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Israel's ex-UK ambassador Mark Regev warns of 'two-state illusion'

  • ambassador: Israel's ex-UK ambassador Mark Regev warns of 'two-state illusion'- BBC News.
  • qualification: In other words, when people say a Palestinian state is the solution, I think it's important to put a number of qualifications.
  • implement: It might look nice on a piece of paper but it will never be implemented.
  • warn: Israel's ex-UK ambassador Mark Regev warns of 'two-state illusion'- BBC News.
  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Israel has bit settlements on part of the occupied West Bank.

‘Slipping and Sliding down the Polls’

  • concurrence: Charlie: So we have the opinion of the cause delivered by a Ponnuru, R. and joined in concurrence with Geraghty, J. and Lowry, R. I feel I should dissent just to make it a proper case.
  • distill: You could distill the question of China into a few soundbites.
  • adept: The best gossip basically around the world gathered by the most adept spies in world history and surveillance techniques served up in a binder on your desk every morning.

Iran nuclear: 'Incident' at Natanz uranium enrichment facility

  • verification: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which monitors Iran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal struck with world powers, said it was aware of the reports from Natanz and currently anticipated no impact on its verification activities.
  • satellite: The Iranian authorities said the blast was caused by " leaking gas tanks" at the site, but analysts said satellite photographs showed it happened at a nearby missile production facility.
  • site: Fire fighters and rescue teams were deployed to the site, he added.
  • efficient: Iran also agreed to install no more than 5,0 60 of the oldest and least efficient centrifuges at Natanz until 2026, and not to carry out any enrichment at its other underground facility, Fordo, until 2031.
  • deploy: Fire fighters and rescue teams were deployed to the site, he added.

U.S. Supreme Court takes up Germany's appeal in Nazi art dispute

  • rightful: The plaintiffs in the Germany case have said they are the rightful owners of a 17th century collection of medieval art known as the Welfenschatz that includes gem-studded busts of Christian saints, golden crucifixes and other precious objects.
  • duress: The plaintiffs said that the sale was a " sham transactio n " made under duress and that their ancestors received just 35 percent of the art's market value.
  • restitution: The Hungarian Holocaust survivors, who aim to represent a class of survivors who have been injured in similar ways, are seeking restitution for possessions taken from them and their families when they were forced to board trains destined for concentration camps.
  • appeal: U.S. Supreme Court takes up Germany's appeal in Nazi art dispute.
  • forward: Jonathan Freiman, a lawyer for Germany, said he looks forward to explaining to the justices why the dispute does not belong in a U.S. court.

Hong Kong police arrest 24-year-old man on London-bound flight as China vows 'retaliation' f...

  • subversion: Beijing has faced a groundswell of criticism from primarily Western nations over its decision to impose a new law outlawing acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces.
  • secession: Beijing has faced a groundswell of criticism from primarily Western nations over its decision to impose a new law outlawing acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces.
  • defiance: Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested more than 300 people as protesters took to the streets in defiance of the sweeping security legislation introduced by China to snuff out dissent.
  • stab: On Wednesday, police posted pictures on Twitter of an officer with a bleeding arm saying he was stabbed by " rioters holding sharp objects ".
  • suspect: Local newspaper Apple Daily, citing unnamed sources, said the suspect was onboard a Cathay Pacific flight to London due to depart just before midnight.

Former US ambassador to Russia says Trump 'always sides with Putin' after the president said...

  • glean: American intelligence officials reportedly intercepted electronic data that showed large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia's military intelligence agency (the GRU) to a Taliban-linked account, which reinforced intelligence gleaned from interrogations that suggested Russia was paying Afghan militants to target US troops.
  • corroborate: That report has since been corroborated and expanded upon by other reports from major publications.
  • bogus: The Russian government and the Taliban have both denied such an operation ever existed, and Trump has essentially echoed their talking points by characterizing the intelligence as bogus.
  • deferential: Trump has a history of behaving in a deferential manner toward Putin.

Internal messages reveal crisis at Houston hospitals as coronavirus cases surge

  • quadruple: These internal messages highlight the growing strain that the coronavirus crisis is putting on hospital systems in the Houston region, where the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has nearly quadrupled since Memorial Day.
  • alley: Restaurants reopened first, with gradually loosening capacity restrictions; bars, hair salons, bowling alleys and other businesses soon followed.
  • muddle: The crisis in Houston has accelerated rapidly in recent weeks, at times resulting in muddled messaging from both hospital leaders and public officials.
  • ailment: He said he and other executives were trying to thread the needle between sounding the alarm about the growing but still manageable strain on hospital resources, while trying to reassure people who might need to come to the hospital for other ailments.

Captagon: Italy seizes €1bn of amphetamines 'made to fund IS'

  • wheel: They were hidden inside large drums of paper and gear wheels.
  • crime: Officers are looking into whether local Camorra crime groups are involved.
  • involve: Officers are looking into whether local Camorra crime groups are involved.
  • caption: Image copyright EPA Image caption Counterfeit Captagon is reportedly one of the most popular drugs in the Middle East.
  • seize: Italian police have seized what they believe is a world-record haul of 14 tonnes of amphetamines they suspect were made in Syria to finance the jihadist group Islamic State ( IS).

Johnson warns Israel against plans to annex part of West Bank

  • outpost: Some 430,000 Jews live in more than 130 settlements (and scores of smaller " outposts") built since Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war.
  • jeopardy: They would also " put in jeopardy the progress that Israel has made in improving relationships with the Arab and Muslim world", he added.
  • rift: However, there are signs of rifts within Israel's governing coalition over the timing of any annexation move, says the BBC's Yolande Knell in Jerusalem.
  • annex: Johnson warns Israel against plans to annex part of West Bank- BBC News.
  • warn: Image copyright AFP Image caption Boris Johnson's warning was featured on the front page of Yedioth Ahronoth.

Tehran clinic hit by deadly explosion

  • explosion: The incident comes several days after a big explosion near a military facility rocked Tehran.
  • thick: They unfortunately lost their lives due to the heat and thick smoke," he said, adding that firefighters had rescued 20 people.
  • facility: The incident comes several days after a big explosion near a military facility rocked Tehran.
  • incident: The cause of that incident was also said by the authorities to have been a gas leak.
  • leak: The cause of that incident was also said by the authorities to have been a gas leak.

Canada failing to bring home 26 children stuck in Syria: report

  • jail: Image caption Jack Letts, dual UK-Canadian national was jailed in 2017.
  • employee: We have a responsibility as a government to ensure that Canadian citizens, particularly employees, are not put into danger, are not exposed to grave situations," Mr Trudeau said.
  • diplomatic: During his daily press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the government, and said it is difficult to offer diplomatic assistance because of safety concerns in the region.
  • conference: During his daily press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the government, and said it is difficult to offer diplomatic assistance because of safety concerns in the region.
  • government: During his daily press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the government, and said it is difficult to offer diplomatic assistance because of safety concerns in the region.

Ruhollah Zam: Iran sentences journalist to death for fanning unrest

  • sentence: Ruhollah Zam: Iran sentences journalist to death for fanning unrest.
  • intelligence: Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) said last year that it had used " modern intelligence methods and innovative tactics ", which enabled it to " deceive" foreign services and arrest Z am.
  • sentence: Iran has sentenced a journalist to death after accusing him of using a messaging app to stir up dissent.
  • allege: The IRGC alleged that Zam was " under the guidance" and protection of intelligence services in France, Israel and the US..
  • intelligence: The IRGC alleged that Zam was " under the guidance" and protection of intelligence services in France, Israel and the US..

Middle East risks renewed arms race, US warns

  • expend: The disparity in wealth between the two countries is enormous, with the richer Saudis expending billions of dollars on expensive and sophisticated state-of-the-art weapo nry.
  • conference: The last thing this region needs is more Iranian weapons," said Brian Hook, President Donald Trump's special representative on Iran during a joint press conference in Saudi Arabia.
  • foreign: Mr Hook stood alongside Adel Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs.
  • missile: These missiles were Iranian," declared Adel Jubeir today.
  • rebel: Parts of what were said to be missiles fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen were laid out behind them.

Syria faces mass starvation or mass exodus without more aid, WFP says

  • government: He said world powers must allow aid to reach opposition-held areas in Syria, as well as those controlled by the government.
  • quagmire: Describing Syria as " a political quagmire ", Mr Beasley appealed to Western countries to overcome their fatigue with the long-running war.
  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Half of Syria's pre-war population have been displaced inside and outside the country.
  • aid: Syria faces mass starvation or mass exodus without more aid, WFP says.
  • slide: They are sliding deeper into poverty and debt," he said in a statement.

From Infantry To Tanks, America's M1919 Machine Gun Fought Everything

  • cartridge: The recoil spring then bounces the bolt back forward, whereupon it picks up a fresh cartridge and goes into battery.
  • sink: The gun was water cooled, with a large cylindrical water tank surrounded the gun barrel and providing a heat sink to draw away heat from sustained firing.
  • telltale: The manually steered Saggers produced a telltale blowup of dust and debris upon launch that could be spotted within the effective range of the missile, and the missile itself took several seconds to reach its target.

No time to plan, unsure of what's next: Schools aim to reopen but have few solutions

  • daunting: With the next academic year less than three months away, and no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, school districts face a daunting decision: Reopen the schools they shuttered, or continue to teach students remotely?
  • superintendent: So far, a hybrid model that combines some in-person learning and some remote learning has emerged as the most popular proposal for the fall, according to Dan Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, an advocacy organization for the 14,000 superintendents in the U.S..
  • vie: Other students had to vie against their siblings for computer time to complete their assignments.

Israel West Bank annexation rejected by European MPs in letter

  • commensurate: The letter raises " serious concerns" about the proposals and calls for " commensurate consequences ".
  • disregard: It warns that allowing annexation to pass " unchallenged" would encourage other states with territorial claims to " disregard basic principles of international law ".
  • outpost: Some 430,000 Jews live in over 130 settlements (and scores of smaller " outposts") built since Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war.

Syria war: New US sanctions target Assad government's foreign backers

  • coercive: It authorises " diplomatic and coercive economic means " to" compel the government of Bashar al-Assad to halt its murderous attacks on the Syrian people and to support a transition to a government in Syria that respects the rule of law, human rights, and peaceful co-existence with its neighbours ".
  • profiteer: I will make special note of the designation for the first time of Asma al-Assad, the wife of Bashar al-Assad, who with the support of her husband and members of her Akhras family has become one of Syria's most notorious war profiteers," he said, without providing any evidence.
  • surrogate: As well as targeting the Assad regime, the Caesar Act also fits in with President Donald Trump's policy of " maximum pressur e" on Iran and its surrogates, including Hezbollah, which is the strongest military and political force in Lebanon.
  • notorious: I will make special note of the designation for the first time of Asma al-Assad, the wife of Bashar al-Assad, who with the support of her husband and members of her Akhras family has become one of Syria's most notorious war profiteers," he said, without providing any evidence.
  • hypocrisy: The US administration talking about human rights in Syria exceeds the ugliest forms of lies and hypocrisy as embodied in its policy of supporting terrorism that shed the blood of the Syrians and destroyed their achievements," the source added.

Israel, annexation and the West Bank explained

  • outpost: The West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem) is also home to some 430,000 Israeli Jews who live in 132 settlements (and 124 smaller " outposts") built under Israel's occupation.
  • noticeable: In practice, Israeli laws already apply to settlers, though not to Palestinians, who are subject only to Israeli military orders and Palestinian laws, so there would be little noticeable change in that respect.
  • caption: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Benjamin Netanyahu has long championed Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
  • caption: Image copyright Reuters Image caption The issue of settlements has long been a source of friction between Israelis and Palestinians.
  • resolution: However, the US is likely to block any attempts to pass resolutions at the UN Security Council condemning Israel.

North Korea blows up inter-Korean liaison office near border with South

  • virulent: North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office on its side of the border on Tuesday, after days of increasingly virulent rhetoric from Pyongyang.
  • smoke: Footage of the explosion released by Seoul's presidential Blue House showed a blast rolling across several buildings just across the border in Kaesong, with a nearby tower partially collapsing as clouds of smoke rose into the sky.
  • aggravate: After an emergency meeting, the National Security Council said it would " react strongly" if Pyongyang" continues to take steps that aggravate the situatio n ".
  • dormant: The liaison office-- in a dormant industrial zone where Southern companies once employed Northern workers-- was opened in September 2018, days before the South's President Moon Jae-in flew to Pyongyang for his third summit with Kim.
  • shelter: Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said Tuesday the liaison office's destruction was in line with " the mindset of the enraged people to surely force human scum and those who have sheltered the scum to pay dearly for their crimes ".

Syria war: Assad under pressure as economic crisis spirals

  • demonstrator: Now the economic crisis has forced demonstrators back into the streets openly chanting the slogans of 2011 that demand the fall of the regime.
  • regime: Apart from the Assad regime itself, one of the targets is Iran, Syria's key ally alongside Russia.
  • severe: I think there's a hope in Western countries that sanctions are so severe that he will be compelled to leave power.
  • edge: This time, the edge comes from a lack of food.
  • rebel: Rebels in southern Syria surrendered in 2018, but an underground insurgency continues.

No justice, no peace: Why Catholic priests are kneeling with George Floyd protesters

  • theologian: Many bishops, priests and theologians since Augustine have used similar arguments to criticize social changes and legitimize the status quo, insisting that the faithful should bear worldly injustices and seek their reward in heaven.
  • theologian: Liberation theologians see violence not as an individual flaw but as a feature of unjust social or political structures.
  • theologian: Liberation theologians believe that those seeking change should employ peaceful methods whenever possible.

Photos show how anti-racism protesters in the US and Europe are reclaiming monuments that glorify co...

  • deface: Across the US and Europe, anti-racism protesters have been tearing down and defacing monuments dedicated to colonialists and Confederate soldiers.
  • deface: In cities across the US and Europe, anti-racism protesters have been tearing down and defacing monuments dedicated to Confederate soldiers and colonialists.
  • condone: In Atlanta, Georgia, protesters stood atop a marked statue of a southern journalist, Henry Grady, who supported racists initiatives and did not condone voting rights for Black Americans.
  • deface: Statues across Europe have also been defaced and reclaimed with messages for the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • deface: In the same park, the statue of Thomas Carlyle, a controversial Victorian author, was also defaced.

U.S. Response to COVID-19 is Worse than China’s. 100 Times Worse.

  • flux: This number has been revised upwards at least once before, and it is likely to remain in flux for some time.
  • squander: The U.S., meanwhile, squandered its opportunity to get ahead of the virus.
  • adherence: Countries such as Greece, New Zealand, and Vietnam deploy varying strategies, but common ingredients are early and strong political commitment, a science-based approach, and close adherence to WHO guidelines for testing, contact tracing, and effective isolation measures.

South Korea acts to stop defectors sending aid, messages to North Korea

  • contraband: SEOUL (Reuters)- A day after North Korea suspended communication hotlines with South Korea over defectors who send propaganda and contraband into the North, South Korea said it would take legal action against two organisations that conduct such operations.
  • enrage: North Korea gets enraged when the defectors in the South send material such as anti-North leaflets and rice- usually by balloon over the heavily fortified border or in bottles by sea- and its media has in recent days denounced the " mongrel dogs " who do it.
  • mongrel: North Korea gets enraged when the defectors in the South send material such as anti-North leaflets and rice- usually by balloon over the heavily fortified border or in bottles by sea- and its media has in recent days denounced the " mongrel dogs " who do it.

Adoptee's historic court case could change how adoptees use the legal system

  • paternity: The paternity suit is the first to be brought by an overseas adoptee in South Korea.
  • disinterested: Growing up with her adoptive siblings Jenn and Tim, she was largely disinterested in her adoption story, her heritage or her homeland.
  • genealogy: Bos started researching adoptee forums on Facebook, adoptee rights organizations and online genealogy platforms.

Coronavirus: Lebanon's woes worsen as country pushed to the brink

  • caption: Image copyright EPA Image caption Lebanon has been rocked by anti-government protests for months.
  • operate: He is now back on the road, operating a minivan along the coastal motorway from his home city of Tripoli to the capital, Beirut.
  • caption: Image caption Like many Leban ese, Khaldoon Rifaa is suffering due to the country's multiple crises.
  • crisis: Lebanon crisis: ' The country needs our energ y'.
  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Lebanon has had to grapple with coronavirus alongside economic turmoil.

Coronavirus in the Maldives: The couple trapped on never-ending honeymoon

  • destination: The only difference, according to Peri, is that the others " chose the Maldives as their honeymoon destination- we didn't ".
  • turquoise: A set of islands with clear white sand and turquoise water in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in the world.
  • struggle: Whilst, without a valid boarding pass they struggled to buy toiletries and clothes, and were not even allowed to collect their luggage.
  • trap: Coronavirus in the Maldives: The couple trapped on never-ending honeymoon- BBC News.
  • trap: Coronavirus in the Maldives: The couple trapped on never-ending honeymoon.

Rami Makhlouf: The rift at the heart of Syria's ruling family

  • seize: Hafez was intensely susp icious, and determined to be the only ambitious Syrian officer to seize the presidency.
  • theory: The theory focuses on the president's wife, Asma al Assad, who grew up in London and is seen by Syrians as a force in the regime, running her own large charitable organisation.
  • radiate: His beard is whiter than in the photographs of his pomp, when he radiated wealth and power, counting his billions as the money man not just of the regime, but of his family, which is about the same thing.
  • repute: He was reputed to take a commission on every serious business deal in Syria, the reason why some called him Mr Five Percent.
  • gush: Even his son Mohammad, who is based in Dubai, is described as a billionaire in gushing online profiles.

Coronavirus crisis 'could help ease Gulf tensions' - UAE

  • caption: Image copyright EPA Image caption The UAE took measures to curb coronavirus early on.
  • register: Out of a total population of nine million, it has so far registered 23,358 cases and 220 deaths.
  • aid: The UAE has sent medical aid to Iran, as well as to the UK..
  • register: Iran, just across the waters of the Gulf, has been the worst-hit country in the region with over 122,000 cases registered and more than 7,000 deaths.
  • double: We have had the double-hit of the pandemic and falling oil prices.

Saudi Arabia: Just how deep are its troubles?

  • pariah: Meanwhile the crown prince, while still largely popular at home, remains something of a pariah in the West due to lingering suspicions over his alleged role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • grisly: International investment confidence has never fully recovered from his grisly murder and dismemberment by government agents inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
  • subside: The strategic threat to the country from Iran appears, at least for now, to have subsided following last September's missile attack on its oil refineries and then the later US assassination of Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani in January.
  • latent: The latent domestic terrorist threat from jihadists linked to the Islamic State group ( IS) and al-Qaeda, while not completely va nquished, has been largely reduced.
  • torpedo: Coronavirus and oil price collapse have torpedoed projects all across the kingdom, calling into question whether the crown prince's much-vaunted Vision 2030 programme can still be achieved.

Coronavirus: Israel turns surveillance tools on itself

  • warm: Arik Brabbing slips his surgical mask under his chin and breathes in Tel Aviv's warm air.
  • ministry: Israel's ministry of health told the BBC that it was continuing to use the data.
  • spy: We sit at either end of a park bench as the former agent-handler describes how he rose to become chief of the spy agency's cyber unit.
  • patient: In one case, officers flew a drone up to the window of an 18th floor flat to check on a coronavirus patient's quarantine.
  • security: Image copyright EPA Image caption Surveillance is more often used to detect security threats.

Hisham Selim, famed Egyptian actor, praised over transgender son

  • complex: Although transitioning is legal in Egypt, the process is long and complex.
  • process: Although transitioning is legal in Egypt, the process is long and complex.
  • legal: Although transitioning is legal in Egypt, the process is long and complex.
  • praise: Hisham Selim, famed Egyptian actor, praised over transgender son- BBC News.
  • praise: Hisham Selim, famed Egyptian actor, praised over transgender son.

Coronavirus stokes Middle East boiling points

  • impregnable: The collapse in oil prices mean huge drops in the income of countries that once looked financially impregnable.
  • damage: The damage the virus is causing could create another political eruption.
  • resident: Even after two Covid-19 deaths were announced last week local residents were reported to be ignoring a curfew, still flocking to markets and mos ques.
  • pilgrimage: Religious pilgrimages are a big part of some Middle Eastern economies.
  • irony: Young people who refused orders to clear the streets for months will not be enjoying the irony that the coronavirus has forced them indoors.

Nicaraguans celebrate Easter processions despite Church ban

  • wary: Many watched the festivities from their homes, wary of catching the virus and suspicious about the country's official COVID-19 figures: just nine cases and one death.
  • converge: Masatepe (Nicaragua) (AFP)- With no concern for social distancing, hundreds of Nicaraguans dressed in costumes converged on the southern city of Masatepe to catch and drag " Judas" through the streets.
  • flout: Others, like Elian Velazquez, said they were flouting the church's advice" to avoid losing " the tradition.
  • recreate: In another part of the city a man dressed as Jesus and carrying a huge cross was surrounded by his executioners, recreating his death.
  • suspicious: Many watched the festivities from their homes, wary of catching the virus and suspicious about the country's official COVID-19 figures: just nine cases and one death.

What does Trump’s Middle East plan say on key issues?

  • sovereign: The Palestinians have long sought to establish an independent, sovereign state in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, which were occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.
  • viable: The White House said Mr Trump's plan offered " a viable path to Palestinian statehood ".
  • designate: It " designates land reasonably comparable in size to the West Bank and Gaza for the establishment of the State of Palestine" and would " more than double the size of the land currently used by the Palestinians ".
  • comparable: It " designates land reasonably comparable in size to the West Bank and Gaza for the establishment of the State of Palestine" and would " more than double the size of the land currently used by the Palestinians ".
  • double: It " designates land reasonably comparable in size to the West Bank and Gaza for the establishment of the State of Palestine" and would " more than double the size of the land currently used by the Palestinians ".

Oman's new sultan faces mammoth challenges

  • praise: The announcement of the death of Oman's Sultan Qaboos earlier this month was followed by a chorus of praise for the achievements of the " father of the nation "- often tainted with a disturbingly Orientalist flavour- that overlooked the fact his grace period had long since come to an end.
  • reclusive: Many Omanis consider that the late sultan, who had been increasingly isolated and reclusive and who had refused to lay the foundations for governance of a post-Qaboos Oman by appointing a prime minister or by nurturing a successor, had become more of a problem than a solution.
  • nurture: Many Omanis consider that the late sultan, who had been increasingly isolated and reclusive and who had refused to lay the foundations for governance of a post-Qaboos Oman by appointing a prime minister or by nurturing a successor, had become more of a problem than a solution.
  • successor: Many Omanis consider that the late sultan, who had been increasingly isolated and reclusive and who had refused to lay the foundations for governance of a post-Qaboos Oman by appointing a prime minister or by nurturing a successor, had become more of a problem than a solution.
  • perpetuate: The regime perpetuated what a United Nations special rapporteur called in 2014 a " pervasive culture of silence and fear affecting anyone who wants to speak and work for reforms in Oman ".

Moqtada al-Sadr: The firebrand cleric who could calm Iraq

  • calm: Moqtada al-Sadr: The firebrand cleric who could calm Iraq- BBC News.
  • topple: When the Americans launched the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 and plunged Iraq into the violent chaos that continues today, few people outside the country had even heard of a little-qualified young Shia cleric called Moqtada al-Sadr.
  • plunge: When the Americans launched the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 and plunged Iraq into the violent chaos that continues today, few people outside the country had even heard of a little-qualified young Shia cleric called Moqtada al-Sadr.
  • chaos: When the Americans launched the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 and plunged Iraq into the violent chaos that continues today, few people outside the country had even heard of a little-qualified young Shia cleric called Moqtada al-Sadr.
  • enigmatic: Nearly 17 turbulent years later, he is probably Iraq's best-known figure and certainly one of its most powerful- instantly recognisable from his scowly features, yet elusively enigmatic.

Justice Department praises watchdog's upcoming report on Russia inquiry amid reported criticism ...

  • praise: Justice Department praises watchdog's upcoming report on Russia inquiry amid reported criticism by Attorney General Barr.
  • excellent: "His excellent work has uncovered significant information that the American people will soon be able to read for themselves.
  • refer: The Justice Department statement did not refer to that report by The Washington Post, but it urged the American people to " draw their own conclusions.
  • abuse: President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have trumpeted the report, with the president claiming it would prove the FBI abused its authority.
  • inspector: The inspector general's review centered on the FBI's surveillance of former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page during the early stages of its investigation into Russian interference and possible ties to the Trump campaign.