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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 ".

Panic and blame in China's markets

  • impotent: The government's terror is being seen to be incompetent and even impotent.
  • brokerage: Brokerages promised not to sell shares until the Shanghai market had recovered 4,500 points.
  • buoyant: In March, Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of the People's Bank of China said: " A buoyant market on a solid footing could be a reliable funding source.

Chinese eye Australian property

  • grandeur: They have their eye on homes with a quality finish and a splash of grandeur.
  • quadruple: For example, approvals have quadrupled in the past 12 months around Sydney's north-western suburbs of Castle Hill, Rouse Hill and Kell yville, where property advertisements often appear in English and Mandarin, according to property consultants MacroPlan Dimasi..
  • brokerage: Asian brokerage and investment group CLSA forecasts a surge in Chinese immigration to Australia over the next few years, which property analysts say will translate into another surge in foreign investment in Australian residential property.

Iran Wages Media Onslaught against Saudis over Yemen War

  • loathe: In its latest broadside, the hardline Fars news agency on Wednesday released a video clip showing the face of Saudi King Salman morphing into that of Saddam Hussein, the late Iraqi dictator loathed in Tehran as its enemy in a 1980-88 war, interspersed with scenes of crying Yemeni children.
  • intersperse: In its latest broadside, the hardline Fars news agency on Wednesday released a video clip showing the face of Saudi King Salman morphing into that of Saddam Hussein, the late Iraqi dictator loathed in Tehran as its enemy in a 1980-88 war, interspersed with scenes of crying Yemeni children.
  • sink: The Iranians don't have much to lose and a lot to gain from the ongoing conflict and the sense that the Saudis and their allies are sinking into a deeper quagmire.
  • quagmire: The Iranians don't have much to lose and a lot to gain from the ongoing conflict and the sense that the Saudis and their allies are sinking into a deeper quagmire.
  • shipment: Tehran has sought to turn the embargo to its advantage, sending a series of aid shipments that were forcefully turned away by the coalition, a move Tehran vigorously publicized.

Digital India: Modi's challenges

  • pipe: Experience shows that it is communications and content, not empty pipes, that drive network usage.
  • usage: Experience shows that it is communications and content, not empty pipes, that drive network usage.
  • penetration: This focuses on mobile network penetration, with a plan to fill the gaps in connectivity in India by 2018.
  • pilot: For decades, hundreds of e-governance projects have been piloted across India.
  • promoter: Many were quick successes that however died out once the chief promoter, often a bureaucrat on a two-year posting, moved on.

China profile

  • populous: China is the world's most populous country, with a continuous culture stretching back nearly 4,000 years.
  • continuous: China is the world's most populous country, with a continuous culture stretching back nearly 4,000 years.
  • stagnate: After stagnating for more than two decades under the rigid authoritarianism of early communist rule under its late leader, Chairman Mao, China now has the world's fastest-growing economy and is undergoing what has been described as a second industrial revolution.
  • inefficient: Economics: Economic reform has replaced state socialism with a more capitalist system and generated rapid growth, turning China into one of the world's largest economies, but problems such as growing inequality, pollution, rural poverty, an inefficient state sector and low domestic consumption remain.
  • reunite: Beijing says the island of Taiwan is a part of Chinese territory that must be reunited with the mainland.

China watches Greece with dismay, patience and cunning

  • impeccable: At the European Commission, his host President Jean Claude Juncker was distracted from the impeccable choreography of a China summit by the gathering storm in Greece, as banks barred their doors, ATM queues stretched and betting shops stopped offering odds on the prospect of a Greek exit from the euro.
  • choreography: At the European Commission, his host President Jean Claude Juncker was distracted from the impeccable choreography of a China summit by the gathering storm in Greece, as banks barred their doors, ATM queues stretched and betting shops stopped offering odds on the prospect of a Greek exit from the euro.
  • dust: They dusted off their Greek mythology to describe Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as " like Phaeton, given the reins of the sun chariot only to lose control and nearly destroy the earth ".
  • travail: Given its many travails, with Greece only the uppermost, the EU is in no shape to counter China's strategic march, even if it should wish to.
  • maxim: Never let a good crisis go to waste" is as resonant a maxim in China as it is in Europe.

Perils of being an Indian journalist

  • wry: We share resources and stories too," one man, who works as a television reporter says with a wry smile.
  • destitute: In another instance, state reporter Nikhil Mishra says he was threatened after he wrote about destitute women being ill-treated in a shelter.
  • nexus: There is a criminal nexus between many journalists, politicians and police..
  • repute: In stark contrast, reporters who earn salaried incomes from reputed media outlets in big cities earn hundreds of times more.

Pakistan's 'paranoia' over Save the Children

  • surmise: The government gave no reasons but a police official confronted by reporters surmised that the organisation might have been involved in " anti-state activities ".
  • abeyance: The following day, however, another order from the finance ministry said action on the previous order" may be held in abeyance"- but Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said it didn't mean the earlier order had been withdrawn.
  • relegate: Since last year, the Pakistan army has clearly risen to dominate the country's political and diplomatic landscape, relegating the civilian leadership to the background.

Aurora lights stun in New Zealand

  • aurora: The aurora is forecast to be active again on Thursday night.
  • aurora: Blair Pattinson, a photographer from Queenstown is part of a community of " aurora chasers ".
  • aurora: We see it more as a treat, when you see an aurora that is strong enough.
  • aurora: There is one word to describe the experience of every New Zealander who was out photographing the aurora this week ...freezing," told the BBC.

Concern over end of Nepal emergency aid

  • altitude: Diggers work at high altitude and in tough terrain in Nepal to clear landslides.
  • mountainous: UN figures show nearly 45,000 households in far-flung mountainous regions are waiting for urgent supplies like tarpaulins and medicines.
  • tremor: That was followed by a second major tremor on 12 May.
  • needy: The Association of International NGOs in Nepal recently asked the government to consider extending the first phase of relief to three months to ensure that life-saving aid, including all forms of shelter materials, can be delivered to needy communities before the monsoon.
  • corrugated: We have been urging all donors to provide us with corrugated iron sheets because they are the only covers that can save us from monsoon rains now," said Ms Tamang.

Why solo dining can be tough for women in Delhi

  • dimly: They don't like single women diners, won't readily give you a table and if you stand your ground then they will stiffly plonk you at a table at the far end of the room, dimly lit and usually filled with beer drinking, loud men.
  • savour: A 60-year-old upscale restaurant in central Delhi, featuring prominently on Lonely Pla net, invites guests to " savour leisurely treatment and follow a distinctive journey ".
  • spinster: I imagine people must be wondering if I am a lonely spinster or trying hard to get lucky when I breathe deeply and say to the waiter: " T able for one, please?
  • disinterested: After 15 minutes, a disinterested waiter stopped by to take my order.
  • garrulous: I was not their ideal customer, the high spender with a bunch of garrulous friends, and was certainly cutting in on their revenue by blocking a table for four.

Afghanistan's leaders face battle for peace

  • sear: Some dared to hope this would be the year when formal discussions between the Taliban and the government stood their best chance of inching forward, after years of a stubborn stalemate and searing attacks.
  • palpably: This attack means that with one hand they are shaking hands like a brother but it means we believe that, not them ," a palpably shocked MP Shukria Barakzai reflected to the BBC.
  • manor: The discreet gathering, set in a stately manor in quiet woods, was also attended by senior members of the Afghan government and civil society.
  • melt: This year in Afghanistan, the traditional " fighting season," after winter snows melt, is especially intense, and significant.
  • vehement: Since then, the villa housing the political office of The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was shut after President Hamid Karzai's vehement protests.

Tonga profile

  • mineral: Tonga has no strategic or mineral resources and relies on agriculture, fishing and the money sent home by Tongans living abroad, many of them in New Zealand.
  • hereditary: In November 2009, a constitutional review panel recommended a ceremonial monarchy stripped of most of its real political power and a fully-elected parliament in place of the current, largely hereditary body.
  • ceremonial: In November 2009, a constitutional review panel recommended a ceremonial monarchy stripped of most of its real political power and a fully-elected parliament in place of the current, largely hereditary body.

Do we expect too much of Aung San Suu Kyi?

  • rub: We dream that some of their wisdom might rub off on us and improve our own little lives.
  • rejoin: She stood firm in her demands, even if it meant rejecting offers to leave Myanmar to rejoin her sons and husband in Britain- even as her husband lay dying.
  • rebuke: It was a shock when the Dalai Lama criticised her in public- one Nobel laureate rebuking another, however mildly.

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.

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.
  • cede: China ceded Hong Kong island to Britain in 1842 after the First Opium War.

Why is the yoga day stressing India?

  • rope: To popularise Sunday's event, top Bollywood actors and sports stars have been roped in and training camps are being held all over the country.
  • salutation: Angered by the debate, an MP from Mr Modi's party advised Muslims opposed to sun salutation to " go drown in the sea ".
  • salutation: We're not forcing any one to participate- there's no threat, no coercion," Ms Swaraj said, adding that Hindu chants or the sun salutation were not even part of the yoga day protocol and reports that Muslims were opposed to yoga were exaggerated.

Most kangaroos are 'left-handed'

  • left-handed: The red-necked wallaby was one of three species found to be predominantly left-handed.
  • left-handed: Two species of roo and one wallaby all showed the left-handed trend; some other marsupials, which walk on all fours, did not show the same bias.
  • left-handed: The new study found a consistent left-handed bias across eastern grey kangaroos, red kangaroos, and red-necked wallabies- no matter whether the animals were grooming, feeding, or propping themselves up.
  • left-handed: The left-handed trend was only seen in species that stand upright on their hind legs, using their forelimbs more regularly for tasks other than walking.

Humphrey shattered by time in Chinese jail

  • harass: I was constantly harassed in prison over signing a thing they call an admission of guilt and a statement of remorse," he said.
  • remorse: I was constantly harassed in prison over signing a thing they call an admission of guilt and a statement of remorse," he said.
  • extort: Therefore, that's why they tried to extort this confession by withholding medical attention for my prostate condition.
  • engulf: His misfortune was to get swept up in the perfect storm which engulfed GSK's China operation in 2013.
  • map: It is a market where government relations are vital and where foreign companies need to map the political relationships of key employees and local partners.

The spiritual guru to China's corrupt officials

  • sage: Dubbed the " Xinjiang sage" for his gifts in spiritual healing and insight, he later moved to Beijing where he attracted the rich and powerful.
  • heal: In the 1990s, a People's Daily article claimed he could tell a person's future based on a single look at his face, and could heal incurable illnesses with his touch.
  • barren: Some accounts said he made a barren woman fertile, and managed to predict, a week in advance, that a businessman would suffer from a heart attack just by looking at his name.
  • superstition: Superstitions and alternative beliefs have flourished in this vacuum- qigong became a national craze in the 1980s.
  • wily: On top of that, senior officials inhabit " a lonely place where it is difficult to trust anyone- which is perfect if you're a wily spiritual guru," said Professor Brown.

Uproar over minister's 'impropriety'

  • impropriety: Media in India say Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's decision to help a controversial Indian businessman living in the UK is the first " charge of impropriety" against the government.
  • propriety: There is no need to make noise as the party doesn't look at this as a propriety issue but purely as a humanitarian one," party chief Amit Shah said.
  • impropriety: The Times of India said the disclosure involving Ms Swaraj had " interrupted" the BJP's " celebrations at having a year of scam-free government ", adding that it was the " first charge of impropriety against the government ".
  • impropriety: The BJP's decision to " support a cabinet minister who has committed an impropriety such as in this case, will cost the government, which will now not look only weaker on the issue of keeping high standards of legal and moral propriety but the minister will also be more vulnerable, not only from within but also from outsid e ", she wrote.
  • propriety: The BJP's decision to " support a cabinet minister who has committed an impropriety such as in this case, will cost the government, which will now not look only weaker on the issue of keeping high standards of legal and moral propriety but the minister will also be more vulnerable, not only from within but also from outsid e ", she wrote.

Is Myanmar raid Indian counter-insurgency shift?

  • ambush: The Indian army has attacked rebels based inside Myanmar, days after at least 20 of its soldiers were killed in an ambush on a troop convoy in north-east India.
  • parachute: In an unusual display of aggressive intent, the Indian army's helicopter-borne parachute commandos crossed the border into Myanmar early on Tuesday morning to strike at at least one camp set up by Indian rebels.
  • porous: The rebels were reported to have crossed the porous border into Myanmar ( also known as Burma) after last Thursday's ambush in Chandel district in Manipur state.
  • ambush: The rebels were reported to have crossed the porous border into Myanmar (also known as Burma) after last Thursday's ambush in Chandel district in Manipur state.
  • restive: There has been a fresh surge in attacks on Indian troops along the border with Myanmar after a number of rebel groups joined hands and formed a new coalition in India's restive north-east.

Twins separated with 3D printer help

  • conjoin: China: 3D printer helps separate conjoined twins- BBC News.
  • conjoin: The twins ' parents did not know they were conjoined until they were born.
  • conjoin: Chinese surgeons have used 3D printing technology as part of a successful operation to separate conjoined twins.
  • conjoin: On Tuesday, they underwent five hours of surgery at Fudan University Children's Hospital in Shanghai, a centre which specialises in separating conjoined twins.
  • conjoin: They were born on 17 March in China's eastern Jiangxi Province, and it had not been detected beforehand that they were conjoined.