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What is China trying to prove with military parade?

  • stray: Chinese-built satellites will guide the parade's 12,000 participants, ensuring they don't stray more than a few centimetres from their correct spots.
  • scourge: China was at its weakest in history when it was scourged by WW2," an editorial in the state-run Global Times newspaper said.
  • kind-hearted: The parade " will help remind all kind-hearted people of the aspiration and pursuit for peac e ", China's foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying explains.
  • incompetence: Both can be blamed, in part, on government incompetence.

Is Teesta Setalvad India's most hounded activist?

  • embezzle: Image copyright AFP Image caption Teesta Setalvad has been accused of embezzling funds.
  • embezzle: Teesta Setalvad, the country's best-known social activist, has been accused of receiving funds illegally, violating foreign exchange rules, embezzling funds raised from victims of religious riots and coaching witnesses.
  • tenacious: The reason the government thinks she should be locked up is, because this tenacious woman refuses to allow India, or the world, to forget what happened in Gujarat in 2002," says Kalpana Sharma, an independent journalist.
  • harrowing: The last few months have been particularly harrowing," Ms Setalvad, 53, tells me sitting in her cramped office overflowing with papers and books.
  • original: The couple found they had taken away originals of documents already submitted to the authorities- but throughout the raid, Ms Setalvad says, she managed to scan every document the investigators took away so she could keep her own record.

China parade to display past and future

  • caption: Image caption The parade commemorates what China calls " the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression".
  • parade: Image caption The parade commemorates what China calls " the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression".
  • commemorate: Image caption The parade commemorates what China calls " the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression".
  • parade: Thirty heads of state and government leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, will attend the parade.
  • caption: Image caption Bombers, fighter jets and helicopter gunships will be on display.

Viewpoint: Ghani is running out of options

  • viewpoint: Viewpoint: Ghani is running out of options in Afghanistan- BBC News.
  • ferocious: They are growing stronger in the north and east holding more territory than ever before and mounting ferocious attacks in Kabul in which some 100 people have been killed in the past few weeks.
  • casualty: The casualty rates are the worst ever and according to US officers, " unsustainable".
  • stymie: The country's best hope in years- opening talks with the Taliban- has been stymied by the leaking of Mullah Omar's death.
  • resent: Meanwhile in Kabul, new anti-Ghani groupings are emerging, especially among those who resent the president surrounding himself with fellow Ghilzai Pashtuns.

New cross symbolic for Pakistan's Christians

  • blasphemy: The lynching of a Christian couple- Shehzad (later identified as Sajjad Mesih) and Shama- by an angry mob in November 2014 in Kasur district, Punjab, showed how a mere allegation of blasphemy could be enough to kill people.
  • kiln: The victims were poor brick kiln workers who were beaten and burned alive in the presence of hundreds of onlookers, including helpless policemen.
  • blasphemy: Take the highly controversial case of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of four convicted of blasphemy and given a death sentence.
  • blasphemy: Any criticism of the country's blasphemy laws is deemed unacceptable and potentially life-threatening.
  • diligence: When I was born, she insisted that she be taken to a missionary hospital in the nearby city of Sukkur because she " trusted the professionalism and diligence of the Christian nurses there ".

Why India needs a new debate on caste quotas

  • belligerent: Millions gathered in the state's major towns under the surprisingly belligerent leadership of a hitherto unknown 22-year-old called Hardik Patel, clamouring for their caste to be granted affirmative-action benefits known as " reservations".
  • clamour: Millions gathered in the state's major towns under the surprisingly belligerent leadership of a hitherto unknown 22-year-old called Hardik Patel, clamouring for their caste to be granted affirmative-action benefits known as " reservations".
  • immutable: These " reservations" or quotas were granted to groups on the basis of their (presumably immutable) caste identities.
  • unfortunate: It was a small way of compensating the millions of unfortunates who suffered daily the inequities and humiliations of untouchability.
  • intermediate: The OBCs hailed from the lower and intermediate castes who were deemed backward because they lacked " upper caste" status.

Why Malaysians are disillusioned with Najib Razak

  • resign: The answers raised more questions and left some Malaysians calling for him to resign.
  • sedition: One of the laws frequently used against government critics is the sedition act, which Mr Najib had initially promised to abolish but instead strengthened without explanation.
  • moderate: He also started a programme called the global movement of moderates, which gained support from US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
  • moderate: It is between moderates and extremists," he said in his address to the United Nations in 2010.
  • lavish: Image caption Some Malaysians accuse Mr Razak's wife, Rosmah Mansor, of being too lavish.

Australia's 'wild' Northern Territory set to become state

  • feral: Feral animals such as camels, cane toads, cats and pigs, among many others, do untold damage to NT flora and fauna.
  • flora: Feral animals such as camels, cane toads, cats and pigs, among many others, do untold damage to NT flora and fauna.
  • feral: More than a century later, feral camel populations peaked at about one million.
  • secrete: Venom secreted by glands in their back can quickly kill native animals that try to feed on them.
  • accessory: In 1982, Lindy was found guilty of murdering Azaria and her husband was found guilty of being an accessory after the fact.

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.
  • 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.
  • riddle: Economy: Burma is one of Asia's poorest countries; its economy is riddled with corruption.
  • pariah: International: Burma has long been seen as a pariah state by the West, which only began relaxing sanctions in 2012; China is its main ally.
  • intermittent: Burman dominance over Karen, Shan, Rak hine, Mon, Rohingya, Chin, Kachin and other minorities has been the source of considerable ethnic tension and has fuelled intermittent protests and separatist rebellions.

The politics behind China's stock market turbulence

  • grind: Stepping back from the stock market turmoil, the central challenge for China's policy makers is whether they can build a prosperous advanced economy with sustainable long term growth before the old-style investment driven economy grinds to a zero growth catastrophe.
  • necessitate: The government has loudly committed itself to a " new normal" which necessitates a range of painful but unavoidable market reforms.
  • unavoidable: The government has loudly committed itself to a " new normal" which necessitates a range of painful but unavoidable market reforms.
  • inconvenient: So this week has seen a number of high profile investigations of market manipulation as well as the detention of a financial journalist for allegedly " fabricating rumours" which is often shorthand for facts which happen to be politically inconvenient.
  • plunge: Throughout the stock market plunge, the main evening news programme on national TV has focused on anything but, typically leading with long reports on political leaders appearing together at various work forums and making encouraging speeches with no reference to the elephant in the room.

The six Cs of the China stock slump

  • linchpin: This knock-on effect has highlighted how much of a linchpin China's stock market is in the global marketplace.
  • linchpin: Read more: How China's share slump affects the world Image caption The sell-off highlighted how much of a linchpin China's stock market has become in the global marketplace.
  • intoxicate: Nicholas Teo of financial analysis firm CMC Markets says financial markets were " intoxicated" by easy and cheap funding in recent years, boosting stocks ' value and consumer spending.

How a tiny backpack could solve the mystery of mass bee deaths

  • pollen: The bees fitted with sensors aren't able to carry as much pollen, but we do learn a lot about the bees by doing this ," he says.
  • miniscule: Miniscule sensors have been glued to the backs of 10,000 healthy honey bees around the world to help understand why huge numbers of bees are dying.
  • mite: A predatory mite called the Varroa destructor has killed many colonies over the past decade.
  • mite: Australian honey bees have so far remained immune to the devastating mite, putting Australia in an ideal position to coordinate a global research effort, says the CSIRO team.
  • mite: The Varroa mite is one of many threats to honey bee colonies.

North, South Korea hold top-level talks to ease military tensions

  • ultimatum: Despite scepticism that Pyongyang would follow through on its threat, the ultimatum raised border tensions to their highest level for years, with the North re-positioning artillery units and South Korean and US fighter jets flying simulated bombing runs.
  • fabricate: North Korea denies any responsibility for the blasts and has accused the South of fabricating evidence of its involvement.
  • resumption: It'll be interesting to see if the North can bring something to the table-- possibly a resumption of North-South family reunions-- that will allow the South to turn the loudspeakers off," Pinkston said.
  • inure: For the moment, there has been little sense of panic among ordinary South Koreans who have become largely inured over the years to the North's regular-- and regularly unrealised-- threats of imminent war.
  • protector: A call for calm and restraint also came from China, the North's main diplomatic protector and economic supporter.

Indigenous artist forges new path

  • cryptic: It was the most surreal, cryptic, strange collision, of these two very old English cultural traditions," he told the BBC.
  • emancipate: Education " emancipated" Thompson but the artist also learnt to be " thick-skinned" enough to ignore what he says is the " deeply entrenched racism that takes its toll on most Aboriginal people's sense of who they are ".
  • flora: This landscape is expressed in Thompson's 2010 photographic series Australian Graffiti, in which the artist wears elaborate headdresses made of indigenous flora and fauna and juxtaposes them with camp modern clothes.

Federal workers with sensitive jobs used cheating website

  • improper: If anything comes to our attention indicating improper use of an NYPD computer, we will look into it and take appropriate action," said the NYPD's top spokesman, Stephen Davis.
  • deceit: The hackers who took credit for the break-in had accused the website's owners of deceit and incompetence, and said the company refused to bow to their demands to close the site.
  • incompetence: The hackers who took credit for the break-in had accused the website's owners of deceit and incompetence, and said the company refused to bow to their demands to close the site.

Are India-Pakistan talks jinxed?

  • entirety: Kashmir, claimed by both countries in its entirety, has been a flashpoint for more than 60 years.
  • nuisance: All that matters is the management of a neighbour that is more often than not viewed as a nuisance by Delhi.
  • expedite: Pakistan also agreed to help expedite the 2008 Mumbai attack trial, which India has blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
  • inconsistent: Mr Modi's decision to re-engage with Pakistan was seen by some as another instance of Delhi's " on again, off again" inconsistent approach towards Pakistan.
  • spy: This was evident when border tensions rose soon after last month's meeting with Mr Modi and Pakistan's army said it shot down an Indian spy drone in Kashmir.

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.
  • acute: Aid agencies have estimated that up to two million people have died since the mid-1990s because of acute food shortages caused by natural disasters and economic mismanagement.
  • slave: Reports of torture, public executions, slave labour, and forced abortions and infanticides in prison camps have emerged.

Three Western myths about Japan

  • verdant: Pretty soon, I felt sure, I would be lost in the intense verdant greens of paddy fields and forests, the steaming waters of natural hot springs.
  • fragrant: A sip of green tea would set me up for an afternoon of meditation in some old Buddhist temple tucked in among fragrant cedars.
  • gullible: Later I realised they were just doing their job, generating tourist dollars with the material available to them- one extremely gullible young man, plus a century and a half of Western misrepresentations of Japan.
  • misadventure: Revolted, James stuffs the snack into the seat pocket and heads off for his next misadventure with the carriage's on-board telephone.
  • carriage: Revolted, James stuffs the snack into the seat pocket and heads off for his next misadventure with the carriage's on-board telephone.

AP Exclusive: UN to let Iran inspect alleged nuke work site

  • verification: A skeptical House Speaker John Boehner said, " President Obama boasts his deal includes 'unprecedented verification.
  • brief: The United States and the five other world powers were not party to it but were briefed by the IAEA and endorsed it as part of the larger package.
  • obligate: IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told Republican senators last week that he was obligated to keep the document confidential.

Mongolia profile

  • mineral: However, Mongolia sits on vast quantities of untapped mineral wealth, and foreign investment in a number of massive mining projects has been transforming its economy.
  • steppe: Once the heartland of an empire stretching to Europe under Genghis Khan, Mongolia is a landlocked country dominated by sparsely populated steppe and semi-desert.
  • nomadic: However, the centuries-old nomadic lifestyle is coming under pressure from climate change and urbanisation.
  • mineral: Vast quantities of untapped mineral wealth have made it a target for foreign investors, transforming the country's tiny but fast-growing economy.

The story behind the Vegemite scare

  • culinary: Vegemite started as a war-time substitute for Marmite, and is an Australian culinary icon.
  • rebut: Prime Minister Tony Abbott soon stepped in, dismissing suggestions of any Vegemite bans, but he did not rebut the home-brew allegations.
  • ferment: "As sugar and active yeast are two elements required in the brewing process, Vegemite cannot be fermented into alcohol," Ms Dal Maso said.
  • ferment: If there are problem drinkers in a community, it's obviously not the fact that science allows you to ferment alcohol; it's being confounded by larger societal problems," she told the BBC.
  • confound: If there are problem drinkers in a community, it's obviously not the fact that science allows you to ferment alcohol; it's being confounded by larger societal problems," she told the BBC.

FDA approves female sex pill, but with safety restrictions

  • nausea: Opponents of the drug say it's not worth the side effects, which also include nausea, drowsiness and dizziness.
  • drowsiness: Opponents of the drug say it's not worth the side effects, which also include nausea, drowsiness and dizziness.
  • lackluster: Its approval marks a turnaround for the FDA, which previously rejected the drug twice due to lackluster effectiveness and side effects.
  • alternate: Because so many factors affect sexual appetite, there are a number of alternate causes doctors must rule out before diagnosing the condition, including relationship issues, medical problems, depression and mood diso rders.

Australia 'gags' refugee centre medics

  • hopelessness: In advising on treatment, Dr Young argued with authorities who considered acts of self-harm by detainees as " a type of bad behaviour, rather than a manifestation of people in extreme states of hopelessness ".
  • dehydrate: Degrading, harmful and inappropriate incidents have occurred, including requiring asylum seekers to undergo health assessments while exhausted, dehydrated and filthy, with clothing soiled by urine and faeces; addressing individuals by number instead of name, artificial delays in transfer of patients for tertiary care; confiscation and destruction of medications, medical records and medical devices; and detention of children despite clear evidence of significant harm.
  • soil: Degrading, harmful and inappropriate incidents have occurred, including requiring asylum seekers to undergo health assessments while exhausted, dehydrated and filthy, with clothing soiled by urine and faeces; addressing individuals by number instead of name, artificial delays in transfer of patients for tertiary care; confiscation and destruction of medications, medical records and medical devices; and detention of children despite clear evidence of significant harm.
  • labour: Other detention centre practices like employing staff from developing countries who are not protected by Australian labour or whistleblower laws also" keep the lid on all information flowing out of the system ", he says.

Brunei profile

  • bountiful: The tiny state of Brunei has one of the world's highest standards of living thanks to its bountiful oil and gas reserves.
  • abdication: He was crowned in August 1968 following the abdication of his father, Sir Haji Omar Ali Saifuddin.
  • abdication: Hassanal Bolkiah becomes sultan following the abdication of his father, Sultan Omar.

Are India's plans to celebrate 1965 war 'victory' in 'bad taste'?

  • repulse: The Pakistani army managed to repulse a takeover of Lahore, made advances in the deserts of Rajasthan and came perilously close to taking over Akhnoor in the Jammu region.
  • hone: This war is important for two reasons- it wiped the humiliation of defeat India faced in 1962 against China and also allowed the Indian army to hone and tweak their strategy.
  • repulse: Pakistan made gains in the Rajasthan desert but its main push against India's Jammu-Srinagar road link was repulsed and Indian tanks advanced to within a sight of Lahore.
  • gusto: Pakistan continues to observe 6 September as " defence day", but the zest and gusto associated with the celebrations has dampened in recent decades.
  • chronology: Another is that an alternative view of the chronology and consequences of the war has gained more currency in Pakistan.

S Korea changes native plant names

  • pine: Many of the plants, including the Japanese red pine, were named by Japanese botanists during colonial rule.
  • pine: Some of the plants already assigned new English names include the Japanese flowering cherry, which becomes the oriental flowering cherry, and the Japanese red pine, which is now the Korean red pine.
  • pine: Some of the plants already assigned new English names include the Japanese flowering cherry, which becomes the oriental flowering cherry, and the Japanese red pine, which is now the Korean red pine.