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Top Asian News 6:14 p.m. GMT

  • vestige: On his second full day in the southeast Asian nation, Obama also met with activists as part of a push for closer ties with the fast-growing, strategically crucial country that included the lifting of one of the last vestiges of Vietnam War-era antagonism: a five-decades-old arms sale embargo.
  • antagonism: On his second full day in the southeast Asian nation, Obama also met with activists as part of a push for closer ties with the fast-growing, strategically crucial country that included the lifting of one of the last vestiges of Vietnam War-era antagonism: a five-decades-old arms sale embargo.
  • abysmal: In a speech at the National Convention Center, Obama sought to balance a desire for a stronger relationship with Vietnam with efforts to hold its leadership to account over what activists call an abysmal treatment of government critics.
  • repository: It's also a repository for religious documents and includes more than 300 statues and other relics.
  • resent: They resent what they see as Japan's focus on the bomb's victims instead of the millions of civilians killed, raped and enslaved by Japanese troops.

New Turkish cabinet reflects Erdogan's growing power

  • firm: The lira currency firmed to 2.98 to the dollar after Yildirim announced the cabinet, from below 3.00 beforehand, reflecting investors ' relief that Simsek and Finance Minister Naci Agbal had kept their positions.
  • ceremonial: Erdogan won Turkey's first presidential election in 2014 having stepped down from the prime minister's post with the intention of imbuing a largely ceremonial presidency with strong powers akin to those of the U.S. and French heads of state.
  • fervent: Opponents fear creeping authoritarianism on the part of Erdogan, a polarizing figure who commands fervent support from roughly half the country, helped by a weak and divided opposition that lacks strong leadership..

Pioneering jockey Payne has surgery after Australia race fall

  • abdominal: Sydney (AFP)- Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne underwent surgery Tuesday for internal abdominal injuries after falling during a race and complaining of acute pain, racing officials said.
  • abdominal: She was taken to hospital in Mildura for scans after complaining of acute abdominal pain before being transferred to The Alfred for further tests, said Victorian Jockeys Association chief executive Des O'Keeffe.
  • abdominal: Doctors have performed a number of tests and scans on Michelle today after she complained of acute abdominal pain," O'Keeffe told AFP.
  • abdomen: She's actually undergone surgery here at The Alfred Hospital on her abdomen on some ( internal) injuries there," he said, adding that the operation had gone ahead" without complication and she's done well in recovery ".

Obama's Hiroshima trip parachutes him into history disputes

  • parachute: By visiting Hiroshima, Barack Obama parachutes himself into a seemingly endless dispute among key U.S. allies and trading partners over World War II.
  • slave: Those killed by the atomic bombs include an estimated 20,000 Koreans, many brought to Japan for slave labor.
  • militarism: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said recently that Japan, when it invites leaders to Hiroshima, should reflect that it " will never tread on the path of militarism again, as it once brought unspeakable suffering to its people and ( the) people of Asia and around the world.
  • reticent: Seoul, for instance, has been reticent to directly share North Korea-related intelligence with Tokyo because of fear about a domestic backlash to cooperation with Japan's military.

WHO says hospital bombing in Syrian coastal city killed 43

  • pejorative: A message attributed to the extremists that was circulated on social media said the bombings struck at the " home of the Nusayris," a pejorative term for Assad's minority Alawite sect.
  • juncture: The coastal region has been the backdrop to some of the war's darker junctures, including twin massacres in Baniyas and Bayda, two formerly restive towns about 25 miles ( 40 kilometers) north of Tartus.
  • summarily: Pro-government forces or militias summarily executed 248 civilians and looted and burned down Sunni neighborhoods there in May 2013, according to Human Rights Watch.

As Zika spreads, Florida town a study in bug-borne illness

  • waft: Her Martin County high school started playing afternoon football games to avoid bugs biting at dusk, and she remembers the smell of insecticides wafting over as mosquito control trucks passed by.
  • fog: When I was a kid, when they would fog, it was heavy," she said.
  • entomology: Nathan Burkett-Cadena, who studies how mosquitoes transmit viruses at the University of Florida's medical entomology laboratory.

The Latest: China applauds end of arms embargo for Vietnam

  • conducive: China is outwardly lauding the lifting of a U.S. arms embargo on Vietnam, saying it hopes " normal and friendly" relations between the U.S. and Vietnam are conducive to regional stability.
  • visa: The two nations are hailing an arrangement granting one-year, multiple-entry visas for short-term business and tourism travelers from both countries.
  • maritime: He also says there is a mutual concern with respect to maritime issues.
  • vestige: President Barack Obama has announced the lifting of an arms embargo on Vietnam, removing a vestige of wartime animosity in an attempt to shore up the communist country in its territorial dispute with an increasingly aggressive China.
  • animosity: President Barack Obama has announced the lifting of an arms embargo on Vietnam, removing a vestige of wartime animosity in an attempt to shore up the communist country in its territorial dispute with an increasingly aggressive China.