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'Jihadi John’ Unmasking Raises Questions For British Security Services

  • taunt: For months the man nicknamed " J ihadi John" was the anonymous face of Islamic State taunting the West.
  • idolize: So ‘J ihadi John’ is a celebrity to them, he's idolized to an extent and they are angry about it, they are upset by it,” Maher said.
  • absolve: Attempts to absolve Emwazi of responsibility for the murders should be dismissed, according to Pantucci.

Despite Sanctions, North Korea’s Nuclear Stockpile Continues to Grow

  • restrain: Nations that possess nuclear weapons are, for the most part, restrained from using them by the idea of mutually assured destruction that would likely result from a nuclear war.
  • foresee: Bennett can foresee scenarios where Pyongyang uses nuclear weapons in the region because of miscalculation or instability or sells nuclear weapons to non-state actors who would not hesitate to use them against the United States.
  • retaliate: Bennett said South Korea is building a defensive system called “Kill Chain” that would use ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft and armed drones to retaliate against a North Korean missile attack.
  • indefinitely: He said North Korea is paying a huge economic price to maintain its nuclear program, one that cannot be sustained indefinitely.

Olympic medallist admits meth charge

  • importation: He originally faced nine charges relating to the manufacture, importation and supply of large amounts of drugs, but after he pleaded guilty to two charges the remainder were withdrawn.
  • syndicate: He was accused of being part of a syndicate that set up two clandestine drug laboratories at Tweed Heads in New South Wales and on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
  • clandestine: He was accused of being part of a syndicate that set up two clandestine drug laboratories at Tweed Heads in New South Wales and on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
  • exhilarate: The key effects and risks of methamphetamine include feeling very up, exhilarated, alert and awake but also feeling agitated, para noid, confused and aggressive.
  • agitate: The key effects and risks of methamphetamine include feeling very up, exhilarated, alert and awake but also feeling agitated, para noid, confused and aggressive.

VOA TOWN HALL: Amid Election Violence Fears, Nigerian Activists Urge Peace

  • audacious: With Boko Haram militants waging increasingly audacious attacks and political tensions skyrocketing ahead of the March 28 elections, fears are growing that Nigeria could see a repeat of the devastating 2011 election riots, activists told a VOA town hall Friday.
  • repeat: With Boko Haram militants waging increasingly audacious attacks and political tensions skyrocketing ahead of the March 28 elections, fears are growing that Nigeria could see a repeat of the devastating 2011 election riots, activists told a VOA town hall Friday.
  • tamper: Umar Yahaya, who heads APC youth campaign effort in Kaduna, said the 2011 election was marred by flawed vote counting procedures that resulted in some ballots being tampered with and results being skewed.

Bostonians look for fun ways to deal with aggravating snow storms

  • swim: Julius Gloeckner, originally from Germany, took advantage of the three feet of snow covering his backyard in of Cambridge, Mass., by going for a swim.
  • swim: Still, it was bold of Gloeckner, who had been an All-American swimmer for Louisiana State University for four years, to foray into the wintry chill with nothing on except for a speedo, swimming goggles, and a swim cap.
  • brave: Other Boston residents decided to brave the elements in nothing but their underwear, for a less dangerous though still uncomfortable take on the Boston Blizzard Challenge.

England women slide to NZ defeat

  • rue: While England will rue the fact that Bates was dropped on 48 by Lydia Greenway, usually their best fielder, their front-line bowlers failed to make an impression after Edwards won the toss and opted to field first on a green-tinged pitch.
  • batter: England's top order struggled to build partnerships, collapsing to 98-6 as leg-spinner Erin Bermingham took a miserly 2-20 from 10 overs to put the squeeze on, while none of their batters passed 30.
  • extinguish: Shrubsole and Danielle Hazell added 47 for the ninth wicket, but any hopes of a remarkable comeback were extinguished when Hazell became the third run-out victim of the innings.
  • batter: On her own spin bowling success, Knight joked: " I don't know when it's going to turn, so I don't think the batters do either!

UN Report: Libya Beset by Unprecedented Turmoil, Lawlessness

  • beset: A new report by the U.N. Human Rights Office and the U.N. Support Mission in Libya finds a nation beset by turmoil, lawlessness and armed conflict.
  • turmoil: A new report by the U.N. Human Rights Office and the U.N. Support Mission in Libya finds a nation beset by turmoil, lawlessness and armed conflict.
  • bleak: In a bleak rendering of a society run by armed factions determined to exert their power by force, the report, authors say, shows that Libya is facing the worst political crisis and escalation of violence since the 2011 armed conflict toppled long-reigning dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
  • exert: In a bleak rendering of a society run by armed factions determined to exert their power by force, the report, authors say, shows that Libya is facing the worst political crisis and escalation of violence since the 2011 armed conflict toppled long-reigning dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
  • indiscriminate: Human Rights Spokesman Rupert Colville says civilians in 2014 were victims of indiscriminate artillery and air attacks.

China's mass underground eviction

  • evict: BBC News- China: Thousands of air raid shelter residents evicted.
  • evict: Beijing's government has evicted more than 120,000 people living in the city's disused air-raid shelters, it's reported.
  • clearance: The scale of the clearance surprises some Chinese social media users, and many express concern for the welfare and fate of the evictees.
  • express: The scale of the clearance surprises some Chinese social media users, and many express concern for the welfare and fate of the evictees.

Report: N. Korea's 2014 Harvest Best Since Mid-'90s

  • harvest: Gwon explained that while the figure is lower than the previous estimate because of the drought in spring, the autumn harvest made up for the lackluster yield earlier in the year.
  • harvest: The report indicated North Korea’s crop harvest plunged from 4.05 million tons in 1995 to 2.57 million tons in 2001.
  • harvest: Gwon said Pyongyang’s efforts to draw manpower to farming and prioritize the distribution of fertilizer and other materials for agriculture is the main reason behind the hike in crop harvest.
  • harvest: North Korea’s crop harvest last year was the highest since the mid-1990s, when famine and general economic crisis hit the communist country, a private South Korea-based agricultural think tank said Friday.
  • harvest: Dr. Gwon Tae-jin, who spearheaded the research, wrote that the North harvested 4.98 million tons of crops in 2014.

Sept. 11's '20th hijacker' makes stunning claim

  • deposition: Moussaoui's deposition was taken as part of a motion to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed against Saudi Arabia by relatives of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  • incompetent: Moussaoui is a deranged criminal whose own lawyers presented evidence that he was mentally incompetent.
  • deposition: Sheikh Osama wanted to keep a record who give money... who is to be listened to or who contributed to the jihad," Moussaoui said, according to a transcript of the deposition filed in federal court in New York on Monday and published Wednesday by the New York Times.