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Rouhani allies set for Iran parliament win

  • clinch: It would also be an implicit public vote of confidence for Rouhani, who won a landslide election victory in 2013 and went on to clinch a historic deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme that lifted sanctions.
  • dissuade: Iranian officials including Khamenei have complained that the United States is not honouring its commitments and is in fact taking steps to dissuade non-American banks to do business with Tehran.
  • tack: Although the conservatives went backwards two months ago they did not change tack this time round, keeping up pressure over what they say is a silent agenda among reformists to give up the principles of the revolution.

Top Asian News 8:21 a.m. GMT

  • facial: It said U.S. troops pointed their fingers at North Korean soldiers and made strange noises and unspecified " disgusting" facial expressions.
  • subversion: Kim Dong Chul was sentenced Friday after a brief trial in Pyongyang by North Korea's Supreme Court, which found him guilty of espionage and subversion under Articles 60 and 64 of the North's criminal code.
  • conducive: I think anything, anything, any proposal, no matter where the proposal comes from, so long it is conducive to a negotiated solution that will contribute to denuclearization to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula should be studied very carefully," Liu Jieyi said Friday.

Kenya to burn huge ivory stockpile

  • pyre: Image copyright EPA Image caption The ivory has been piled into huge pyres expected to burn for several days.
  • pyre: President Uhuru Kenyatta will ignite the first of 11 huge pyres in Nairobi National Park, which are expected to burn for several days.
  • translucent: Its pure, translucent beauty and the ease with which a tusk can be carved into intricate sculptures have given it a lasting value throughout the ages.

Kenya to torch huge elephant tusk stockpile

  • pyre: Nairobi (AFP)- Eleven giant pyres of tusks are to be set on fire as Kenya torches its vast ivory stockpile in a grand gesture aimed at shocking the world into stopping the slaughter of elephants.
  • pyre: Stockpiles of elephant tusks are stacked up onto pyres at Nairobi's national park waiting to be burned along with more than a tonne of rhino-horn at what is said to be the biggest stockpile destruction in history ( AFP Photo/Tony Karumba) More.
  • pyre: The pyres prepared in Nairobi contain some 16,000 tusks and pieces of ivory.
  • pyrotechnic: If you wish to incinerate it, you have to take it to extreme temperatures," said Robin Hollister, a former film special effects specialist turned pyrotechnic expert, who has organised the fuel-fed fires.

Russian Censorship Group Seeks Chinese Help to Better Control Internet

  • urgency: Russian internet experts said the forum’s timing and high-profile guests demonstrated an urgency in the Kremlin's struggle to control information ahead of parliamentary elections later this year and presidential elections in 2018.
  • incitement: Heavy fines and jail time have been introduced for anyone posting online comments deemed extremism, an incitement to hatred or an insult to revered groups such as Orthodox Christians.
  • revere: Heavy fines and jail time have been introduced for anyone posting online comments deemed extremism, an incitement to hatred or an insult to revered groups such as Orthodox Christians.
  • pioneer: Anton Nosik is a Moscow-based blogger and Russian internet pioneer who, just a day before the forum, was charged with extremism and inciting hatred for posts he made about bombing Syria and comparing President Bashar al-Assad’s government to Nazi Germany.
  • instigate: Prominent bloggers and activists are targeted to send a message, Soldatov said, “because the Russian system, in large part, is based on intimidation and instigating self-censorship among journalists and among users of social networks and bloggers.

Chemical Cocktail Turns Skin Cells Into Beating Heart Cells

  • regenerate: Their work lays the foundation for one day being able to regenerate lost or damaged cells with pharmaceutical drugs.
  • transplant: Transplanted into a mouse heart, the cells developed into healthy heart muscle cells.
  • laborious: Previous work in tissue regeneration involved a laborious process of inserting specific genes into stem cells created from skin cells, then infusing the transformed cells into the body to create healthy tissue.

No war crimes charges for US troops who bombed Afghan hospital

  • incomprehensible: It is incomprehensible that, under the circumstances described by the US, the attack was not called off.
  • evasive: Once over Kunduz the plane was fired upon by a ground to air missile, a rare threat in the Afghan theater, and the crew had to take evasive action before returning to the scene of the fighting.
  • unscathed: Witnesses told MSF that the main central block of the facility housing the intensive care unit was targeted precisely, with nearby buildings unscathed, and many patients burned to death in their beds.

Nigeria and pro-Biafra campaigners step up war of words

  • aggravate: Abuja (AFP)- Nigeria's government and pro-Biafra activists are increasingly trading accusations of deadly violence, threatening to aggravate a tense stand-off prompted by the detention of the group's leader.
  • bury: Earlier this month, Nigerian intelligence accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement of abducting and killing five ethnic Fulani people and burying them shallow graves.
  • shallow: Earlier this month, Nigerian intelligence accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement of abducting and killing five ethnic Fulani people and burying them shallow graves.
  • secession: The significance of the DSS accusation is not lost on Nigerians because of violence before secession against Igbos living in the mainly Muslim north, where Hausa-speaking Fulani are dominant.
  • nomadic: For weeks, Fulani herdsmen-- nomadic Muslim cattle raisers-- have been accused of killing farmers in Nigeria's agricultural heartland, according to local media.

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

  • propeller: An employee looks at the propeller of a Scorpen submarine at the industrial site of the naval defence company and shipbuilder DCNS in La Montagne near Nantes, France, April 26, 2016.
  • disparate: Interviews with more than a dozen Japanese, French, Australian and German government and industry officials show how a series of missteps by a disparate Japanese group of ministry officials, corporate executives and diplomats badly undermined their bid.
  • ministry: Interviews with more than a dozen Japanese, French, Australian and German government and industry officials show how a series of missteps by a disparate Japanese group of ministry officials, corporate executives and diplomats badly undermined their bid.
  • utmost: We put our utmost effort into the bid," the head of the Ministry of Defense's procurement agency Hideaki Watanabe said after the result was announced on Tuesday.
  • commemorate: Le Drian traveled to Albany in the country's remote southwest, where officials had gathered to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first sailing of Australian soldiers to fight on France's Western Front during World War One.