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Abuse inquiry chief faces resignation calls

  • government: London (AFP)- The head of a government inquiry on child sex abuse faced mounting pressure to step down Friday over her links to a former minister at the centre of allegations of an establishment cover-up.
  • abuse: London (AFP)- The head of a government inquiry on child sex abuse faced mounting pressure to step down Friday over her links to a former minister at the centre of allegations of an establishment cover-up.
  • victim: Representatives of alleged victims formally called for Fiona Woolf to resign following claims she tried to play down her social relationship with former home secretary Lord Brittan.
  • resign: Representatives of alleged victims formally called for Fiona Woolf to resign following claims she tried to play down her social relationship with former home secretary Lord Brittan.
  • relationship: Representatives of alleged victims formally called for Fiona Woolf to resign following claims she tried to play down her social relationship with former home secretary Lord Brittan.

Heavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site

  • clash: No clashes were reported after prayer services ended around mid-day, though Israeli security personnel fired several volleys of tear gas canisters at dozens of rock-throwing Palestinian youths gathered at the Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
  • security: No clashes were reported after prayer services ended around mid-day, though Israeli security personnel fired several volleys of tear gas canisters at dozens of rock-throwing Palestinian youths gathered at the Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
  • personnel: No clashes were reported after prayer services ended around mid-day, though Israeli security personnel fired several volleys of tear gas canisters at dozens of rock-throwing Palestinian youths gathered at the Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
  • site: The Jerusalem holy site has been a flashpoint between devotees of the two faiths for decades, underscoring the incendiary nature of the religious component in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • incendiary: The Jerusalem holy site has been a flashpoint between devotees of the two faiths for decades, underscoring the incendiary nature of the religious component in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Controversial French dam halted after protester death

  • suspend: Paris (AFP)- Local French authorities Friday decided to suspend work on a controversial dam after the death last week of an activist protesting against the project that sparked uproar in the country.
  • dam: Paris (AFP)- Local French authorities Friday decided to suspend work on a controversial dam after the death last week of an activist protesting against the project that sparked uproar in the country.
  • activist: Paris (AFP)- Local French authorities Friday decided to suspend work on a controversial dam after the death last week of an activist protesting against the project that sparked uproar in the country.
  • freeze: The executive council in charge of the project in the southwestern Tarn region decided to freeze work on the dam but did not definitively scrap it.
  • dam: The executive council in charge of the project in the southwestern Tarn region decided to freeze work on the dam but did not definitively scrap it.

Chinese official allegedly hides $33M in bribes

  • seize: Xu Jinhui, a top anti-graft prosecutor, told reporters the cash was seized at the home of Wei Pengyuan, deputy chief of the coal bureau under the National Energy Administration.
  • bureau: Xu Jinhui, a top anti-graft prosecutor, told reporters the cash was seized at the home of Wei Pengyuan, deputy chief of the coal bureau under the National Energy Administration.
  • investigator: Investigators wore out four of the 16 cash-counting machines brought in to measure the stash, financial news publication Caixin reported.
  • financial: Investigators wore out four of the 16 cash-counting machines brought in to measure the stash, financial news publication Caixin reported.
  • publication: Investigators wore out four of the 16 cash-counting machines brought in to measure the stash, financial news publication Caixin reported.

Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data

  • jail: Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data- Yahoo News.
  • hack: Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data- Yahoo News.
  • guilty: Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and a 21-year-old Dane were found guilty a day earlier of breaking into the servers of the Danish branch of CSC in 2012 and accessing more than 91,000 social security numbers, driver's license numbers and police records of sought-after people in Europe.
  • security: Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and a 21-year-old Dane were found guilty a day earlier of breaking into the servers of the Danish branch of CSC in 2012 and accessing more than 91,000 social security numbers, driver's license numbers and police records of sought-after people in Europe.
  • alias: Svartholm Warg, who is known by his Internet alias " Anakata, " didn't dispute his computer had been used in the hacking.

Muslim Leaders of Western Balkan Nations Pull Out of Meeting

  • rare: It was meant to be a rare gathering of the leaders of the western Balkan countries bidding to join the European Union, a moment of high symbolism two decades since the wars that tore apart Yugoslavia, but old enmities again got in the way.
  • invite: Leaders of Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania were all invited to meet under the auspices of the Trilateral Commission, a Western reflection group, at a Saturday conference in Belg rade, capital of Serbia and once Yugoslavia.
  • reflection: Leaders of Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania were all invited to meet under the auspices of the Trilateral Commission, a Western reflection group, at a Saturday conference in Belg rade, capital of Serbia and once Yugoslavia.
  • conference: Leaders of Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania were all invited to meet under the auspices of the Trilateral Commission, a Western reflection group, at a Saturday conference in Belg rade, capital of Serbia and once Yugoslavia.
  • prime: Albania's prime minister, Edi Rama, declined his invitation in the wake of an abandoned Oct. 14 soccer match between Serbia and Albania in Belg rade, when brawls broke out on the pitch after a remote-controlled drone trailing a flag of “Greater Albania” flew over the stadium, triggering a pitch invasion.

North Korean Ebola policies hit tourism businesses

  • halt: Tourist visits were halted last week, and North Korea announced Thursday it would quarantine other visitors for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.
  • announce: Tourist visits were halted last week, and North Korea announced Thursday it would quarantine other visitors for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.
  • spread: Tourist visits were halted last week, and North Korea announced Thursday it would quarantine other visitors for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.
  • disease: The steps came even though the disease has not occurred anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter North Korea anyway.
  • foreigner: The steps came even though the disease has not occurred anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter North Korea anyway.

UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups

  • foreigner: UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups- Yahoo News.
  • terror: UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups- Yahoo News.
  • expert: The report by a panel of experts monitoring al-Qaida and the Taliban, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, has been submitted to the U.N. Security Council.
  • obtain: The report by a panel of experts monitoring al-Qaida and the Taliban, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, has been submitted to the U.N. Security Council.
  • cumulative: Numbers since 2010 are now many times the size of the cumulative numbers of foreign terrorist fighters between 1990 and 2010- and are growing," the report says.

Ukraine will guarantee transit of Russian gas to Europe: PM

  • guarantee: Ukraine will guarantee transit of Russian gas to Europe: PM- Yahoo News.
  • guarantee: Ukraine will guarantee transit of Russian gas to Europe: PM.
  • guarantee: KIEV (Reuters)- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, speaking after a gas agreement with Russia was nailed down, said on Friday Ukraine would guarantee deliveries of gas through its territory to Europe to make sure Moscow had no room for " blackmailing".
  • territory: KIEV (Reuters)- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, speaking after a gas agreement with Russia was nailed down, said on Friday Ukraine would guarantee deliveries of gas through its territory to Europe to make sure Moscow had no room for " blackmailing".
  • criticize: Yatseniuk, speaking to Ukrainian energy officials, criticized Russia's South Stream project to transport Russian gas through the Black sea to Europe and added: " Ukraine will guarantee transit.

Russia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike

  • recover: Since then, the currency has recovered somewhat to 42 rubles but it remains volatile.
  • volatile: Since then, the currency has recovered somewhat to 42 rubles but it remains volatile.
  • recession: U.S. and European sanctions in response to the Kremlin's annexation of Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea and support for a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine have hurt the Russian economy that was already teetering on the brink of recession.
  • loan: While helping shore up the currency and rein in inflationary pressures, the interest rate hike could hurt economic growth by making loans more expensive.
  • assuage: In a bid to assuage criticism over such prospects, the bank promised to reduce interest rates in the future if external conditions improve and inflation stabilizes.

Global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan

  • beneficiary: Japan's stock benchmark was the main beneficiary, closing 4.8 higher at 16,413.76, its highest level since late 2007.
  • soar: The yen also fell sharply, with the dollar soaring 2 percent to 111.63 yen.
  • inflation: Japan's inflation slipped and household spending fell in September while unemployment ticked up.
  • monetary: The move also comes at the end of a week where the U.S. Federal Reserve brought an end to its latest monetary stimulus, and generated hopes that the European Central Bank may also be tempted to soon enact its own quantitative easing, or QE..
  • stimulus: The move also comes at the end of a week where the U.S. Federal Reserve brought an end to its latest monetary stimulus, and generated hopes that the European Central Bank may also be tempted to soon enact its own quantitative easing, or QE..

Three Iraqis arrested in Switzerland, suspected of planning attack

  • arrest: Three Iraqis arrested in Switzerland, suspected of planning attack- Yahoo News.
  • suspect: Three Iraqis arrested in Switzerland, suspected of planning attack- Yahoo News.
  • arrest: ZURICH (Reuters)- Swiss authorities said on Friday they had arrested three Iraqi citizens in March who are suspected of providing support to Islamic State and planning an attack in Europe.
  • suspect: ZURICH (Reuters)- Swiss authorities said on Friday they had arrested three Iraqi citizens in March who are suspected of providing support to Islamic State and planning an attack in Europe.
  • suspect: The three are also suspected of using explosives and toxic gases with criminal intent, of pornography offences and encouraging illegal access to and from Switzerland, the Swiss public prosecutor said a statement.

Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves

  • denounce: Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves- Yahoo News.
  • slave: Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves- Yahoo News.
  • denounce: Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves.
  • slave: Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves.
  • democracy: HONG KONG (Reuters)- Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters ' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves.

Muslim men over 50 pray at Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque amid tight security

  • pray: JERUSALEM (Reuters)- Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets.
  • intense: JERUSALEM (Reuters)- Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets.
  • security: JERUSALEM (Reuters)- Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets.
  • access: JERUSALEM (Reuters)- Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets.
  • compound: JERUSALEM (Reuters)- Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets.

Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons

  • bury: Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons- Yahoo News.
  • government: For government supporters, Assad is synonymous with Syria itself, particularly in Tartous, a scenic Mediterranean port that is majority Alawite, an offshoot of Shiite Islam that is the faith of Assad's family.
  • port: For government supporters, Assad is synonymous with Syria itself, particularly in Tartous, a scenic Mediterranean port that is majority Alawite, an offshoot of Shiite Islam that is the faith of Assad's family.
  • majority: For government supporters, Assad is synonymous with Syria itself, particularly in Tartous, a scenic Mediterranean port that is majority Alawite, an offshoot of Shiite Islam that is the faith of Assad's family.
  • offshoot: For government supporters, Assad is synonymous with Syria itself, particularly in Tartous, a scenic Mediterranean port that is majority Alawite, an offshoot of Shiite Islam that is the faith of Assad's family.

Switzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan

  • suspect: Switzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan- Yahoo News.
  • arrest: Switzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan- Yahoo News.
  • arrest: The Iraqi citizens were arrested in late March and have been held in pre-trial detention since then, Swiss federal prosecutors said in a statement.
  • federal: The Iraqi citizens were arrested in late March and have been held in pre-trial detention since then, Swiss federal prosecutors said in a statement.
  • suspect: They didn't give the names or any other details of the suspects.

Somali Pirates Release Sailors After Ransom Paid

  • detain: Somali pirates have freed seven Indian sailors detained for close to four years in exchange for an undisclosed ransom, Somali officials and a maritime monitoring group said on Friday.
  • seize: At one time the pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms from seizing ships sailing the Horn of Africa nation's waters, but increased patrols by international navies on the Indian Ocean have reduced incidences of piracy.
  • international: At one time the pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms from seizing ships sailing the Horn of Africa nation's waters, but increased patrols by international navies on the Indian Ocean have reduced incidences of piracy.
  • incidence: At one time the pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms from seizing ships sailing the Horn of Africa nation's waters, but increased patrols by international navies on the Indian Ocean have reduced incidences of piracy.
  • hijack: The sailors, held since the pirates hijacked the Panama-flagged ship MT Asphalt Venture in September 2010, were freed on Thursday.

Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

  • award: The award) means a heck of a lot to me," said Downey.
  • original: Oscar-winning actress Dench was honored with Albert R. (" Cubby") Broccoli Award for Worldwide Contribution in Entertainment, named after one of the original producers of the James Bond films.
  • award: Noted Dench, " Well, I 'm rather overwhelmed by (the award), because I didn't ever expect to have a film career at all.
  • career: Noted Dench, " Well, I 'm rather overwhelmed by (the award), because I didn't ever expect to have a film career at all.
  • course: I never knew Cubby Broccoli, although I know, of course, ( Albert's daught e r) Barbara Broccoli and ( Barbara's half-brother and Bond-series producer) Michael Wilson very well.

UK says will pay off part of World War One-era debt next year

  • debt: UK says will pay off part of World War One-era debt next year- Yahoo News.
  • debt: UK says will pay off part of World War One-era debt next year.
  • debt: LONDON (Reuters)- Britain will pay back part of the outstanding debt used to fund World War One next year, when it redeems government bonds first issued almost 90 years ago by then-finance minister Winston Churchill.
  • redeem: LONDON (Reuters)- Britain will pay back part of the outstanding debt used to fund World War One next year, when it redeems government bonds first issued almost 90 years ago by then-finance minister Winston Churchill.
  • government: LONDON (Reuters)- Britain will pay back part of the outstanding debt used to fund World War One next year, when it redeems government bonds first issued almost 90 years ago by then-finance minister Winston Churchill.

Bombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 15 people

  • marketplace: Bombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 15 people- Yahoo News.
  • embroil: Iraq is embroiled in its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops in the wake of a blitz this year by the Sunni militant Islamic State group, which has seized a third of the country's territory.
  • crisis: Iraq is embroiled in its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops in the wake of a blitz this year by the Sunni militant Islamic State group, which has seized a third of the country's territory.
  • troops: Iraq is embroiled in its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops in the wake of a blitz this year by the Sunni militant Islamic State group, which has seized a third of the country's territory.
  • militant: Iraq is embroiled in its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops in the wake of a blitz this year by the Sunni militant Islamic State group, which has seized a third of the country's territory.

Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

  • position: SURUC Turkey (Reuters)- U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.
  • border: SURUC Turkey (Reuters)- U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.
  • apparent: SURUC Turkey (Reuters)- U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.
  • insurgent: The predominantly Kurdish town, besieged for more than 40 days, has become the focus of a global war against the Sunni Muslim insurgents, who have captured expanses of Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic " caliphate" straddling the two.
  • capture: The predominantly Kurdish town, besieged for more than 40 days, has become the focus of a global war against the Sunni Muslim insurgents, who have captured expanses of Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic " caliphate" straddling the two.

Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

  • recognize: Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin- Yahoo News.
  • recognize: Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin.
  • illegitimate: BERLIN (Reuters)- German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday.
  • recognize: BERLIN (Reuters)- German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday.
  • government: BERLIN (Reuters)- German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday.

Younis Khan guides Pakistan to 517-4 in 2nd test

  • guide: Younis Khan guides Pakistan to 517-4 in 2nd test- Yahoo News.
  • century: At Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Misbah became the third Pakistan batsman to make a century, while Younis Khan was still going strong at 205 not out.
  • soil: His highest score is 313 against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2009- the last completed test match on Pakistan soil.
  • bowler: Younis reached 196 with his second six of the innings off Maxwell, whom he lofted over long off, and then pushed the same bowler for a single in his next over to reach his double century.
  • double: Younis reached 196 with his second six of the innings off Maxwell, whom he lofted over long off, and then pushed the same bowler for a single in his next over to reach his double century.

Car Bomb at Bus Stop Kills Five in Northeast Nigeria

  • explode: A car bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe on Friday, killing at least five people and wounding 15 others, witnesses said.
  • witness: A car bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe on Friday, killing at least five people and wounding 15 others, witnesses said.
  • security: “It just happened, and our men and the security agencies are on the scene dealing with the fallout,” an emergency services official told Reuters, saying five people died.
  • emergency: “It just happened, and our men and the security agencies are on the scene dealing with the fallout,” an emergency services official told Reuters, saying five people died.
  • emergency: Witness Godfrey Anebo said he saw emergency services pull eight people from the wreckage, all of whom appeared to be dead.

Al-Aqsa Mosque Partially Reopened after Jerusalem Clashes

  • security: Jerusalem's Al-Aqsamosque was partially reopened Friday, as Israel security forces let in Muslim women and older men for prayers after shuttering the area completely a day earlier.
  • deploy: Israeli police deployed heavily around the holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as Haram al-Sharif.
  • site: Israeli police deployed heavily around the holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as Haram al-Sharif.
  • restrict: Authorities restricted access to the disputed compound, which contains Al-Aqsa mos que, following clashes over the killing of a Palestinian by Israeli security forces.
  • access: Authorities restricted access to the disputed compound, which contains Al-Aqsa mos que, following clashes over the killing of a Palestinian by Israeli security forces.

In China, Mixed Signals on Ebola Controls

  • clarify: Chinese authorities Friday worked to clarify their response to the West African Ebola outbreak at a time when governments around the world are trying to determine the best way to prevent the virus from reaching their shores.
  • outbreak: Chinese authorities Friday worked to clarify their response to the West African Ebola outbreak at a time when governments around the world are trying to determine the best way to prevent the virus from reaching their shores.
  • government: Chinese authorities Friday worked to clarify their response to the West African Ebola outbreak at a time when governments around the world are trying to determine the best way to prevent the virus from reaching their shores.
  • information: In China, there has been limited and at times contradictory information about the measures in place to respond to Ebola.
  • foreign: Last week, China’s foreign ministry said that travelers from West African countries who showed no signs of the virus would be allowed to travel without restriction.

Burkina Faso General: Military Still Subordinate to Government

  • retired: A retired Burkina Faso general denied a military coup has taken place, telling VOA that unless the president steps down, the military will remain subordinate to the government.
  • coup: A retired Burkina Faso general denied a military coup has taken place, telling VOA that unless the president steps down, the military will remain subordinate to the government.
  • subordinate: A retired Burkina Faso general denied a military coup has taken place, telling VOA that unless the president steps down, the military will remain subordinate to the government.
  • government: A retired Burkina Faso general denied a military coup has taken place, telling VOA that unless the president steps down, the military will remain subordinate to the government.
  • retire: In an interview with VOA's French to Africa service, retired General Kouame Lougue said he does not know if President Blaise Compaore will respond to protesters ' demands to resign, saying " the people will decide.

Mexico Police Investigate Police Link in Shooting Deaths of US Siblings

  • confirm: Mexican authorities confirmed Thursday that three Americans missing in the border city of Matamoros for more than two weeks have been found shot to death.
  • border: Mexican authorities confirmed Thursday that three Americans missing in the border city of Matamoros for more than two weeks have been found shot to death.
  • witness: Officials said they are looking into a witness statement that the abductors identified themselves as part of the " Hercules" group, an elite public security unit that patrols the Tamaulipas state frontier with the United States.
  • elite: Officials said they are looking into a witness statement that the abductors identified themselves as part of the " Hercules" group, an elite public security unit that patrols the Tamaulipas state frontier with the United States.
  • security: Officials said they are looking into a witness statement that the abductors identified themselves as part of the " Hercules" group, an elite public security unit that patrols the Tamaulipas state frontier with the United States.

Hungary Suspends Internet Tax After Protests

  • opinion: Public opinion polls show American voters are deeply dissatisfied with their government and anxious about threats from abroad.
  • government: Public opinion polls show American voters are deeply dissatisfied with their government and anxious about threats from abroad.
  • anxious: Public opinion polls show American voters are deeply dissatisfied with their government and anxious about threats from abroad.
  • especially: This is especially true for a key voting group both Republicans and Democrats are trying hard to win over: women.
  • analyst: Analysts say if women are focused on national security, it could be bad news for Democrats, with majority control of the Senate at stake.

Gerrard open to move from Liverpool

  • academy: The 34-year-old, who joined Liverpool's youth academy at the age of nine, ruled out the possibility of retirement when his current deal expires in May.
  • announce: The former England captain, who announced his retirement from international football in July, has made almost 700 appearances for the Anfield club, playing with prolific strikers Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.
  • international: The former England captain, who announced his retirement from international football in July, has made almost 700 appearances for the Anfield club, playing with prolific strikers Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.
  • prolific: The former England captain, who announced his retirement from international football in July, has made almost 700 appearances for the Anfield club, playing with prolific strikers Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.
  • predecessor: Regarding Balotelli's predecessor, Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona in July, Gerrard said it was a surprise the Uruguay international was not named in a 23-man shortlist for the Fifa 2014 world footballer of the year award.

China to Send Elite Army Unit to Help Fight Ebola in Liberia

  • dispatch: China will dispatch an elite unit from the People's Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa.
  • elite: China will dispatch an elite unit from the People's Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa.
  • outbreak: The PLA squad, which has experience from a 2002 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ( SARS), will build a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia, the first such facility in the three countries most impacted by Ebola to be constructed and run by a foreign country, said Lin Songtian, director general of the ministry's Department of African Affairs.
  • treatment: The PLA squad, which has experience from a 2002 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), will build a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia, the first such facility in the three countries most impacted by Ebola to be constructed and run by a foreign country, said Lin Songtian, director general of the ministry's Department of African Affairs.
  • facility: The PLA squad, which has experience from a 2002 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), will build a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia, the first such facility in the three countries most impacted by Ebola to be constructed and run by a foreign country, said Lin Songtian, director general of the ministry's Department of African Affairs.

Lawmaker Blasts US Participation in Cuba Ebola Meeting

  • opponent: One of Washington's most vocal opponents of the Castro brothers ' regime in Cuba has blasted the U.S. decision to attend an Ebola conference in Havana this week.
  • regime: One of Washington's most vocal opponents of the Castro brothers ' regime in Cuba has blasted the U.S. decision to attend an Ebola conference in Havana this week.
  • attend: One of Washington's most vocal opponents of the Castro brothers ' regime in Cuba has blasted the U.S. decision to attend an Ebola conference in Havana this week.
  • conference: One of Washington's most vocal opponents of the Castro brothers ' regime in Cuba has blasted the U.S. decision to attend an Ebola conference in Havana this week.
  • diplomatic: The United States has no official diplomatic relationship with the Communist island nation.

Ghani Urges Taliban to Join 'Inter-Afghan Dialogue'

  • conference: Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani used a regional conference in China Friday to reiterate his call for the Taliban to join a national peace dialogue and urged his country's international partners to support what he said is an Afghan-led and Afghan owned process.
  • reiterate: Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani used a regional conference in China Friday to reiterate his call for the Taliban to join a national peace dialogue and urged his country's international partners to support what he said is an Afghan-led and Afghan owned process.
  • dialogue: Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani used a regional conference in China Friday to reiterate his call for the Taliban to join a national peace dialogue and urged his country's international partners to support what he said is an Afghan-led and Afghan owned process.
  • urge: Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani used a regional conference in China Friday to reiterate his call for the Taliban to join a national peace dialogue and urged his country's international partners to support what he said is an Afghan-led and Afghan owned process.
  • international: Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani used a regional conference in China Friday to reiterate his call for the Taliban to join a national peace dialogue and urged his country's international partners to support what he said is an Afghan-led and Afghan owned process.

HK Executive Council Member Likens Protesters to Freed Slaves

  • democracy: Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters ' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves.
  • slave: Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters ' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves.
  • parliament: Laura Cha, who is also a member of Hong Kong's policy-making Executive Council, chairwoman of the city's Financial Services Development Council and a member of China's parliament, reportedly made the comments at an event in Paris.
  • slave: “American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later, so why can't Hong Kong wait for a while?
  • liberate: “American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later, so why can't Hong Kong wait for a while?

Amid Unrest, Burkina Faso President Refuses to Resign

  • government: Burkina Faso's president has refused to step down, insisting he will stay in power and lead a transitional government that was announced following violent protests.
  • announce: Burkina Faso's president has refused to step down, insisting he will stay in power and lead a transitional government that was announced following violent protests.
  • parliament: Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital, Ouagadougou, Friday demanding that Compaore step down, a day after the military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government.
  • announce: Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital, Ouagadougou, Friday demanding that Compaore step down, a day after the military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government.
  • government: Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital, Ouagadougou, Friday demanding that Compaore step down, a day after the military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government.

Japan Stocks Surge on Economic Stimulus Measures

  • financial: Japanese stocks Friday rose to their highest levels since before the global financial crisis, following Tokyo's surprise decision to expand economic stimulus measures.
  • crisis: Japanese stocks Friday rose to their highest levels since before the global financial crisis, following Tokyo's surprise decision to expand economic stimulus measures.
  • expand: Japanese stocks Friday rose to their highest levels since before the global financial crisis, following Tokyo's surprise decision to expand economic stimulus measures.
  • stimulus: Japanese stocks Friday rose to their highest levels since before the global financial crisis, following Tokyo's surprise decision to expand economic stimulus measures.
  • positive: Shares were also in positive territory elsewhere in Asia, including in Sydney, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

American Pleads Guilty to Terror Charge After Failed Bid to Join IS

  • militant: An American man who tried but failed to join the Islamic State militant group faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in the United States on Thursday for attempting to support a terrorist group.
  • prison: An American man who tried but failed to join the Islamic State militant group faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in the United States on Thursday for attempting to support a terrorist group.
  • plead: An American man who tried but failed to join the Islamic State militant group faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in the United States on Thursday for attempting to support a terrorist group.
  • guilty: An American man who tried but failed to join the Islamic State militant group faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in the United States on Thursday for attempting to support a terrorist group.
  • terrorist: An American man who tried but failed to join the Islamic State militant group faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in the United States on Thursday for attempting to support a terrorist group.

Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal

  • conflict: After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new " gas war " could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June.
  • rebel: After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new " gas war " could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June.
  • ease: After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new " gas war " could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June.
  • disrupt: After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new " gas war " could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June.
  • temperature: With overnight temperatures already nudging below freezing in Ukraine, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso hailed an accord clinched in Brussels barely 24 hours before he and the rest of his team make way for a new EU executive.

Burkina president rejects opposition calls to step down after violence

  • reject: Burkina president rejects opposition calls to step down after violence- Yahoo News.
  • violence: Burkina president rejects opposition calls to step down after violence- Yahoo News.
  • government: OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters)- Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore said on Thursday he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent protests.
  • reject: OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters)- Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore said on Thursday he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent protests.
  • parliament: The head of the armed forces, General Honore Tra ore, had earlier dissolved parliament and announced talks with all political parties to create an interim government to take the West African country to democratic elections within a year.

Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply

  • clinch: Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply- Yahoo News.
  • mediate: EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, whose offices mediated the talks for months, said the EU will also help cash-strapped Ukraine with the payments through aid and guarantees.
  • aid: EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, whose offices mediated the talks for months, said the EU will also help cash-strapped Ukraine with the payments through aid and guarantees.
  • guarantee: EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, whose offices mediated the talks for months, said the EU will also help cash-strapped Ukraine with the payments through aid and guarantees.
  • guarantee: EU energy chief Guenther Oettinger said that " we can guarantee a security of supply over the winter, " not only for Ukraine but also for the EU nations closest to the region that stood to suffer should the gas standoff have worsened.

Rights groups urge UN, Europe to stop 'illegal' Spain deportations

  • urge: Rights groups urge UN, Europe to stop 'illegal ' Spain deportations- Yahoo News.
  • urge: Rights groups urge UN, Europe to stop 'illegal ' Spain deportations.
  • urge: Madrid (AFP)- Amnesty International and 12 other human rights groups urged the United Nations and Europe on Thursday to press Spain to stop the " illegal" deportations of migrants who reach its territories in north Africa.
  • illegal: Madrid (AFP)- Amnesty International and 12 other human rights groups urged the United Nations and Europe on Thursday to press Spain to stop the " illegal" deportations of migrants who reach its territories in north Africa.
  • conservative: Spain's conservative government has said it will pass a legal amendment authorising police to expel migrants who climb over the fences from Morocco into Melilla and Ceuta, two Spanish-governed territories which have Europe's only land borders with Africa.

US stocks are mixed in midday trading

  • climb: The Dow Jones industrial average climbed more than 100 points, almost entirely thanks to a strong gain for Visa, the Dow's highest-priced stock.
  • annual: MORE GROWTH: The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the three months ending in September, powered by more business investment, sales abroad and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.
  • estimate: The Commerce Department's estimate for third-quarter growth came in slightly better than economists expected.
  • government: ONE TAKE: " It's another report that indicates the economy can stand on its own two feet," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital Management, referring to the government's estimate of economic growth.
  • estimate: ONE TAKE: " It's another report that indicates the economy can stand on its own two feet," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital Management, referring to the government's estimate of economic growth.

East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy

  • separatist: East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy- Yahoo News.
  • legitimacy: East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy- Yahoo News.
  • normalcy: East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy- Yahoo News.
  • separatist: East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy.
  • legitimacy: East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy.

Sweden recognises Palestinian state, draws Israeli anger

  • anger: Sweden recognises Palestinian state, draws Israeli anger- Yahoo News.
  • major: Stockholm (AFP)- Sweden on Thursday officially recognised the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so, in a move hailed as " historic" by Palestinians but denounced by Israel.
  • denounce: Stockholm (AFP)- Sweden on Thursday officially recognised the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so, in a move hailed as " historic" by Palestinians but denounced by Israel.
  • government: Today the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine," Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem wrote in the mass-circulation Dagens Nyheter daily, less than a month after Sweden's new government announced the plans to make the controversial move.
  • government: Today the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine," Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem wrote in the mass-circulation Dagens Nyheter daily, less than a month after Sweden's new government announced the plans to make the controversial move.

Younus hits third successive century

  • consecutive: Younus Khan became the second man to score three consecutive Test centuries against Australia as Pakistan made 304-2 on the opening day of the final Test.
  • series: Pakistan have not won a Test series against Australia since 1994.
  • occasion: Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara struck three successive tons against different opposition on three separate occasions, while Australian Jack Fingleton, South African Alan Melville and India's Rahul Dravid all scored four in a row.
  • consecutive: West Indian Everton Weekes holds the Test record with five consecutive hundreds in 1948.
  • avert: Australia, seeking to avert a first Test series defeat against Pakistan since 1994, made two changes, bringing in left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc for left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe and off-spinning all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for number three batsman Alex Doolan.

UK rubbish heats Danish homes

  • smoke: BBC News- Denmark: UK rubbish goes up in smoke for heating.
  • process: Denmark is lighting a fire under the UK's landfill problem, and making cheaper energy in the process, it's reported.
  • waste: Danish incinerators are burning thousands of tonnes of waste imported from the UK in order to provide home heating, the national broadcaster DR reports on its website.
  • import: Danish incinerators are burning thousands of tonnes of waste imported from the UK in order to provide home heating, the national broadcaster DR reports on its website.
  • protection: In 2013, Denmark took in about 200,000 tonnes from the UK overall, according to the country's environmental protection agency.

Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting far-right Jew

  • suspect: Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting far-right Jew- Yahoo News.
  • arrest: JERUSALEM (Reuters)- Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian on Thursday after he fired at them resisting arrest in East Jerusalem hours after the attempted assassination of a far-right Israeli activist, police said.
  • assassination: JERUSALEM (Reuters)- Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian on Thursday after he fired at them resisting arrest in East Jerusalem hours after the attempted assassination of a far-right Israeli activist, police said.
  • activist: JERUSALEM (Reuters)- Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian on Thursday after he fired at them resisting arrest in East Jerusalem hours after the attempted assassination of a far-right Israeli activist, police said.
  • surround: Anti-terrorist police units surrounded a house in the Abu Tor neighborhood to arrest a suspect in the attempted assassination of Yehuda Glick, immediately upon arrival they were shot at.

After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom _ and glut

  • glut: After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom _ and glut- Yahoo News.
  • prohibitive: It's now rapidly turning into a fiasco as the cost proves prohibitive and utilities anticipate putting some nuclear reactors, shuttered since the March 2011 Fukushima disaster, back online.
  • kilowatt: People were trying to beat the April 1 lowering of the government-set tariff that utilities pay renewable energy producers to 32 yen (30 cents) a kilowatt hour from 36 yen ( 34 cents).
  • kilowatt: The regular cost of electricity in Japan is about 23 yen per kilowatt hour.
  • exasperate: Goto urged those who were exasperated, like Oba, to calm down, although he said a solution such as expanding grid access would take time.

Israel police kill Palestinian suspect in attack on right-winger

  • suspect: Israel police kill Palestinian suspect in attack on right-winger- Yahoo News.
  • suspect: Jerusalem (AFP)- Jerusalem police on Thursday killed a Palestinian man suspected of a shooting attack on an Israeli hardliner which left him badly wounded, a spokesman said.
  • suspect: The Palestinian, who was the main suspect in the Wednesday night attack, was eliminated at his home in Jerusalem's Abu Tor neighbourhood by special police forces following an exchange of fire," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
  • eliminate: The Palestinian, who was the main suspect in the Wednesday night attack, was eliminated at his home in Jerusalem's Abu Tor neighbourhood by special police forces following an exchange of fire," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
  • seize: Abu Tor straddles the seamline between west Jerusalem and the occupied eastern sector, which was seized by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.

Romania's taxing problem will still trouble incoming government

  • government: Romania's taxing problem will still trouble incoming government- Yahoo News.
  • pour: BUCHAREST (Reuters)- Every morning, hundreds of traders pour into a cheap wholesale market in a northern suburb of Bucharest.
  • rife: Tax dodging remains rife in Romania, despite demands for improvement from the European Union, which it joined in 2007, and the International Monetary Fund, which provided aid after the financial crisis.
  • aid: Tax dodging remains rife in Romania, despite demands for improvement from the European Union, which it joined in 2007, and the International Monetary Fund, which provided aid after the financial crisis.
  • financial: Tax dodging remains rife in Romania, despite demands for improvement from the European Union, which it joined in 2007, and the International Monetary Fund, which provided aid after the financial crisis.