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It’s Time to Rethink Our Russia Policy

  • fraught: We are drifting toward a fraught nuclear arms race, with our foreign-policy arsenal reduced mainly to reactions, sanctions, public shaming and congressional resolutions.
  • trajectory: The global Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting serious worldwide economic decline, rather than fostering cooperation, have only reinforced the current downward trajectory.
  • dispassionate: Because the stakes are so high, both in the dangers they entail and the costs they contain, we believe that a careful, dispassionate analysis and change of our current course are imperative.
  • imperative: Because the stakes are so high, both in the dangers they entail and the costs they contain, we believe that a careful, dispassionate analysis and change of our current course are imperative.
  • interfere: It interferes in our domestic politics to exacerbate divisions and tarnish our democratic reputation.

What is the 'sovereign citizen' movement?

  • sovereign: So-called sovereign citizens believe they are immune from government rules and in some cases- including recently in Australia and the US- have violently confronted police..
  • prominence: It rose in prominence in the 1990s alongside the militia movement, says Mark Pitcavage, a researcher at the Anti-Defamation League who has followed the movement for over 20 years.
  • sovereign: In Australia, police this week attributed a " dangerous" rise in people resisting lockdown orders- sometimes violently- to the sovereign citizen movement.
  • smash: Victoria Chief Police Commissioner Shane Patton said on Tuesday that officers have been forced" to smash the windows of cars and pull people out to provide details " after they have refused to answer questions or show documents.
  • sovereign: Sovereign citizens and anti-government groups became familiar to Americans in the 1990s.

A shattered Beirut emerges from the rubble stunned, wounded

  • siren: The sound of ambulance sirens and the shoveling of glass and rubble could be heard across the Lebanese capital.
  • obliterate: Almost nothing was left untouched by the blast, which obliterated the port and sent a tide of destruction through the city center.
  • shard: Furniture and cushions were strewn along the streets amid the endless shards of glass.
  • glimmer: There were some glimmers of hope amid the tragedy: Volunteers could be seen ferrying the wounded to hospitals on trucks and motorcycles, while others provided first aid.

MobiusTrend: Opportunities Brought by Air Imaging Holographic Technologies

  • superimpose: Based on the combination of " physical model" and" three-dimensional light-field simulation" optical imaging, the active portrait shot is superimposed into the scene, forming a combination of motion and motion of the film and television picture.
  • terminal: G application revolves around a four-layer system, from terminal intelligence to network efficiency, information data and closely integrated with traditional industries.
  • premier: They have built one of the premier proprietary research platforms on financial market, with an emphasis on emerging growth companies and paradigm-shifting businesses.

The Latest: Russia sends doctors, equipment to Lebanon

  • injure: He said 22 members of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon were among the injured.
  • condolence: We offer our sincerest condolences to their loved ones and are working to provide the affected U.S. citizens and their families all possible consular assistance.
  • embassy: We are working closely with local authorities to determine if any additional U.S. citizens were affected," the embassy said in a statement Wednesday.
  • embassy: The embassy says all of its employees are safe and accounted for.
  • rescue: Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Wednesday that search and rescue teams and expert medical support are ready to be sent.

Negligence suspected in Beirut blast involving chemicals

  • improper: Both officials told the AP that at the moment, the explosion seems to have been caused by improper storage of explosives.
  • negligence: Fueling speculation that negligence was to blame for the accident, an official letter circulating online showed the head of the customs department had warned repeatedly over the years that the huge stockpile of ammonium nitrate stored in a hangar in the port was a danger, and asked judicial officials for a ruling on a way to remove it.
  • confiscate: The 2,750-ton cargo had been stored at the port since it was confiscated from a ship in 2013, and on Tuesday it is believed to have detonated after a fire broke out nearby.
  • evaporate: Many have lost their jobs and seen their savings evaporate because of a currency crisis.

Tory MPs urge Government action to avoid power 'vacuum' developing in Lebanon

  • averse: West has become 'too populist and too risk averse' in face of hostile state growth, says Tory MP.
  • averse: Western countries have become " too populist, too risk averse and are retreating from the global stage ", allowing hostile states to take over, a senior Conservative MP has said.
  • averse: Mr Ellwood added: " Countries are becoming too populist, too risk averse, and are retreating from the global stage.
  • complacent: The UK must " not be complacent" about helping Lebanon recover from the Beirut blast, Labour has said, with the shadow foreign secretary calling for a " longer-term strategy" to support the country through multiple challenges.
  • pantomime: Government's handling of pandemic like a pantomime, says Equity head.

The Kashmiris waiting for their loved ones to come home

  • strident: Despite strident criticism in India and abroad, the government insisted that the arrests were necessary to maintain law and order in the region, which has seen increased militancy in recent years.
  • revocation: At his home, after he was released following the revocation of his detention order by a district magistrate, he showed me the T-shirt, ragged and torn, with 119 holes in it.
  • fret: Across the state thousands of worried families are still fretting about the safety of their loved ones, particularly in the wake of the pandemic.

VERU-111 Suppresses Key Cytokines Responsible for Severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in COVI...

  • stimulate: The effects of VERU-111 on cytokine production was assessed by stimulating isolated mouse spleen cells with an endotoxin that causes shock called lipopolysaccharide ( LPS).
  • inflammation: This reduction was similar to, or greater than, depending on the specific cytokine, to that observed with dexamethasone (10nM), a steroid and a known inhibitor of cytokine production during inflammation.
  • progression: Secondary endpoints include the measured improvements on the WHO Disease Severity Scale (8-point ordinal scale) which captures COVID-19 disease symptoms and signs including hospitalization to progression of pulmonary symptoms to mechanical ventilation as well as death.
  • pulmonary: Secondary endpoints include the measured improvements on the WHO Disease Severity Scale (8-point ordinal scale) which captures COVID-19 disease symptoms and signs including hospitalization to progression of pulmonary symptoms to mechanical ventilation as well as death.
  • progression: This current cytokine study also further supports the use of VERU-111 in prostate cancer as cytokines IL-6, IL-1, and IL-8 appear to play key roles in the promotion of prostate cancer progression, metastases, and drug resistance.

75 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Vatican is providing moral guidance on nuclear weapons

  • impermissible: During his visit, Francis reiterated what he previously told assembled Nobel Peace Prize laureates, diplomats and civil society representatives at a Vatican symposium in 2017, that nuclear weapons, along with chemical weapons and landmines, were impermissible.
  • discernment: He offers a style of moral deliberation that calls for discernment, not blind obedience.
  • conscientious: Church teaching demands that conscientious officials and nuclear workers resist orders they deem to be immoral.
  • immoral: Church teaching demands that conscientious officials and nuclear workers resist orders they deem to be immoral.

Family tells AP: Iran abducted California man while in Dubai

  • abduct: Family tells AP: Iran abducted California man while in Dubai.
  • abduction: The suspected cross-border abduction of Jamshid Sharmahd appears corroborated by mobile phone location data, shared by his family with The Associated Press, that suggests he was taken to neighboring Oman before heading to Iran.
  • corroborate: The suspected cross-border abduction of Jamshid Sharmahd appears corroborated by mobile phone location data, shared by his family with The Associated Press, that suggests he was taken to neighboring Oman before heading to Iran.
  • port: On July 30, tracking data showed the mobile phone traveled to the Omani port city of Sohar, where the signal stopped.
  • hijack: Last month, an oil tanker seized by the UAE after being suspected of smuggling Iranian crude oil was hijacked, likely by Iran.

Europe’s ‘Last Dictator’ Faces a Hollow Victory

  • invigorate: Now, though, he is going to the polls at his greatest-ever disadvantage to rivals, thanks to the opposition, which has been invigorated by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a one-time teacher whose plan primarily involves a return to free elections.
  • stagnate: The Belarus economy, dominated by heavily supported state-owned enterprises, is stagnating.
  • repress: Alex Kokcharov at IHS Markit points to two potential outcomes: Significant protests that have to be swiftly repressed, or an Armenia-style, longer-term peaceful resistance that eventually leads to divisions within the elite and transition to a less stringent regime or potentially even a free system.

Record temperatures, pending deals inflame Iraq's power woes

  • wean: To qualify for successive sanctions waivers enabling imports to continue, Iraq must prove to the Trump administration that it is taking concrete steps to wean itself off reliance on Iran.
  • unbearable: During the day he listens helplessly to his four-month old daughter cry in the unbearable heat, too poor to afford private generators to offset up to eight-hour power cuts.
  • blackout: Like Iraq, blackouts in Lebanon have been a fixture of life, largely because of profiteering, corruption and misma nagement, ever since the 1975-1990 civil war.
  • fixture: Like Iraq, blackouts in Lebanon have been a fixture of life, largely because of profiteering, corruption and misma nagement, ever since the 1975-1990 civil war.
  • respite: Iraqis find short-lived respite by using public showers set up on the street.

India’s residency law in Kashmir amplifies demographic fears

  • maharaja: Historians say the maharaja brought land ownership rights on the insistence of powerful Kashmiri Hindus.
  • domicile: Those receiving domicile certificates include Hindu refugees from Pakistan following the 1947 bloody partition of the subcontinent, Gurkha soldiers from Nepal who had served in the Indian army, outside bureaucrats working in the region and some marginalized Hindu communities.
  • partition: Those receiving domicile certificates include Hindu refugees from Pakistan following the 1947 bloody partition of the subcontinent, Gurkha soldiers from Nepal who had served in the Indian army, outside bureaucrats working in the region and some marginalized Hindu communities.
  • abet: India dubbed the armed rebellion terrorism abetted by Pakistan, a charge Islamabad denies.

Irksome in Iceland, brusque in Britain? US envoys draw ire

  • foible: The foibles of ambassadors lacking diplomatic experience have surfaced in administrations of both political parties and have long confounded efforts at reform.
  • irritate: In the Netherlands, Hoekstra previously irritated his hosts by claiming falsely that there were no-go zones in the country due to Muslim extremists.
  • covet: Gunter's actions, and those of other politically connected U.S. ambassadors, highlight the risks that come with the peculiarly American institution of handing coveted diplomatic postings to campaign donors and presidential friends who have few other qualifications.
  • confound: The foibles of ambassadors lacking diplomatic experience have surfaced in administrations of both political parties and have long confounded efforts at reform.

Early Elections Won’t Save Iraq’s Prime Minister

  • collateral: The Iraqi economy, having suffered extensive collateral damage from the Saudi-Russian oil war, has weakened.
  • fretful: Caught between a fretful civil service, a fractious political class and a restive population, Mustafa Kadhimi can expect little respite in the 10 months ahead.
  • fractious: Caught between a fretful civil service, a fractious political class and a restive population, Mustafa Kadhimi can expect little respite in the 10 months ahead.
  • restive: Caught between a fretful civil service, a fractious political class and a restive population, Mustafa Kadhimi can expect little respite in the 10 months ahead.
  • respite: Caught between a fretful civil service, a fractious political class and a restive population, Mustafa Kadhimi can expect little respite in the 10 months ahead.

A restart of nuclear testing offers little scientific value to the US and would benefit other countr...

  • simulate: Using these subcritical tests and earlier data, scientists can simulate full-scale detonations with incredible accuracy and monitor the current arsenal without blowing up nuclear warheads.
  • radiation: The main concern of people pushing to resume testing is that the plutonium pits may have deteriorated from their own radiation in the time since they were made and will not properly trigger the second fusion stage of the explosion.
  • simulate: To study this, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used a far more radioactive type of plutonium and artificially aged the metal to simulate the effects of what would be equivalent to 150 years of radiation on a normal plutonium pit.
  • radiation: To study this, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used a far more radioactive type of plutonium and artificially aged the metal to simulate the effects of what would be equivalent to 150 years of radiation on a normal plutonium pit.
  • inexpensive: Once subcritical test facilities are up and running, it is relatively inexpensive to run experiments.

Being a Chinese student in the US: ‘Neither the US nor China wants us’

  • sociology: Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University, says Chinese students in the US are now " politicised and marginalised at an unprecedented level ", as Washington is sending " very unfriendly signals ".
  • imperil: On Chinese social media, some comments portrayed these students as spoiled brats, who had fled from the country's fiercely competitive education system and now may imperil its success in containing the virus.
  • unsettle: They were unsettled by President Trump's use of the phrases " k ung flu" and" China virus ".
  • burst: Racial discrimination during the pandemic has " burst their bubble," Prof Ma says.
  • indoctrinate: Jennifer Pan, co-author of the paper and assistant professor of Communications at Stanford University, says there is a general belief that Chinese students overseas are indoctrinated to wholeheartedly support the Chinese Communist Party.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko under fire

  • harass: He has been in power since 1994, with an authoritarian style reminiscent of the Soviet era, controlling the main media channels, harassing and jailing political opponents and marginalising independent voices.
  • novice: On 30 July tens of thousands rallied in the capital Minsk in support of political novice Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, now his main rival.
  • ferment: Coronavirus has added an extra dimension to the political ferment in Belarus.
  • bravado: Opponents consider Mr Lukashenko's bravado about the virus to be reckless and a sign that he is out of touch.
  • reckless: Opponents consider Mr Lukashenko's bravado about the virus to be reckless and a sign that he is out of touch.

Beyond TikTok: Who else might President Trump ban?

  • facial: It's also viewed as being a key instrument in China's internal surveillance apparatus- requiring local users who have been accused of spreading malicious rumours to register a facial scan and voice print.
  • seminar: A seminar held earlier this year by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute think tank discussed how groups within the app would be used to recommend holiday destinations, restaurants and the like on a day-to-day basis, but then switch to spreading political messages in line with Beijing's thinking at critical times.
  • bilingual: Image copyright Baidu Image caption Baidu Translate offers real-time dialogue translation as well as offering news articles in a bilingual format.
  • facial: Mr Pompeo has also suggested that software which collects facial recognition patterns are a concern.
  • hat: The most obvious target is Tencent's WeC hat, which was the only product that Mr Pompeo called out by name in addition to TikTok.

Gold in secret vault is traced to Hugo Chávez's former nurse

  • defraud: However, U.S. prosecutors in their exchanges with Swiss authorities in 2018 suggest the bank had itself been defrauded by Beaumont.
  • reprimand: Previously Credit Suisse was also reprimanded for its dealings with Venezuela as well as its role in corruption at soccer's governing body FIFA and Brazilian oil giant Petrobras.
  • condone: It strongly denied that it had ever engaged in, facilitated, or condoned money laundering.
  • utmost: Spurred by pressure from the U.S., which has indicted numerous Venezuelan officials and sanctioned Maduro's government for financial crimes throughout the world, the two countries are now doing their utmost to expose corruption in Venezuela.

International trade has cost Americans millions of jobs. Investing in communities might offset those...

  • stagnate: This slowdown in manufacturing job generation is also contributing to stagnating wages and incomes of typical workers and widening economic inequality.
  • predicate: People-based policies are predicated on the assumption that if given the right incentives, people will leave economically strapped areas and move to flourishing regions.
  • hopelessness: These deaths arise because of a deep sense of hopelessness stemming from unemployment, lack of resources and alcohol and drug dependency.

He Was the First UN Peacekeeper to Die of COVID-19—or Was He?

  • ache: When he complained of aching bones and feeling cold, Nuria told him to put a hot towel on his face and said that she was praying to God for him.
  • bronchitis: He told her he had been intubated and diagnosed with bronchitis:.
  • posthumous: The family also has no records of the COVID-19 tests that may have been administered in Timbuktu and the posthumous test that Minusma claims was positive and taken in Bamako.
  • turquoise: He served as a logistics officer with the Torogoz helicopter unit, named after a small bird with a turquoise brow that is the national bird for El Salvador.
  • anemia: The medical records indicate a rapid antibody test for COVID-19 administered in Timbuktu that came back positive and that he had anemia.