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Grenfell Tower fire: German flats cleared amid cladding fears

  • risk: At the weekend, hundreds of flats were evacuated from the Camden area of north London because of safety concerns over cladding and other fire risks.
  • spread: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The fire at Grenfell Tower started on the fourth floor and spread to the 24th floor.
  • refugee: They were due to be moved to flats that had been intended for refugees but were now empty.
  • material: Since the 1980s only non-flammable material can be used on the external walls of buildings greater than 22m in height.
  • resident: The residents were told they should be able to return to their homes as soon as the cladding had been removed.

Muslim girls complain of Polish racism on Holocaust study trip

  • occasion: On another occasion, one girl was reportedly threatened with a knife.
  • threaten: On another occasion, one girl was reportedly threatened with a knife.
  • examine: It also said police had examined CCTV footage, but it did " not show any incident involving foreigners ".
  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Muslim girls were shocked to be targeted by racists during a trip to visit Holocaust memorials.
  • abuse: Four were wearing Muslim headscarves- and say they were abused.

Small Farm, Meet Big Data

  • invest: Amazon announced plans to buy the Whole Foods grocery chain and has invested in food retail in other countries as well.
  • seed: Farm equipment can plant different densities of seeds and apply different amounts of fertilizer in different parts of a field.
  • revolution: We're really at an early stage of this digital agriculture revolution.
  • information: To do that, Chandra said, farmers need more information about every square meter, so they can give it just what it needs.
  • soil: Each soil sensor provides a snapshot of conditions in a patch of the farm.

Syria war: Air strike on IS prison in Mayadin 'kills dozens'

  • detain: The Deirezzor24 news website said dozens of civilians and Syrian rebel fighters were detained there.
  • suspect: Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say.
  • casualty: A coalition spokesman said it was looking into the casualty reports.
  • guard: It put the death toll at 60, but said it only included two militants serving as guards.
  • coalition: A coalition spokesman said it was looking into the casualty reports.

A Visit to Dr. Yum Means a Checkup and a Cooking Class

  • curriculum: She developed a curriculum that preschool teachers can use to introduce nutrition lessons in their classr ooms.
  • message: You have to remember that these messages are out there because those companies are trying to make money.
  • tool: They try different recipes and use different tools that make cooking an easy, fun everyday experience.
  • cook: The Dr. Yum team hopes to inspire pediatricians around the country to start cooking lessons to help families enjoy real, nutritious meals.
  • meal: The Dr. Yum team hopes to inspire pediatricians around the country to start cooking lessons to help families enjoy real, nutritious meals.

Year After Brexit Vote, Divisions in British Society Begin to Mirror Those in US

  • penalty: One of the best predictors of a vote for Brexit was whether you believed in the death penalty or not.
  • enormous: Brexit has played an enormous role here," says Amelia Hadfield of Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • opposite: The opposite appears to have occurred in France, where the two traditional parties, the Republicans and Socialists, were soundly defeated by centrist newcomer Emmanuel Macron in presidential and parliamentary elections.
  • struggle: The parties are struggling to align themselves with how the British people vote or feel about issues.
  • analyst: After 12 months of political turmoil, analysts say British society is beginning to resemble that of the United States, with values dictating the divisions in society rather than traditional party politics.

Iran Blasts US Top Court Ruling on Trump Travel Ban

  • refugee: As for refugees, Heller said their clients will largely not be affected and neither should the clients of other resettlement organizations.
  • relationship: The court goes on to define relationships that would qualify: for individuals, a family relationship; for students; admittance to a college or university; for workers, a job offer.
  • terrorist: Zarif added the reinstatement was the " greatest gift" for terrorist groups seeking new recruits.
  • temporary: The measures spelled out in the order are meant to be temporary while the government reviews its security procedures.
  • administration: As of May 31 of this year, 46,403 refugees have been admitted into the United States, near the cap of 50,000 the Trump administration put into place.

Yale University Sues Connecticut Over Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

  • available: A spokesman for Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and officials from the state Codes and Standards Committee, which oversees the rules, were not immediately available.
  • neutral: The Ivy League school said in the lawsuit it wants to designate all single-occupant restrooms at its law school as gender neutral, but the plan would run afoul of the state building code, which does not count gender-neutral bathrooms when it assesses whether a public building has enough toilets.
  • individual: Proponents of the bathroom bills say they aim to protect individual privacy.
  • request: A spokesman for Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and officials from the state Codes and Standards Committee, which oversees the rules, were not immediately available.
  • facilitate: The proposed shift in designation to gender neutral.... would facilitate quick access to a bathroom within the building for persons of all gender identities," the 315-year-old university wrote in the lawsuit.

Human trafficking: US downgrades China over record

  • significant: China " is not making significant efforts" to stop human trafficking, the US says, claiming that fewer people are now being prosecuted than before.
  • release: The US Department of State released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report on Thursday, and downgraded China to one of the worst offenders.
  • annual: The US Department of State released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report on Thursday, and downgraded China to one of the worst offenders.
  • government: While the report comes from the Department of State rather than the White House, it is nevertheless the most significant rebuke against the Chinese government by the US since President Donald Trump took office in January.
  • significant: While the report comes from the Department of State rather than the White House, it is nevertheless the most significant rebuke against the Chinese government by the US since President Donald Trump took office in January.

Three CNN journalists resign after Trump aide article removed

  • retract: Three journalists have resigned from CNN after the US news network retracted an article alleging a Trump aide was under investigation by Congress.
  • administration: Image copyright AFP Image caption CNN has had a stormy relationship with the new Trump administration since it took office.
  • retract: Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia ,' with 3 employees forced to resign," he posted on Tuesday morning.
  • employee: Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia ,' with 3 employees forced to resign," he posted on Tuesday morning.
  • employee: A spokesman for the network- which earlier said the story " did not meet CNN's editorial standards"- said: " In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story's publication.

Pakistan Criticizes US Move to List Kashmiri Rebel Leader as Terrorist

  • indigenous: The 70-year-old indigenous struggle of Kashmiris in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir remains legitimate.
  • struggle: The 70-year-old indigenous struggle of Kashmiris in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir remains legitimate.
  • rebel: The rebel commander is seen as a hero in Kashmir and has a large following.
  • provoke: Wan i's death provoked violent anti-India protests across the region, prompting Indian security forces to use force to suppress the uprising.
  • risk: It said that the 71-year-old militant commander committed, or poses " a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.

A cold shoulder to Cuba

  • harm: The new restrictions seem likely to harm many ordinary Cubans, including about 22,000 who signed up to welcome visitors into their homes via Airbnb.
  • policy: In the long run the Trump policy may be seen as one step back in a relationship that keeps building momentum to move forward.
  • reform: It could just as easily stiffen the resolve of the Cuban government to stay the course as promote reforms.
  • forward: In the long run the Trump policy may be seen as one step back in a relationship that keeps building momentum to move forward.
  • century: For more than half a century US presidents have wrestled with Cuba.

French woman guilty of smuggling migrant partner but spared jail

  • guilty: French woman guilty of smuggling migrant partner but spared jail- BBC News.
  • partner: French woman guilty of smuggling migrant partner but spared jail- BBC News.
  • endanger: Prosecutors had argued that Mrs Huret and others were part of a criminal smuggling organisation, and that they had endangered the lives of the men by sending them across a major sea shipping lane on a small boat.
  • border: A woman put on trial in France for helping her romantic partner cross the border from the " Jungle" migrant camp in Calais to the UK has escaped a jail sentence.
  • jail: French woman guilty of smuggling migrant partner but spared jail- BBC News.

Pregnant Serena Williams poses naked on the cover of Vanity Fair

  • self: I felt like a door had been opened to a person who made me want to be my best self," said Alexis.
  • sick: She told the magazine that she hadn't suspected anything until she was sick at the side of the court while practising.
  • struggle: The 35-year-old has been forced to defend herself this week after John McEnroe claimed she 'd struggle if she played on the men's circuit.
  • champion: The seven-time Grand Slam champion told NPR radio station in America: " If she played the men's circuit she 'd be, like, 700 in the world.
  • caption: Image caption Alexis Ohanian had a hangover when he first met Serena Williams in 2015.

UK’s May Demands Major Probe Following High-rise Blaze

  • rapid: Grenfell's exterior insulation is thought to have been responsible for the rapid acceleration of the blaze, resulting in the deaths of at least 79 people, fire officials said.
  • victim: Coroner Fiona Wilcox said that only 18 of the victims have been identified thus far, and that work to identify the rest is ongoing.
  • victim: British Prime Minister Theresa May demanded a " major national investigatio n" into exterior cladding used in high-rise buildings after police identified a five-year-old boy as the youngest victim of the Grenfell tower fire.
  • blaze: Grenfell's exterior insulation is thought to have been responsible for the rapid acceleration of the blaze, resulting in the deaths of at least 79 people, fire officials said.
  • blaze: Police identified five-year-old Isaac Paulos on Tuesday as the youngest victim of the Grenfell blaze, who they said died of inhaling fire and smoke fumes.

George Soros 'plotted to oust Equatorial Guinea's leader'

  • evidence: However, he said he could not " prove" his claim, saying: " I don't have written evidence.
  • expense: When he was asked if he had been paid to give his testimony, he said he only had his expenses covered.
  • warn: He said he had warned President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Africa's longest serving leader, of the alleged plan in 2011.
  • argue: Equatorial Guinea has questioned France's right to put him on trial, arguing Mr Obiang has diplomatic immunity.
  • diplomatic: Equatorial Guinea has questioned France's right to put him on trial, arguing Mr Obiang has diplomatic immunity.

Modi Meets Trump with His Usual Greeting - Bear Hugs

  • shun: Modi's chummy overtures mark a stark change from years of being shunned by American officials because of religious violence in his home state of Gu jarat.
  • treat: Trump treated Modi to dinner at the White House on Monday night and shared a laugh when he pointed to their social media dominance.
  • complex: The president has business partners in India, where he has more than a dozen active deals, including a Trump-branded luxury apartment complex being built in the western city of Pune, near Mumbai.
  • climate: There were clear signs of division, though: There was no mention of climate change, an issue of extreme concern in India, where many of the country's 1.3 billion people are poor and vulnerable to extreme heat, drought and storm surges.
  • announce: Trump also announced that daughter Ivanka Trump had accepted an invitation to visit India this fall.

Global ransomware attack causes chaos

  • outbreak: A bitcoin wallet associated with the outbreak has received several payments since the outbreakbegan.
  • block: An email address associated with the blackmail attempt has been blocked by German independent email provider Posteo.
  • security: Andrei Barysevich, a spokesman for security firm Recorded Future told the BBC such attacks would not stop because cyber-thieves found them too lucrative.
  • employee: The safety of our employees, our operations and customers ' business is our top priorit y.
  • suspect: Kaspersky added that it had detected suspected attacks in Poland, Italy, Germany, France and the US in addition to the UK, Russia and Ukraine.

US deportations of Iraqis halted by Michigan judge

  • ban: Muslim students on Trump ban: ' I don't belong here'.
  • ban: The move comes as the US Supreme Court reinstated parts of a US travel ban.
  • deport: Judge Goldsmith ruled in favour of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which said those being deported- many of whom are Chaldean Catholics, Sunni Muslims or Iraqi Kurds- faced physical danger in Iraq..
  • crime: Some of those affected by the sweeps came to the US as children and committed their crimes decades ago.
  • halt: US District Judge Mark Goldsmith expanded an order he issued last week, initially halting the removal of 114 Iraqi nationals from the Detroit area.

Coins thrown into plane engine by elderly passenger for 'luck'

  • launch: Of the nine coins launched, only one hit its intended target- but this was enough to force the evacuation of 150 passengers for several hours.
  • pray: After an investigation the involved passenger, surnamed Qi u, said she threw the coins to pray for safety.
  • behaviour: Police were called to Shanghai Pudong International Airport after a passenger noticed the woman's bizarre behaviour, apparently aimed at ensuring a safe flight, and alerted authorities.
  • passenger: After an investigation the involved passenger, surnamed Qi u, said she threw the coins to pray for safety.
  • passenger: Of the nine coins launched, only one hit its intended target- but this was enough to force the evacuation of 150 passengers for several hours.

US Declares China Among World's Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

  • camp: The report said Russia " maintained, and recently expanded, bilateral contracts" with North Korea so Pyongyang could operate " labor camps on Russian soil and subjected thousands of North Korean workers to forced labor.
  • detain: Authorities routinely detained and deported potential forced labor victims without screening for signs of exploitation, and prosecuted victims forced into prostitution for prostitution offenses.
  • urban: Traffickers typically recruit them from rural areas and take them to urban centers, using a combination of fraudulent job offers and coercion by imposing large travel fees, confiscating passports, confining victims, or physically and financially threatening victims to compel their engagement in commercial sex," the report concluded.
  • tragic: In the report, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described human trafficking as " one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time.
  • annual: The annual U.S. State Department report downgraded China to its lowest Tier 3 rating, saying it has not met" the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so.

US Observes Activity at Syrian Air Base Used in Chemical Attack

  • further: She said any further chemical attacks carried out by the Assad regime would be met with similar aggressiveness.
  • rebel: Russia and Iran are Assad's main backers, and have provided military support in the complex fight against both rebels and Islamic State militants.
  • weapon: Galloway called the Assad regi me's past use of chemical weapons" a clear threat to regional stability," and said the mere presence of chemical weapons in Syria raises concerns for the U.S. because they could fall into the hands of terrorist groups operating there.
  • weapon: The Pentagon said Tuesday the activity involved specific aircraft in a specific hangar known to be associated with chemical weapons use.
  • coalition: Regional analyst Anthony Billingsley of the University of New South Wales told VOA he fears that with the recent shooting down of a Syrian jet and a Russian threat to treat planes from a U.S.-led coalition as hostile, another retaliatory strike could be " a much more serious dang er.

'Indefinite isolation'

  • neutral: For now, neutral Kuwait is trying to mediate, so far without success.
  • coalition: Turkey already has a military base there, which the Arab coalition has demanded be closed.
  • vehicle: Instead, Turkey has airlifted in armoured vehicles, which have been rolling through the capital Doha at the weekend, and has hinted it may reinforce its contingent with hundreds more troops.
  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Saudi Arabia has sealed its border with Qatar.
  • mediate: For now, neutral Kuwait is trying to mediate, so far without success.

Cyberattack Hits Oil Giant and Banks in Russia, Ukraine

  • repeat: The latest disruptions follow a spate of hacking attempts on state websites in Ukraine in late 2016 and repeated attacks on its power grid that prompted security chiefs to call for improved cyber defenses.
  • security: The latest disruptions follow a spate of hacking attempts on state websites in Ukraine in late 2016 and repeated attacks on its power grid that prompted security chiefs to call for improved cyber defenses.
  • improve: The latest disruptions follow a spate of hacking attempts on state websites in Ukraine in late 2016 and repeated attacks on its power grid that prompted security chiefs to call for improved cyber defenses.
  • government: Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko said the government's computer network had gone down as well and posted a picture on Twitter of a computer screen with an error message.
  • firm: In Copenhagen, global shipping firm Shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk said it had suffered a computer system outage caused by a cyberattack thought it was not immediately clear if it was connected.

Look at this amazing basketball court - and other awesome sports venues

  • expert: Image caption Ah yes, the glory days of London 2012 when everybody became an expert on beach volleyball.
  • caption: Image caption The amazing backdrop in 1992 gave the impression of Olympians diving into the city.
  • caption: Image caption That's Giannis Antetokounmpo, who plays for Milwaukee Bucks, on a basketball court in Athens.
  • caption: Image caption The helipad is at the top of the Burj Al Arab, a massive luxury hotel standing 321 metres high on a man-made island.
  • site: The site was already pretty famous for its bright primary colours but we think this revamp is next level.

Google hit with record $2.7bn EU fine

  • penalty: The amount is the regulator's largest penalty to date against a company accused of distorting the market.
  • engine: For well over a decade, Goo gle's search engine has played a decisive role in determining what most of us read, use and purchase online.
  • influence: Google had previously suggested that Amazon and eBay have more influence over the public's spending habits and has again said it does not accept the claims made against it.
  • caption: Image copyright Google Image caption Google Shopping ads appear at the top of many search result pages.
  • bias: I can find no facts to support any kind of bias.

Trump causes 'major' shift in global view of US: Pew

  • major: Trump causes 'major' shift in global view of US: Pew.
  • relationship: His focus on the relationship with Israel, for one, has paid off- though his preferred status among Israelis is also reflective of Mr Obama's unpopularity there.
  • opinion: Having said that, the opinion changes depending on who is answering- those who say they are left-leaning are far more likely to consider him dangerous.
  • opinion: That's not us saying it, it's the opinion of many of the 40,447 people interviewed by Pew and their associates.
  • caption: Image caption Trump isn't shy of sharing views on many countries- but what do they think of him?

US warns Syria over 'potential' plan for chemical attack

  • warn: US warns Syria over 'potential' plan for chemical attack- BBC News.
  • eliminate: The statement added: "As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
  • warn: The US statement warned President Bashar al-Assad of " a heavy price" if another strike occurred.
  • suspect: Image copyright Reuters Image caption The suspected gas attack in Idlib province in April left more than 80 people dead and many more injured.
  • ally: The latest development comes amid increasing tension in the region between the US and President Assad's ally, Russia.

Brazil's Michel Temer charged with corruption

  • govern: He is deeply unpopular in Brazil but his centre-right party has been able to govern as part of a coalition.
  • chairman: The move follows the release of an audio recording in which Mr Temer appears to be discussing bribes in conversation with Joesley Batista, the chairman of the meatpacking company JBS.
  • accusation: He has faced a slew of accusations since taking office last year but these are the first formal charges against him.
  • parliament: The charges have been delivered to a Supreme Court judge who must now decide if the case can be sent to the lower house of parliament.
  • coalition: He is deeply unpopular in Brazil but his centre-right party has been able to govern as part of a coalition.

Colombia's Farc has completed disarmament, UN says

  • rebel: Many Colombians are concerned that if there is any delay, these weapons could fall into the hand of criminals, paramilitaries or the ELN, Colombia's second-largest left-wing rebel group.
  • territory: All these groups are seeking to occupy territory relinquished by the Farc under the peace deal and take over their drug-trafficking activities.
  • relinquish: All these groups are seeking to occupy territory relinquished by the Farc under the peace deal and take over their drug-trafficking activities.
  • weapon: Image copyright EPA Image caption The registration by UN monitors of Farc weapons ran over schedule drawing concerns the handover would never be completed.
  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption UN monitors have been listing and registering all weapons handed in by the Farc.

Reality check

  • pension: As for British citizens who have retired abroad, the UK proposal offers the reassurance that the government will continue to export and " uprate" the UK state pension within the EU.
  • export: As for British citizens who have retired abroad, the UK proposal offers the reassurance that the government will continue to export and " uprate" the UK state pension within the EU.
  • guarantee: More ambition, clarity and guarantees needed than in today's UK position," Mr Barnier tweeted.
  • government: As for British citizens who have retired abroad, the UK proposal offers the reassurance that the government will continue to export and " uprate" the UK state pension within the EU.
  • permanent: It would have been just as easy to continue to recognise permanent residence already granted but just stop accepting new applications," Mr Robinson adds.

Democracy 'infection'

  • issue: 'One country, two systems ' is proving to be more complex and more challenging than originally expected," she said, but she hopes outstanding issues " will be resolved in the coming years, sooner rather than later.
  • principle: China has promised to preserve the city's rights and autonomy under the " one country, two systems " principle.
  • prediction: We asked observers how their predictions turned out 20 years on.
  • border: These infrastructures will change Hong Kong and eventually the borders will become seamless.
  • perceive: Local identity has only been strengthened with perceived attempts by Beijing to exert influence.

Travel ban, playground case bring a big finish to sleepy Supreme Court term

  • litigant: L awyers, litigants, and the justices themselves appear to have sought to avoid such ambiguous outcomes this term.
  • sidestep: That footnote could be easily sidestepped in the future, says Mr. Denn iston, particularly given the fact that only four justices agreed with the full majority opinion.
  • concurrence: Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in a concurrence the he only agreed with the final judgment and thought it should be narrower.
  • animus: If there is evidence of a juror relied on racial stereotypes or animus in convicting a defendant, the opinion said, the trial court can consider that evidence in deciding if the defendant can receive a retrial.
  • advocate: The term was a fruitful one not just for free speech advocates, but for civil rights advocates as well.

How helping whistle-blowers could cut health-care costs

  • government: The False Claims Act authorizes any person to sue a company on behalf of the government and to receive 15 to 30 percent of a resulting financial recovery in a fraud case.
  • firm: He is managing partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of the law firm Broad and Cassel.
  • suspicious: Last year, health care fraud investigators in Miami got a call from a woman who had seen something suspicious at work.
  • fan: Not everyone is a fan of creating more incentives for whistle-blowing.
  • federal: In that fight, whistle-blowers have become an essential source of inside information that is helping federal agents lift a veil of corporate secrecy that has long facilitated billions of dollars in illicit profits from inflated billing and other scams against the US government.

Portugal's forest fires, though never before as deadly, are all too familiar

  • generate: On some August evenings, the nearby fires generated so much heat that we covered the chairs with bed sheets and ate in our beachwear.
  • plot: In the past 50 years, rural populations have dwindled (one out of nine people now live in coastal citie s), leaving these privately owned plots of land abandoned and neglected.
  • clothes: They waited in the dark and watched as everything around them burned, taking turns soaking their clothes and faces.
  • village: Every year, it would move closer and closer to villages where my relatives grew up, closer and closer to the houses of third cousins I had never seen.
  • material: It sucks up scarce groundwater but is considered highly profitable because it provides raw material for the paper industry.

Canada nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer jailed for life for murders

  • express: Friends of some of the victims also gathered outside the courthouse in Woodstock, Ontario, on Monday to express their hurt and anger.
  • jail: Canada nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer jailed for life for murders- BBC News.
  • waste: An apology like that is just a waste of time, paper and air," he said.
  • contemplate: I think she should spend the rest of her life in a small box contemplating what she's done," said Laura Jackson, a friend of Maurice Granat, one of the victims.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Elizabeth Wettlaufer, arrested in October last year, was described as a " shadow of death".

Rhetoric, Anger Mount in Diplomatic Standoff in the Gulf

  • deaf: A plea by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Gulf states to tone down their rhetoric in a rapidly escalating diplomatic standoff involving Qatar, Saudi Arabia and three Saudi allies appears to be falling on deaf ears.
  • impinge: The Saudis have given Qatar until July 3 to comply with its demand, but Qatar has rejected the demands as unreasonable, saying they impinge on the emi rate's sovereignty.
  • sever: They also want the emirate to sever ties with the Muslim Brother hood, a transnational Sunni Islamist movement accused by some countries of being a terrorist organization.

Trump travel ban injunction partly lifted by top US court

  • effect: Mr Trump has already said the ban would take effect within 72 hours of court approval.
  • policy: The justices said they would consider in October whether the president's policy should be upheld or struck down.
  • harm: "As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm," he added.
  • effect: The ruling also said it would permit a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the US to go into effect, allowing the government to bar entry to refugee claimants who do not have any " bona fide relationship" with an American individual or entity.
  • autumn: The Supreme Court justices will fully consider the arguments on both sides next autumn.

How the Federal Reserve Serves US Foreign Intelligence

  • glean: The exception has allowed Treasury, State and Fed officials without regular access to glean information about the movement of funds in and out of the accounts, those people said.
  • defiant: While the Kremlin's public response was defiant, Fed and Treasury officials concluded Moscow feared the United States would freeze Russia's assets even though the account was not included in the narrow scope of the sanctions, according to one former official.
  • verification: In freezing the assets of Al-Kawthar, Iraq's central bank followed Fed " verification procedures," added the official, who declined to be named.

Jewish group cancels Netanyahu dinner over Western Wall decision

  • dialogue: Third, the prime minister instructed Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and me to continue dialogue in order to try and reach a solution," the statement said.
  • affect: Critics said it could potentially affect hundreds of thousands of Israe lis.
  • resolution: The board later passed a resolution warning that the " dangerous and damaging steps" had a " deep potential to divide the Jewish people ".
  • facilitate: The board of the Jewish Agency, which facilitates Jewish immigration to Israel, said it " deplored" the move.
  • temporary: Since 2013, a temporary prayer area for mixed worship was opened at the southern end of the wall and in 2016, Mr Netanyahu's cabinet voted in favour of plans to upgrade it.

Nigerian president's Eid speech in Hausa criticised

  • message: Others even questioned the authenticity of the message, saying it should be investigated to ascertain whether it truly was Mr Buhari speaking, the Punch website said.
  • virtue: In a short message aired on several media outlets, he said he hoped the " lessons of Ramadan"- virtues such as self-denial, and generosity to the poor- would endure, and appealed to his countrymen to live in peace.
  • message: In a short message aired on several media outlets, he said he hoped the " lessons of Ramadan"- virtues such as self-denial, and generosity to the poor- would endure, and appealed to his countrymen to live in peace.
  • ascertain: Others even questioned the authenticity of the message, saying it should be investigated to ascertain whether it truly was Mr Buhari speaking, the Punch website said.
  • appeal: In a short message aired on several media outlets, he said he hoped the " lessons of Ramadan"- virtues such as self-denial, and generosity to the poor- would endure, and appealed to his countrymen to live in peace.

Trump Eager For Big Meeting with Putin, Some Advisers Wary

  • humanize: A face-to-face meeting can humanize the two sides and often removes some of the intrigue involved in impersonal, telephone communication.
  • intrigue: A face-to-face meeting can humanize the two sides and often removes some of the intrigue involved in impersonal, telephone communication.
  • choreograph: The meetings are typically highly choreographed affairs, with everything from the way the two leaders shake hands to the looks that they exchange and the actual words spoken offering glimpses into the state of affairs.

Al-Qaeda: Kidnapped Swede Johan Gustafsson freed after six years

  • caption: Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Johan Gustafsson is said to be " happy" and " overwhelmed" following his release.
  • seize: He was seized by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb ( AQIM) along with two other men, one of whom was freed in a dawn raid in 2015.
  • release: Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Johan Gustafsson is said to be " happy" and " overwhelmed" following his release.
  • discover: Mr Rijke was freed by French special forces in April 2015 after he was discovered by chance in a dawn raid in northern Mali.
  • foreign: She said that the Swede's release was thanks to " extensive efforts" and co-operation between the Swedish foreign ministry, police and" foreign authorities ".

Algerians champion traditional dress for Eid al-Fitr

  • culture: Most are praising Algeria's culture and calling on others to preserve the country's heritage.
  • praise: Most are praising Algeria's culture and calling on others to preserve the country's heritage.
  • extension: They tell a story of the phases our country has been through, and are a cultural extension of our forefathers," said one Twitter user.
  • clothes: Muslims traditionally wear new clothes or dress up for the occasion to mark the end of fasting in the month of Ramadan.
  • heritage: Most are praising Algeria's culture and calling on others to preserve the country's heritage.

South Africa prisoners entertained by 'strippers'

  • caption: Image copyright Durban Crime n All Image caption The women were part of an entertainment act for inmates.
  • prison: Pictures circulating on social media show two scantily-clad women in thigh-high boots pressing themselves up against orange suited men at Johannesburg's Medium B prison.
  • tolerate: We can never tolerate what we have seen on the social media since Saturday," Mr Smalberger, the acting national correctional services commissioner, said.
  • prison: Inmates at a South African prison known as Sun City were treated to " strippers" as part of an official event.
  • arrange: The 21 June event had been arranged as part of Youth Month celebrations- part of a programme which is meant to help with the rehabilitation of prisoners.

Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

  • government: The government announced the liberation of the eastern half in January 2017, but the west of the city, with its narrow streets, has proved more difficult.
  • analyst: As for the number of IS fighters still there, estimates from the Iraqi military and analysts vary from 200 to 350.
  • government: There has been a strong uptick in the Iraqi government offensive in recent days.
  • brigadier: A brigadier arrived with a bullet in his neck yesterday afternoon and it was shortly after that everything went a bit crazy.
  • resident: Residents ' houses were set on fire, the agency said.

Six killed as Colombia boat sinks

  • reservoir: At least six people died when a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia, officials say.
  • rescue: Luis Bernardo Morales, a fire service captain involved in the rescue, said the boat was very close to the port when it sank.
  • victim: Leisure boats quickly came to the rescue, hauling victims from the water and the top deck of the vessel.
  • passenger: At least six people died when a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia, officials say.
  • rescue: Leisure boats quickly came to the rescue, hauling victims from the water and the top deck of the vessel.

'I'm not a bad guy'

  • generation: The president believes in me and that's why when I finished playing football, he called me and told me he wants me to help because the young generation believe in me.
  • career: During his football career, El Hadji Diouf developed a reputation as a bad boy of football.
  • opponent: Diouf was aggressive, spat at opponents and confronted match officials as well as opponents.
  • aggressive: Diouf was aggressive, spat at opponents and confronted match officials as well as opponents.
  • sense: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 2002 World Cup gives El Hadj Diouf (C) his greatest sense of achievement.

Blood brothers

  • levity: Like all brothers they argue and get on each other's nerves, but today there is reason for some levity: in just a few week's time, David is going free.
  • immature: Simm ons ' lawyers argued all the way to the Supreme Court that it was cruel and unusual punishment to execute a " developmentally immature" person.
  • stupor: They fought other inmates, and coped with their fates by spending as much time as possible in an intoxicated stupor.
  • crime: That's the kind of impulse control David and Sammy would argue they did not have as teenagers when they committed the crime.
  • prison: I gotta learn to tolerate certain stuff that in prison I wouldn't tolerate," David says.