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Turks and Caicos corals: Disease threatens barrier reef

  • turquoise: From the air, the turquoise hues of the Turks and Caicos Isla nds ' vast barrier reef appear as an expanse of blistering beauty.
  • expanse: From the air, the turquoise hues of the Turks and Caicos Isla nds ' vast barrier reef appear as an expanse of blistering beauty.
  • teem: One of the largest reef systems on Earth, it teems with wildlife like friendly wild dolphins, and attracts more than a million tourists a year.
  • marine: Stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) has been dubbed the biggest threat facing the tiny British territory's marine environment, and the most virulent coral sickness the world has ever seen.
  • virulent: Stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) has been dubbed the biggest threat facing the tiny British territory's marine environment, and the most virulent coral sickness the world has ever seen.

Ghosn: Decision to flee was hardest of my life

  • hopelessness: Mr Ghosn said he was interrogated for up to eight hours a day without having any lawyers present and described his " feeling of hopelessness " as " profound".
  • vindictive: He condemned the " vindictive, inglorious individu als" he claimed were conspiring against him.
  • inglorious: He condemned the " vindictive, inglorious individu als" he claimed were conspiring against him.
  • mismanage: He offered a detailed defence to counter the claims Japanese prosecutors have filed against him, and still found time to tear into the way he claims Nissan and Renault are now being mismanaged.

By jumping bail, fugitive Ghosn burns bridges to Japan

  • lapse: How the Japanese authorities might investigate Ghosn's escape and what action they might take on the apparent security lapses remains unclear.
  • rife: Speculation is rife that a foreign or Japanese government, or both, might have been involved, or maybe just looked the other way to allow the escape to rid the public of a potentially embarrassing trial.
  • merger: He has repeatedly asserted his innocence, saying authorities trumped up the charges to prevent a fuller merger between Nissan and alliance partner Renault SA.

Japan media blasts 'cowardly' Ghosn after escape

  • staid: The usually staid Japanese media lambasted the " cowardly" Carlos Ghosn on Wednesday, after the tycoon jumped bail and fled to Lebanon to avoid trial in Japan.
  • vindicate: By leaving the country, Ghosn has " lost the opportunity to prove his innocence and vindicate his honour," the paper added, noting that the court, his defence lawyers and immigration control officials also bore some blame in the affair.
  • mockery: The liberal Tokyo Shimbun also said Ghosn's actions had made a mockery of the Japanese justice system.
  • unwise: Some media noted that the decision to give him bail-- seen by some as unusual at the time-- now looks unwise.

Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions

  • legalize: The expungement process is a key part of the law, which takes effect Wednesday and made Illinois the 11th state to legalize marijuana for people 21 or older.
  • misdemeanor: He said clearing the misdemeanor offenses from individuals ' records will make it easier for them to get jobs, housing and financial aid for college.
  • forward: Illinois State Police are responsible for identifying those convictions and sending the records to the state's Prisoner Review Board, which then forwarded eligible cases to the governor's office for pardons.
  • expunge: Other states that have begun permitting marijuana's sale and use created procedures for people to expunge minor drug offenses, but Illinois officials wanted the process to be almost automatic for people with non-violent marijuana arrests or convictions on their records.
  • expunge: Some people still will have to act independently to have marijuana convictions expunged.

27 stunning photos of the cosmos taken this year

  • collision: This rare, violent collision creates a ring structure around the galaxies ' merging cores for about 100 million years.
  • enigmatic: In February, Hubble discovered a new and enigmatic" dark tempest" on Neptune that's 6,800 miles acr oss.
  • conjunction: Here's a more zoomed-in photo that Petersen took of the conjunction.
  • constellation: NASA, ESA, and STScIAging stars undergo colorful, explosive deaths, like this one in the Orion constellation.

Panama marks 20 years in charge of canal, faces climate threat

  • recurrent: Twenty years later, recurrent droughts caused by climate change are the main threat to the 80 kilometer-long canal between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, through which mostly American, Chinese and Japanese merchant ships pass.
  • polar: In addition, global warming, by melting the polar ice, could open " especially in the north, new competitive maritime routes," Felipe Chapman, associate director of the economic consultancy Indesa, told AFP.
  • decrease: The Canal was widened in 2016 and is used mainly to link Asia to the east coast of the United States, but is also suffering from a decrease in commercial traffic as the global economy slows.

Why is Bolivia expelling foreign diplomats?

  • expel: Bolivia has announced it is expelling Mexico's ambassador and two Spanish diplomats, following a tense incident at the Mexican diplomat's residence on Friday.
  • tense: Bolivia has announced it is expelling Mexico's ambassador and two Spanish diplomats, following a tense incident at the Mexican diplomat's residence on Friday.
  • reciprocate: Spain has since reciprocated the move, while Mexico claims it had already recalled its ambassador owing to concerns over her safety.
  • ulterior: However, Bolivia insists there was an ulterior " hostile" motive.
  • vehemently: Spain " vehemently denies there was any aim to facilitate the exit of people holed up inside the building ", according to statement from its foreign ministry.

Greatest moments of the decade: Brazil 1-7 Germany, World Cup semi-final

  • redemption: The theme of redemption was the thread running through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil- the chance to heal a wound that had scarred a sporting nation for 64 years.
  • bedeck: Each minute of that day recalls a vivid memory, from watching every morning television programme covering every cough from the Brazil camp, presenters even bedecked in David Luiz wigs.
  • impassive: Germany, a very talented Germany, were impassive, controlled.
  • everlasting: Brazil were 5-0 down after only 29 minutes and the outpouring of raw emotion from this nation, with football as one of its shining symbol, is another everlasting memory.
  • cacophony: For the last 15 minutes of the first half, periods of strange silence descended on the stadium after the cacophony of the build-up.

Cartoon Muslims in India publicity blitz after deadly protest

  • animate: New Delhi (AFP)- India's ruling party launched a video with animated Muslim characters on social media Monday in a publicity blitz aiming to bust " myths" around a new citizenship law that has sparked deadly protests.
  • register: The message also stated that there were no immediate plans to roll out a nationwide register of citizens.
  • register: Even if the register were rolled out," the guidelines would be framed such that no Indian citizen would face any harassment whatsoever ", the advertisement read.

India bids to bust citizenship law 'myths' with cartoon Muslims

  • animate: India's ruling party launched a video with animated Muslim characters on social media Monday as part of a publicity blitz to try to bust " myths" around a new citizenship law that has sparked deadly protests.
  • brotherhood: The short video clip shows two bearded men in traditional Muslim clothing discussing the legislation before concluding that the country can only progress if there is " peace and brotherhood ".
  • ridicule: The video, which was released by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party on its Twitter handle, has garnered thousands of " likes", but also some ridicule.
  • register: The advert also stated that there were no immediate plans to roll out a nationwide register of citizens, which has stoked fears of Muslims and others unable to prove they are Indian becoming stateless.
  • register: Even if the register would be rolled out," the guidelines would be framed such that no Indian citizen would face any harassment whatsoever ", the advertisement read.

Cracks appear in Donald Trump's support from evangelicals over impeachment, poll shows

  • immoral: It came after Christianity Today, a prominent evangelical magazine, called last week for the president's removal and described his actions as " profoundly immoral.
  • fissure: Mr Trump has hit back at the apparently growing fissure within America's evangelical movement, lambasting the magazine as " far lef t ".
  • disapprove: Mr Trump still had majority support, with 53 per cent saying they would " disapprove" of the Senate removing him, including 49 per cent who would " strongly disapprove.
  • disapprove: Mr Trump still had majority support, with 53 per cent saying they would " disapprove" of the Senate removing him, including 49 per cent who would " strongly disapprove.

When Trump Stole Christmas

  • resent: The Grinch simply suffered from having a heart two sizes too small that led him to resent the Christmastime joy of the Whos of Whoville.
  • wreck: His heart ended up growing three sizes when he saw their joy was undiminished despite him doing his worst to wreck their holiday.
  • alteration: They were given 10 days to undo alterations they had made to their apartments with the approval of the previous owner.
  • reprehensible: His wide range of reprehensible tactics as alleged in various documents by the city and state were enumerated in The New York Times:.
  • enumerate: His wide range of reprehensible tactics as alleged in various documents by the city and state were enumerated in The New York Times:.

This World War II Marine Will Make You Proud Of America's 'Greatest Generation'

  • ferocious: Japanese at the top of their lungs as they launched a ferocious night attack against Marines dug in on Guadalcanal.
  • terrify: It was October 24, 1942, and the intensity of the Japanese assault in the darkness was terrifying.
  • enlist: Basilone did not go on to high school but decided instead, when he was 18 years old, to enlist in the Army for three years.
  • enlist: In any event, believing that life as a Marine would be better, Basilone enlisted in Baltimore, Maryland, in July 1940.
  • shell: Once again ignoring the enemy fire around him, Basilone ran some 200 yards through hostile lines to an ammunition point, where he gathered up shells and then battled back to his gunners with the ammunition they needed to defend their position.

Boeing's launch of a new spaceship for NASA went awry, and the vehicle no longer has enough fuel...

  • awry: Boeing's launch of a new spaceship for NASA went awry, and the vehicle no longer has enough fuel to reach the International Space Station.
  • awry: The moment for the engine burn came and went, though, and it soon became apparent something had gone awry.
  • controller: The spacecraft currently is in a stable configuration while flight controllers are troubleshooting.
  • rendezvous: With a rendezvous now out of the question, NASA is likely working with Boeing on a plan to try and safely return the spaceship back to Earth.
  • simulate: Rather, the spaceship is carrying some food, holiday presents, and a bandana-clad dummy named Rosie (named after Rosie the Riveter), which is simulating an astronaut sitting in one of the spaceship's five seats.

'Before it is too late': Diplomats race to defuse tensions ahead of North Korea's deadli...

  • overture: It is unclear if Biegun had any behind-the-scenes contact with North Korean officials, but his overtures and calls for new talks were not publicly answered by Pyongyang.
  • concession: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has given the United States until the end of the year to propose new concessions in talks over North Korea's nuclear arsenal and reducing tensions between the long-time adversaries.
  • reiterate: We reiterate our hope that you will execute a serious diplomatic plan before it is too late," the letter said.
  • freeze: The Senate Democrats ' letter called for the administration to seek an interim agreement to freeze and roll back some of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes in conjunction with reduced pressure from sanctions.
  • conjunction: The Senate Democrats ' letter called for the administration to seek an interim agreement to freeze and roll back some of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes in conjunction with reduced pressure from sanctions.

Medicare-for-All Opponents Aren’t Murderers

  • contention: Bloomberg Opinion)-- Health care is a major point of contention in the Democratic primary campaign.
  • tantamount: Some fans of single-payer have begun to deploy a dire-sounding argume nt: failing to implement Medicare for All, they claim, would be tantamount to murder.
  • mortality: Assessments of the deaths attributable to various policy regimes rely on statistical calculations of mortality rates.
  • mortality: Because mortality depends on things besides Medica id, making an accurate comparison requires that researchers control for various factors.
  • mortality: Differences in the set of things that get controlled for, and how the comparisons are constructed, can produce changes in the mortality estimates.

White House: Trump was 'just riffing' about late Rep. John Dingell 'looking up' from...

  • inflammatory: During his campaign and since taking office, Trump has made many inflammatory statements that he or his press secretaries explained away as jokes.
  • accolade: My husband earned all his accolades after a lifetime of service.
  • demur: When asked if she wanted an apology from the president, Debbie Dingell demurred.

Republican impeachment lies are protecting Trump, but they could destroy America

  • acquit: Though they lack the votes to stop impeachment in the House of Representatives, they are poised to acquit Trump in the Senate, where they easily can block the necessary supermajority of 67 votes required to evict a president from the White House.
  • evict: Though they lack the votes to stop impeachment in the House of Representatives, they are poised to acquit Trump in the Senate, where they easily can block the necessary supermajority of 67 votes required to evict a president from the White House.
  • extortion: Not only is Trump on record, in a document released by the White House itself, of engaging in extortion and bribery, but his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky was the culmination of a plot months in the making.
  • culmination: Not only is Trump on record, in a document released by the White House itself, of engaging in extortion and bribery, but his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky was the culmination of a plot months in the making.
  • imbroglio: Yet no matter the facts of the imbroglio, the Republican legislators either baldly deny them or interpret them in phantasmagorical ways.

France’s Protests Leave Macron in Pension Reform Gridlock

  • havoc: The strikes, which started on Dec. 5, are creating havoc for workers commuting on public transportation-- mostly in and around Paris-- and leading to hundreds of miles of traffic jams around the city.
  • commute: The strikes, which started on Dec. 5, are creating havoc for workers commuting on public transportation-- mostly in and around Paris-- and leading to hundreds of miles of traffic jams around the city.
  • fray: Yet the strikes are fraying the nerves of commuters having to squeeze into the few trains and buses still running or sitting in miles of traffic jams.
  • commuter: Yet the strikes are fraying the nerves of commuters having to squeeze into the few trains and buses still running or sitting in miles of traffic jams.

Delhi police accused of shooting protesters as Imran Khan warns of potential refugee crisis

  • baton: At least 100 others were injured after police fired tear gas at protesters and beat them with batons.
  • omission: Imran Khan, the Pakistani Prime Minister, warned the omission and four-month long curfew in Kashmir could create a Muslim exodus from India and a " refugee crisis that would dwarf other crises.
  • curfew: Imran Khan, the Pakistani Prime Minister, warned the omission and four-month long curfew in Kashmir could create a Muslim exodus from India and a " refugee crisis that would dwarf other crises.
  • exodus: Imran Khan, the Pakistani Prime Minister, warned the omission and four-month long curfew in Kashmir could create a Muslim exodus from India and a " refugee crisis that would dwarf other crises.
  • dwarf: Imran Khan, the Pakistani Prime Minister, warned the omission and four-month long curfew in Kashmir could create a Muslim exodus from India and a " refugee crisis that would dwarf other crises.

Switzerland slams embassy employee's Sri Lanka detention

  • fabricate: A Sri Lankan court on Monday ordered Francis ' detention pending charges of allegedly making statements causing disaffection toward the government and fabricating evidence.
  • disrepute: The Sri Lankan government has insisted that evidence collected by its investigators did not support the sequence of events provided by the embassy, and that the allegations could have been made to bring the government into disrepute.
  • abduct: The Sri Lankan Attorney General's Department told the country's Criminal Investigations Department on Monday that there was no evidence to support Francis ' claim that she was abducted, and that she could be arrested on suspicion of causing disaffection toward the government and fabricating evidence.
  • fabricate: The Sri Lankan Attorney General's Department told the country's Criminal Investigations Department on Monday that there was no evidence to support Francis ' claim that she was abducted, and that she could be arrested on suspicion of causing disaffection toward the government and fabricating evidence.
  • abduction: Silva had been investigating alleged abductions, torture, killings and enforced disappearances of journalists and activists that took place while Rajapaksa was the defense chief under the presidency of his brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Mormon-church-linked investment fund amassed $100 billion in tax-free money and claimed it was being...

  • amass: A Mormon who used to work at the investment division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints alleged in a whistleblower complaint that the religious organization amassed billions of dollars intended for charitable purposes and dodged paying taxes on them.
  • exempt: This allowed the investment branch to be largely exempt from paying taxes on its income.
  • auxiliary: In the complaint, Nielsen claimed that Ensign did not operate exclusively for religious and charitable purposes, in violation of its designation as a " supporting organization and integrated auxiliary of the Mormon Church.
  • perjury: In a declaration signed under penalty of perjury, Nielsen urges the IRS to strip the nonprofit of its tax-exempt status and alleges that Ensign could owe billions in taxe s," The Post reported.

Report: 5th straight year with under 30 executions in US

  • moratorium: Elsewhere in the country, New Hampshire became the 21st state to abolish the death penalty, while California Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed a formal moratorium on executions in a state with the largest death row population, although the last execution in California took place nearly 14 years ago.
  • impatience: The justices would not allow federal executions in 2019, but the court otherwise signaled its impatience with last-minute efforts to keep inmates from being put to death.
  • starve: One example it cited was Tiffany Moss, who was sentenced to death in Georgia for starving her stepdaughter to death.

Johnson Appoints Morgan and Hart to His Cabinet: U.K. Politics

  • continuity: Her reappointment will provide the government with some continuity on key issues, particularly over the decision whether to restrict or ban Huawei Technologies Co Ltd telecom equipment in the U.K...
  • congratulate: Trump also congratulated Johnson on his election victory, according to the statement.
  • stagnant: Manufacturing activity slipped to 47.4, a sharper downturn than the 49.2 reading predicted by economists and below the 50 mark that indicates stagnant output.

British man shot dead in robbery outside hotel in Buenos Aires

  • atrocious: It was an atrocious incident, like many that happen in Argentina, because criminality hasn't gone down, despite what the official figures say.
  • uncommon: Attacks by robbers on motorbikes, known as moto chorros, are not uncommon in Buenos Aires.
  • well-to-do: I 'm afraid crime, particularly aimed at well-to-do tourists, is all too common, not just in Buenos Aires but in the big South American cities.

Mexico violence: 12 police killed in one week in Guanajuato

  • pharmacy: On Saturday, gunmen opened fire on two officers parked in a patrol car outside a pharmacy.
  • wrest: Irapuato has seen a surge in violence in the past two years as the CJNG tried to wrest control of this mid-sized city from the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel.
  • extort: The cartels mainly engage in fuel theft from major oil pipelines located near the city as well as selling drugs to locals and extorting businesses.

Maduro's military stands in the way of a Bolivia repeat in Venezuela

  • oust: CARACAS, Nov 11 (Reuters)- Venezuelan opposition leaders looking to oust their country's socialist government can perhaps take some hope from the resignation of its leftist ally in Bolivia, President Evo Morales, on Sunday after weeks of street protests.
  • socialist: CARACAS, Nov 11 (Reuters)- Venezuelan opposition leaders looking to oust their country's socialist government can perhaps take some hope from the resignation of its leftist ally in Bolivia, President Evo Morales, on Sunday after weeks of street protests.
  • resignation: CARACAS, Nov 11 (Reuters)- Venezuelan opposition leaders looking to oust their country's socialist government can perhaps take some hope from the resignation of its leftist ally in Bolivia, President Evo Morales, on Sunday after weeks of street protests.
  • barrack: Venezuela's barracks have stood by the ruling Socialist Party despite a crippling economic meltdown, two waves of major protests in 2014 and 2017 and broad condemnation of Maduro's 2018 re-election that was widely described as fraudulent.
  • fraudulent: Venezuela's barracks have stood by the ruling Socialist Party despite a crippling economic meltdown, two waves of major protests in 2014 and 2017 and broad condemnation of Maduro's 2018 re-election that was widely described as fraudulent.