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Sporadic clashes rock Syria's Manbij as deadline nears

  • clash: Beirut (AFP)- Islamic State group militants clashed Saturday with US-backed fighters in Syria's Manbij as a 48-hour deadline loomed for the jihadists to leave the battleground town, a monitor said.
  • ultimatum: The ultimatum was issued Thursday by the Syrian Democratic Forces ( SDF), an Arab -Kurdish alliance that is fighting IS with support from a US-led coalition.
  • issue: The ultimatum was issued Thursday by the Syrian Democratic Forces ( SDF), an Arab -Kurdish alliance that is fighting IS with support from a US-led coalition.
  • alliance: The ultimatum was issued Thursday by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an Arab -Kurdish alliance that is fighting IS with support from a US-led coalition.
  • coalition: The ultimatum was issued Thursday by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an Arab -Kurdish alliance that is fighting IS with support from a US-led coalition.

Turkey extends detention without charge to 30 days

  • arrest: There may be more arrests to come, says Turkey's deputy prime minister.
  • prime: There may be more arrests to come, says Turkey's deputy prime minister.
  • period: Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has extended the period in which suspects can be detained without charge to 30 days, an official statement says.
  • suspect: Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has extended the period in which suspects can be detained without charge to 30 days, an official statement says.
  • detain: Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has extended the period in which suspects can be detained without charge to 30 days, an official statement says.

Top Asian News 9:09 a.m. GMT

  • kilometer: Flight coordinator John Wallington says Fedor Konyukhov landed on Saturday 160 kilometers ( 100 miles) east of the town of the Northam, where he started his journey on July 12 and about three hours after he flew over it on his return.
  • oversee: The Defense Ministry tweeted that Manohar Parrikar was overseeing the massive search operation Saturday, a day after the Russian-made AN -32 went missing.
  • massive: The Defense Ministry tweeted that Manohar Parrikar was overseeing the massive search operation Saturday, a day after the Russian-made AN -32 went missing.
  • island: The aircraft took off from the southern city of Chennai Friday morning and was flying over the sea to Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
  • kilometer: The flight, covering 1,375 kilometers ( 854 miles), was supposed to last three hours.

Floods kill at least 112 across China, leave scores missing

  • flood: Floods kill at least 112 across China, leave scores missing.
  • transport: In this Thursday, July 21, 2016, photo, rescuers use a raft to transport people along a flooded street in Shenyang in northeastern China's Liaoning Province.
  • flood: In this Thursday, July 21, 2016, photo, rescuers use a raft to transport people along a flooded street in Shenyang in northeastern China's Liaoning Province.
  • flood: Dozens of people have been killed and dozens more are missing across China after a round of torrential rains swept through the country earlier this week, flooding streams, triggering landslides and destroying houses.
  • circulate: Photos circulating online show disturbing images of drowned children lying in mud.

Russian breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record: crew

  • balloon: Sydney (AFP)- Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov on Saturday broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said.
  • crew: Sydney (AFP)- Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov on Saturday broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said.
  • balloon: His journey, taking just over 11 days, is faster than the record set by the late American adventurer Steve Fossett who in 2002 became the first person to fly solo around the world in a balloon in a feat which took 13 days.
  • balloon: The record is broken-- no question," Wallington told AFP, adding that Konyukhov had flown his balloon almost exactly over his starting point.
  • polar: On Konyukhov's website, which has tracked his progress, he has spoken of the strong polar jet stream which pushed him towards Antarctica as he approached Australia, saying it was " scary to be so down south and away from civilisation ".

Islamic State said to shun withdrawal offer in surrounded Syrian city

  • shun: Islamic State said to shun withdrawal offer in surrounded Syrian city.
  • shun: BEIRUT (Reuters)- Islamic State appeared to have shunned an offer for its fighters to withdraw safely from the Syrian city of Manbij and clashes with U.S.-backed forces raged ahead of its expiry, a spokesman for Washington-backed forces said on Saturday.
  • withdraw: BEIRUT (Reuters)- Islamic State appeared to have shunned an offer for its fighters to withdraw safely from the Syrian city of Manbij and clashes with U.S.-backed forces raged ahead of its expiry, a spokesman for Washington-backed forces said on Saturday.
  • clash: BEIRUT (Reuters)- Islamic State appeared to have shunned an offer for its fighters to withdraw safely from the Syrian city of Manbij and clashes with U.S.-backed forces raged ahead of its expiry, a spokesman for Washington-backed forces said on Saturday.
  • alliance: The Syria Democratic Forces alliance, made up of Arab and Kurdish fighters and backed by the United States, made rapid advances against the jihadists last month after launching a campaign to flush them out of territory along the Turkish border, through which they had for years moved weapons and fighters.

German-Iranian gunman kills nine in Munich, then himself: police

  • civilian: MUNICH (Reuters)- An 18-year-old German -Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire near a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least nine people in the third attack on civilians in Western Europe in eight days.
  • circumstance: As authorities sought to piece together the circumstances of an attack behind which they had found no immediate evidence of an Islamist motive, Munich police said they would hold a 0930 GMT ( 5.30 am ET) news conference.
  • immediate: As authorities sought to piece together the circumstances of an attack behind which they had found no immediate evidence of an Islamist motive, Munich police said they would hold a 0930 GMT ( 5.30 am ET) news conference.
  • evidence: As authorities sought to piece together the circumstances of an attack behind which they had found no immediate evidence of an Islamist motive, Munich police said they would hold a 0930 GMT ( 5.30 am ET) news conference.
  • conference: As authorities sought to piece together the circumstances of an attack behind which they had found no immediate evidence of an Islamist motive, Munich police said they would hold a 0930 GMT (5.30 am ET) news conference.

Turkey's Erdogan orders closure of more schools, extends detention period

  • closure: Turkey's Erdogan orders closure of more schools, extends detention period.
  • period: Turkey's Erdogan orders closure of more schools, extends detention period.
  • closure: ISTANBUL (Reuters)- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and extended the period in which some suspects can be detained without charge, in his first decree since declaring a three-month state of emergency.
  • period: ISTANBUL (Reuters)- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and extended the period in which some suspects can be detained without charge, in his first decree since declaring a three-month state of emergency.
  • suspect: ISTANBUL (Reuters)- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and extended the period in which some suspects can be detained without charge, in his first decree since declaring a three-month state of emergency.

Members of Afghan Hazara minority protest in Kabul over power line route

  • minority: KABUL (Reuters)- Thousands of people from Afghanistan's Hazara minority demonstrated in the capital Kabul on Saturday to demand changes to the route of a planned multi-million dollar power transmission line.
  • demonstrate: KABUL (Reuters)- Thousands of people from Afghanistan's Hazara minority demonstrated in the capital Kabul on Saturday to demand changes to the route of a planned multi-million dollar power transmission line.
  • transmission: KABUL (Reuters)- Thousands of people from Afghanistan's Hazara minority demonstrated in the capital Kabul on Saturday to demand changes to the route of a planned multi-million dollar power transmission line.
  • demonstrator: The demonstrators are demanding that the 500 kV transmission line from Turkmenistan to Kabul be rerouted through two provinces with large Hazara populations, an option the government says would cost millions and delay the badly needed project by years.
  • transmission: The demonstrators are demanding that the 500 kV transmission line from Turkmenistan to Kabul be rerouted through two provinces with large Hazara populations, an option the government says would cost millions and delay the badly needed project by years.

Heavy rain in China kills at least 87, thousands evacuated

  • flood: Seventy-two people have been killed and 78 are missing in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods and landslides, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the civil affairs department.
  • cite: Seventy-two people have been killed and 78 are missing in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods and landslides, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the civil affairs department.
  • civil: Seventy-two people have been killed and 78 are missing in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods and landslides, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the civil affairs department.
  • damage: In the central province of Henan, 15 people were killed and eight were missing after thunderstorms and strong winds forced 72,000 people from their homes and damaged 18,000 houses,.
  • government: Altogether about 8.6 million people have been affected by the flooding, according state media and local government reports.

Indian Aid Worker Abducted in Kabul Released

  • offensive: Critics have called his idea impractical and offensive to Mexico, while supporters say such a bold approach is needed to control the border.
  • border: Critics have called his idea impractical and offensive to Mexico, while supporters say such a bold approach is needed to control the border.
  • activist: As the global fight against AIDS intensifies, activists have placed increasing importance on getting people to know their HIV status.
  • method: Some companies are developing new HIV testing methods designed to be quick, easy and accurate.
  • design: Some companies are developing new HIV testing methods designed to be quick, easy and accurate.

China floods: At least 78 killed and 'millions homeless'

  • flood: China floods: At least 78 killed and 'millions homeless'- BBC News.
  • flood: China floods: At least 78 killed and 'millions homeless'.
  • caption: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Roads have been cut and fields flooded in Hebei.
  • flood: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Roads have been cut and fields flooded in Hebei.
  • flood: Floods in north and central China have killed at least 78 people, with scores of others reported missing, officials and state media have said.

'Lone' Munich shooter kills nine in mall rampage

  • suicide: Munich (Germany) (AFP)- The gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre before committing suicide was a German -Iranian teenager who probably acted alone, police said Saturday.
  • probably: Munich (Germany) (AFP)- The gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre before committing suicide was a German -Iranian teenager who probably acted alone, police said Saturday.
  • terror: Nine people were killed and 16 wounded as the gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, the third attack on civilians in Europe in eight days.
  • civilian: Nine people were killed and 16 wounded as the gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, the third attack on civilians in Europe in eight days.
  • continent: Bloodbath in Munich," was the headline on the best-selling Bild newspaper as shockwaves reverberated across the continent.

Series of attacks may lead mall owners to increase security

  • restaurant: GERMANY OUT In this grab taken from video, police officers stand outside a McDonald's restaurant, near the mall, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016.
  • avoid: The city transit system shut down and police asked people to avoid public places.
  • expansion: More global brands are setting their sights on the U.S. for expansion after recent attacks in Germany and France, said Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of retail leasing and marketing at Prudential Douglas Elliman.
  • chairman: More global brands are setting their sights on the U.S. for expansion after recent attacks in Germany and France, said Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of retail leasing and marketing at Prudential Douglas Elliman.
  • security: Consolo, who brokers deals with luxury brands, said her clients feel the security situation is more " under control" in the United States.

Afghan capital locked down for large demonstration

  • shout: They chanted slogans against President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Ab dullah, shouted " death to discriminati on " and" all Afghans are equal.
  • original: The original plan routed the line through Bamiyan province, in the central highlands, where most of the country's Hazaras live.
  • government: That route was changed in 2013 by the previous Afghan government.
  • evidence: Leaders of the marches have said that the rerouting was evidence of bias against the Hazara community, which accounts for up to 15 percent of Afghanistan estimated 30 million-strong population.
  • bias: Leaders of the marches have said that the rerouting was evidence of bias against the Hazara community, which accounts for up to 15 percent of Afghanistan estimated 30 million-strong population.

Munich shooting: Police appeal for video evidence

  • caption: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Armed police could be seen searching a flat in Munich overnight.
  • flat: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Armed police could be seen searching a flat in Munich overnight.
  • establish: No motive for the German -Iranian man's actions has yet been established.
  • civilian: The attack is the third on civilians in western Europe in eight days, following the violence in Nice and Wuerzburg.
  • violence: The attack is the third on civilians in western Europe in eight days, following the violence in Nice and Wuerzburg.

Clinton picks Tim Kaine, sturdy senator, for running mate

  • mate: Clinton picks Tim Kaine, sturdy senator, for running mate.
  • mate: Washington (AFP)- Hillary Clinton tapped Tim Kaine, a popular Spanish-speaking senator from the swing state of Virginia, to be her running mate in the White House showdown against Donald Trump.
  • nominee: The pick comes three days before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where Clinton-- and now Kaine-- will be elevated as the nominees to the party's presidential ticket.
  • emerge: Widely seen as a safe choice in a brutal election race-- Kaine himself jokes that he is " boring"-- the senator emerged as frontrunner in the veepstakes because he ticks so many boxes.
  • foreign: An experienced foreign policy hand who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, he could help Clinton lock in two key voting blocs: Hispanics and the battleground state of Virginia.

Canberra Raiders into NRL's top 4 for 1st time in decade

  • consecutive: Skipper Jarrod Croker scored the match-winning try less than 90 seconds into extra time to seal their fourth consecutive win.
  • champion: North Queensland center Antonio Winterstein scored three tries as the defending champions beat the Canterbury Bulldogs 36-0.
  • harm: Another Queensland state team, the Brisbane Broncos, didn't fare as well, losing 31-12 to Penrith; the Broncos ' sixth loss in eight games to harm their chances of finishing in the top four.

Malaysian police say bomb plot on top officers foiled, 14 held

  • plot: Malaysian police say bomb plot on top officers foiled, 14 held.
  • foil: Malaysian police say bomb plot on top officers foiled, 14 held.
  • foil: KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters)- Malaysian authorities said on Saturday they had foiled a bomb attack on top police officers and arrested 14 suspected Islamic State ( IS) operatives in a week-long operation.
  • arrest: KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters)- Malaysian authorities said on Saturday they had foiled a bomb attack on top police officers and arrested 14 suspected Islamic State ( IS) operatives in a week-long operation.
  • suspect: KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters)- Malaysian authorities said on Saturday they had foiled a bomb attack on top police officers and arrested 14 suspected Islamic State ( IS) operatives in a week-long operation.

IMF urges key G20 countries to spend more for growth

  • warn: Chengdu (China) (AFP)- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned risks to the global economy are growing, as it called on some G20 nations to boost government spending.
  • risk: Chengdu (China) (AFP)- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned risks to the global economy are growing, as it called on some G20 nations to boost government spending.
  • government: Chengdu (China) (AFP)- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned risks to the global economy are growing, as it called on some G20 nations to boost government spending.
  • weak: Global growth remains weak, and downside risks have become more salient," the IMF said in a report released ahead of the G20 meeting.
  • risk: Global growth remains weak, and downside risks have become more salient," the IMF said in a report released ahead of the G20 meeting.

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on S. China Sea: diplomat

  • ally: Vientiane (AFP)- Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday.
  • consensus: Vientiane (AFP)- Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday.
  • international: Vientiane (AFP)- Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday.
  • reject: Vientiane (AFP)- Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday.
  • territorial: Vientiane (AFP)- Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday.

Indian defense chief joins search for air force plane

  • transport: FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, file photo, an Indian Air Force's (IAF) AN -32 transport aircraft releases chaff as it flies past the IAF Day Parade in New Delhi, India.
  • release: FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, file photo, an Indian Air Force's (IAF) AN -32 transport aircraft releases chaff as it flies past the IAF Day Parade in New Delhi, India.
  • ministry: A spokesman for India's defense ministry says the Indian air force has lost contact with a transport plane AN -32 with 29 people on board.
  • contact: A spokesman for India's defense ministry says the Indian air force has lost contact with a transport plane AN -32 with 29 people on board.
  • transport: A spokesman for India's defense ministry says the Indian air force has lost contact with a transport plane AN -32 with 29 people on board.

Russian balloonist 'breaks Fossett's round-the-world record'

  • caption: Image copyright AP Image caption If the time is confirmed, Konyukhov will have taken more than two days off the previous record.
  • confirm: Image copyright AP Image caption If the time is confirmed, Konyukhov will have taken more than two days off the previous record.
  • crew: A Russian balloonist has set a new record for flying non-stop around the world, his support crew have said.
  • balloon: Fyodor Konyukhov's balloon was said to have passed directly over the airfield in the Australian town of Northam where he began his journey 11 days ago.
  • confirm: If his record is confirmed by the World Air Sports Federation he will have taken more than two days off the record set by American Steve Fossett in 2002.

MH370 pilot flew similar doomed route on home simulator: report

  • pilot: MH370 pilot flew similar doomed route on home simulator: report.
  • pilot: New York (AFP)- The pilot who flew missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is believed to have gone off route and crashed in the Indian Ocean, conducted a simulation of a similar path just weeks prior, New York magazine reported.
  • crash: New York (AFP)- The pilot who flew missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is believed to have gone off route and crashed in the Indian Ocean, conducted a simulation of a similar path just weeks prior, New York magazine reported.
  • path: New York (AFP)- The pilot who flew missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is believed to have gone off route and crashed in the Indian Ocean, conducted a simulation of a similar path just weeks prior, New York magazine reported.
  • magazine: New York (AFP)- The pilot who flew missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is believed to have gone off route and crashed in the Indian Ocean, conducted a simulation of a similar path just weeks prior, New York magazine reported.

Munich mall shooting: what we know

  • investigator: Investigators found the body of the suspected shooter, who appears to have acted alone and then killed himself.
  • suspect: Investigators found the body of the suspected shooter, who appears to have acted alone and then killed himself.
  • assailant: Police say the assailant was an 18-year-old German -Iranian who was not previously known to police..
  • restaurant: A shooter opened fire at a McDonald's restaurant and continued onto a street before entering the Olympia mall near the Olympic stadium in Germany's third biggest city.
  • witness: The shooting started shortly before 1600 GMT, with authorities initially saying witnesses reported seeing three gunmen.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Iraq digs security trench around Fallujah

  • resident: The trench will have a single opening for residents to move in and out of the city, which is virtually empty since the offensive that defeated the IS militants, said Lt. Gen. Ab dul-Wahab al-Saadi, deputy commander of the counterterrorism forces that led the successful campaign.
  • empty: The trench will have a single opening for residents to move in and out of the city, which is virtually empty since the offensive that defeated the IS militants, said Lt. Gen. Ab dul-Wahab al-Saadi, deputy commander of the counterterrorism forces that led the successful campaign.
  • offensive: The trench will have a single opening for residents to move in and out of the city, which is virtually empty since the offensive that defeated the IS militants, said Lt. Gen. Ab dul-Wahab al-Saadi, deputy commander of the counterterrorism forces that led the successful campaign.
  • campaign: The trench will have a single opening for residents to move in and out of the city, which is virtually empty since the offensive that defeated the IS militants, said Lt. Gen. Ab dul-Wahab al-Saadi, deputy commander of the counterterrorism forces that led the successful campaign.
  • kilometer: It will be about 7 miles (11 kilometers) long and " will protect the city's residents, who have lived through many tragedies, as well as security forces deployed there," al-Saadi said in an interview with The Associated Press at his Baghdad headquarters.

India aid worker freed in Afghanistan rescue operation

  • aid: India aid worker freed in Afghanistan rescue operation- BBC News.
  • rescue: India aid worker freed in Afghanistan rescue operation- BBC News.
  • caption: Image copyright AP Image caption Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj announced the rescue on Twitter.
  • announce: Image copyright AP Image caption Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj announced the rescue on Twitter.
  • rescue: Image copyright AP Image caption Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj announced the rescue on Twitter.

Italy hosts first Down's Syndrome 'Olympics'

  • loud: Florence (Italy) (AFP)- The roar from the stands in Florence could not have been louder if it had been stars Usain Bolt or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on the track.
  • path: It was the first world competition for athletes with Down's Syndrome, and Nicole Orlando and Nicolas Virapin made it to the victory podium in the Tuscan city-- a first step, they hope, on the path to Olympic glory.
  • delegation: Orlando, a runner from Italy who has become the face of the " Trisome Games", scooped up the silver for a 400-metres relay, sending her flag-waving delegation leaping into each others arms with joy as the national anthem rang out.
  • contender: Almost 1,000 contenders from 36 countries spent the week here fighting for gold in a series of categories from athletics to fusbol, judo, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, synchronised swimming, tennis and table tennis.
  • series: Almost 1,000 contenders from 36 countries spent the week here fighting for gold in a series of categories from athletics to fusbol, judo, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, synchronised swimming, tennis and table tennis.

Preparing for Brexit: UK faces monumental task

  • resignation: London (AFP)- While British politicians have spent the month since the EU referendum in a whirl of resignations, recriminations and political backstabbings, civil servants have been quietly beginning the mammoth task of implementing Brexit.
  • civil: London (AFP)- While British politicians have spent the month since the EU referendum in a whirl of resignations, recriminations and political backstabbings, civil servants have been quietly beginning the mammoth task of implementing Brexit.
  • implement: London (AFP)- While British politicians have spent the month since the EU referendum in a whirl of resignations, recriminations and political backstabbings, civil servants have been quietly beginning the mammoth task of implementing Brexit.
  • forge: Unpicking 43 years of EU laws and regulations and forging new alliances outside the 28-nation bloc arguably represents the biggest challenge for Whitehall-- as the civil service is collectively known-- since World War II.
  • alliance: Unpicking 43 years of EU laws and regulations and forging new alliances outside the 28-nation bloc arguably represents the biggest challenge for Whitehall-- as the civil service is collectively known-- since World War II.

In Open Letter to President Xi, Chinese Lawyers Demand Rights Protection

  • issue: A group of HongKong-based human rights defense lawyers issued an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday, calling for the release of colleagues detained by government officials more than a year ago.
  • release: A group of HongKong-based human rights defense lawyers issued an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday, calling for the release of colleagues detained by government officials more than a year ago.
  • colleague: A group of HongKong-based human rights defense lawyers issued an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday, calling for the release of colleagues detained by government officials more than a year ago.
  • detain: A group of HongKong-based human rights defense lawyers issued an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday, calling for the release of colleagues detained by government officials more than a year ago.
  • government: A group of HongKong-based human rights defense lawyers issued an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday, calling for the release of colleagues detained by government officials more than a year ago.

Hillary Clinton selects Tim Kaine as her running mate

  • mate: Hillary Clinton selects Tim Kaine as her running mate- BBC News.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mrs Clinton said Senator Kaine has " devoted his life to fighting for others".
  • candidate: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has selected Tim Kaine, a centrist senator from Virginia, as her running mate.
  • mate: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has selected Tim Kaine, a centrist senator from Virginia, as her running mate.
  • candidate: Mrs Clinton passed over more left-leaning candidates in favour of the 58-year-old senator, who is a strong supporter of free-trade agreements.

Cult fiction

  • caption: Image caption The ageing superstar shows no signs of slowing down in Kabali.
  • chase: The 150-film veteran even gives chase to the villain, played by Taiwanese actor Winston Chao, against the Petronas Towers, one of the world's tallest buildings, in Malaysia.
  • ingredient: Kabali has all the ingredients of a Rajinikanth entertainer: heroics, smoking guns, bloody fight sequences, Malay and Tamil hip hop and rap music, lots of Tamil regional pride and romance.
  • sequence: Kabali has all the ingredients of a Rajinikanth entertainer: heroics, smoking guns, bloody fight sequences, Malay and Tamil hip hop and rap music, lots of Tamil regional pride and romance.
  • truism: It also has the angry superstar delivering truisms in his trademark mocking style.

Manson follower Leslie Van Houten denied parole by California governor

  • caption: Image copyright AP Image caption Leslie Van Houten has now been denied parole 20 times.
  • sentence: California Governor Jerry Brown has denied parole for Leslie Van Houten, a former follower of Charles Manson, who is serving a life sentence for murder.
  • murder: California Governor Jerry Brown has denied parole for Leslie Van Houten, a former follower of Charles Manson, who is serving a life sentence for murder.
  • risk: However, Governor Brown said her " inability to explain her willing participation in such horrific violenc e" made him think she was still a risk to society.
  • victim: Relatives of her victims opposed her release with a petition signed by 140,000 people.

Mission Continues as 'Star Trek' Popularity Endures

  • crew: The television show was set in the future and was about the crew of the USS Enterprise, which was on a five-year mission of space exploration.
  • crew: Week after week, fans watched Captain James T. Kirk and his crew " boldly go where no man has gone before.
  • launch: In real life, the era of space exploration has been underway since 1957 with Sputnik’s launch in Russia, and it was in full swing with Neil Armstrong’s lunar walk in 1969.
  • canvas: Star Trek used the stars as a blank canvas to tackle some of the huge societal changes of the time.
  • huge: Star Trek used the stars as a blank canvas to tackle some of the huge societal changes of the time.

Sun, sea and Brexit

  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Villas in Kyrenia, northern Cyprus: Land and property rights are a big political issue on the island.
  • issue: Image copyright AFP Image caption Villas in Kyrenia, northern Cyprus: Land and property rights are a big political issue on the island.
  • island: Image copyright AFP Image caption Villas in Kyrenia, northern Cyprus: Land and property rights are a big political issue on the island.
  • opposite: An experience from the opposite end of Europe might influence Scotland's bid to remain in the EU during the UK's Brexit negotiations.
  • island: Yet the island's breakaway, Turkish-controlled north is not internationally recognised, and EU laws don't apply there.

US Markets Bounce Back at Week's End

  • edge: U.S. markets edged higher Friday, bouncing back after small pullbacks on Thursday, to end the week on a positive note.
  • positive: U.S. markets edged higher Friday, bouncing back after small pullbacks on Thursday, to end the week on a positive note.
  • improve: The Dow Jones industrial average is now up 8 percent from its post-Brexit lows in late June, as economic news in the U.S. continues to improve.
  • analyst: Analysts at RBC Capital Markets see continued strength in the market:.
  • noise: “Beyond short-term noise, we remain optimistic and do not see any meaningful technical evidence that suggests the bull market is at risk.

Kerry's Syria plan with Russia faces deep skepticism in U.S., abroad

  • skepticism: Kerry's Syria plan with Russia faces deep skepticism in U.S., abroad.
  • intelligence: Several U.S. military and intelligence officials called the plan naive, and said Kerry risks falling into a trap that Russian President Vladimir Putin has laid to discredit the United States with moderate rebel groups and drive some of their fighters into the arms of Islamic State and other extremist groups.
  • risk: Several U.S. military and intelligence officials called the plan naive, and said Kerry risks falling into a trap that Russian President Vladimir Putin has laid to discredit the United States with moderate rebel groups and drive some of their fighters into the arms of Islamic State and other extremist groups.
  • trap: Several U.S. military and intelligence officials called the plan naive, and said Kerry risks falling into a trap that Russian President Vladimir Putin has laid to discredit the United States with moderate rebel groups and drive some of their fighters into the arms of Islamic State and other extremist groups.
  • discredit: Several U.S. military and intelligence officials called the plan naive, and said Kerry risks falling into a trap that Russian President Vladimir Putin has laid to discredit the United States with moderate rebel groups and drive some of their fighters into the arms of Islamic State and other extremist groups.

Clinton Chooses Virginia Senator Kaine as Her Running Mate

  • candidate: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has named Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate.
  • mate: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has named Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate.
  • moderate: He also is a moderate who has the potential to attract voters repelled by Donald Trump and those who may have a hard time fully embracing Clinton.
  • repel: He also is a moderate who has the potential to attract voters repelled by Donald Trump and those who may have a hard time fully embracing Clinton.
  • mayor: He was a world-class mayor, governor and senator and is one of the most highly respected senators I know," Clinton told CBS news.

Touchy subject

  • prevalence: Recent studies have suggested that condom use is on the decline in South Africa, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world.
  • relationship: I 'm in a new relationship now and one of the first things we spoke about is condoms.
  • straight: I told him straight, " I don't know where you 've been, you don't know wher e've I 've been.
  • interrupt: It becomes a bit awkward because at times in the heat of the moment we need to stop what we're doing to grab a condom and it interrupts the whole thing.
  • situation: I 've been in a situation in the past where a guy wanted to have sex without a condom and we had a massive fight about it, he even became phys ical.

Machar's Return to Juba Unlikely, Spokesman Says

  • ultimatum: The spokesman for South Sudan’s first vice president says Riek Machar is unlikely to return to the country’s capital to meet President Salva Kiir despite an ultimatum issued by Ki ir, set to expire Saturday.
  • issue: The spokesman for South Sudan’s first vice president says Riek Machar is unlikely to return to the country’s capital to meet President Salva Kiir despite an ultimatum issued by Ki ir, set to expire Saturday.
  • ultimatum: It is unclear what steps Kiir will take after his ultimatum expires.
  • invite: Kiir invited Machar for a meeting to resolve recent clashes between opposition groups loyal to the two men, which left at least 300 people dead, many injured and forced some citizens to seek protection at a U.N. compound in Juba.
  • resolve: Kiir invited Machar for a meeting to resolve recent clashes between opposition groups loyal to the two men, which left at least 300 people dead, many injured and forced some citizens to seek protection at a U.N. compound in Juba.

No Isolationist Path for Britain, Johnson Insists

  • path: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Friday that his country’s planned departure from the European Union did not mean it was following an isolationist path.
  • energetic: “Brexit means us being more outward-looking, more engaged, more energetic, more enthusiastic and committed on the world stage than ever before .”.
  • enthusiastic: “Brexit means us being more outward-looking, more engaged, more energetic, more enthusiastic and committed on the world stage than ever before .”.
  • mayor: The former mayor of London and public face of the Brexit movement, now Britai n’s top diplomat, made his debut Friday at the United Nations.
  • diplomat: The former mayor of London and public face of the Brexit movement, now Britai n’s top diplomat, made his debut Friday at the United Nations.

Turkish Envoy Seeks to Overcome Post-Coup Skepticism

  • ambassador: Turke y’s ambassador in Washington is campaigning against critics in the United States who assert that Turke y’s president is trying to eliminate his political enemies under emergency powers enacted after the July 15 failed coup.
  • assert: Turke y’s ambassador in Washington is campaigning against critics in the United States who assert that Turke y’s president is trying to eliminate his political enemies under emergency powers enacted after the July 15 failed coup.
  • eliminate: Turke y’s ambassador in Washington is campaigning against critics in the United States who assert that Turke y’s president is trying to eliminate his political enemies under emergency powers enacted after the July 15 failed coup.
  • emergency: Turke y’s ambassador in Washington is campaigning against critics in the United States who assert that Turke y’s president is trying to eliminate his political enemies under emergency powers enacted after the July 15 failed coup.
  • enact: Turke y’s ambassador in Washington is campaigning against critics in the United States who assert that Turke y’s president is trying to eliminate his political enemies under emergency powers enacted after the July 15 failed coup.

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending July 23

  • reject: “Cheap Thrills ” was rejected by Ri hanna, so it ended up on Sia’s latest album This Is Acting.
  • album: “Cheap Thrills ” was rejected by Ri hanna, so it ended up on Sia’s latest album This Is Acting.
  • credit: Calvin Harris and Rihanna strengthen a slot to fourth place with “This Is What You Came For .” If you look at the song credits, you see that Harris co-wrote this song with someone named “Nils Sjoberg.
  • forward: Going forward, Swift will receive songwriting credit under her own name.
  • credit: Going forward, Swift will receive songwriting credit under her own name.

Mutual Mistrust Reignites Fight in Kidal, Mali

  • resident: All afternoon and into the evening, Kidal residents hunkered down in their homes, waiting for the clashes raging at their doorsteps to subside.
  • clash: All afternoon and into the evening, Kidal residents hunkered down in their homes, waiting for the clashes raging at their doorsteps to subside.
  • rebel: Last year, the northern separatist rebels and the southern government signed a peace agreement that allowed for the fighting factions to be disarmed and reintegrated into the army.
  • government: Last year, the northern separatist rebels and the southern government signed a peace agreement that allowed for the fighting factions to be disarmed and reintegrated into the army.
  • faction: Last year, the northern separatist rebels and the southern government signed a peace agreement that allowed for the fighting factions to be disarmed and reintegrated into the army.

Obama: US Not Involved in Turkey Coup Attempt

  • coup: U.S. President Barack Obama says the U.S. had no knowledge of, or involvement in, last week's coup attempt in Turkey.
  • accuse: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen or his followers of being behind the failed bid to take over the Turkish government July 15.
  • government: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen or his followers of being behind the failed bid to take over the Turkish government July 15.
  • involve: Obama said Friday that any reports that the United States was involved in the planning for the attack are " unequivocally false.
  • telephone: He said he told President Erdogan that, earlier this week in a telephone conversation.

At UNCTAD, African Nations Urged to Curb Debt

  • development: The 14th U.N. Conference on Trade and Development ended Friday in Nairobi with delegates adopting a measure giving the organization a central role in meeting U.N. sustainable development goals.
  • initiative: UNCTAD said the quadrennial gathering also produced the beginning of an e-trade initiative, the launch of a multiple-donor trust fund on trade and productive capacity, and an agreement involving more than 90 nations on a road map for fisheries subsidies.
  • launch: UNCTAD said the quadrennial gathering also produced the beginning of an e-trade initiative, the launch of a multiple-donor trust fund on trade and productive capacity, and an agreement involving more than 90 nations on a road map for fisheries subsidies.
  • productive: UNCTAD said the quadrennial gathering also produced the beginning of an e-trade initiative, the launch of a multiple-donor trust fund on trade and productive capacity, and an agreement involving more than 90 nations on a road map for fisheries subsidies.
  • involve: UNCTAD said the quadrennial gathering also produced the beginning of an e-trade initiative, the launch of a multiple-donor trust fund on trade and productive capacity, and an agreement involving more than 90 nations on a road map for fisheries subsidies.

The Complicated Math of AIDS

  • discussion: Money is never far away from discussions around AIDS at settings like the International AIDS Conference, held this year in Durban, South Africa.
  • international: From international organizations to governments to social activists to pharmaceutical companies to individual patients, everyone agrees: AIDS is expensive, and more money is needed to fight it.
  • government: From international organizations to governments to social activists to pharmaceutical companies to individual patients, everyone agrees: AIDS is expensive, and more money is needed to fight it.
  • activist: From international organizations to governments to social activists to pharmaceutical companies to individual patients, everyone agrees: AIDS is expensive, and more money is needed to fight it.
  • individual: From international organizations to governments to social activists to pharmaceutical companies to individual patients, everyone agrees: AIDS is expensive, and more money is needed to fight it.

Kerry to Meet With Lavrov on Sideline of ASEAN Meetings

  • target: With the August 1 target date for the Syrian political transition approaching, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is preparing to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov early next week on the sidelines at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings in Vientiane, Laos.
  • transition: With the August 1 target date for the Syrian political transition approaching, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is preparing to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov early next week on the sidelines at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings in Vientiane, Laos.
  • proceed: “We’re going to test this very carefully, based not on trust, based on specific steps, and we are talking about those steps right now,” said Kerry, adding that so far“it is proceeding constructively and with progress.”
  • bolster: Those steps include bolstering the cessation of hostilities and strengthening the fight against Islamic State militants, as well as the al-Nusra Front.
  • cessation: Those steps include bolstering the cessation of hostilities and strengthening the fight against Islamic State militants, as well as the al-Nusra Front.

Syrian Fighters Seize Half of Manbij From Islamic State

  • coalition: Syrians battling Islamic State fighters in Manbij now have control of about half of the city, a spokesman for the anti-IS coalition said Friday.
  • coalition: Colonel Chris Garver, the spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, told reporters Friday via teleconference from Baghdad that U.S.-backed Syrian Arab Coalition fighters have control of the western half of Manbij and continue to tighten their circle around the city.
  • imminent: Unlike fights for the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Rama di, however, where Islamic State fighters fled as defeat appeared imminent, Garver said that as IS fighters become overrun in Manbij, they are falling back and reinforcing their positions, making it tougher to get into the city center.
  • position: Unlike fights for the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Rama di, however, where Islamic State fighters fled as defeat appeared imminent, Garver said that as IS fighters become overrun in Manbij, they are falling back and reinforcing their positions, making it tougher to get into the city center.
  • alliance: On Thursday, the Manbij Military Council, a part of the SAC alliance, issued a statement giving Islamic State jihadists 48 hours to evacuate the city without interference.

AIDS Conference Closes But Hard Work Begins, Organizers Say

  • ambitious: As the curtain fell Friday on the 2016 International AIDS Conference in South Africa, organizers challenged delegates to go back to their countries and start the hard work toward an ambitious goal: ending the pandemic by 2030.
  • pandemic: As the curtain fell Friday on the 2016 International AIDS Conference in South Africa, organizers challenged delegates to go back to their countries and start the hard work toward an ambitious goal: ending the pandemic by 2030.
  • discussion: After five days of discussions on key topics like stopping new HIV infections, getting treatment for the infected and finding a vaccine to end AIDS for good, it was time for delegates to return home Friday.
  • treatment: After five days of discussions on key topics like stopping new HIV infections, getting treatment for the infected and finding a vaccine to end AIDS for good, it was time for delegates to return home Friday.
  • vaccine: After five days of discussions on key topics like stopping new HIV infections, getting treatment for the infected and finding a vaccine to end AIDS for good, it was time for delegates to return home Friday.