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Police detain 18 ahead of Feyenoord-Roma Europa League clash

  • eject: Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb drafted an emergency order that police could invoke if hooligans begin rioting, giving police enhanced powers to detain fans and eject them from the city.
  • repeat: Police said most of their actions centered on preventive measures to avoid a repeat of last week's violence in Rome.
  • renovate: Feyenoord fans rioted in Rome before the round-of-32 first leg, clashing with police, damaging a recently renovated fountain, and leaving part of the city's historic center strewn with beer cans and smashed bottles.
  • riot: Feyenoord fans rioted in Rome before the round-of-32 first leg, clashing with police, damaging a recently renovated fountain, and leaving part of the city's historic center strewn with beer cans and smashed bottles.

US-led strikes on IS after group seizes 220 Christians

  • offensive: Beirut (AFP)- The US-led coalition carried out air strikes Thursday against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians.
  • hostage: Such grisly videos have become a hallmark of the group, with one British-accented militant from the organisation appearing in multiple videos showing killings of foreign hostages.
  • artillery: De Mistura said earlier this month that Damascus was willing to suspend aerial bombardment and artillery fire on Aleppo for six weeks.
  • kidnap: They followed the launch Monday of a new offensive by IS, which kidnapped the Assyrians as it seized territory around Tal Tamr.
  • kidnap: Beirut (AFP)- The US-led coalition carried out air strikes Thursday against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians.

Argentine judge throws out cover-up allegation against president

  • smear: She said she believed the agents then killed Nisman after using him to smear her.
  • obstruction: The judge held that the... complaint was not strong enough to initiate criminal proceedings because it did not support the alleged cover-up or obstruction of the investigatio n" into the AMIA bombing, said a statement from the judiciary branch's CIJ information service.
  • alleviate: Thursday's ruling will alleviate some of the political pressure on Fernandez, whose popularity has been hurt.
  • dupe: Fernandez called Nisman's cover-up claims " absurd" and said he had been duped into making them by rogue security agents.

Russia's Khodorkovsky: Putin is a 'naked king' facing economic ruin and discord

  • discord: Russia's Khodorkovsky: Putin is a 'naked king ' facing economic ruin and discord.
  • agony: Russia will have to stand long in agony by the bed of the sick emperor.
  • discord: Russia's Khodorkovsky: Putin is a 'naked king ' facing economic ruin and discord- Yahoo News.
  • finale: He said Putin was in the twilight of his power but cautioned that it the finale of the Putin presidency which began on the last day of 1999 could be painful and dangerous for both the West and Russia.

Ukraine says pulling back arms as US, Russia trade barbs

  • barb: Artemivsk (Ukraine) (AFP)- Ukraine's military on Thursday said it had started withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline, bolstering a stuttering peace plan as the United States and Russia traded barbs over the conflict.
  • unanimous: The West says the best hope for a negotiated solution to the 10-month conflict lies with the truce, which last week won unanimous backing from the UN Security Council.
  • barb: Ukraine says pulling back arms as US, Russia trade barbs.
  • terse: EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini" touched on " the gas issue in a call with Lav rov, her office said in a terse statement.
  • verification: This is the first step in the pull-back of heavy weapons and will be carried out exclusively under the supervision and verification of the OSCE ( the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe).

China’s Crackdown on Uighurs Gaining Notice as Violence Continues

  • uncommon: Uighurs say they chafe under strict police scrutiny and controls on their movements and violent clashes with police are not uncommon.
  • onerous: The authorities stepped up already onerous restrictions on Islam with the stated aim of fighting ' violent terrorism and religious extremism,' " Amnesty International said.
  • curtail: Uighurs faced widespread discrimination in employment, education, housing and curtailed religious freedom, as well as political marginalization," the report said.
  • knife: The chief ordered them to disperse, at this point they rushed all together and snatched the rifle and handgun from Qasim Imir’s hand, then slashed him with the knifes and axes,” Yaqaeriq Deputy Mayor Turdahun Tohti told Radio Free Asia’s ( RFA) Uighur service.
  • knife: The showdown ended with Imir and three auxiliary police dead from knife and axe wounds, nine suspects shot to death by police and four passersby who were hit by police gunfire, he said.

US wraps up Ebola military mission in Liberia

  • recede: A force that at one point reached 2,800 has been gradually scaled back since the epidemic began to recede, and the Pentagon has announced that " nearly all " troops will be gone by the end of April.
  • precaution: Although US troops in Liberia and Senegal had no contact with patients, the Pentagon has placed all military personnel returning from west Africa in quarantine as a precaution.
  • rotate: Volesky said the mission was originally expected to last up to 18 months, rotating thousands of troops.

Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 200: officials

  • avalanche: The avalanches came after days of heavy snow, which destroyed more than 100 homes in the province and blocked main roads, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages.
  • avalanche: Rescue efforts after disasters such as avalanches and flash floods, which often hit as snows melt in the spring, are frequently hampered by lack of equipment.
  • avalanche: In 2010, another avalanche killed 165 people in the high-altitude Salang Pass, which runs through the Hindu Kush mountain range that connects capital Kabul to the north.
  • funeral: Funerals for the victims began on Thursday afternoon in the Panjshir village of Khinj, north of Bazarak, the province's main town.
  • mountainous: Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan's mountainous areas in winter.

Jordan, Israel sign deal to help save Dead Sea

  • degradation: The degradation of the Dead Sea started in the 1960s when Israel, Jordan and Syria began to divert water from the Jordan River, the Dead Sea's main supplier.
  • potable: The Palestinians are expected to obtain 30 million cubic metres of potable water annually thanks to the project.
  • rehabilitate: He said the deal will help rehabilitate the Dead Sea and provide solutions to Jordan's chronic water problems, a statement said.
  • stipulate: The agreement, signed in the presence of representatives from the United States and the World Bank, stipulates the construction of a canal to channel water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.

No charges over Dane's 'Je suis' gunman comment

  • condone: French comedian Dieudonne is on trial on charges of condoning terrorism over a comment suggesting he sympathised with of one of the assailants in the January shooting spree in Paris.
  • condone: Under Danish law, condoning terrorism is punishable with a fine or up to two years in prison.
  • condone: Copenhagen (AFP)- A Danish man whose Facebook comments appeared to back the gunman behind the deadly Copenhagen attacks will not face charges of condoning terrorism, a prosecutor said Thursday.
  • caption: Rest in peace our dear brother Omar Abdel El-Hussein," he wrote in a caption to a picture of El-Hussein, which included in Arabic the phrase " May Allah have mercy on you ".

'Jihadi John' killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner

  • notoriety: J ihadi John" rose to notoriety in August 2014 when a video appeared showing a masked man raging against the United States before apparently beheading U.S. citizen James Foley off camera.
  • taunt: The 26-year-old militant used the videos to threaten the West, admonish its Arab allies and taunt President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron before petrified hostages cowering in orange jump suits.
  • facial: Intelligence services in the United States and Britain used a variety of investigative techniques including voice and facial recognition as well as interviews with former hostages to identify the man, with whom MI5 had already had dealings.
  • well-to-do: LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters)- The masked " J ihadi John" killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family.
  • knife: The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State ( IS) apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.

WHO: Treaty Making Inroads in Global Tobacco Epidemic

  • pipe: For example, water pipe tobacco, which becomes trendy and widespread among mostly young people in those countries where water pipe was not traditionally used.”
  • inroad: The World Health Organization said its landmark tobacco control treaty is making inroads in slowing the global tobacco epidemic.
  • pipe: For example, water pipe tobacco, which becomes trendy and widespread among mostly young people in those countries where water pipe was not traditionally used.”
  • decrease: “They have started seeing decreases of let us say 15 to 30 percent in the past 10 years in tobacco use prevalence, which means that millions of deaths have been averted by the implementation of this treaty, ” stated Szilagyi.
  • entice: It said the industry uses slick media campaigns to entice women and young people to pick up the smoking habit.

S. African Budget Draws Groans at Home, Shrugs Abroad

  • outburst: Just two weeks ago, President Zuma’s State of the Nation address prompted political demonstrations, angry outbursts, two parliamentary walkouts and angry comments from across the political spectrum.
  • edge: It’s now out of Africa’s top 10, edged out by the notoriously corrupt and disorganized Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • indignity: South Africa’s finance minister has announced a tax hike for next year, a move that has further annoyed South Africans who say they’re already suffering from a high tax burden, plus the added indignity of irregular basic services.
  • alleviate: “They look at South Africa as a country that can alleviate them from poverty,” he said.
  • interrupt: That address was interrupted by opposition MPs and set against the backdrop of a growing scandal surrounding Mr. Zuma, as well as the nation’s failing power grid.

Assyrian Forces Seek International Support After IS Offensive

  • incite: Mouhamed Khello, a spokesman for security forces in the Kurdish region of northern Syria known as Rojava, told VOA the Islamic State group “is trying to incite religious strife in the regio n" with its offensive against the Assyrian Christian villages.
  • depravity: The international community stands united and undeterred in its resolve to bring an end to (Islamic State's) depravity," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said late Wednesday.
  • ire: In neighboring Iraq, Islamic State militants drew additional ire on Thursday, when video surfaced online with the Islamic State logo showing men using sledgehammers to destroy ancient artifacts and toppling statues in Iraq's northern city of Mosul.

Ukraine begins artillery withdrawal, recognizing truce is holding

  • convoy: Earlier, Reuters journalists saw a larger convoy of 30-40 vehicles also towing guns away from the front on a highway.
  • wreckage: Rebels brought Ukrainian war prisoners on Thursday to the ruins of the airport on the north of the town to recover the dead bodies of their fellow Ukrainian troops, left buried in the wreckage since it the terminal was captured in January.
  • comrade: They take their comrades out to return them to their mums and dads.
  • straight: However, the army reported no combat fatalities at the front for a second straight day on Thursday, the first time no troops have been killed since long before the French- and German-brokered truce was meant to take effect.

Two-time winner on European Tour, Lahiri eyes PGA Tour

  • consistency: As impressive as his consistency has been from week to week, even more admirable is the way Lahiri attacked the latter parts of both tournaments.
  • compatriot: The Indian shot a 10-under 62 in the third round to vault into contention in Kuala Lumpur and eventually beat Bernd Wiesberger by a shot, and then bridged a seven-stroke gap against compatriot Shiv Chowrasia in the final round at New Delhi before beating him in a play-off.
  • revel: It would not be right to say I revel in such situations.
  • major: My aim is to win in America, to play well in the majors.

South Korea decriminalises adultery, condom shares soar

  • soar: South Korea decriminalises adul tery, condom shares soar- Yahoo News.
  • violator: Seoul (AFP)- South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a controversial adultery law which for more than 60 years had criminalised extra-marital sex and jailed violators for up to two years.
  • manufacturer: The decision saw shares in the South Korean firm Unidus Corp., one of the world's largest condom manufacturers, soar by the daily limit of 15 percent on the local stock exchange.
  • soar: The decision saw shares in the South Korean firm Unidus Corp., one of the world's largest condom manufacturers, soar by the daily limit of 15 percent on the local stock exchange.
  • immoral: Even if adultery should be condemned as immoral, state power should not intervene in individuals ' private lives," said presiding justice Park Han-Chul.

With new slogan, Chinese leader sets goals, keeps tradition

  • rightful: The most famous has been the Chinese Dream, a fuzzy concept that seeks to motivate the nation's 1.3 billion people to realize prosperity, happiness and their rightful place on the world stage.
  • dilute: Modernization has diluted the impact of such slogans, but Xi hopes his will aid in his rapid consolidation of power that's already made him the most prominent Chinese leader in a quarter-century.
  • tremendous: "Diminishing control over people's lives is an inevitable trend, but Xi is still making tremendous efforts to remain relevant by building his image," said Joseph Cheng, a Chinese politics expert at the City University of Hong Kong.
  • comprise: They comprise " comprehensively" establishing a moderately prosperous society, deepening reform, ruling the nation by law, and strictly enforcing party discipline.
  • orthodox: Among the most famous was Deng Xiaoping's " Four Modernizations" that sought to drag the country out of the mire of orthodox Communism.

Prince William starts first Japan visit _ with green tea

  • blossom: The Edo-era style garden, which once belonged to a feudal shogun, is filled with sculpted pine trees and blossoming plum trees.
  • enamor: Japan and Britain have enjoyed friendly relations for decades, and the Japanese public is generally enamored of British royalty, having followed William since a child.
  • afterthought: When Diana visited Japan in 1986, 1990 and in 1995, William's father Prince Charles was almost an afterthought.

Cairo blasts target restaurant, cell phone companies

  • rudimentary: Most of the bombs have been rudimentary and caused no casualties.
  • simultaneous: In January, simultaneous car bombings and mortar attacks on security headquarters in the peninsula killed at least 30 people, most of them soldiers.
  • raid: In October, militants set off a truck bomb at a military checkpoint in the Sinai and then raided it, killing at least 30 soldiers and seizing heavy weapons.

Myanmar military wins rare praise in war with ethnic Chinese rebels

  • praise: YANGON (Reuters)- Fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic Chinese rebels has handed the long-feared military a public relations coup, with an explosion of praise on social media and even former political prisoners expressing grudging support.
  • notorious: During its 49-year rule, the military became notorious for abuses in ethnic minority areas in the hills and for crushing calls for democracy in towns and cities.
  • veto: A semi-civilian reformist government came to power in 2011 but the military retains an effective veto over politics.
  • instigate: The rebels are seen as having instigated the fighting with Chinese backing, though China has rejected that.

Japan's tug-of-war over World War II statement

  • fabricate: A tug-of-war has emerged between those who want Abe to stick to the apologies made by past prime ministers for Japan's wartime aggression and colonial rule, and those who say such accounts are exaggerated or even fabricated.
  • forcible: Masashi Nishihara, who heads a national security think tank, wrote in the conservative Sankei newspaper in 2013 that charges of Japan's forcible use of Asian women as sex slaves in wartime military brothels are " fabricated in South Korea.
  • fabricate: Masashi Nishihara, who heads a national security think tank, wrote in the conservative Sankei newspaper in 2013 that charges of Japan's forcible use of Asian women as sex slaves in wartime military brothels are " fabricated in South Korea.
  • sage: A senior lawmaker with something of a sage's status in Abe's ruling party says the statement needs a balance.

Australia researchers create 'world first' 3D-printed jet engines

  • patent: There has been a recent upsurge in interest tied to patents on the original technology expiring-- opening the way for competition that will drive up quality and push down prices.
  • mastery: Xinhua and her Monash team have demonstrated their mastery of additive manufacturing in metal," said Jean-Francois Rideau, head of research and technology at Microturbo.
  • prototype: Smith said the technology could be used to build prototypes and customised components quickly and cheaply.

UN: North Korea Renamed Ships to Evade Sanctions

  • illicit: A United Nations report says a North Korea shipping company, which has in the past been caught trying to transfer illicit weapons, has evaded sanctions against it by renaming and transferring ownership of most of its vessels.
  • evade: A United Nations report says a North Korea shipping company, which has in the past been caught trying to transfer illicit weapons, has evaded sanctions against it by renaming and transferring ownership of most of its vessels.
  • illicit: The report also warned that North Korean diplomats and officials continue to play key roles in arranging illicit arms transfers.
  • procure: It particularly focused on the role of North Korean intelligence agents, which it said were using their positions at international organizations as a cover to procure the weapons.

New Yorkers charged over IS extremist plot

  • plot: New York (AFP)- Two New York Muslims were hauled before a federal court Wednesday charged with plotting to join Islamic State extremists in Syria and threatening to carry out attacks in the United States.
  • overrun: Prosecutors said Juraboev posted a message online last August offering to kill Obama if ordered to do so by IS, which has overrun large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
  • indict: Juraboev and Saidakhmetov attended a 10-minute hearing before Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom at the federal court house in Brooklyn, but have yet to be indicted and entered no plea.
  • facial: There were gasps in court at Saidakhmetov's youthful appearance-- his lawyer said he had not completed high school-- while Juraboev sported wispy facial hair and wore a Muslim-style prayer cap.
  • obstruct: In Washington, Republican and Democrat representatives announced the creation of a task force to assess the government's efforts to obstruct foreign fighter travel and prevent terror attacks at home.

Haitian protesters decry Dominican treatment of countrymen

  • douse: The flag was doused with fuel and burned by the cheering crowd.
  • descent: The march came about two weeks after a shoe shiner of Haitian descent was found hanging from a tree in a square in the Dominican city of Santiago.
  • magnet: Comparatively much wealthier than its neighbor, the Dominican Republic has long been a magnet for low-wage workers from Haiti but it has been seeking to limit unregulated, cross-border traffic in recent years.
  • retroactive: It was a retroactive ruling that went back to 1929 and left many people who had thought of themselves as Dominican in legal limbo.
  • consulate: When the crowd got to the Dominican consulate, one man managed to climb up on the roof and rip down a Dominican flag.

US court: Former Bosnian prison guard can be extradited

  • extradite: US court: Former Bosnian prison guard can be extradited- Yahoo News.
  • extradition: In 2013, a federal magistrate found sufficient evidence supporting the allegations and certified Nezirovic as eligible for extradition, pending approval of the U.S. State Department.
  • extradite: The court rejected Nezirovic's claim that he could not be extradited because too many years have passed since the alleged crimes occurred.
  • extradition: It also found no merit in his claim that his extradition was barred because his actions were political.
  • baton: Bosnian authorities allege that Nezirovic beat civilian detainees with a baton and a rifle and forced some prisoners to crawl on the ground naked and eat grass on which others had urinated.

Ruling could have impact on cases against Tsarnaev friends

  • obstruct: Yates was charged under an anti-shredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which prohibits knowingly altering or destroying " any record, document, or tangible object" with the intent to obstruct a federal investigation.
  • obstruction: In the cases stemming from the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, Tazhayakov was found guilty and Kadyrbayev pleaded guilty to an obstruction charge for removing a backpack from Tsarnaev's dorm room and then disposing of it.
  • obstruction: In November, a federal judge postponed sentencing for Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, saying the case before the high court could define what is considered " tangible" evidence under an obstruction of justice law that was passed in the wake of the Enron scandal.

Gray wolves, once decimated by eradication campaign, rebound in Oregon

  • decimate: Gray wolves, once decimated by eradication campaign, rebound in Oregon.
  • sheep: Wolves killed at least 30 sheep and cows in Oregon last year, according to a state tally, and ranchers have been lobbying for more freedom to kill the predators.
  • decimate: Gray wolves, once decimated by eradication campaign, rebound in Oregon- Yahoo News.

Exclusive: Sanctioned North Korea shipping firm still active, renamed ships - U.N. panel

  • shipment: UNITED NATIONS (Reuters)- A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
  • launch: North Korea is under United Nations sanctions because of its nuclear tests and missile launches.
  • export: In addition to arms, Pyongyang is banned from importing and exporting nuclear and missile technology and is not allowed to import luxury goods.
  • evade: Following the designation of OMM... (North) Korea acted in order to evade sanctions by changing the registration and ownership of vessels controlled by the company ," the report said.
  • exempt: The experts ' report also said the sanctions have not curbed food or humanitarian aid to the impoverished hermit state, but it recommended that the U.N. spell out which items for such use are exempt.

New Gucci designer debuts as Milan celebrates youth

  • debut: Gucci's new designer Alessandro Michele, a brand insider little known until now in the wider fashion world, made his runway debut on the first day of womenswear previews Wednesday, giving the historic brand a clean break from the past.
  • inroad: Michele's launch is a fitting banner over a push to embed new talent in Milan, where the density of the firmly established Italian system, with brands from Armani to Prada to Versace creating a de-facto Italian colony along New York's Fifth Avenue, has made it difficult for young designers to make inroads.
  • integral: At the same time, recently discovered young designers, like Stella Jean and Fausto Puglisi, have quickly established themselves as an integral part of the fashion calendar, which comprises 68 shows and 76 presentations this season.
  • debut: Alessandro Michele strove for discontinuity in his Gucci debut, relaunching the brand with romantic flourishes against a hardened, urban background.
  • debut: His debut collection displayed a confident break with the past, reasserting the double-G brand logo with prominent belt-buckle placings in the opening and closing looks but also introducing a new motif: birds in flight.

Exploratory N Korean Nuclear Talks Possible, Seoul Official Says

  • resumption: South Korea’s top nuclear envoy said Wednesday that participants in the North Korean nuclear talks, except the government in Pyongyang, had reached a consensus to hold exploratory talks before any resumption of formal six-party discussions.
  • sporadic: Recently, there have been sporadic efforts to revive the talks, but there are disagreements among the member states about conditions for their resumption.
  • resumption: Recently, there have been sporadic efforts to revive the talks, but there are disagreements among the member states about conditions for their resumption.
  • resumption: Beijing and Moscow have been seeking an unconditional resumption of the talks.

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

  • incompetence: The Gunners looked to have been handed a favourable draw but a display that plumbed the depths of incompetence and naivety leaves them facing a last-16 exit once more.
  • perennial: This stage has become Arsenal's perennial stumbling block but Wenger would have had high hopes of clearing the hurdle against his former club, even though they had lost only once in their last 17 games.
  • salvage: The eternal optimist Wenger will still believe they can escape from this hazardous position- but they will need to produce something on a different level from this dreadful performance to complete the salvage job.
  • merciful: Giroud's night got worse when he somehow tapped a simple finish over the top after keeper Danijel Subasic fumbled Sanchez's shot- and with the fury of Arsenal's fans ringing in his ears, it was a merciful release when he was replaced by Theo Walcott on the hour.

New York Pol Pleads Not Guilty Federal Corruption Case

  • extortion: Former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, pleaded not guilty to federal charges of fraud and extortion in a Manhattan federal courtroom on Tuesday.
  • sting: The 71-year-old Democrat, who rose to Speaker in 1994, resigned the post after his January 22 arrest by FBI officials in a high-profile U.S. corruption sting.
  • defiant: Silver has largely remained defiant since his arrest, refusing to give up the Lower East Side legislative seat he has held for 40 years.
  • indictment: In announcing the charges against Silver, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the indictment shows “the show-me-the-money culture of Albany, New York state’s capital, has been perpetuated and promoted at the very top of the political food chain.”
  • probe: Meanwhile, Silver’s situation is shaking the Empire State's Democratic Party establishment with worries Bharara may probe other politicians.

Nigeria Denies Hiring Mercenaries to Fight Boko Haram

  • fictitious: This is one of the fictitious commentaries you will get," he said.
  • vigilance: They have also resorted to bombing a few crowded areas here and there, but vigilance is being stepped up to ensure that even that is reduced to minimum.
  • lackadaisical: Critics say the government has been lackadaisical in the fight against Boko Haram.

Reunions and ransoms: a day online in Myanmar's Rohingya camps

  • reestablish: The huts have bamboo walls, thatched roofs and- most importantly- dusty laptop computers that allow Rohingya to reestablish contact with relatives who have left on boats for Thailand and Malaysia.
  • wire: This can be wired to the Sittwe bank account of a Rakhine middleman, who brings the cash to Kyaw Thein.
  • conduit: His windowless shack is also the conduit for thousands of dollars in ransom money.
  • entrust: Relatives entrust Kyaw Thein with bricks of kyat that he delivers to a Rohingya middleman in a nearby village.
  • extort: Their onward voyage is free- because traffickers know they can extort much higher sums by detaining these boat people once they arrive in Thailand or Malaysia.

Pakistani Cellphone Crackdown May Fuel Black Market

  • perpetrate: There’s all different types of fraud and crime that can be perpetrated just with a SIM card.”
  • fraudulent: Several global carriers have created their own database of what they consider to be fraudulent SIM cards and stolen mobile devices, Aronoff said.
  • clamor: The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority has estimated there are approximately 130 million mobile phone users in Pakistan- over 70 percent of the population- and many of those users are clamoring for the latest 3G and 4G phones.
  • illicit: As Pakistani cellphone users face a deadline this week to match their SIM cards with their fingerprints, analysts say the move by the government could further a black market in illicit communications.

Deep Under Arctic Ice Sheet, Life!

  • sediment: “It is the water and the sediment underneath the ice that controls how fast the ice is flowing into the ocean.”
  • geology: Northern Illinois University geology professor Reed Scherer saw the thriving marine community on video monitors connected to a Remotely Operated Vehicle ( ROV) sent down a borehole in the ice.
  • sediment: DNA analysis of the lake water and sediment found some 4,000 viable species in the lake water and about 2,500 in lake sediment.
  • sediment: DNA analysis of the lake water and sediment found some 4,000 viable species in the lake water and about 2,500 in lake sediment.
  • sediment: “We tried to understand the environment there, both ecologically and in terms of the ice dynamics about how the lake operates, how the sediment underneath the ice sheet operates as well.

South Africa hikes taxes, scales back spending as economy slows

  • blackout: Cape Town (AFP)- The South African government raised taxes and scaled back spending plans in its annual budget Wednesday as Africa's most developed economy wrestles with stalling growth, rising debt, power blackouts and rampant unemployment.
  • rampant: Cape Town (AFP)- The South African government raised taxes and scaled back spending plans in its annual budget Wednesday as Africa's most developed economy wrestles with stalling growth, rising debt, power blackouts and rampant unemployment.
  • prolonged: Growth in 2014 was 1.5 percent, dragged down by prolonged labour strikes in the key mining sector, prompting Nene to warn recently that the economy was " at a turning point ".
  • labour: Growth in 2014 was 1.5 percent, dragged down by prolonged labour strikes in the key mining sector, prompting Nene to warn recently that the economy was " at a turning point ".
  • inhibit: Electricity constraints hold back growth in manufacturing and mining, and also inhibit investment in housing and raise costs for businesses and households," Nene said.

Christians flee jihadists after Syria kidnappings

  • kidnapping: Beirut (AFP)- The kidnapping of dozens of Assyrian Christians by the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria has prompted an exodus of terrified families fleeing their homes, activists said Wednesday.
  • exodus: Beirut (AFP)- The kidnapping of dozens of Assyrian Christians by the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria has prompted an exodus of terrified families fleeing their homes, activists said Wednesday.
  • abduction: The United States condemned the mass abduction of Christians-- the first of its kind in the war-torn country-- and demanded the release of the 90 hostages.
  • kidnapping: Nearly 1,000 Assyrian Christian families have fled their villages in the northeastern province of Hasakeh since Monday's kidnappings, said Osama Edward, director of the Sweden-based Assyrian Human Rights Network.
  • abduction: Edward told AFP he believed the mass abduction was linked to the jihadists ' recent loss of ground in the face of US-led coalition air raids against IS that began in Syria in September.

Britain clamps down on cold-calling epidemic

  • nuisance: London (AFP)- Companies that bombard customers with nuisance calls and texts could face large fines under changes to British law announced Wednesday that make it easier for regulators to take action.
  • nuisance: It (marketing) should never be done by nagging people or being a nuisance," he told parliament.
  • nuisance: The government also says it will look at introducing measures to hold board-level executives responsible for nuisance calls and texts.
  • bombard: For far too long companies have bombarded people with unwanted marketing calls and texts, and escaped punishment because they did not cause enough harm," Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said.
  • harass: This change will make it easier for the Information Commissioner's Office to take action against offenders and send a clear message to others that harassing consumers with nuisance calls or texts is just not on.

Murray in a hurry into Dubai quarters

  • wee: It's funny how, when you win matches, it's okay to say you're trying something out, and when you lose matches, you're not allowed to say that," Murray replied with an edge to his voice, explaining that " I am a wee bit careful when I say about trying out things, because of when I was here a few years ago.
  • protracted: He also suggested that last year's modest form had been partly due to the loss of his coach Ivan Lendl, the former French Open champion, as well as his protracted recovery from a back operation.
  • seed: The former number one Frenchman overcame Roberto Bautista Agut, the seventh seeded Spaniard, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 ( 8-6), recovering from 4-2 down in the final set for the second successive time ( the first was against Andreas Seppi on Monday) and saving a match point at 6-7 in the final set tie-break before prevailing in two hours and 21 minutes.

Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people

  • avalanche: Avalanches in the valley's Dara district affected up to 600 families, according to people trying to reach the area to assist in rescue efforts.
  • condolence: He said he had ordered urgent assessments of the extent of damage and offered his condolences to the families of the dead.
  • mountainous: Temperatures have plummeted across the country, though the snow was expected to start melting in the Panjshir Valley and much of the mountainous northwest of the Hindu Kush range in coming days, according to forecasts.

Fate of abducted Christians unclear; Syria clashes continue

  • nestle: In pre-dawn attacks, the group on Monday attacked communities nestled along the river, seizing at least 70 people, many of them women and children.
  • terrify: In addition to its strategy of terrifying people, taking hostages to use as human shields to protect from coalition airstrikes is another of their goals," said Osama Edward, director of the Stockholm-based Assyrian Network for Human Rights in Syria.
  • abduction: The mass abduction added to fears among religious minorities in both Syria and Iraq, who have been repeatedly targeted by the Islamic State group.
  • patriarch: It quoted the patriarch of the Greek Catholic church, Gregory III Laham, as saying that in addition to the abductions, the militants destroyed the historic church in Tal Hurmiz, one of the oldest in Syria.
  • abduction: It quoted the patriarch of the Greek Catholic church, Gregory III Laham, as saying that in addition to the abductions, the militants destroyed the historic church in Tal Hurmiz, one of the oldest in Syria.