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Fight against domestic violence stalls in patriarchal Turkey

  • altercation: Elif Safak, arguably Turkey's best-known female author, says such violence is a symptom of a society in which women are seen as possessions and aggression- from politics to altercations in the street- is a part of daily life.
  • piety: The head scarf, symbol of female piety once banned from state institutions under Ataturk, is now seen in colleges and even the presidential palace.
  • double: Anit Sayac, a website commemorating the victims of domestic violence, reported 229 deaths last year, almost double the level in 2011.
  • pious: She points to Erdogan's strident views on everything from abortion to the number of children women should have, the sort of meddling in private life that may bolster his standing among his pious core supporters but which alienates a more Western-leaning, secularist strain of Turkish society.
  • uncommon: Stories of battered women, sometimes accompanied by pictures of murder victims, are not uncommon in the Turkish media.

Bodies leave Ukraine war zone, truce called at MH17 crash site

  • clamour: Five days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was allegedly shot out of the sky, pro-Russian separatists conceded to a furious international clamour for the bodies and the plane's black boxes to be handed over to investigators.
  • wrangle: Meanwhile, after days of bitter wrangling, the rebels released the bodies of the dead.
  • animosity: On the ground, the animosity between Ukraine's warring sides was underlined by intense shelling which erupted in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, killing five and leaving 12 wounded.
  • liner: With what aim was a military plane flying along a civilian aviation route practically at the same time and at the same flight level as a passenger liner?
  • onus: Obama put the onus to set the situation straight squarely on Russia, which he said has " direct influence over these separatists ".

Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

  • mercenary: Putin accused others of exploiting the downing of the plane for " mercenary objectives.
  • odor: Workers wore masks, while passersby twisted their faces in horror at the odor.
  • commuter: Armed rebels surrounded them, while commuters boarded other trains nearby.
  • tamper: President Barack Obama accused the rebels of tampering with evidence and insulting victims ' families, warning of new sanctions.

Director of Mexican children's shelter skirts prosecution

  • fetid: They found those children and much more: 400 minors and 200 adults living among large piles of rotting food and other fetid trash, as well as horror stories about sleeping amid rats and insects-- and even being forced to perform oral sex on adults.
  • senile: Murillo Karam said that octogenarian Rosa Verduzco, better known as " Mama Rosa," has apparent senile dementia, and as such cannot be tried.
  • octogenarian: Murillo Karam said that octogenarian Rosa Verduzco, better known as " Mama Rosa," has apparent senile dementia, and as such cannot be tried.
  • senile: Amid questions as to why the elderly" Mama Rosa " would not be tried in a case so horrific, Murillo Karam said " given her cognitive functioning problems, in addition to her advanced age, she has... symptoms consistent with senile dementia.

Train with plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

  • mercenary: Putin lashed out against the criticism Monday, accusing others of exploiting the downing of the plane for " mercenary objectives.
  • tamper: A team of international observers at the crash site suggested that some of the evidence may have been tampered with.
  • console: In the Netherlands, victims ' families were being consoled Monday by the Dutch royals.

The international team trying to save Syrian antiquities

  • grind: As the civil war grinds on with no sign of a truce, the task of saving Syria's heritage seems overwhelming.
  • collateral: We were meeting with people who had come under regular barrel bomb attack, who were working in museums and other cultural institutions that had had collateral damage from these bombs- sometimes direct mortar attacks.
  • observatory: In May this year, UNESCO established an observatory in Beirut to monitor destruction and looting while gathering information that may help restoration when the fighting ends.

Ukraine workers find more bodies at crash site

  • mercenary: Putin lashed out against those criticisms on Monday, accusing others of exploiting the crash in east Ukraine for " mercenary objectives.
  • mercenary: "Nobody should or does have a right to use this tragedy for such mercenary objectives.
  • incinerate: Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the OSCE, said reports from the group's investigators in Ukraine suggest some bodies were incinerated without a trace.

UN Security Council Calls for Immediate Cease-fire

  • cessation: The members of the security council called for an immediate cessation of hostilities,'' acting council president, Rwandan U.N. Ambassador Eugene Gasana, told reporters, after an emergency meeting of the 15-member council.
  • incursion: U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon has called Israel's latest incursion atrocious, and said it must do far more to protect civilians.
  • shell: Israeli tanks shelled militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and a woman died in an airstrike after the bloodiest day of a nearly two-week military offensive that showed no signs of abating, despite global calls for a truce.
  • abate: Israeli tanks shelled militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and a woman died in an airstrike after the bloodiest day of a nearly two-week military offensive that showed no signs of abating, despite global calls for a truce.
  • consulate: Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Southwest Maya Kadosh said Carmeli moved to Israel four years ago and added that the consulate helped his family get a flight there Sunday.