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Into thin air

  • closure: Some people say to me: 'Would it not be easier if you had closure?
  • transcendental: Its most famous visitors were The Beatles, in 1968, when they came to learn transcendental meditation under the Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi.
  • crass: Jonathan's uncle, Eugene Lane-Spollen, who also travelled to India, said: "One of the problems is that, in our culture, the concept of simply being so crass as to disappear and not make at least phone calls, is just close to unthinkable.

Rural retreat

  • amorous: It's not easy to talk politics against the bellowing of an amorous bull.
  • accordion: A short drive away, in a low-roofed building on a small industrial estate, a team of 14 workers make France's Maugein accordions.
  • accordion: Image caption Maugein's handmade accordions are now available in China.

Terror threat

  • onslaught: IS has so far survived the onslaught and it seems the group is attracting new recruits to replace those killed.
  • abduction: Beheadings and abductions, including of women and children, are other tactics.
  • evict: Its first aim was to drive Afghan Taliban fighters out of the area and it also hoped to evict Taliban ally al-Qaeda from the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, or absorb its fighters.
  • numerical: Estimates about IS's numerical strength inside Afghanistan vary, ranging from 1,000 to 5,000.
  • onslaught: Image copyright AFP Image caption Afghan security forces have been battling IS fighters, but the group has survived the onslaught.

Africa's top shots: 17-23 February 2017

  • lantern: Image copyright AP Image caption A Nigerian vegetable seller in Lagos uses a home-made lantern on Monday as a work-around in a country where electricity remains a luxury for many... Image copyright AP Image caption Another vendor at the same marketplace at least has an electric lantern so her customers can see her onions and plantains.
  • plantain: Image copyright AP Image caption A Nigerian vegetable seller in Lagos uses a home-made lantern on Monday as a work-around in a country where electricity remains a luxury for many... Image copyright AP Image caption Another vendor at the same marketplace at least has an electric lantern so her customers can see her onions and plantains.
  • lantern: Image copyright AP Image caption A Nigerian vegetable seller in Lagos uses a home-made lantern on Monday as a work-around in a country where electricity remains a luxury for many... Image copyright AP Image caption Another vendor at the same marketplace at least has an electric lantern so her customers can see her onions and plantains.

Museum or church? St. Isaac's becomes bone of contention in Russia

  • souvenir: That cannot suit Christians, who are compelled to witness one of Russia's main cathedrals reduced to a trade center, a big souvenir shop, where priests are part of the show.
  • fresco: After 1945, its interior frescoes, icons, and alcoves, and its neoclassical exterior were fully restored, and it became the prime tourist attraction that it remains today.
  • alcove: After 1945, its interior frescoes, icons, and alcoves, and its neoclassical exterior were fully restored, and it became the prime tourist attraction that it remains today.
  • amicable: So, we are open for dialogue and hope it will be solved" in an amicable way, she says.