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Chinese brewed beer 5,000 years ago

  • millet: US and Chinese researchers say they found traces of barley, millet, grain, and tubers used in fermentation.
  • millet: The find included pots and pottery funnels, covered with a residue of broomcorn millet, barley, a chewy grain known as Job's tears, and tubers.
  • millet: This beer recipe indicates a mix of Chinese and Western traditions- barley from the West; millet, Job's tears and tubers from China.

Fossil gives clues to ancient extinction

  • ichthyosaurs: Image copyright Da-Yong Jiang Image caption The reptile breaks the rules on what ichthyosaurs are like.
  • ichthyosaurs: We 've still got a long way to go to see where the ichthyosaurs came from, however it's a step in the right direction.
  • ichthyosaurs: The ichthyosaurs are a large group of marine reptiles that were common in the Jurassic and the Cretaceous periods.
  • ichthyosaurs: The creature fills the gap in the fossil record between primitive marine reptiles and the more advanced ichthyosaurs, which dominated the oceans for millions of years.

Philippines country profile

  • mountainous: Although endowed with many fine beaches and a growing tourism industry, much of the country is mountainous and prone to earthquakes and eruptions from around 20 active volcanoes.
  • volcano: Although endowed with many fine beaches and a growing tourism industry, much of the country is mountainous and prone to earthquakes and eruptions from around 20 active volcanoes.
  • intermittent: The radical Islamist Abu Sayyaf group, which is linked to Al-Qaeda, continues intermittent attacks on the island of Jolo.
  • protract: Since 1969, the government has also faced a protracted guerrilla campaign across much of the country by the communist New People's Army ( NPA).
  • volcano: Much of the country is mountainous and prone to earthquakes and eruptions from around 20 active volcanoes.

Is it 'ludicrous' to ban climbers from Uluru?

  • monolith: The prominent sign in seven languages at the base of Uluru, the giant red monolith in Australia's dusty red heart, could hardly be clearer.
  • officiate: Uluru is for everyone in the world to enjoy, but we are the caretakers," says Leroy Lester, whose father, Y ami, a celebrated land rights activist, officiated at the ceremony where Uluru was handed back to its Aboriginal owners in 1985.
  • crevice: Earlier in the year, a Taiwanese tourist had to be airlifted off Uluru after falling 20m into a crevice and suffering head injuries, earlier in the year.

The Sadiq Khan story

  • hackneyed: Son of a bus driver" became one of the most hackneyed phrases in Mr Khan's time on the stump- so overused in his leaflets and speeches that he was eventually forced to make fun of his own campaign, joking he had given the Daily Mirror an " exclusive" on his background.
  • solicitor: He studied law at the University of North London and put his degree to good use straight away, becoming a trainee solicitor in 1994 at Christian Fisher under the human rights lawyer Louise Christian.
  • solicitor: The same year he met and married his wife Saadiya Ahmed, a fellow solicitor and coincidentally the daughter of a bus driver- with whom he went on to have two daughters, Anisah and Ammarah.
  • solicitor: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan was among Sadiq Khan's high-profile clients as a solicitor.
  • demeanour: He combines that sharpness with what is often called his" cheeky chappy" demeanour.

North Korea country profile

  • secretive: For decades North Korea has been one of the world's most secretive societies.
  • secretive: Politics: A family dynasty heads a secretive, communist regime which tolerates no dissent.
  • stagnation: Decades of this rigid state-controlled system have led to stagnation and a leadership dependent on the cult of personality.
  • slave: Reports of torture, public executions, slave labour, and forced abortions and infanticides in prison camps have emerged.
  • labour: Reports of torture, public executions, slave labour, and forced abortions and infanticides in prison camps have emerged.