgling truckmaker, is taking over the GM factory outside Youngstown, Ohio, to make electric pick ups.
  • cede: Ford and General Motors, however, won't cede the lucrative pickup segment without a fight.

JNU: Protesters bring top India university to its knees

  • prohibitive: Many say that the new structure is prohibitive, particularly for students from poorer backgrounds, and will affect its standing as an inclusive institution.
  • renowned: A renowned centre for teaching and research that provides education at a fraction of the cost charged by its private counterparts, the government-run JNU is a highly coveted university.
  • covet: A renowned centre for teaching and research that provides education at a fraction of the cost charged by its private counterparts, the government-run JNU is a highly coveted university.
  • scuttle: Things went south at the latest stand-off on Monday, where police used barricades and a large force to scuttle a planned student march to the parliament.
  • revile: Students at JNU have been reviled by critics- most of whom are from the upper-middle classes- for being " freeloaders", " parasites" and a burden on taxpayers.