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In pictures: Inside an Indian high court

  • grind: The wheels of justice grind slowly in India- more than 30 million cases are pending in all its courts and more than a quarter of them have been unresolved for at least five years.
  • litigant: The Patna High Court opened its door to litigants in March 1916.
  • breech: "On that day," according to the India Legal journal," the judges were robed in red gowns, wigs, black breeches, silk stockings ".

Taiwan's wacky themed restaurants

  • corrugated: The corrugated cardboard is amazingly strong- each chair can sit two adults weighing up to 150 kg- and a lot of the material in the restaurant is anti-flammable or coated with flame-resistant paint.
  • squat: They eat out of small sitting or squat toilet bowls, and drink from urinal-shaped containers.
  • stove: There's even a paper hotpot that can be put over a stove.

Australia's rising political star

  • shrewd: At 47, the former immigration minister- who has been successful in stopping asylum seekers making their way to Australia by boat- is a shrewd pragmatist.
  • sidestep: He has sidestepped the speculatio n; he dismissed suggestions of elevation to treasurer as " total and utter nonsense" and declined a request to talk to the BBC for this story.
  • bide: As the adapter-in-chief, Scott Morrison is getting on with his job- and biding his time.

Hong Kong children learn to code after school

  • syllabus: The Hong Kong government wants coding to become part of the school syllabus.
  • syllabus: A syllabus from the Education Bureau that sets out requirements for junior secondary school students in computer literacy was last updated in 1999.
  • incorporate: What we want to do is to incorporate coding as a mandatory part of early secondary education so as to equip students for the future digital world," said Joey Lam, Hong Kong's deputy government chief information officer.

Why I started a 'tampon tax' campaign

  • sanitary: The Australian treasurer Joe Hockey is to ask state and territory governments to remove the consumption tax on tampons and other sanitary products.
  • sanitary: Although I 've had a positive response so far, I 'm not willing to stop campaigning until we 've got the result we want- a legislative change that would exempt sanitary products from the tax.
  • sanitary: It's one thing to make everything taxable, but it's different when the government has identified " important" health goods as exempt, but refuses to acknowledge sanitary products as in this category.
  • sanitary: I can't see the distinction between incontinence pads, sunscreen and condoms (which are exempt) and sanitary products.
  • sanitary: One supporter sent me an email explaining the history that women in her family have with endometriosis, which has required them to pay large medical bills, in addition to sanitary products for periods that last three weeks of every month.

Has Narendra Modi lived up to expectations?

  • rightful: Taking the lead in evacuating stranded people in conflict-zones like Yemen and rushing relief to earthquake-ravaged Nepal has earned his government rightful praise.
  • lightning: A simpler and fairer land acquisition law that many believe India badly needs to build infrastructure and industry has become a lightning rod for discontent, and unless it gains bipartisan support, could be doomed to legislative limbo.
  • deceit: It is a promise which his supporters continue to cling to, and his detractors sneer at, saying it was a deceit to capture political power.
  • debacle: In truth, Mr Modi faces little competition: the Congress party, under Sonia and Rahul Gandhi has still not recovered from last year's debacle, despite the latter's spirited recent efforts to pick up the gauntlet.
  • bereft: India's Grand Old Party remains largely bereft of new ideas to fire the imagination of India's restless young, who form the bulk of voters.

Woman who liberated S Korea's housewives

  • despot: Its leader in the 1960s was a despot who simply directed business leaders to create industries.
  • soar: If it is the baseball season, when people take chicken to games, demand soars.
  • wiry: Sgt Lee Dong Hyun is a slight, wiry soldier with legs of steel and a will of iron.

Man who flew gyrocopter to U.S. Capitol pleads not guilty

  • pilot: Hughes was arrested after piloting the craft from Pennsylvania and landing on the west lawn of the Capitol as police and tourists looked on.
  • emblem: Hughes owned the gyrocopter but it carried the unauthorized logo and emblem of the U.S. Postal Service, they say.
  • propeller: A gyrocopter resembles a helicopter, but has an unpowered rotor and separate propeller like an airplane.
  • recognizance: He has been free on personal recognizance since an initial court appearance on April 16.

What lies behind North Korea's nuclear claims

  • abrupt: The clearest illustration of this trend was the swift and very public trial and execution in January 2013 of Chang Song-thaek, Kim's uncle and (until his abrupt fall from grace) one of the country's most senior and influential officials, reportedly hand picked by Kim Jong-il to act as mentor and regent to the new leader.
  • mentor: The clearest illustration of this trend was the swift and very public trial and execution in January 2013 of Chang Song-thaek, Kim's uncle and (until his abrupt fall from grace) one of the country's most senior and influential officials, reportedly hand picked by Kim Jong-il to act as mentor and regent to the new leader.
  • demise: Vice-Marshal Hyon's unexpected demise appears to bear similar hallmarks and comes in the wake of the purge of 15 senior officials over the last year.
  • populace: Equally it may be a sign of Kim's growing isolation and possible weakness in the face of wider public discontent- fuelled by persistent economic hardship- and of diminishing central control over the Korean populace.
  • launch: Keeping North Korea militarily secure allows Mr Kim to demonstrate his success as the country's commander-in-chief and his very public presence at the 8 May submarine missile launch was a characteristically calculated effort to reinforce his military credentials.

Hong Kong profile

  • teem: Once home to fishermen and farmers, modern Hong Kong is a teeming, commercially-vibrant metropolis where Chinese and Western influences fuse.
  • metropolis: Once home to fishermen and farmers, modern Hong Kong is a teeming, commercially-vibrant metropolis where Chinese and Western influences fuse.
  • suffrage: China has pledged to allow the chief executive to be elected by direct universal adult suffrage by 2017, but wants all candidates to be chosen by a nominating committee.
  • conduit: The region is a major corporate and banking centre as well as a conduit for China's burgeoning exports.
  • burgeon: The region is a major corporate and banking centre as well as a conduit for China's burgeoning exports.

The Australian shake-up of Eurovision

  • lackadaisical: At the back of my mind is the comparison with the UK's somewhat more lackadaisical approach, which was to pick a singer who all four judges didn't turn around for in The Voice competition, in partnership with a teacher who is part of a Rolling Stones tribute band.
  • ballad: In a competition full of ballads, his decision to choose one that stood out against the sleepy ballads of other competitors, halved his odds again.
  • ballad: In a competition full of ballads, his decision to choose one that stood out against the sleepy ballads of other competitors, halved his odds again.
  • brethren: They go for Australia, upsetting decades of quiet respect for their successful Scandinavian neighb ours, and showing that loyalties may just lie with brethren thousands of miles away where historical ties run deep.

The angry harassment retort that hit home

  • lewd: When she got a lewd message on Facebook, Prerna Pratham Singh decided to name and shame the person it allegedly came from.
  • lewd: A woman in India is hoping her response outing a man who sent her a lewd message on Facebook will inspire others to speak up against harassment.
  • lewd: Prerna Pratham Singh, a 21-year-old from Delhi, had been ignoring the random " hi" messages she had been receiving from an account she didn't recognise on Facebook until she received a particularly lewd one.

Antelopes dying out in Kazakhstan

  • steppe: Saiga antelope numbers in the Eurasian steppe are down to 50,000.
  • steppe: Classified as critically endangered, saiga antelope numbers in the Eurasian steppe are down to 50,000.
  • steppe: The saigas have been called the " queen of Central Asian steppes".
  • steppe: Saigas are sometimes called the " queens of the Central Asian steppes ", but the population is down from about one million in 1993.

Turkmenistan profile

  • grandiose: Mr Niyazov, who made himself president for life in 1999, spent large sums of public money on grandiose projects while heavily cutting social welfare.
  • dilute: His successor, Kurbanguly Berdymuhamedov, has diluted much of the cult of personality established around Niyazov, but his own promises of political reform in the country remain largely unfulfilled.
  • homogeneous: Turkmenistan is the most ethnically homogeneous of the Central Asian republics.
  • littoral: The country has been unable to benefit fully from its gas and oil deposits because of an absence of export routes and a dispute between the Caspian Sea littoral states over the legal status of offshore oil.

Thailand country profile

  • revile: The collapse of the south-east Asian economic boom in 1997 led to public disillusion with free-market policies and encouraged the rise of populist Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was reviled by the urban elites but enjoyed widespread support among the poor, particularly in rural areas.
  • lever: The move kicked off a period of seesaw politics, marked by frequent attempts by pro-Thaksin " red-shirts" and anti-Thaksin " yellow-shirts" to use mass protests as a lever to eject the other side from power.
  • eject: The move kicked off a period of seesaw politics, marked by frequent attempts by pro-Thaksin " red-shirts" and anti-Thaksin " yellow-shirts" to use mass protests as a lever to eject the other side from power.
  • abate: A decades-old separatist struggle in the region- which abated in the 1980s- flared again in 2004.
  • incidence: The large-scale sex industry that flourishes there contributed to the incidence of HIV infection- a major concern for the government.

Myanmar profile

  • pariah: Burma, also known as Myanmar, was long considered a pariah state, isolated from the rest of the world and with an appalling human rights record.
  • appalling: Burma, also known as Myanmar, was long considered a pariah state, isolated from the rest of the world and with an appalling human rights record.
  • forcible: The generals who ran Burma stood accused of gross human rights abuses, including the forcible relocation of civilians and the widespread use of forced labour, including children.
  • labour: The generals who ran Burma stood accused of gross human rights abuses, including the forcible relocation of civilians and the widespread use of forced labour, including children.
  • stifle: Politics: From 1962 until March 2011, Burma was ruled by a military junta that stifled almost all dissent.

Take N Korea tales with a bucket of salt

  • treachery: December 2013: Kim Jong-un's uncle, Chang Song-thaek, executed after being purged for " acts of treachery ", state media says.
  • forthright: It's unlikely to have been so forthright in the new case if it wasn't pretty sure.
  • lurid: A press eager for lurid headlines gets information from a politician who may or may not get every nuance and detail right.

Modi's visit: 'Positive mood'

  • euphoria: The mood of euphoria and optimism continues in Indian and Chinese media outlets as Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets senior officials in Beijing.
  • latent: China and India have to make more concrete efforts to keep bilateral economic ties healthy and sustainable because issues like trade imbalance, a lack of direct investments and latent security threats are yet to be resolved," he argues.
  • mausoleum: What are you trying to say when you visit the mausoleum with your sunglasses on?

Forest swallows the Beatles' Indian retreat

  • flamboyant: Half a century later, he has brought his family from Wales to the ashram on the banks of the Ganges once run by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi- one of the most flamboyant of the self-styled gurus to emerge from the era of hippiedom.
  • transcendental: The Fab Four were there, according to a newspaper report, for an course in " transcendental meditation, which the guru promises can cure anything that ails the Beatles or the world ".
  • christen: A dilapidated meditation hall christened The Beatles Cathedral Gallery, by fans has become the beating heart of the ruins.
  • amble: Fans sing and play guitar, and a cow lazily ambles out of the woods and across the hall.
  • vegetarian: A helicopter flew guests in and out and a special European kitchen served up vegetarian meals three times a day.

Why has Rohingyas crisis blown up?

  • dwindle: The plight of several thousand Myanmar migrants who are believed to be stranded off the coasts of Thailand and Malaysia with dwindling supplies of food and water has caused international concern.
  • migrant: Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have been turning away migrant boats mostly carrying members of the minority Muslim Rohingya community.
  • divisive: Successive Myanmar governments- including the more reform-minded ones of recent years- argue that Rohingyas are not a genuine ethnic group and in reality are Bengali migrants who are a divisive leftover from colonial times.
  • labour: In Myanmar, they are subjected to forced labour, have no land rights, and are heavily restricted.
  • drown: Unlike European countries- who at least make an effort to stop North African migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean- Myanmar's neighbours are reluctant to provide any assistanc e.

A bad seven days for Indian justice

  • grind: The wheels of justice grind slowly in India- more than 30 million cases are pending in its courts and more than a quarter of them have been unresolved for at least five years.
  • culpable: It took 13 years for a court in Mumbai to convict actor Salman Khan of culpable homicide and sentence him to five years in prison despite prosecution witnesses turning hostile.
  • incendiary: A part-time teacher and social activist is hauled to a court on trumped up charges of instigating a sewage worker to kill himself after listening to one of the activist's incendiary songs.
  • dilapidated: India needs more judges, more and better educated lawyers and a thorough repair of what academics Devesh Kapur and Milan Vaishnav call the " dilapidated and clogged " plumbing of its courts.

Quake heightens Nepal landslide concern

  • atypical: As aftershocks go, it was atypical ( the US Geological Survey had estimated a 1-in-200 chance of a M7-7.8 event occurring this week), but not entirely unexpected.
  • sediment: Wide-open valleys may look like the safest places to be right now, but once the monsoon rains arrive, excess sediment is likely to be washed down off the hills, burying the valleys under a deluge of mud.
  • trepidation: Right now Nepal is jittery again, and everyone is waiting with trepidation for the next aftershock.

Indonesia frees political prisoners

  • clemency: The political prisoners were granted clemency during the president's second visit to Papua.
  • restive: Joko Widodo promised to pay special attention to Indonesia's restive Papua region as soon as he took office last year.
  • clemency: The five men granted clemency were convicted over a 2003 raid on an Indonesian military arms depot.
  • waive: Mr Widodo met and shook hands with each of the men on Saturday, before handing them a letter confirming that the rest of their sentences had been waived, the AFP news agency reports.
  • skirmish: Thousands of Papuans have been killed in attacks and skirmishes with the Indonesian military over the last four decades.

What lies behind Pakistani charges of Indian 'terrorism'

  • triple: It comes as the army tries to face the triple threat of the Pakistani Taliban, Baloch insurgents and a complicated mix of urban crime, ethnic, linguistic, religious, sectarian and political rivalries in the country's biggest city, Karachi.
  • seminar: In March, authorities at Karachi airport stopped three Baloch activists from proceeding to New York to participate in a seminar on human rights violations in Balochistan and Sindh province.
  • moderator: Within an hour, the moderator of that talk and head of T2F, Sabeen Mehmud, 40, was shot dead by unknown gunmen while driving home in her car.
  • deflect: Many believe the army's latest statement about RAW may be equally meant to deflect this wave of public criticism..

The man behind the million-dollar teacher

  • irritate: It irritated him that reality TV stars were more likely to be splashed across magazine covers than people who really made a difference, such as teachers.
  • microcosm: He says his international schools are a microcosm of different cultures working together.
  • microcosm: His own story represents this multiple cultural identity- an Indian Christian running a business in an Islamic Arab country, his international schools as microcosms of different cultures working together.

Canada Opposes Bail for Former Gitmo Inmate Omar Khadr

  • slate: The last-ditch stay application, slated to be heard by a single Court of Appeal justice on Tuesday morning, says the government “will suffer irreparable harm ” if the Toronto-b orn Khadr, now 28, is released.
  • irreparable: The last-ditch stay application, slated to be heard by a single Court of Appeal justice on Tuesday morning, says the government “will suffer irreparable harm ” if the Toronto-b orn Khadr, now 28, is released.
  • sergeant: He was convicted of five war crimes, including throwing a grenade when he was 15 years old that killed a U.S. Army sergeant in Afghanistan during a 2002 firefight.
  • financier: Defense attorneys have said Khadr was pushed into war by his father, Ahmed Said Khadr, an alleged al-Qaida financier whose family stayed with Osama bin Laden briefly when Omar Khadr was a boy.