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U.S. moves THAAD anti-missile to South Korean site, sparking protests

  • battery: The battery is expected to be operational by the end of the year, it added.
  • fracture: More than 10 protesters were injured during clashes with police and some of them had bone fractures, Kim Jong-ky ung, co-head of a group of villagers protesting the THAAD deployment, told Reuters.
  • merciless: The brave artillerymen mercilessly and satisfactorily hit the targets and the gunshots were very correct, he said, adding that they showed well the volley of gunfire of our a-match-for-a-hundred artillery force giving merciless punishment to the hostile forces," KCNA said.
  • steam: A U.S. submarine designed to carry 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles entered a South Korean port on Tuesday as the USS Carl Vinson carrier group steamed towards the Korean waters in an effort to deter the North from a sixth nuclear test and more missile launches.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins fight against plastic pollution

  • infest: When I went to clean them for reuse in the spring, they were infested with ( wax) worms," the researcher told AFP.
  • voracious: Startled by the caterpillar's voracious appetite, Bertocchini and a team from Cambridge University decided to conduct experiments to find out just how much, and how quickly, the pests could consume environmentally harmful plastic.
  • dissimilar: Wax is a polymer, a sort of 'natural plastic,' and has a chemical structure not dissimilar to polyethylen e," Bertocchinisuggested.

N.Korea warns of "super-mighty preemptive strike" as U.S. plans next move

  • admonition: U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.
  • mince: The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling W orkers ' Party, did not mince its words.
  • vigilance: South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, at a meeting with top officials on Thursday, repeatedly called for the military and security ministries to maintain vigilance.
  • whereabouts: There has been some confusion over the whereabouts of a U.S. aircraft carrier group after Trump said last week he had sent an " armada" as a warning to North Korea, even as the ships were still far from Korean waters.
  • armada: There has been some confusion over the whereabouts of a U.S. aircraft carrier group after Trump said last week he had sent an " armada" as a warning to North Korea, even as the ships were still far from Korean waters.

China left as observer as tensions rise on Korean Peninsula

  • vociferous: China's relations with South Korea, meanwhile, have plummeted over Beijing's vociferous objections to the deployment of a sophisticated anti-missile shield.
  • conciliatory: Uncertainties also reside in South Korea's election next month to replace disgraced former President Park Geun-hye; her successor is likely to be more conciliatory toward the North.
  • scathing: Criticisms of North Korea that were once quickly scrubbed from the internet are now being allowed to circulate, including a scathing speech by historian Shen Zhihua in which he accused Pyongyang of directly working against China's interests.
  • intransigence: Analysts say critics may even include Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is said to be deeply frustrated with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's intransigence since taking power in 2011 following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il.
  • affront: Other affronts to Beijing include Kim's execution of his uncle Jang Song Tha ek, who had been the regi me's main point of contact with China, and the killing earlier this year in Malaysia of Kim's half brother Kim Jong Nam, who was said to live partly under Chinese protection in the gambling enclave of Macau.

The Supreme Leader’s Apprentice Is Running for President

  • ascent: At this stage, his personal life becomes intertwined with his political ascent.
  • balk: When Iranian media investigated and publicized his lack of formal religious education and ran stories casting doubt on his claimed credentials, Raisi balked.
  • chastise: In the conversations, Montazeri chastised them for the mass executions of political prisoners that happened that year.
  • parachute: The deep concern in the inner circle of President Rouhani must be that an amalgamation of officials from the Office of the Supreme Leader, the top brass of the IRGC, and other hard-line elements in the security and intelligence services are hellbent on parachuting Raisi into the presidency.

Exclusive: At strategic shoal, China asserts power through control, and concessions

  • turquoise: SCARBOROUGH SHO AL, South China Sea (Reuters)- Far out in the South China Sea, where dark blue meets bright turquoise, a miles-long row of fishing boats anchor near Scarborough Shoal, backed by a small armada of coastguard projecting China's power in Asia's most disputed waters.
  • armada: SCARBOROUGH SHO AL, South China Sea (Reuters)- Far out in the South China Sea, where dark blue meets bright turquoise, a miles-long row of fishing boats anchor near Scarborough Shoal, backed by a small armada of coastguard projecting China's power in Asia's most disputed waters.
  • spear: It's good that we're now allowed inside, it helps me to support my family's needs," said Vicente Palawan, treading water inside the lagoon, a dive mask on his head and fishing spear in hand.
  • cordial: For now, there is a cordial coexistence between the Filipinos and Chinese who anchor side by side less than 100 meters ( yards) from the 46-km ( 28-mile) triangle of rock that barely pokes above the water.
  • bountiful: Small boats hum as they move in and out of the lagoon, through a buffering line of coral that has for centuries provided fishermen with bountiful catches and haven from storms.

The Latest: About 50 speak at Baltimore police hearing

  • harrow: Many shared harrowing stories of police abuse to make clear how necessary such reforms are.
  • prudence: Prudence Johnson urged the judge to sign the court-enforceable agreement, known as a consent decree.
  • solicitor: Baltimore's solicitor David Ralph said at a public hearing on Thursday that when the city, police department and federal government negotiated the plan, it was designed to fight crime and protect civil rights.
  • docket: Bredar said in his order he anticipates scores of residents to show up to speak, and that all other dockets have been cleared for the day.