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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.