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Australian farmers fight huge mine

  • encroach: Coal and gas mining continue to encroach on some of Australia's best farmland, pitting miners against farmers and creating a deep rift between the parties of the nation's ruling Conservative coalition.
  • temperate: The Liverpool Plains is often referred to as NSW's food bowl and is counted among the best agricultural land in Australia because of its fertile black soils, temperate climate, good rainfall, and rich surface and underground water resources.
  • unnatural: The Nation als ' inability to hold back the tide of black coal has left many farmers frustrated, forcing them into unnatural alliances with environmentalists and the Greens party and leading to the formation of groups like Lock the Gate.
  • jeopardy: We should not put our food bowl in jeopardy for the short-term benefit of a coal mine," says NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
  • pinch: The Nationals have already felt the pinch of rural dissatisfaction at the ballot box.

Will Indians have to pay for WhatsApp?

  • hone: Internet-based Over-the-top (OTT) communication services like WhatsApp, Viber, and the like are currently taking advantage of " regulatory arbitrage ", meaning that the regulations that apply to non-Internet based communications services (tele p hone calls) are different from OTT communications services.
  • message: The report distinguishes between Internet-based voice calls (voice over IP, or Vo IP) and messaging services and doesn't wish to interfere with the latter.
  • message: For instance, it is unclear on what regulatory basis the report distinguishes between domestic and international VoIP calls or between regulation of messaging services and VoIP services.
  • access: A longer article he wrote on the panel report can be accessed here.

Obama to Focus on Counterterrorism During Africa Trip

  • havoc: “We’ve seen the cross border attacks in Kenya, we have seen the havoc they’ve wreaked in Somalia, and Ethiopia is really seen as a bulwark against that, not only in terms of regional cooperation, but by contributing troops to AU peacekeeping missions across the continent,” Smith said.
  • wreak: “We’ve seen the cross border attacks in Kenya, we have seen the havoc they’ve wreaked in Somalia, and Ethiopia is really seen as a bulwark against that, not only in terms of regional cooperation, but by contributing troops to AU peacekeeping missions across the continent,” Smith said.
  • bulwark: “We’ve seen the cross border attacks in Kenya, we have seen the havoc they’ve wreaked in Somalia, and Ethiopia is really seen as a bulwark against that, not only in terms of regional cooperation, but by contributing troops to AU peacekeeping missions across the continent,” Smith said.

Viewpoint: Britain must pay reparations to India

  • reparation: Viewpoint: Britain must pay reparations to India- BBC News.
  • reparation: At the end of May, the Oxford Union held a debate on the motion" This house believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies ".
  • cloth: Britain's response was to cut off the thumbs of Bengali weavers, break their looms and impose duties and tariffs on Indian cloth, while flooding India and the world with cheaper fabric from the new satanic steam mills of Britain.
  • steam: Britain's response was to cut off the thumbs of Bengali weavers, break their looms and impose duties and tariffs on Indian cloth, while flooding India and the world with cheaper fabric from the new satanic steam mills of Britain.
  • enigmatic: Lord Clive was an enigmatic figure in the history of the British Empire.

NZ plugs speeding law loophole

  • invalid: Tens of thousands of speeding tickets could have been rendered invalid.
  • annul: Transport Minister Simon Bridges said that he was unsure how many drivers might have had their speeding tickets annulled, but the opposition Labour Party said that the figure might have been in the tens of thousands, the New Zealand Herald newspaper reported.
  • retrospective: For the avoidance of doubt, this retrospective legislation validates the speed limits set by councils and other road controlling authorities since 2004," Local Government Minister Paula Bennett said.

The 'phallic' clam America sells to China

  • delicacy: It's not the most beautiful dinner to look at and it has a very odd name... but in China the geoduck is an expensive delicacy, so on North America's Pacific coast the race is on to farm them and cash in.
  • connoisseur: Its delicate texture and exotic looks are prized by connoisseurs- who consider the " elephant trunk clam ", as it is known in China, to be an aphrodisiac.
  • mouthful: You really feel a mouthful of the Pacific... it's slippery, it's very tender, very sweet," said diners interviewed by the BBC in Beijing.
  • delicacy: Back in the US, surprisingly few Americans have ever heard of geoduck, let alone tasted this delicacy that inhabits their shores.
  • delicacy: Take the sea cucumber- it looks like a yucky slug to Western eyes but in China it's a delicacy.

Little Certainty a Year After MH17 Downed Over Ukraine

  • trudge: Another investigation trudges forward with painful slowness, and contradictory theories emerge from Moscow.
  • fog: A fog of vehement allegations, macabre claims and self-serving rhetoric shrouds the tragedy.
  • vehement: A fog of vehement allegations, macabre claims and self-serving rhetoric shrouds the tragedy.
  • macabre: A fog of vehement allegations, macabre claims and self-serving rhetoric shrouds the tragedy.
  • wreckage: Within hours of the July 17, 2014 crash, a crucial fact appeared clear — the wreckage was strewn over such a wide area that the plane must have broken into bits long before it fell.

The MH17 sunflowers

  • keepsake: As they flew back to Perth in Western Australia, facing the incomprehensible reality that their daughter would not be coming home, the Dyczynskis clutched a small, symbolic keepsake from the crash site: a bag of sunflower seeds.
  • intrude: It is quite a decision to make about how you intrude on the grief of people after a disaster such as this ," Mr McGeough said.
  • abomination: All these nodding heads in a field hiding below what is an abomination, much of the bodies and possessions obscured beneath a comforting blanket of sunflower heads," he said.
  • memento: There are a lot of unsung heroes along the way," she told the BBC, adding that her entire department felt " immense pride" that they were entrusted with handling the seeds and to be able to help bring a memento to the loved ones and relatives.

Japan country profile

  • mountainous: More than three quarters of the population live in sprawling cities on the coastal fringes of Japan's four mountainous, heavily-wooded islands.
  • engender: On the other hand, one of the biggest challenges that successive Japanese governments have faced is how to meet the huge social security costs engendered by an ageing society.
  • inviolable: This seemed inviolable for more than half a century, but since the beginning of the twenty-first century it has been subjected to some reinterpretation.
  • engender: On the other hand, one of the biggest challenges that successive governments have faced is how to meet the huge social security costs engendered by an ageing society.

A new era of talks for the Taliban

  • feign: Their spokesman, in a statement, feigned ignorance about such talks, adding that, if they did take place, they were held by people acting in their individual capacities.
  • drastic: Afghan forces are now responsible for maintaining security following drastic reductions in Nato personnel in the country Mullah Omar has maintained a low profile despite US efforts to capture him- on one occasion American planes even dropped leaflets in Taliban areas detailing his car number plate.
  • leaflet: Afghan forces are now responsible for maintaining security following drastic reductions in Nato personnel in the country Mullah Omar has maintained a low profile despite US efforts to capture him- on one occasion American planes even dropped leaflets in Taliban areas detailing his car number plate.

India's priciest film wins over public

  • valiant: The plot revolves around an Indian epic of warring princes, scheming aristocrats, loyal generals, valiant queens and lion-hearted kings.
  • vendetta: There is the powerful figure of the Indian mother whose impassioned love for her son forms the core of the hero's vendetta to avenge her humiliation.
  • angelic: There are angelic damsels whose marksmanship and serious sword skills are no match for the hero's charms in the romance department.
  • hyperbole: The acting is marked by glowering and comic book action with lengthy hyperboles that Telugu films are famous for.
  • finale: A spectacular 40-minute war sequence comes as a fitting grand finale.

Has China silenced its bloggers?

  • docile: Today those stories are harder to find, and government figures suggest the online community in the country has become more docile.
  • demeanour: Web users, annoyed by his cheerful demeanour at the scene of a tragedy, began trawling through other images of the official and found something that unsettled many.
  • acquiescence: Grigg says that around a month ago the government hosted a " re-education camp" for high profile bloggers, where they were told they " needed to co-operate, or there will be consequences," and that they would be offered benefits for their acquiescence.

Viewpoint: Aung San Suu Kyi still in the running

  • viewpoint: Viewpoint: Aung San Suu Kyi still in running for Myanmar presidency- BBC News.
  • viewpoint: Viewpoint: Aung San Suu Kyi still in running for Myanmar presidency.
  • qualification: There was only a minor change to the wording on presidential qualifications, and meagre new powers for state and regional parliaments.
  • theatre: The two votes on constitutional change are better understood as political theatre, engineered by the pragmatic presidential candidate and current Speaker, Thura Shwe Mann, quite possibly with Ms Suu Kyi's knowledge and consent.
  • convene: Several mechanisms exist for this to occur before the next parliament convenes in late January 2016.

'Rewilding' Australia's landscape

  • decimate: Like many of Australia's marsupials, the Western Quoll population has been decimated.
  • banish: Around the world, natural environments are being " rewilded" with native animals once banished by habitat destruction and pests.
  • feral: Once found across almost three-quarters of Australia, a devastating loss of habitat and relentless attacks by feral cats and foxes saw it retreat to a few areas in Western Australia.
  • carnage: Free of invasive species, the havens will be akin to wildlife time machines resembling the countryside as it would have been before European colonists arrived with exotic animals that have caused ecological carnage.
  • nocturnal: The burrowing nocturnal omnivores are known as " ecosystem engineers" that help to retain water and nutrients in the landscape, promoting healthy vegetation and digging holes that provide shelter for other animals.

Sniffer dogs helping protect koalas

  • scent: Six-year-old Australian shepherd, Badger, is being trained to track koala scent.
  • foliage: It is not easy spotting koalas, which are usually well-hidden in eucalyptus foliage.
  • scent: Her secret weapon is a six-year-old Australian shepherd named Badger, who is being trained to track the fresh scent of koalas from fur swabs.
  • vegetation: As they climb trees, koalas leave scent trails on bark, and odour molecules, which are heavier than air, can fall to the ground or travel downwind, getting caught in vegetation.
  • scent: Dogs can detect these scents at concentrations down to parts per trillion, which in volume terms, is about the equivalent of a teaspoon inside two Olympic-size swimming pools.

Media demand 'fair probe' in exam scam

  • untimely: The circumstances of the untimely death of TV Today journalist Akshay Singh merits a full, fair and independent inquiry," the group said in a statement.
  • degenerate: The Deccan Herald says the scam is " an indication that the state's institutions have degenerated and are rotten beyond belief ".
  • underlie: The sheer ruthlessness that underlies the mystery deaths is probably even beyond what a seasoned crime writer can visualise.
  • mockery: It adds that the scam " makes a complete mockery of the principle of fairness, honesty and justice- without which institutions cannot survive ".