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TikTok used by Islamic State to spread propaganda videos

  • parade: Supporters reportedly shared videos showing IS fighters with guns and corpses being paraded through streets.
  • censor: TikT ok has shown it has the ability and the will to controversially censor themes opposed by the Chinese government.
  • moderator: The company, owned by Beijing-headquartered Bytedance, uses thousands of human moderators and artificial-intelligence software to keep harmful content off its platform but the combination does not always work.
  • circumvent: This is an industry-wide challenge complicated by bad actors who actively seek to circumvent protective measures but we have a team dedicated to aggressively protecting against malicious behaviour on TikTok.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders is a huge win for him and a way for her to ...

  • shrewd: The move is a shrewd one for Ocasio-Cortez, as it demonstrates she's not softening her political tactics or looking to appease the Democratic establishment by playing the inside game.
  • appease: The move is a shrewd one for Ocasio-Cortez, as it demonstrates she's not softening her political tactics or looking to appease the Democratic establishment by playing the inside game.
  • stagnant: Democratic strategists across the spectrum agreed that Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement, in particular, is a strategic win for Sanders, particularly on the heels of his recent heart attack and following months of stagnant and even declining support for him in national polls.
  • volunteer: Ocasio-Cortez has long been a Sanders supporter and volunteered for his 2016 campaign in her home district.
  • appease: Progressive commentators and activists argued that Ocasio-Cortez's move is evidence that she's not softening her political tactics or looking to appease the Democratic establishment by playing the inside game.

The Sword and the Bear: Saudis warm to Russia

  • roll: Once it would have been almost unthinkable: a red carpet roll-out in Riyadh for a Russian leader.
  • bilateral: This week has seen a full ceremonial 21-gun salute for President Vladimir Putin in the capital, an audience with the king and crown prince, a host of bilateral deals and a seismic strategic recalculation in the region as Saudi Arabia's US allies effectively abandon the Kurds to their fate in northern Syria.
  • delegation: President Putin has made a rare but much-publicised visit to Saudi Arabia- his first in 12 years- accompanied by a sizable delegation of trade, security and defence officials.
  • formidable: Defence discussions have included the possible purchase and future deployment of Russia's formidable S-400 air defence missile system, which would be something of a diplomatic blow to Washington.
  • bilateral: Bilateral trade deals between Riyadh and Moscow have been accelerating since a June 2018 agreement and recent co-operation to restrain global oil supplies to keep prices buoyant.

Brexit deal within reach in last-ditch talks, but doubts remain

  • acrimonious: Officials and diplomats involved in negotiations over the acrimonious divorce between the world's fifth-largest economy and its biggest trading bloc said that differences over the terms of the split had narrowed significantly.
  • clinch: If London is unable to clinch a deal, an acrimonious divorce could follow that would hit trade and business, roil financial markets and potentially lead to the United Kingdom spli tting.
  • acrimonious: If London is unable to clinch a deal, an acrimonious divorce could follow that would hit trade and business, roil financial markets and potentially lead to the United Kingdom spli tting.

Turkey-Syria offensive: The people caught in the middle

  • unbearable: France's President, Emmanuel Macron, said the offensive risked creating an " unbearable humanitarian situatio n ".
  • deteriorate: On Tuesday, many international NGOs and their international staff were forced to depart the area because of the deteriorating situation, the Kurdish Red Crescent said.
  • shell: Grave concerns remained for the camp's residents, the organisation said, with hostilities and shelling continuing in the vicinity on Monday.
  • pump: Damage to a water pumping station in Ras al-Ain, the main water source for most of Hassakeh province, has increased the risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases.
  • unbearable: France's President, Emmanuel Macron, warned on Sunday that the violence risked creating an " unbearable humanitarian situatio n ".

Australia bars entry to Vietnamese woman for failing to declare raw pork

  • quail: The woman, 45, was stopped on Saturday after she flew into Sydney with 4.6 kg of pork and smaller amounts of quail, squid, pate, raw eggs and garlic in her luggage, authorities said in a statement.
  • levy: Rather than levy a fine, and because of the large amount of undeclared food, immigration officials ordered the woman to return to Vietnam, making her the first person denied entry to Australia under the tougher law.
  • ensnare: Australia's stringent biosecurity laws have in the past ensnared some high-profile figures.

U.S. military says not abandoning Kurds, condemns Turkish offensive

  • onslaught: WASHINGTON (Reuters)- The Pentagon strongly denied on Friday accusations that it had abandoned its Syrian Kurdish allies to a Turkish military onslaught, which it said was destabilizing the region and doing " dramatic harm" to U.S.-Turkey relations.
  • recapture: The Kurdish YPG is the main fighting element of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which have acted as the principal allies of the United States in a campaign that recaptured territory held by the Islamic State group.
  • tacit: Esper also pushed back against criticism that the U.S. troop pullback was a tacit 'green light' to Turkey, portraying it instead as a decision taken to protect his forces.

Tunisia election: The 'robot' and the pasta magnate freed from jail

  • magnate: Tunisia election: The 'robot' and the pasta magnate freed from jail- BBC News.
  • magnate: Tunisia election: The 'robot' and the pasta magnate freed from jail.
  • scuttle: His supporters accuse powerful forces in the country of conspiring to scuttle his candidacy but authorities say his arrest was based on a three-year-old investigation.

Will IS re-emerge as a result of Turkish assault on Syria?

  • grind: The group has vowed to fight on through what it calls a " war of attrition ", hoping to grind down its adversaries by a succession of covertly planned attacks, such as the bombings it claimed in Raqqa this week.
  • disposal: In north-eastern Syria, previously an IS stronghold, their resurgence has been kept in check by the large number of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) soldiers, mostly Kurds, backed by US special forces and the firepower at their disposal.
  • degrade: Between 2014-2019 the US-led coalition of around 70 nations conducted a hard-fought and successful military campaign to degrade and eventually destroy the IS caliphate that was terrorising an area roughly the size of Belgium.
  • teem: The women's camps are teeming with IS supporters and former members of the Hisbah, the morality enforcers, who are still carrying out strict punishments inside the tented camps, including floggings and burning down the tents of those they disapprove of.
  • disapprove: The women's camps are teeming with IS supporters and former members of the Hisbah, the morality enforcers, who are still carrying out strict punishments inside the tented camps, including floggings and burning down the tents of those they disapprove of.

Four maps that explain the Turkish offensive in north-east Syria

  • fertile: The area falling within Turkey's " safe zone" is fertile plain that once served as Syria's breadbasket.
  • barren: It is dotted with dozens of villages and towns, unlike the barren, desert regions to the south.
  • contingency: The UN's Regional Co-ordinator for Syria, Panos Moumtzis, said it had made contingency plans to assist civilians forced to flee their homes by an offensive.

Swing-state town hall finds voters more consumed by health care, education than Trump impeachment pr...

  • microphone: One by one, they appeared at microphones on both sides of the event hall, but missing from their comments was the topic that was leading most newspapers and cable news.
  • microphone: "Do you believe that there should be a profit motive in health care, and if not, then we need to work toward Medicare for All," the first constituent at the microphone asked, also noting Wild's work on mental health after the recent death of her partner by suicide.
  • microphone: The second, a young woman, approached the microphone: " Have you changed your position on the Green New Deal?
  • expeditious: I hope that it is expeditious and I hope that we get it done," Wild said.
  • caucus: Wild is one of many House Democrats in moderate districts who faced voters after months of resisting efforts to embrace impeachment by the progressive faction in the caucus.

Pompeo misses subpoena deadline for Ukraine documents, but says State Dept. will follow law

  • harass: Pompeo said the State Department sent a letter to Congress Friday night, but not the requested documents, and he accused House Democrats of harassing State Department employees in their quest for information.
  • harass: Sadly there have been congressional inquiries that have harassed and abused State Department employees," Pompeo told reporters in Greece during a news conference with that country's foreign minister.
  • rescind: Ambassadorial appointments were rescinded for those found to have been even mildly critical of the president in their use of private social media," Bruen said.
  • subpoena: Earlier in the day, House Democrats subpoenaed the White House for documents relating to the Ukraine scandal and demanded information from Vice President Mike Pence on his involvement in the controversy.

Pope installs new cardinals to set future direction of church

  • cardinal: Pope has now chosen more than half of Church's cardinal electors.
  • archbishop: The others are Cardinal Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, 67, the Spanish head of the Vatican's department for inter-religious dialogue; British Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, 82, one of the Church's foremost experts on Islam and the Koran, and Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hard joatmodjo, 69, the archbishop of Jakarta in Indonesia, the country with the world's largest Moslem population.
  • ignoble: Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerith, 61, of Luxembourg has taken a strong stand against Europe's populist leaders, saying this year that they were playing an " ignoble game" by creating fear of migrants and Muslims.
  • archbishop: Italy's Cardinal Matteo Z uppi, 63, archbishop of Bologna, hails from the progressive Rome-based Santo ' Egidio Community, which helps the poor, mig rants, homeless and refugees around the world.

Uncovering secrets of mystery civilization in Saudi Arabia

  • inhabit: A long-lost culture known as the Nabataean civilisation inhabited the area starting from around 100 BC and persisted for some 200 years.
  • inhabit: Image copyright Richard Duebel Image caption The sophisticated Nabataean culture inhabited Arabia and the Levant in antiquity.
  • inhabit: They inhabited northern Arabia and the southern Levant from the fourth century BC until AD 106.
  • disposal: The involvement of the Royal Commission ensures that cutting-edge technology is at the disposal of archaeologists experienced in the field.
  • systematic: According to Rebecca Foote, the American archaeologist in charge of the survey for the Royal Commission for Al Ula, previous efforts have concentrated on excavation, because a systematic survey on this scale requires time and resources that are only now available.

The secret tapes of Jamal Khashoggi's murder

  • outcast: Khashoggi hadn't always been an outcast, exiled from his own country.
  • consul: These include conversations between the consul general and the head of security at the ministry of foreign affairs, who told him a top-secret mission- " a national duty"- was planned.
  • consul: In the calls between the consul general and Mutreb, there's a reference to the fact that 'we received the information Khashoggi will be coming on Tuesday '," says Kennedy.
  • suffocate: The sounds that are heard after that point will tend to indicate that he's suffocated.
  • retrace: I retraced their footsteps down the street past the cameras that detailed their route between the consulate and the heart of old Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia's tourist spots you are now free to visit

  • expatriate: Until now, Saudi visas were only really granted to expatriate workers, people visiting on business, and pilgrims visiting either or both of the two holy cities Mecca and Medina.
  • necropolis: Now, among the ruins are a vast necropolis with 130 tombs, small pre-Islamic altars, and some adobe houses- structures made from earth- in what used to be the city's living quarters.
  • accolade: Mada 'in Saleh was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2008- the first site in Saudi Arabia to get this accolade.
  • inactive: From the beach you can see mountains and inactive volcanoes, while there are mango farms nearby.
  • sinister: It does, however, have a more sinister use for the location where public executions are carried out, hence it's nickname 'chop-chop square'.

Male model arrested in widely publicized Thai sex case

  • abduction: Police brought charges of illegal detention leading to death, abduction with intent of committing an indecent act and molestation against 24-year-old Ratchadech Wongtabut in a case that has riveted the attention of the public and press.
  • rivet: Police brought charges of illegal detention leading to death, abduction with intent of committing an indecent act and molestation against 24-year-old Ratchadech Wongtabut in a case that has riveted the attention of the public and press.
  • copious: A media frenzy over the case has been fueled by the suspect's provocative online posts boasting of past sexual conquests, including as he had Thitima in his room, and copious surveillance video showing him carrying the apparently unconscious victim.
  • autopsy: The said Wednesday that an autopsy found that Thitima had died from extreme alcohol intoxication, citing a blood alcohol concentration of 418 milligrams per 100 milliliters.
  • promoter: The foundation has studied the cases of young women working as sales promoters at beer drinking outlets nationwide, including pop-up booths.

Egypt, Qatar Trade Barbs at UN on Libya Conflict Interference

  • barb: UNITED NATIONS- Egypt and Qatar, who support rival groups in the Libyan conflict, traded barbs Tuesday at the United Nations, highlighting just how difficult it will be for the U.N. to push renewed peace efforts.
  • unify: We need to work on unifying all national institutions in order to save our dear neighbor from the ensuing chaos by militias and prevent the intervention of external actors in Libya's internal affairs," Sisi said in a speech.
  • impartial: Salame believes Germany can mediate because it is seen as impartial in the conflict in contrast to France and Italy, which have been competing for influence.
  • protagonist: France and Italy have oil and gas interests in Libya and have been accused of also backing protagonists in the conflict.

Mohamed Ali: The self-exiled Egyptian sparking protests at home

  • dissent: In a matter of weeks, the 45-year-old businessman has become a household name in Egypt, emerging as one of the most vocal critics of the president after a crackdown in recent years that has largely silenced dissent.
  • exile: Since early September, Mr Ali has been posting almost daily videos from his self-imposed exile in Spain, accusing President Sisi and the military top brass of corruption.
  • brass: Since early September, Mr Ali has been posting almost daily videos from his self-imposed exile in Spain, accusing President Sisi and the military top brass of corruption.
  • slander: The extent of Mr Ali's popularity prompted Mr Sisi himself to respond to the accusations, dismissing them as " lies and slander" and rebuking Egyptians for watching the videos.
  • rebuke: The extent of Mr Ali's popularity prompted Mr Sisi himself to respond to the accusations, dismissing them as " lies and slander" and rebuking Egyptians for watching the videos.

Murders of land activists spike under Philippines' Duterte: watchdog

  • embolden: Manila (AFP)- Murders of environmental activists and land defenders in the Philippines have risen sharply under President Rodrigo Duterte, an international rights watchdog said Tuesday, alleging his speeches and policies have " emboldened" the killers.
  • log: Campaigners who challenge powerful log ging, mining and fruit growing interests have long faced deadly violence in the Philippines, but the recent increase marked a " disturbing" jump, according to a report from Global Witness.
  • fruit: Campaigners who challenge powerful log ging, mining and fruit growing interests have long faced deadly violence in the Philippines, but the recent increase marked a " disturbing" jump, according to a report from Global Witness.
  • ramble: The president also threatens enemies in his frequent, rambling public statements that are peppered with profanity and are part of his popular appeal in the Philippines.
  • embolden: The president's brutal 'war on drugs ' has fostered a culture of impunity and fear, emboldening the politically and economically powerful to use violenc e," the report added.

Robert Mueller testifies: Russian election interference was 'serious,' Trump was 'not ex...

  • exculpate: Robert Mueller testifies: Russian election interference was 'serious, ' Trump was ' not exculpated'.
  • exculpate: Russian election interference was 'serious, ' Trump was ' not exculpated'.
  • trajectory: Mueller began testifying before Congress on Wednesday at the start of a pair of hearings that Democrats hope could change the trajectory of Donald Trump's presidency, though it became apparent soon after the start of his remarks that he was unlikely to offer information beyond what had been detailed in his office's final report.
  • apparent: Mueller began testifying before Congress on Wednesday at the start of a pair of hearings that Democrats hope could change the trajectory of Donald Trump's presidency, though it became apparent soon after the start of his remarks that he was unlikely to offer information beyond what had been detailed in his office's final report.
  • lawmaker: Instead, lawmakers from both parties walked the former FBI director through a series of questions about that report, mainly asking him to confirm what his office had written, this time before a live television audience.