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The special water flown in for Princess Charlotte

  • christen: When Princess Charlotte is christened on Sunday the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will baptise her with water from the River Jordan..
  • shallow: Contrary to how it is traditionally represented in songs, poems and paintings, the River Jordan is unimpressively shallow, muddy and narrow.
  • decanter: A few yards away, on the West Bank side, a young Russian woman emerging from the water showed me three decanters she was stowing away in her handbag" as special gifts ".
  • souvenir: Everyone has a story for why they want it," says Riyad Mitri, a souvenir seller in Bethlehem.
  • preferment: Simony is defined as " the act... of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferments, benefices, or emoluments".

Island voices on Greek debt crisis

  • parallel: Democracy Avenue runs parallel to the main ferry port on Aegina.
  • drachma: He believes it would be difficult to go back to the drachma.
  • fishmonger: It's an early start for Yianna each morning at a fishmonger's at a market just off Democracy Avenue.

Parkinson given cancer all-clear

  • transfusion: Two years on, he said he still needed to have regular tests and have the " occasional" blood transfusion.
  • transfusion: The transfusions, he told the BBC, are " to deal with a problem with anaemia which I have always had and which was exacerbated by the radiotherapy.
  • transfusion: Hopefully the gap between transfusions will get longer and maybe finally disappear altogether," he went on.

Nepal, UN Differ on Quake Aid Priorities

  • corrugated: “Particularly, we're looking at the corrugated iron sheeting which is the essential commodity that we need right now to be distributed to the affected populations, especially in the high areas, before the monsoon comes in and makes our job delivering those much more difficult,” McGoldrick explained.
  • impair: The seasonal torrential rains are likely to trigger landslides, further damaging roads impaired by the quakes.
  • berate: U.N. officials in public and private comments in recent days berated the domestic media for what they consider inaccurate reporting.
  • inaccurate: U.N. officials in public and private comments in recent days berated the domestic media for what they consider inaccurate reporting.
  • collusion: Nepal's bureaucracy is accused of wrapping its quake response in red tape, amid suspicion of layers of profiteering in collusion with corrupt politicians and other officials.

Putting the Greek back into Stoicism

  • inure: Those inured to discom fort, the Stoics realised, are almost always happier than those who lead a pampered existence.
  • desolate: The island was desolate, bleak, and nearly waterless, a miserable place to be put; indeed, even in the 20th Century, the Greek government used Gyaros as a dumping ground for its leftist enemies.
  • privation: As they suffer privations in the coming months and years, Greeks should keep Musonius in mind.

Hong Kong-to-NI 'spoof' revealed

  • humour: Prof Christie Davies, an expert in the sociology of morality, censorship and humour at the University of Reading, suggested a new " city state " could be created between Coleraine and Londonderry.
  • humour: S adly, it's impossible to make jokes like this any more, the Diplomatic Service has lost its sense of humour.
  • forsake: My initial reaction... is that the proposal could be useful to the extent that the arrival of 5.5 million Chinese in Northern Ireland may induce the indigenous peoples to forsake their homeland for a future elsewher e," he wrote.
  • humour: I think that's a shame because it's through humour that you build relationships, with other departments, with other diplomats at home and abroad.

Device Sniffs Out Autism by Measuring Reactions to Aromas

  • aroma: Measuring these automatic responses to aromas might one day be a way of detecting autism before a child is old enough to speak.
  • scent: Research shows we respond to the scents of sweat and tears without even noticing, suggesting that our sense of smell helps us relate to other people.
  • odor: They don't respond any differently to the odor of rotting fish than they do to the scent of roses.
  • scent: They don't respond any differently to the odor of rotting fish than they do to the scent of roses.
  • pleasant: Children with more severe symptoms, especially for impairments in social communication, actually seem to inhale unpleasant smells longer than pleasant ones.

Egypt looks for answers after brutal Sinai attack

  • proviso: There are a few provisos to be taken into consideration when reflecting on the attack.
  • secondly: Secondly, human rights groups and civil rights organisations- from what little information they have been able to gather via eyewitnesses on the ground- have also raised concerns that the tactics of the Egyptian military in Sinai have not been focused on gaining the trust and co-operation of the local population.
  • propensity: If these reports are accurate, and the effect is widespread, then the propensity for recruitment increases- and intelligence gathering against the militants will be adversely affected.
  • secondly: Secondly, the Egyptian military needs to focus more on the need for strategic, tactical counter-terrorism equipment and training, rather than the more regular combat strategies that it has been relying on thus far.

New Recommendations to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

  • cardiac: Only six percent of people who go into cardiac arrest survive.
  • cardiac: He said most people confuse cardiac arrest with a heart attack.
  • cardiac: People can survive heart attacks, but without immediate help, they do not survive cardiac arrest.
  • cardiac: He said, " A cardiac arrest is where the very mechanical beating of the heart stops suddenly and that is an emergency that will be death producing if it’s not corrected in minutes.
  • cardiac: It's not necessarily deadly, but it can lead to cardiac arrest.

Officials: Tunisian Resort Gunman Trained in Libya

  • porous: The border between the two countries is porous and recruits and fighters can cross easily, sidestepping immigration officials.
  • sidestep: The border between the two countries is porous and recruits and fighters can cross easily, sidestepping immigration officials.
  • volunteer: Hundreds of Ansar al-Sharia members have volunteered to fight in Syria, generally enlisting with the Islamic State group.
  • enlist: Hundreds of Ansar al-Sharia members have volunteered to fight in Syria, generally enlisting with the Islamic State group.
  • enlist: Many others have gone to Libya to enlist with Libya’s Ansar al-Sharia, which is fighting alongside IS members in eastern Libya and was implicated in the 2012 assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens.