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Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife

  • scorch: All the years of rocket fire and military maneuvering never left anything like this ," said Sofer, a 17-year veteran ranger, as he gestured toward a scorched hilltop overlooking Gaza.
  • smolder: Sullen locals have become a fixture on Israeli TV, guiding reporters around smoldering fields and lamenting the loss of life among snakes, turtles and the like.
  • abut: In Nir Am, which abuts Gaza's northeast border, the fires have inched dangerously close to adjacent train tracks and a gas station.
  • scorch: Sofer says he has seen scorched porcupines, snakes, turtles, lizards and other rodents and insects, not to mention their feeding grounds.

EU a haven from world's dangers, Macron tells Europeans

  • slide: Echoing the language of historians about Europe's slide into war a century ago, he said he would not belong to another " generation of sleepwalkers" and let the EU wither in what he called an atmosphere of " civil war ".
  • labour: Left-wingers criticised the president for supporting free markets, including labour reforms which have triggered a weekly round of paralysing rail strikes in France.
  • volunteer: He volunteered that France was ready to pay more into the EU budget currently being negotiated as Britain leaves-- on condition that the Union reforms in ways that France wants.
  • dig: Responding to a call from a British lawmaker to maintain close ties, Macron took a dig at Brexit, saying that the best way to have close relations with the EU was to be a member.

The Latest: Australia expels 2 Russian diplomats

  • offensive: Turnbull slammed the attack as " the first offensive use of chemical weapons in Europe since World War II.
  • provocation: Zakharova alleged that " powerful forces" in Britain and the United States were behind the attack, which she called a " provocation" aimed at unleashing a " Russophobic" campaign.
  • closure: The move followed the closure last year of the Russian consulate in San Francisco.
  • ministry: The ministry said in a statement the March 4 poisoning" represents a serious threat to our collective safety and to international laws.
  • spy: British Prime Minister Theresa May says 18 countries have announced they are expelling more than 100 Russian intelligence officers in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former spy.

Top Asian News 3:56 a.m. GMT

  • implacable: China had suddenly gone from being this implacable enemy that was closed to any contact to being quite open and receptive to interacting," recalled Schell, now the director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the New York-based Asia Society.
  • receptive: China had suddenly gone from being this implacable enemy that was closed to any contact to being quite open and receptive to interacting," recalled Schell, now the director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the New York-based Asia Society.
  • amass: On paper, deleting term limits on Xi's ceremonial post as president from China's constitution is a modest change compared with the vast powers he has amassed since becoming ruling party leader in 2012.
  • adore: On television, Xi is often depicted as being wildly adored by anyone from factory workers and farmers to space engineers and soldiers who typically applaud Xi for several minutes.
  • glut: Once that tailed off, the country was left with a glut of half-idle, money-losing mills.

Alarm over N. Korea, sea feud under ASEAN summit spotlight

  • aggravate: ASEAN also urged North Korea and all parties concerned" to exercise self-restraint in order to de-escalate the tension and refrain from actions that may aggravate the situation," adding its voice to growing international alarm over the crisis involving the North and its rivals, led by the United States.
  • arbitration: The most powerful claimant, China, is pressuring ASEAN not to mention an arbitration decision last year that invalidated Beijing's claims to most of the disputed waters, according to three Philippine officials who spoke to the AP on the issue.
  • invalidate: The most powerful claimant, China, is pressuring ASEAN not to mention an arbitration decision last year that invalidated Beijing's claims to most of the disputed waters, according to three Philippine officials who spoke to the AP on the issue.
  • arbitration: A draft of an ASEAN communique to be issued by Duterte at the end of the summit on Saturday does not mention the Philippines ' arbitration victory but calls for " full respect for legal and diplomatic processes," which the Chinese also wanted removed because they believe it referred to the ruling, the officials said.
  • arbitration: Duterte told reporters Thursday that he would not raise the arbitration ruling at the summit, a stance critics say is subservient to Beijing.

Venezuela braces for 'mother of all protests'

  • lever: It is set to be the biggest day of protests since Maduro's allies tried to strip the power of the opposition-controlled legislature-- the only lever of government Maduro's camp does not hold-- and banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles from politics.
  • rubber: The streets of Caracas have seen running battles pitting masked protesters hurling stones and Molotov cocktails against riot police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons.
  • outdo: Maduro's camp has vowed not to be outdone by the opposition.