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Modified Cotton Could Be Human Food Source After US Green Light

  • cottonseed: U.S. regulators have cleared the way for farmers to grow a cotton plant genetically modified to make the cottonseed edible for people, a protein-packed potential new food source that could be especially useful in cotton-growing countries beset with malnutrition.
  • cottonseed: Cotton is widely grown around the world, with its fiber used to make textiles and the cottonseed used among other things to feed animals such as cattle and sheep that have multiple stomach chambers.
  • cottonseed: Ordinary cottonseed is unfit for humans and many animals to eat because it contains high levels of gossypol, a toxic chemical.
  • cottonseed: It can be turned into flour for use in breads, tortillas and other baked goods and used in protein bars, while whole cottonseed kernels, roasted and salted, can be consumed as a snack or to create a peanut butter type of paste, Rathore added.
  • cottonseed: If all of the cottonseed currently produced worldwide were used for human nutrition, it could meet the daily protein requirements of about 575 million people, Rathore said.

US, Saudi Arabia Have Leverage on Each Other; Using It Has Costs

  • consulate: Relations have been strained by the Oct. 2 disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
  • depress: As the world's largest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia has some ability to flood the market to depress oil prices or to curb supply and raise them.
  • accentuate: The Khashoggi case could accentuate calls in Congress to limit U.S. support for the coalition.
  • bulwark: The United States and Saudi Arabia both wish to contain Iran, and Washington depends on Riyadh to serve as a bulwark against Iranian influence, notably in Syria and Lebanon.
  • invaluable: U.S. officials now regard Saudi cooperation on counter-terrorism as invaluable given the human intelligence Saudi operatives provide by exploiting an unrivaled network of tribal and family connections to infiltrate militant strongholds.

Nigeria midwife murders: Brutal IS tactics rekindle new fears

  • abduction: Fighters from a Boko Haram faction loyal to IS- known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap)- were behind their abduction.
  • indiscriminate: Many analysts believe Shekau- who is now rumoured to be ill- was removed because of the tactics he used, often sending child suicide bombers to launch indiscriminate attacks on civilians that included targeting places of worship.
  • reticent: The reticent military has not commented much on the attacks, except to say they were " fierce".
  • notoriety: Its leader, Abubakar Shekau, gained worldwide notoriety five years later after kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok.
  • fractious: In the wake of this, Shekau's fighters joined IS, but it appears to have been a fractious relationship.

Orthodox Church split: Five reasons why it matters

  • monastery: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mt Athos monastery in Greece receives many Orthodox Christian pilgrims.
  • parish: In Ukraine the Moscow Patriarchate controls about 12,000 parishes, while the Kiev Patriarchate has about 5,000 and the UAOC nearly 1,000.
  • devout: He called the Constantinople Patriarchate's decision of 11 October" a great victory for the devout Ukrainian nation over the Moscow demons, a victory of good over evil, light over darkness ".
  • annul: Constantinople has annulled the transfer of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to Moscow's jurisdiction, which happened in 1686.