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Iraq paramilitary units blame US for base attacks

  • proxy: Baghdad (AFP)- Iraqi paramilitary units said Wednesday they held the US responsible for a string of mysterious blasts in recent weeks at their bases, renewing fears of a possible proxy war.
  • infringe: On Wednesday, the paramilitary group said in a statement it had carried out its own investigation and pointed the finger at the US military, but also accused Israel of infringing Iraqi airs pace.
  • soar: Tensions between Iran and the US have soared since May 2018, when President Donald Trump's administration unilaterally pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear accord agreed by major world powers with Tehran.
  • clarify: He stopped short of explicitly accusing Israel of carrying out raids and did not clarify whether alleged Israeli drone activity had any relation to the attacks over the last month.
  • transfer: One of Israel's biggest security concerns is the possibility that Iran could transfer rockets by land to its allies in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon that could then be used to attack Israel.

Source: Jeffrey Epstein ordered 3 couples in his entourage to get married

  • port: Business Insider has identified at least one other, previously unr e ported, marriage between two women in Ep stein's entourage.
  • coercion: Their allegations, which include sexual assault and coercion, closely mirror those lodged by prior accusers.
  • orbit: According to New York City marriage records, the American was granted a marriage license in October 2013 to another woman in Ep stein's orbit from Eastern Europe.
  • graduate: One former peer said she often wore expensive brand clothing that many graduate students would struggle to afford.
  • contact: None of the classmates Business Insider contacted recalled any indication that she was married to a woman.

Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project

  • diligence: After exercising due diligence, we decided the path we're going down wouldn't be fruitful, so we're not going down that path anymore.
  • termination: Mark Wright, a spokesman for the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, said details about the technical problems that led to the project's termination would not be released " due to the classified nature of the program.
  • convenience: Officials said the contract is being canceled" for convenience, not for caus e," meaning it was at the Pentagon's discretion and not because Boeing was unable to fulfill the contract.

A billboard in Baltimore calls Jared Kushner a 'rich pest.' It was put up by PETA

  • pest: A billboard in Baltimore calls Jared Kushner a ' rich pest.
  • pest: The billboard plays off the revelation that President Donald Trump's son-in-law owned multiple rat-infested buildings in Baltimore, calling him a " rich pest" as a cartoonized depiction of him sits atop a pile of money.
  • humane: In their statement, PETA also called for the humane removal of rodents from apartment buildings.
  • pest: This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Baltimore billboard put up by PETA calls Jared Kushner a ' rich pest'.

Khan Sheikhoun: Syria rebels pull out of key town after five years

  • flux: The fate of the town seemed to be in flux on Tuesday, as the UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported it had fallen to government forces.
  • entirety: Securing the motorway in its entirety is a major goal of the government offensive.
  • tenuous: His position looked tenuous at one point during the eight year conflict, but thanks to international allies like Russia and Iran, President Assad has won back control of most of Syria, and has set his sights on Idlib..

Regime advance cuts off Turkish convoy in northwest Syria

  • convoy: Maaret al-Noman (Syria) (AFP)- A Turkish military convoy crossed into jihadist-run northwest Syria on Monday, its path blocked by advancing regime troops as tensions soared between Damascus and Ankara.
  • soar: Maaret al-Noman (Syria) (AFP)- A Turkish military convoy crossed into jihadist-run northwest Syria on Monday, its path blocked by advancing regime troops as tensions soared between Damascus and Ankara.
  • convoy: The convoy had entered Idlib province before heading towards a key town where Russian-backed regime forces are waging a fierce battle to retake the area from jihadists and rebels.
  • fierce: The convoy had entered Idlib province before heading towards a key town where Russian-backed regime forces are waging a fierce battle to retake the area from jihadists and rebels.
  • convoy: Turkey claimed an air strike hit its convoy, killing three civilians, though a war monitor said a Russian air raid took the lives of three rebels in the surrounding area.

Syrian civil war: 'Three killed' in attack on Turkish convoy

  • harrowing: The story of the picture showing a Syrian family's harrowing moment after an air strike.
  • outskirt: Government forces, backed by Russia, reportedly entered the northwest outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun on Sunday.
  • outskirt: A colonel from a rebel faction confirmed to Reuters news agency that there were battles going on on the outskirts.

Epstein died by suicide using his jail bed sheet while his guards slept, according to report

  • autopsy: Initial autopsy reports that revealed Epstein broke several bones in his neck, including his hyoid, a U-shaped bone in the front and middle of the neck, led conspiracists to suspect foul play.
  • autopsy: The bone can be broken during suicide by hanging, but is more commonly associated with strangulation, although medical experts and the coroner who oversaw Ep stein's autopsy say he died by suicide.
  • empty: Read more: Ep stein's last days were spent emptying vending machines with his lawyers in a private meeting room, avoiding suicide watch, and paying other inmates ' commissaries.
  • volunteer: The two staffers on guard at the time of Ep stein's suicide included one retired correctional officer who was volunteering.

Mormon church warning: Beware of those fancy coffee drinks

  • adherence: The new guidance in the August issue of a church youth magazine does not include fundamental changes to the religion's strict health code, but the clarifications are significant and seem to reflect growing concern about young Latter-day Saints ' adherence to the rules.
  • satirical: The faith's rejection of coffee has long generated curiosity and more than a few jokes, including a scene in the biting satirical Broadway musical called " The Book of Mormon" where dancing cups of coffee appear in missio nary's nightmare.
  • infuse: The new instructions about coffee make clear that there's no gray area allowing coffee infused drinks and allude to the wide variety that could tempt members of the faith widely known as the Mormon church.
  • obey: She also found that younger members are less concerned than older members about obeying the health code, which is one of the ways that makes the religion distinct from many other faiths.

What can a tiny bone tell us about Jeffrey Epstein's death?

  • protrude: The Adam's apple is outwardly protruding thyroid cartilage surrounding the larynx.
  • cartilage: The Adam's apple is outwardly protruding thyroid cartilage surrounding the larynx.
  • theorize: Years later, investigators looked to the hyoid bone to theorize whether she might have been a homicide victim.
  • borough: In a widely followed case in the New York City borough of Staten Island in 2014, Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo was accused with fatally choking Eric Garner.
  • cardiac: The officers attempted to arrest Garner and Pantaleo put him in a chokehold; Garner died after going into cardiac arrest.

Crusader winery found under house in Israel

  • masonry: The people of Mi'ilya, one of only two Christian towns in Israel that profess the Greek Melkite faith, have lived in the shadow of the castle ever since, but crumbling masonry has started to pose a threat to inhabitants and visitors alike in recent years.
  • dig: At the same time, businesswoman Salma Assaf paid for the dig to explore beneath her Ottoman-era house, where they had to remove large amounts of debris before uncovering the wine factory.
  • culinary: Mrs Assaf is opening a culinary and tourist centre called Chateau du Roi, in honour of the King's Castle, above the winery, complete with a glass-panelled floor for the benefit of the diners and direct access to the excavation for those who want to admire it close up.

DHS chief regrets 'unfortunate' timing of ICE raid of food processing plants in Mississippi

  • regret: President Donald Trump's acting secretary of Homeland Security expressed regret Sunday for the timing of immigration raids that netted 680 workers at food processing plants in Mississippi, an operation that took place after a mass shooting that targeted Hispanics in El Paso, Texas.
  • disregard: At a time when this country is grieving due to two domestic terrorist shootings, your agency has instead seemingly deliberately disregarded its own long-s tanding guidelines and carried out another form of family separation," Thompson said.
  • blatant: The blatant lack of planning and resulting chaos calls into question the true motivation behind these worksite enforcement operations," Thompson said.

Jeffrey Epstein: The trail of ruined lives, misery and bankruptcy arch-swindler and paedophile left ...

  • reckoning: At the beginning, middle and end of his career, Jeffrey Epstein faced a reckoning with his misdeeds.
  • misdeed: At the beginning, middle and end of his career, Jeffrey Epstein faced a reckoning with his misdeeds.
  • chicanery: At every stage, he managed to avoid the efforts of prosecutors and victims to confront him with his financial chicanery and sexual abuses.
  • devious: Equal parts charismatic and devious, he was a Wall Street washout with a knack for numbers and, according to those who worked with him, a mind set on deceit.
  • deceit: Equal parts charismatic and devious, he was a Wall Street washout with a knack for numbers and, according to those who worked with him, a mind set on deceit.

Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris cross paths in northern Iowa, where voters say bumping into 2020 ...

  • animosity: If there was any animosity from the most recent round of debates in Detroit, where CNN moderators repeatedly goaded the candidates to attack one another, they kept it out of Clear Lake.
  • moderator: If there was any animosity from the most recent round of debates in Detroit, where CNN moderators repeatedly goaded the candidates to attack one another, they kept it out of Clear Lake.
  • goad: If there was any animosity from the most recent round of debates in Detroit, where CNN moderators repeatedly goaded the candidates to attack one another, they kept it out of Clear Lake.

China waiting out Hong Kong protests, but backlash may come

  • grapple: Meanwhile, China is grappling with a slowing economy and the ongoing impacts of the U.S.-China trade war, as well as pushback against its ambitious multi-billion dollar" Belt and Road" infrastructure program that is seen as miring poorer nations in debt.
  • valid: Beijing, he said, is seen as no longer having a " valid legitimacy to rule Hong Kong.
  • concession: The refusal to offer concessions or even open a dialogue with the protesters creates a " vicious circle" whereby those in the movement have no choice other than to continue demonstrating or tow Beijing's line, said Joseph Cheng a political analyst now retired from the City University of Hong Kong.
  • retire: The refusal to offer concessions or even open a dialogue with the protesters creates a " vicious circle" whereby those in the movement have no choice other than to continue demonstrating or tow Beijing's line, said Joseph Cheng a political analyst now retired from the City University of Hong Kong.
  • defiance: However, one tactic Beijing is highly unlikely to use is deploying its military, as was used with deadly effect against pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, the last time the party saw such open defiance of its authority on the streets of a Chinese city.

Tucker Carlson: Advertisers abandon Fox News host after he says 'white supremacy is a hoax'

  • hoax: Tucker Carlson: Advertisers abandon Fox News host after he says 'white supremacy is a hoax '.
  • advertiser: Advertisers abandon Fox News host after he says 'white supremacy is a hoax '.
  • hoax: Advertisers abandon Fox News host after he says 'white supremacy is a hoax '.
  • advertiser: By March, the number of advertisers on his programme had halved from roughly 36 to 18 per show, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Two Armies Face Off Online as Kashmir Wakes to a New Reality

  • restive: The rival nations have been at loggerheads for the past week after India scrapped a measure that granted autonomy to the restive Kashmir region.
  • blatant: Usual blatant lies," tweeted Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor.
  • shock: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shocked the nation on Monday when his government took just a few hours to end seven-decades of autonomy in Kashmir by diluting Article 370 of the constitution.
  • dilute: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shocked the nation on Monday when his government took just a few hours to end seven-decades of autonomy in Kashmir by diluting Article 370 of the constitution.
  • curfew: At the same time, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan warned of violence when the now five-day long curfew is lifted.

8 things science has shown to be strongly linked with more gun violence — and 2 things that are not

  • injure: On Saturday, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more.
  • suspect: The suspect was arrested, and the US Justice Department is investigating the incident as an act of domestic terrorism that may have targeted immigrants.
  • mortality: In relation to mortality rates, gun-violence research was the least-researched cause of death and the second-least-funded cause of death," the authors of a 2017 study wrote.
  • conclusive: The data on bananas causing suicide is about as conclusive," Chris Ferguson, who led a public-policy committee on mass shootings and violent media for the American Psychological Association, told The New York Times.
  • misdemeanor: The Lautenberg Amendment to the 1968 Gun Control Act disqualifies people with a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence from buying or owning firearms.

Kashmir's streets silent as people's despair and rage grow

  • teem: Its streets, once teeming with traffic, are dotted with spools of concertina wire, blocking movement.
  • wire: Its streets, once teeming with traffic, are dotted with spools of concertina wire, blocking movement.
  • entirety: The predominantly Muslim region is claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan, although both countries only control parts of it.
  • navigate: In central Srinagar people had to navigate barbed-wire checkpoints to buy necessities or reach hospitals.
  • reprisal: Several residents spoke with The Associated Press anonymously for fear of reprisals from the authorities.

Red Sea Diving Resort: The holiday village run by spies

  • advertise: I advertised for a man to get me pregnant- then I fell in love.
  • treachery: In 1977 one of their members, Ferede Ak lum, wanted by the Ethiopian authorities for " anti-government activity" (Aklum was suspected of sympathising with rebels and of treachery for encouraging Jews to emigrate to Israe l) escaped to Sudan, along with a wave of non-Jewish Ethiopian refugees fleeing civil war and a deepening food crisis.
  • emigrate: In 1977 one of their members, Ferede Ak lum, wanted by the Ethiopian authorities for " anti-government activity" (Aklum was suspected of sympathising with rebels and of treachery for encouraging Jews to emigrate to Israe l) escaped to Sudan, along with a wave of non-Jewish Ethiopian refugees fleeing civil war and a deepening food crisis.
  • perilous: In the period up to late 1985, some 14,000 Beta Israelis took the chance and made the perilous 800km ( 500-mile) journey by foot.
  • perish: About 1,500 of the Jewish refugees were killed along the way, perished in the squalid camps around Gedaref and Kassala, or were abducted.

Yemen war: Has anything been achieved?

  • mountainous: It began six months earlier when the Houthis, a small, largely unheard-of Yemeni tribal group from the mountainous north, marched on the capital, Sanaa, and evicted the legitimate government.
  • evict: It began six months earlier when the Houthis, a small, largely unheard-of Yemeni tribal group from the mountainous north, marched on the capital, Sanaa, and evicted the legitimate government.
  • propel: Propelled by its inexperienced defence minister and now Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia put together a hastily-assembled coalition and began a devastating campaign of air strikes on Houthi positions.
  • contingent: The UA E, which at one point had up to 7,000 troops deployed in Yemen, has now reduced its contingent there to a few hundred, leaving the Saudis and their Yemeni allies to fight the Houthis, who remain firmly embedded in and around the capital and the north of the country.
  • liberate: Also, it has " liberated" most of Yemen and undermined the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula group.

Hamza Bin Laden 'killed in air strike'

  • avenge: In recent years, al-Qaeda released 11 audio messages from Bin Laden in which he threatened the US, called for attacks to avenge his father's death and encouraged jihadist action in Syria.
  • revolt: In March 2018, in his last known public statement, he called on the people of the Arabian Peninsula to revolt.
  • avenge: For a son brought up to hate America, avenging his killing at the hands of special forces was always going to be an obsession.

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.