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The snipers trained to protect rhinos

  • myopic: There used to be 200,000 of the myopic beasts here in Kenya.
  • gouge: Once the animal is down the poachers close in, hacking, sawing and gouging the horn from its socket.
  • plummet: Thick cloud hides the spires of Mount Kenya and as darkness falls, the temperature plummets.

Is there such a thing as 'the world's best chef'?

  • overcharge: There is also a fine line, he says, between the best and the worst, as " the concept encourages a certain type of restaurateur to overcomplicate and overcharge the customer ".
  • culinary: The annual unveiling of the new French Michelin Guide has been hosted by the French Foreign Ministry for the last two years- part of a French government bid to preserve the country's position as the world's culinary capital, and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was also on hand present the awards at the La Liste ceremony in December.
  • inedible: Then there is D.O .M. in Sao Paolo, where celebrity chef Alex Atala disappears into the Amazon in search of ingredients such as priprioca root, long thought inedible and used to make cosmetics rather than food.
  • culinary: If France dominates the world of Michelin three-star restaurants, Spain ranked in 2015 as the culinary powerhouse of the 50 Best, with seven restaurants on the list- more than any other country.
  • culinary: The world's culinary aristocracy was then recorded in the Michelin Guide, with the best restaurants earning one, two, or exceptionally three stars.

UN Calls for Global Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

  • genital: United Nations and human rights organizations are calling for a complete stop to the harmful practice of female genital mutilation, which affects millions of women and girls worldwide.
  • genital: Women and girls have been subjected to female genital mutilation for millennia, with the earliest recorded excisions having been performed on Egyptian girls in 25 BC.
  • genital: A recent report by the U.N. Children’s Fund, UNICEF, finds at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries.
  • genital: Tarek Jasarevic, spokesman for the World Health Organization, says the procedure involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs.

Sri Lanka's Rajapaksas: Crashing fall from grace

  • revere: Many in the Sinhalese majority revered Mr Rajapaksa for crushing the 30-year Tamil separatist insurgency, notwithstanding the massive civilian casualties that caused such outrage among human rights advocates.
  • invulnerable: Others now doing so include members of the military and Buddhist monks- two groups hitherto seen as pretty much invulnerable.
  • apprehend: Yet for everyone apprehended for alleged misdeeds, there are plenty more walking free.
  • misdeed: Yet for everyone apprehended for alleged misdeeds, there are plenty more walking free.
  • plenty: Yet for everyone apprehended for alleged misdeeds, there are plenty more walking free.

Six decades of Egyptian history in six movies

  • connive: This clip shows a group of businessmen gleefully conniving to get their hands on public money.
  • archetypal: The main character in The Terrorist is an archetypal militant, waging war against a secular society.
  • befriend: Showered with kindness and befriended by a Christian neighbour, he begins questioning his beliefs.

Thousands of Syrians Head to Turkish Border, Fleeing Russian Airstrikes

  • camp: As forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pressed home an offensive in the country's northern Aleppo countryside, tens of thousands of desperate civilians headed to the border with Turkey, swelling the thousands already camped there.
  • populous: Rebel commanders have confirmed to VOA that the regime has severed the main rebel supply route to insurgent-held districts in Aleppo, Syria's one-time commercial capital and most populous city.
  • intensive: In a statement issued Friday, the Syrian Coalition — the main Western-backed political opposition group — said, " Increasingly intensive Russian airstrikes are pushing tens of thousands of Syrians from northern rural Aleppo toward the Turkish border.
  • repel: A last-stand defense of the town mounted mainly by al Nusra, which this week sent nearly 800 fighters from the neighboring province of Idlib, failed to repel government forces Thursday, although rebel commanders say clashes are continuing to the west of the town.
  • rebel: A last-stand defense of the town mounted mainly by al Nusra, which this week sent nearly 800 fighters from the neighboring province of Idlib, failed to repel government forces Thursday, although rebel commanders say clashes are continuing to the west of the town.

Clinton, Sanders Combative in 1st One-on-one Presidential Debate

  • caucus: Clinton trails Sanders by 20 points in the polls after barely beating him in the Iowa caucus.
  • cordial: Now that voter preference actually starts to count toward who gets nominated, the cordial campaign is becoming heated and tense, with Clinton and Sanders bickering over who is the true progressive in the race, who is beholden to big money interests, and what is the biggest threat facing America.
  • bickering: Now that voter preference actually starts to count toward who gets nominated, the cordial campaign is becoming heated and tense, with Clinton and Sanders bickering over who is the true progressive in the race, who is beholden to big money interests, and what is the biggest threat facing America.
  • moderator: At one point, moderator Chuck Todd asked if Clinton, should she win the nomination, would consider Sanders as her running mate.
  • presumptuous: She said it was presumptuous to pose such a question, but, if so, Sanders would be her first call.

Clinton, Sanders Locked in Heated, Angry Debate

  • bickering: Now that voter preference actually starts to count toward who gets nominated, the cordial campaign is becoming heated, with Clinton and Sanders bickering over who is the true progressive in the race and who is beholden to big-money interests.
  • cordial: Now that voter preference actually starts to count toward who gets nominated, the cordial campaign is becoming heated, with Clinton and Sanders bickering over who is the true progressive in the race and who is beholden to big-money interests.
  • artful: Clinton called it an " artful smear" and rejected accusations that anyone getting big money is being " bought.

UN: Female Genital Mutilation More Widespread Than Thought

  • genital: Millions more girls and women worldwide are victims of female genital mutilation than previously thought, according to UNICEF, the U.N. children's agency.
  • genital: Some 44 million victims of female genital mutilation around the world are aged 14 or younger, and the majority of girls who have had their genitals mutilated were cut before they were 5 years old, UNICEF's research found.
  • mutilate: Some 44 million victims of female genital mutilation around the world are aged 14 or younger, and the majority of girls who have had their genitals mutilated were cut before they were 5 years old, UNICEF's research found.
  • genital: The U.N. General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution in December 2012 calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation, a centuries-old practice stemming from the belief that circumcising girls controls women's sexuality and enhances fertility.

Greeks 'necktie revolt' over pensions

  • paralysis: Farmers have threatened to make the paralysis permanent with road blocks across motorways and border crossings, if the leftist Syriza government does not scrap its pension reform programme.
  • taunt: On the fringes of a peaceful march of 40,000 people on the parliament in Athens, masked youths taunted riot police with petrol bombs, and police responded with teargas.
  • quartet: Within earshot of the Athens demonstration, a negotiating team from the " quartet"- the European Commission, IMF, European Stability Mechanism and European Central Bank- held tense negotiations, first with the finance ministry, then the labour ministry.
  • quartet: The quartet are in Athens to review the fiscal measures required to keep payments on track.
  • preferable: Speaking in Hamburg, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble suggested that it might have been preferable for Greece to have abandoned the euro in 2011, rather than suffering what he called "this endless painful process ".

Ancient Wildebeest Cousin Boasted Bizarre Dinosaur-like Trait

  • nasal: Hadrosaurs with similar nasal structures, Lambeosaurus and Corythosaurus, lived about 75 million years ago.
  • convergent: O'Brien said the structure was an example of " convergent evolutio n" in which disparate organisms independently evolve similar features, like the wings of birds, bats and the extinct flying reptiles called pterosaurs, to adapt to similar environments or ecological niches.
  • hollow: The bony crest, laying on the top and front of the skull, was mostly hollow inside.
  • protrusion: Researchers said Thursday the crescent-shaped protrusion atop the head of Rusingoryx, which roamed Africa's savannas tens of thousands of years ago, was unlike anything on any other mammal, past or present.
  • nasal: It contained nasal passages that followed the outside of the structure then took an S-shaped pathway down into the soft tissue part of the airway.

HK booksellers 'author' attacks China

  • duress: He turned up in early January on Chinese state TV in tears, saying he had returned to China to take responsibility for a fatal car accident that happened more than a decade ago- although some suspect his statement may have been made under duress.
  • pulp: The BBC has also uncovered details of the lucrative and prolific underground world of gossipy pulp books about the Chinese leadership, which caters almost exclusively to a mainland audience, much to the displeasure of Chinese authorities.
  • shout: Outside the door Lingling shouts: 'Big brother Xi please help me, I 'm in the kitchen cooking dumplings.
  • apex: He estimates the market for " quickie" books- poorly researched books written speedily- reached an apex in 2013, with the downfall of the charismatic Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai providing much material.