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Amid turmoil, Trump visits Louisiana flooding

  • bask: A day after striking a more conciliatory tone and expressing rare " regret" for provocative remarks, Trump basked in the appreciation of a group of aid volunteers gathered at a Baton Rouge church.
  • caustic: In a highly uncharacteristic move at a rally in North Carolina on Thursday night, Trump said for the first time that he regrets some of the caustic comments he's made in " the heat of debat e.
  • brash: The typically brash and spotlight-seeking billionaire offered notably restrained remarks as he surveyed the waterlogged wreckage.
  • boisterous: Trump's trip was a striking detour for a candidate who has largely stuck to boisterous rallies and phone-in interviews to appeal to voters.

Why India's response to Pathankot attack was 'a debacle'

  • debacle: Why India's response to Pathankot attack was 'a debacle '- BBC News.
  • debacle: Why India's response to Pathankot attack was 'a debacle '.
  • inept: The inept handling of the security operation can only be described as a debacle, writes defence analyst Rahul Bedi.
  • debacle: The inept handling of the security operation can only be described as a debacle, writes defence analyst Rahul Bedi.
  • outskirt: When the attack began, Mr Doval chose to airlift some 150 National Security Guard (NSG) personnel from their base at Manesar, on Delhi's outskirts, to fight in an unfamiliar terrain.

Reports: US-Trained Syrian Rebels Defected

  • pact: Many of the recruits from the 75-member contingent came from the insurgent militia Division 30, which agreed to a nonaggression pact with the affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, after some other train-and-equip graduates were kidnapped by jihadists soon after they entered Syria from Turkey.
  • abduct: In July, al-Nusra abducted a commander and seven fighters from the program’s first graduates just days after they deployed in Syria, following training in Turkey.
  • outcry: The unraveling of the first contingent prompted an outcry on Capitol Hill, and last week senior administration officials defended the program before skeptical lawmakers.
  • loath: Syrian rebel commanders, who have been loath to volunteer men for the program, say the two biggest problems with the mission are how tightly Washington defines “moderate” and the Obama administratio n’s insistence that the train-and-equip force can be used only against Islamic State extremists and not against the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.
  • volunteer: Syrian rebel commanders, who have been loath to volunteer men for the program, say the two biggest problems with the mission are how tightly Washington defines “moderate” and the Obama administratio n’s insistence that the train-and-equip force can be used only against Islamic State extremists and not against the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.

Country profile: Pakistan

  • border: The east wing- present-day Bangladesh- is on the Bay of Bengal bordering India and Burma.
  • secede: The break-up of the two wings came in 1971 when the Bengali-speaking east wing seceded with help from India.
  • precarious: Economy: The precarious security situation and low fixed investment leave Pakistan's economy fragile, despite a robust private sector.
  • explosive: International: India and Afghanistan accuse Pakistan of protecting Islamist insurgents, which makes for tense and sometimes explosive relations.
  • tarnish: Civilian politics in Pakistan in the last few decades has been tarnished by corruption, inefficiency and confrontations between various institutions.