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Chandrashekhar Azad: The Indian Dalit leader challenging Modi

  • pejorative: Chamar is a pejorative caste term used to describe Dalits who work with animal hide.
  • endear: The prison term did not diminish his popularity- in fact, it further endeared him to his community.
  • optics: Instead, it's about the optics that such a contest will bring him.
  • endear: This has endeared him to the young and aspirational members of his community- and turned him into a fashion icon too.

Israel elections: 'Fascism' perfume ad sparks online debate

  • hippopotamus: Last week, the centre-right Kulanu party, which is also struggling in polls, released a video which looked like a trailer for a film, showing a fish climbing a tree and a flatulent hippopotamus.
  • site: Television ads are banned until two weeks before the poll, so parties have been resorting to social networking sites to publish their campaign videos.
  • outdo: Parties have been trying to outdo each other on social media in the campaign.

Why are Venezuelans seeking refuge in crypto-currencies?

  • apocalypse: Venezuela blackout crisis: " It's like living in the apocalypse".
  • rocket: Adoption has rocketed, with trading volumes on Localbitcoins .com- a person-to-person Bitcoin trading platform- rivalling those of the US..
  • speculator: At least there is one country in the world where Bitcoin is serving a practical value for ordinary citizens rather than speculators.

Michael Wernick: Trudeau loses top civil servant in crisis

  • privy: The main role of the clerk of the privy council is to act as a link between the prime minister and cabinet and the public service.
  • privy: In his letter, he said it is essential the clerk of the privy council" be seen by all political parties as an impartial arbiter of whether serious foreign interference has occurred ".
  • arbiter: In his letter, he said it is essential the clerk of the privy council" be seen by all political parties as an impartial arbiter of whether serious foreign interference has occurred ".

Kabul repository for memories of war speaks to need for peace

  • repository: Kabul repository for memories of war speaks to need for peace.
  • mourn: Mr. Shah has propped himself for mourning beside a glass case full of the mementos of his youngest brother, Adel Shah, an uneducated hairdresser killed by chance by a Taliban suicide bomb near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in April 2016.
  • memento: Mr. Shah has propped himself for mourning beside a glass case full of the mementos of his youngest brother, Adel Shah, an uneducated hairdresser killed by chance by a Taliban suicide bomb near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in April 2016.
  • condolence: When I saw the photos here, I thought I should share my deep condolences with all these people.
  • perish: Such collective memories should inform future generations, Ms. Samar says, noting that two of her four family members who perished in wars are not yet listed.

Holocaust: How Spanish 'Angel of Budapest' Sanz Briz saved Jews

  • indefinitely: Then I turned those 200 units into 200 families; and those 200 families were multiplied indefinitely, through the simple procedure of not expediting any safe conduct to Jews with a number higher than 200," Sanz Briz wrote in his report for the Spanish government from Berne in December 1944.
  • expedite: Then I turned those 200 units into 200 families; and those 200 families were multiplied indefinitely, through the simple procedure of not expediting any safe conduct to Jews with a number higher than 200," Sanz Briz wrote in his report for the Spanish government from Berne in December 1944.
  • provisional: Sanz Briz's meticulously recorded final tally came to 232 provisional passports issued to 352 people, as well as 1,898 protective letters, and 15 ordinary passports for 45 Sephardic Jews.
  • ambivalent: Before Spain returned to democracy in the mid-1970s, the Franco regime had an ambivalent stance on its role in the Holocaust, sometimes claiming that Gen Franco had in fact been a saviour of Jews.
  • stature: He is a hero of greater stature than Schindler," says Eva Benatar.

Kirstjen Nielsen: Walking a tightrope working for Trump

  • demeanour: Some observers say it is her straightforward demeanour and mastery of the brief- not the fact that she is a woman- that makes her a strong advocate for the president's strategy.
  • opportunist: Others are less charitable, saying that she is an opportunist: " There's a lot of perks that go with being a cabinet secretar y.
  • mastery: Some observers say it is her straightforward demeanour and mastery of the brief- not the fact that she is a woman- that makes her a strong advocate for the president's strategy.
  • tirade: The New York Times reported that she thought about quitting after being on the receiving end of a Trump tirade over the number of undocumented immigrants who cross the border.

Algeria's President Bouteflika is going - but that's not enough for protesters

  • sheer: One thing that is clear is that the government was taken by surprise by the sheer number of protesters that have been pouring onto the streets for weeks and also their unrelenting push to achieve their goals.
  • postpone: A constitutional law expert at the University of Algiers, Fatiha Benabou, told the AFP news agency that there was no legal basis in the Algerian constitution for postponing the elections and that Mr Bouteflika's announcement did not refer to any legislation.
  • resign: However, he remains in office and protests have continued, with calls for him to resign immediately.
  • ruse: So the protesters see the concessions as a ruse to avoid far-reaching reform.
  • underpin: He came into office, backed by the army, after the 1990s civil war and was largely viewed as a unifier of the many factions underpinning Algerian politics.

Ethiopian Airlines: 'Clear similarities' with Indonesia crash

  • fluctuate: In both cases flight tracking data showed the aircraft's altitude had fluctuated sharply, as the planes seemed to experience erratic climbs and descents.
  • erratic: In both cases flight tracking data showed the aircraft's altitude had fluctuated sharply, as the planes seemed to experience erratic climbs and descents.
  • climb: In both cases flight tracking data showed the aircraft's altitude had fluctuated sharply, as the planes seemed to experience erratic climbs and descents.
  • vertical: Visibility was said to be good but air traffic monitor Flightradar24 said the plane's " vertical speed was unstable after take-off ".

Like a dog with a bone: The Bolivian helping strays

  • stray: Like a dog with a bone: The Bolivian helping strays- BBC News.
  • stray: Like a dog with a bone: The Bolivian helping strays.
  • stray: Image caption Fernando Kushner spends many hours every day feeding stray dogs in La Paz.
  • stray: Ferchy credits a stray mongrel called Choco for this dramatic about-turn which saw him give up his successful career as a marketing executive in the fashion world to dedicate his time to La Paz's street dogs.
  • mongrel: Ferchy credits a stray mongrel called Choco for this dramatic about-turn which saw him give up his successful career as a marketing executive in the fashion world to dedicate his time to La Paz's street dogs.

Can you murder a robot?

  • poignant: Its story is perhaps the ultimate tale of robot destruction, made all the more poignant by the fact that it was designed to be childlike and entirely non-threatening.
  • archetypal: The Ryerson team is also working with Softbank's Pepper, an archetypal big-eyed childlike robot, on another test of the trust relationship with humans.
  • mallet: Prof Kate Darling, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), encouraged people to hit dinosaur robots with a mallet, in an experiment designed to test just how nasty we could be to a machine.
  • empathetic: There was a correlation between how empathetic people were and how long it took to persuade them to hit a robot," she told BBC News, at her lab in Boston.
  • lifelike: Is it morally disturbing to beat up something that reacts in a very lifelike way?

Viral cat videos and the man who watches thousands of them

  • ornate: The room is lined with ornate Buddha statues, smells like buttery popcorn and buzzes with exci tement.
  • procrastinate: I was supposed to do a video profile of someone and I had just procrastinated way too long," he recalls.
  • pretentious: Henry, a black and white longhair tuxedo cat, became Henri le Chat Noir- a character with a parodied pretentious French persona.
  • stoic: The video features stoic shots of the cat and is narrated with extensional musings and cutting criticism of the human world around him.
  • ode: In 2018 he signed a nationwide distribution deal- a move that has made the festival's ticket sales expl ode.

Algeria protests: Finding a voice, youth seek more than token change

  • heal: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was an independence war fighter who drove out the occupying French, built a prosperous economy, ended a decade-old civil war that killed scores of thousands in the 1990s, and healed a nation.
  • defer: Armed with lessons they learned from the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and fueled by demands for better living conditions, young Algerians are no longer deferring to their founding fathers.
  • deflect: As they fill the streets in protest, deflecting as inadequate an initial offer by Mr. Bouteflika to reverse course and not seek reelection, they are increasingly finding their own voice, which is both peaceful and warily nonpartisan.
  • coax: A hero of the war for independence and former foreign minister, Mr. Bouteflika was coaxed out of political retirement by the left-leaning nationalist ruling elite to first serve as president in 1999.
  • figurehead: Activists are also aware that the removal of a figurehead leader often leaves behind a deeper autocratic system intact.

Israel strikes militant sites in Gaza after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

  • siren: Air raid sirens sounded across Tel Aviv metropolitan area on Thursday night for the first time since a 2014 war between Israel and militants in Gaza.
  • siren: Air raid sirens again rang out in Israeli towns close to Gaza overnight and on Friday morning.
  • emanate: It is responsible for what happens within the strip and what emanates from it.
  • calm: Later, a Hamas official told the Associated Press that an agreement to restore calm had been reached.

Chinese uni trades canteen discount for workout

  • obese: Image copyright VCG/Getty Images Image caption China has the largest number of obese children in the world.
  • obese: More than a quarter of Chinese children are expected to be obese or overweight by 2030 according to one study.
  • overweight: More than a quarter of Chinese children are expected to be obese or overweight by 2030 according to one study.

Six reasons why so many buildings collapse

  • mix: Even when workers are given the right materials to make the concrete, they mix them incorrectly, says Mr Ede.
  • gauge: It suggested that people used wheelbarrows instead of measuring gauges to measure cement.
  • renovate: The Lagos State Building Control Agency said in a statement that it was marked as distressed in 2017, and had remained empty but then" the recalcitrant owner renovated the building with gravel as granite without carrying out a thorough engineering appraisal and integrity test on the structure and let it out for use ".
  • mix: Even when workers are given the right materials to make the concrete, they might mix them incorrectly, said Mr Ede.
  • renovate: The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LSBCA) said in a statement that it was marked as distressed in 2017, and had remained empty but then" the recalcitrant owner renovated the building with gravel as granite without carrying out a thorough engineering appraisal and integrity test on the structure and let it out for use ".

In California two proposed laws with one aim: saving civilian lives

  • elapse: Twenty-one seconds elapsed between when the officers first yelled at Mr. Clark and when they fired the last of 20 bullets.
  • bullet: Twenty-one seconds elapsed between when the officers first yelled at Mr. Clark and when they fired the last of 20 bullets.
  • weigh: In the coming months, state lawmakers will weigh a pair of bills to reform police conduct that would precipitate a significant shift in officer training statewide.
  • precipitate: In the coming months, state lawmakers will weigh a pair of bills to reform police conduct that would precipitate a significant shift in officer training statewide.
  • deter: Some law enforcement experts regard both bills as essential to deter fatal shootings by officers.

A budding nuclear threat, from more than just the usual suspects

  • abate: As a consequence, the spike in interest in backyard bunkers to protect from nuclear fallout has abated.
  • conflict: The recent flare-up of tensions between India and Pakistan has served as a reminder that even conflicts between regional rivals can pose a global threat when the antagonists possess nuclear weapons.
  • parity: Russia, which in many respects is a receding power, is likely to seek to hold on to its nuclear parity with the U.S. at all costs.
  • seed: While the move is unlikely to bring about a separate nuclear deal between Europe and Russia, Moscow could nonetheless sow the seeds of division in the transatlantic partnership just by trying.
  • transatlantic: While the move is unlikely to bring about a separate nuclear deal between Europe and Russia, Moscow could nonetheless sow the seeds of division in the transatlantic partnership just by trying.

The human cost of insulin in America

  • nausea: It's a natural hormone that controls our blood sugar levels- too high causes vision loss, confusion, nausea, and eventually, organ failure; too low leads to heart irregularities, mood swings, seizures, loss of consciousness.
  • ration: Stories of Americans rationing insulin- and dying for it- have been making national headlines.
  • pharmacy: Insurance companies enlist third-party negotiators, called pharmacy benefit managers, to fix discounts with drug manufacturers that in turn result in smaller co-payment prices for their users.
  • commensurate: Pharmaceutical companies have also emphasised that rising list prices did not result in commensurate profits.
  • convoluted: She describes the US system as " convoluted", with profits happening at all levels in between.

Stolen Bruegel masterpiece was switched with fake in police sting

  • daring: Police in Italy are unconcerned about the daring theft of a Flemish master's painting- because they had replaced it with a fake a month ago.
  • alcove: It all happened in the town of Castelnuovo Magra in Liguria, where the painting of the crucifixion is kept in a side alcove of the Santa Maria Maddalena church.
  • inestimable: Earlier, before the switch was revealed, Mayor Daniele Montebello told Italy's Ansa news agency that the painting was " a work of inestimable value, a hard blow for our community ".
  • ruse: On Wednesday night, he revealed he had been in on the ruse, explaining that " today for investigative reasons we could not reveal anything ".

Emma Haruka Iwao smashes pi world record with Google help

  • circumference: Pi is the number you get when you divide a circle's circumference by its diameter.
  • pendulum: Pi is useful not only for measuring circles but it also appears in calculations for everything from the period of a pendulum to the buckling force of a beam," said mathematician Matt Parker.
  • compute: In 2010, Nicholas Sze used Yahoo cloud computing to calculate that the two quadrillionth digit of Pi was zero- a calculation that would have taken 500 years on a standard computer at that time.