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Omicron wave leaves US food banks scrambling for volunteers

  • inflation: The end result in many cases has been a serious increase in spending by the food banks at a time when they are already dealing with higher food costs due to inflation and supply chain issues.
  • issue: The end result in many cases has been a serious increase in spending by the food banks at a time when they are already dealing with higher food costs due to inflation and supply chain issues.
  • volunteer: The extent of the problem was highlighted this past week during the national holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when many food banks have traditionally organized mass volunteer drives as part of a day of service.
  • spread: Altfest said his food bank's King Day event drew 73 people spread out over two shifts, when previous years had drawn more than 200 people with all volunteer slots booked up before New Year's Day.
  • volunteer: Altfest said his food bank's King Day event drew 73 people spread out over two shifts, when previous years had drawn more than 200 people with all volunteer slots booked up before New Year's Day.

German centre right elects Merkel critic as leader

  • huge: Germany's centre right opposition Christian Democrats on Saturday elected Friedrich Merz, a critic of former Chancellor Angela Merkel, as their new leader by a huge majority.
  • majority: Germany's centre right opposition Christian Democrats on Saturday elected Friedrich Merz, a critic of former Chancellor Angela Merkel, as their new leader by a huge majority.
  • coalition: Merkel left office in 2021 after 16 years in power and was succeeded by Social Democrat Olaf Scholz at the helm of a three-way coalition with the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats.
  • traditional: Electoral defeat left the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) having to regroup and members gave their strong backing to Merz, a 66-year-old on the traditional right of the party, after twice rejecting him in recent years.
  • reject: Electoral defeat left the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) having to regroup and members gave their strong backing to Merz, a 66-year-old on the traditional right of the party, after twice rejecting him in recent years.

US-backed fighters chase IS gunmen near prison in Syria

  • clash: Intense clashes with Islamic State group militants took place around a prison where thousands of extremists were held, officials said.
  • prison: Intense clashes with Islamic State group militants took place around a prison where thousands of extremists were held, officials said.
  • extremist: Intense clashes with Islamic State group militants took place around a prison where thousands of extremists were held, officials said.
  • prison: More than 100 militants assaulted the main prison holding suspected extremists in the northeastern city of Hassakeh, sparking a battle with U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters that has so far left dozens dead.
  • suspect: More than 100 militants assaulted the main prison holding suspected extremists in the northeastern city of Hassakeh, sparking a battle with U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters that has so far left dozens dead.

Russia toughens its posture amid Ukraine tensions

  • imminent: Amid fears of an imminent attack on Ukraine, Russia has further upped the ante by announcing more military drills in the region.
  • further: Amid fears of an imminent attack on Ukraine, Russia has further upped the ante by announcing more military drills in the region.
  • announce: Amid fears of an imminent attack on Ukraine, Russia has further upped the ante by announcing more military drills in the region.
  • oppose: It also has refused to rule out the possibility of military deployments to the Caribbean, and President Vladimir Putin has reached out to leaders opposed to the West.
  • halt: The military muscle-flexing reflects a bold attempt by the Kremlin to halt decades of NATO expansion after the end of the Cold War.

Australia delivers water, telecommunications aid to Tonga

  • aid: Planes from other nations, including New Zealand and Japan, have also brought sorely needed aid to the Tongan people, said Zed Seselja, Australian minister for international development and the Pacific.
  • international: Planes from other nations, including New Zealand and Japan, have also brought sorely needed aid to the Tongan people, said Zed Seselja, Australian minister for international development and the Pacific.
  • development: Planes from other nations, including New Zealand and Japan, have also brought sorely needed aid to the Tongan people, said Zed Seselja, Australian minister for international development and the Pacific.
  • explosion: The explosion also set off a Pacific-wide tsunami that smashed boats in New Zealand and caused an oil spill as far as Peru.
  • spill: The explosion also set off a Pacific-wide tsunami that smashed boats in New Zealand and caused an oil spill as far as Peru.

Cyr: North Korea’s failure and South Korea’s success

  • regime: Over several weeks, the regime has carried out four ballistic missile tests, the most recent on January 17.
  • missile: Over several weeks, the regime has carried out four ballistic missile tests, the most recent on January 17.
  • positive: Meanwhile, South Korea continues on a positive course of exceptional economic growth and profitability, combined with now firmly established representative democracy.
  • course: Meanwhile, South Korea continues on a positive course of exceptional economic growth and profitability, combined with now firmly established representative democracy.
  • combine: Meanwhile, South Korea continues on a positive course of exceptional economic growth and profitability, combined with now firmly established representative democracy.

Where Ukraine's sunflowers once sprouted, fears now grow

  • disarm: In a memoir, Carter recalled Ukraine's decision to disarm, which he saw as marking the true end of the Cold War that divided Europe for nearly half a century.
  • demise: That placid scene was, briefly, a launchpad for hope that the demise of the Soviet Union would bury the threat of great power war and mark the start of lasting peace in an undivided Europe.
  • bury: That placid scene was, briefly, a launchpad for hope that the demise of the Soviet Union would bury the threat of great power war and mark the start of lasting peace in an undivided Europe.
  • worry: Today Ukraine is ground zero for worry that Russia will ignite a conflict that could engulf the region.
  • conflict: Today Ukraine is ground zero for worry that Russia will ignite a conflict that could engulf the region.

GOP Blames Biden for Russian Aggression. Don’t Forget About Trump.

  • invasion: As Russian President Vladimir Putin lays the groundwork for an invasion of Ukraine, Republicans in Congress have been laying the groundwork to blame President Joe Biden for failing to prevent an attack.
  • blame: As Russian President Vladimir Putin lays the groundwork for an invasion of Ukraine, Republicans in Congress have been laying the groundwork to blame President Joe Biden for failing to prevent an attack.
  • relationship: Trump, whose relationship with Russia has been famously complicated, pushed back on providing aid to Ukraine in 2017.
  • complicate: Trump, whose relationship with Russia has been famously complicated, pushed back on providing aid to Ukraine in 2017.
  • aid: Trump, whose relationship with Russia has been famously complicated, pushed back on providing aid to Ukraine in 2017.

Russia proposed interim nuclear deal to Iran, with U.S. knowledge, sources say

  • nuclear: Russia proposed interim nuclear deal to Iran, with U.S. knowledge, sources say.
  • administration: The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the deal in 2018, and Iran is reportedly closer than ever to attaining the ability to manufacture nuclear weapons.
  • attain: The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the deal in 2018, and Iran is reportedly closer than ever to attaining the ability to manufacture nuclear weapons.
  • nuclear: The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the deal in 2018, and Iran is reportedly closer than ever to attaining the ability to manufacture nuclear weapons.
  • weapon: The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the deal in 2018, and Iran is reportedly closer than ever to attaining the ability to manufacture nuclear weapons.

Kenya's River Yala: Mystery and heartbreak of the dead bodies

  • putrid: The putrid smell near the banks of the river gave their presence away.
  • retrieve: They were retrieved over the past two years from the nearby River Yala in different stages of decomposition.
  • frantic: Ms Waheto is making frantic calls to her family in Nyeri, a town nearly 300km ( 185 miles) to the east.
  • activist: The thought of looking here came when, on Monday, two human rights activists said that bodies that had been found in the River Yala in recent months were still in the mortuary.
  • corpse: A number of unidentified corpses retrieved from the river are still at the mortuary.

Abuse victims see inequity in payouts at 2 Michigan schools

  • majority: The majority of the claimants in the settlement are Black men, said John Manly, an attorney involved in the case.
  • claimant: The majority of the claimants in the settlement are Black men, said John Manly, an attorney involved in the case.
  • settlement: The majority of the claimants in the settlement are Black men, said John Manly, an attorney involved in the case.
  • involve: The majority of the claimants in the settlement are Black men, said John Manly, an attorney involved in the case.
  • earn: Blacks, Latinos and Hispanics and women of all races typically earn less than white men, meaning damages awarded often are less than what white men would receive, the report said.

How Putin's obsession with NATO has led to the brink of war in Ukraine

  • deaf: On Friday, the Kremlin demanded that NATO fighters leave both Romania and Bul garia, demands falling on deaf ears.
  • jewel: Russia does not want to see NATO expand to include the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and particularly Ukraine, once the cultural jewel of the Soviet Union.
  • invasion: In response to the rising threat of a Russian military invasion of Ukraine, NATO forces in the region have begun mobilizing.
  • announce: Spain announced Thursday that two of its warships were en route to the Black Sea, the body of water that borders southern Ukraine, to partake in military exercises originally planned for later this year.
  • warship: Spain announced Thursday that two of its warships were en route to the Black Sea, the body of water that borders southern Ukraine, to partake in military exercises originally planned for later this year.

UN chief: World more unpredictable than during the Cold War

  • conference: He said in a wide-ranging press conference that the Cold War was between two opposing blocs where there were clear rules and mechanisms to prevent conflict.
  • oppose: He said in a wide-ranging press conference that the Cold War was between two opposing blocs where there were clear rules and mechanisms to prevent conflict.
  • conflict: He said in a wide-ranging press conference that the Cold War was between two opposing blocs where there were clear rules and mechanisms to prevent conflict.
  • crisis: The U.N. chief spoke after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Geneva on the crisis over Ukraine which has seen Moscow deploy tens of thousands of troops on its border and Western nations sending military hardware to Kyiv..
  • deploy: The U.N. chief spoke after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Geneva on the crisis over Ukraine which has seen Moscow deploy tens of thousands of troops on its border and Western nations sending military hardware to Kyiv..

Republican congressional leader warns Russia will invade Ukraine 'in the next month'

  • fruition: A bipartisan compromise bill could also come to fruition, Fox News Digital is told.
  • warn: Republican congressional leader warns Russia will invade Ukraine 'in the next month '.
  • invade: Republican congressional leader warns Russia will invade Ukraine 'in the next month '.
  • warn: The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee warned Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will invade Ukraine in the coming weeks and urged Congress and President Biden to get tougher on Russia.
  • invade: The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee warned Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will invade Ukraine in the coming weeks and urged Congress and President Biden to get tougher on Russia.

UN probing alleged killings by CAR forces, Russia paramilitaries

  • stray: More than 30 civilians were reportedly killed, some by stray bullets, in the January 16-17 operation near the town of Bria that targeted the Union for Peace rebel group, according to UN officials speaking anonymously.
  • repute: The Wagner group is reputed to be close to the Kremlin, and critics say it takes orders from the Russian Ministry of Defense.
  • makeup: Russia has blocked a renewal of their mandate, claiming their makeup is tilted toward the West and does not reflect true geographic diversity.
  • investigate: The United Nations said Friday that it is investigating the alleged killing of dozens of people in the Central African Republic last week by CAR forces and mercenaries of the Russian private military company Wagner.
  • civilian: More than 30 civilians were reportedly killed, some by stray bullets, in the January 16-17 operation near the town of Bria that targeted the Union for Peace rebel group, according to UN officials speaking anonymously.

Ukrainian president praises Biden for reaffirming US support

  • praise: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised President Biden on Friday for reaffirming his support for Ukraine if Russia invades.
  • clarify: The tweet was in response to a speech Biden made to clarify the United States ' support for Kyiv as Russia amasses troops on its border with Ukraine.
  • amass: The tweet was in response to a speech Biden made to clarify the United States ' support for Kyiv as Russia amasses troops on its border with Ukraine.
  • troops: The tweet was in response to a speech Biden made to clarify the United States ' support for Kyiv as Russia amasses troops on its border with Ukraine.
  • border: The tweet was in response to a speech Biden made to clarify the United States ' support for Kyiv as Russia amasses troops on its border with Ukraine.

Saudi airstrike kills 70 in Yemen

  • prison: An airstrike on a Yemen prison facility on Friday killed at least 70 people and wounded dozens of others, a Yemini rebel official told The Associated Press.
  • facility: An airstrike on a Yemen prison facility on Friday killed at least 70 people and wounded dozens of others, a Yemini rebel official told The Associated Press.
  • rebel: An airstrike on a Yemen prison facility on Friday killed at least 70 people and wounded dozens of others, a Yemini rebel official told The Associated Press.
  • offensive: The Saudi Arabia-backed airstrike was part of an offensive that targeted the capital city of Sanaa and the port city of Hodeida in an effort to hammer the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
  • target: The Saudi Arabia-backed airstrike was part of an offensive that targeted the capital city of Sanaa and the port city of Hodeida in an effort to hammer the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Biden, Japan's Kishida vow to 'push back' on China

  • vow: Biden, Japan's Kishida vow to 'push back' on China.
  • condemn: US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed to " push back" against China and condemned North Korea's spate of missile tests, while Biden underlined US commitment to defending Japan, in virtual talks Friday.
  • spate: US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed to " push back" against China and condemned North Korea's spate of missile tests, while Biden underlined US commitment to defending Japan, in virtual talks Friday.
  • missile: US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed to " push back" against China and condemned North Korea's spate of missile tests, while Biden underlined US commitment to defending Japan, in virtual talks Friday.
  • commitment: US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed to " push back" against China and condemned North Korea's spate of missile tests, while Biden underlined US commitment to defending Japan, in virtual talks Friday.

Texas hostages escaped synagogue as FBI SWAT team rushed in

  • belligerent: Akram had released a hostage shortly after 5 p.m. but those remaining said he became more belligerent and threatening as the night wore on.
  • hostage: As agents approached the building, he said, they encountered the three remaining hostages running out and continued moving toward the synagogue to face Malik Faisal Ak ram, the 44-year-old British citizen who had taken four hostages during morning services at Congregation Beth Israel in the Dallas-area suburb of Colle yville.
  • hostage: As agents approached the building, he said, they encountered the three remaining hostages running out and continued moving toward the synagogue to face Malik Faisal Ak ram, the 44-year-old British citizen who had taken four hostages during morning services at Congregation Beth Israel in the Dallas-area suburb of Colle yville.
  • release: Akram had released a hostage shortly after 5 p.m. but those remaining said he became more belligerent and threatening as the night wore on.
  • hostage: Akram had released a hostage shortly after 5 p.m. but those remaining said he became more belligerent and threatening as the night wore on.

Giuliani associate gets year in prison in foreign donor case

  • plead: He pleaded guilty in September to a single charge of solicitation of a contribution by a foreign national.
  • guilty: He pleaded guilty in September to a single charge of solicitation of a contribution by a foreign national.
  • contribution: He pleaded guilty in September to a single charge of solicitation of a contribution by a foreign national.
  • foreign: He pleaded guilty in September to a single charge of solicitation of a contribution by a foreign national.
  • plea: As part of the plea, he admitted soliciting a million dollars from a Russian entrepreneur, Andrey Muraviev, to donate to Republicans in Nevada, Florida and other states as part of an effort to launch a recreational marijuana business.

Canada, US and allies talk aid for Haiti at virtual meeting

  • aid: Canada, US and allies talk aid for Haiti at virtual meeting.
  • virtual: Canada, US and allies talk aid for Haiti at virtual meeting.
  • bolster: They also committed to bolstering Haiti's National Police as violence spikes and gangs become more powerful, with more than 20,000 Haitians forced to live in unhygienic shelters amid the pandemic after losing their homes in recent months to gang turf battles.
  • violence: They also committed to bolstering Haiti's National Police as violence spikes and gangs become more powerful, with more than 20,000 Haitians forced to live in unhygienic shelters amid the pandemic after losing their homes in recent months to gang turf battles.
  • shelter: They also committed to bolstering Haiti's National Police as violence spikes and gangs become more powerful, with more than 20,000 Haitians forced to live in unhygienic shelters amid the pandemic after losing their homes in recent months to gang turf battles.

Climate, COVID, China: Takeaways from online Davos event

  • wean: Guterres called for debt relief to wean them off coal, and Latin American leaders said funding for green agendas is critical.
  • discussion: Speeches and discussions from the likes of Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres moved online this week after COVID-19 concerns delayed the forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
  • delay: Speeches and discussions from the likes of Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres moved online this week after COVID-19 concerns delayed the forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
  • annual: Speeches and discussions from the likes of Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres moved online this week after COVID-19 concerns delayed the forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
  • elite: Critics regularly fault the Davos event for hosting elites touting high-minded but often empty goals deemed out of touch with regular people.

Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show

  • vaccine: They are the first large U.S. studies to look at vaccine protection against omicron, health officials said.
  • protection: They are the first large U.S. studies to look at vaccine protection against omicron, health officials said.
  • emergency: The first study looked at hospitalizations and emergency room and urgent care center visits in 10 states, from August to this month.
  • urgent: The first study looked at hospitalizations and emergency room and urgent care center visits in 10 states, from August to this month.
  • vaccine: It found vaccine effectiveness was best after three doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in preventing COVID-19-associated emergency department and urgent care visits.

Omicron surge is undermining care for other health problems

  • transfusion: Mat Gleason said he wheeled his 92-year-old father, Eugene Gl eason, into a Los Angeles-area emergency room last week for a transfusion to treat a blood disorder.
  • begrudge: There were dozens of people " But Gleason added: " I 'm not begrudging the hospital at all.
  • treat: Roger Strukhoff was being treated for intestinal bleeding at a hospital outside Chicago this month when he suffered a mild heart attack.
  • intensive: Normally, the 67-year-old would have been sent to the intensive care unit.
  • patient: The omicron surge this winter has not only swamped U.S. hospitals with record numbers of patients with COVID-19, it has also caused frightening moments and major headaches for people trying to get treatment for other ailments.

Airbus revokes Qatar Airways A321 jet order amid dispute

  • termination: The termination of the contract for the A321neo, confirmed by the planemaker to The Associated Press on Friday, comes as Airbus and one of its biggest customers, Qatar Airways, are embroiled in a legal dispute over the grounding of the larger twin-aisle A350 plane.
  • confirm: The termination of the contract for the A321neo, confirmed by the planemaker to The Associated Press on Friday, comes as Airbus and one of its biggest customers, Qatar Airways, are embroiled in a legal dispute over the grounding of the larger twin-aisle A350 plane.
  • embroil: The termination of the contract for the A321neo, confirmed by the planemaker to The Associated Press on Friday, comes as Airbus and one of its biggest customers, Qatar Airways, are embroiled in a legal dispute over the grounding of the larger twin-aisle A350 plane.
  • legal: The termination of the contract for the A321neo, confirmed by the planemaker to The Associated Press on Friday, comes as Airbus and one of its biggest customers, Qatar Airways, are embroiled in a legal dispute over the grounding of the larger twin-aisle A350 plane.
  • dispute: The termination of the contract for the A321neo, confirmed by the planemaker to The Associated Press on Friday, comes as Airbus and one of its biggest customers, Qatar Airways, are embroiled in a legal dispute over the grounding of the larger twin-aisle A350 plane.

WHO: COVID boosters should start with most vulnerable

  • vaccine: At a press briefing on Friday, the U.N. health agency said it was now recommending booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNT ech vaccine, beginning in the highest-priority groups, about four to six months after receiving the first two doses, in line with guidance from dozens of countries that embarked upon booster programs months ago.
  • embark: At a press briefing on Friday, the U.N. health agency said it was now recommending booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNT ech vaccine, beginning in the highest-priority groups, about four to six months after receiving the first two doses, in line with guidance from dozens of countries that embarked upon booster programs months ago.
  • program: At a press briefing on Friday, the U.N. health agency said it was now recommending booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNT ech vaccine, beginning in the highest-priority groups, about four to six months after receiving the first two doses, in line with guidance from dozens of countries that embarked upon booster programs months ago.
  • plead: Last year, WHO pleaded with rich countries to declare a moratorium on offering booster doses until the end of 2021, an appeal that went almost entirely ignored.
  • moratorium: Last year, WHO pleaded with rich countries to declare a moratorium on offering booster doses until the end of 2021, an appeal that went almost entirely ignored.

Hanifa Abubakar: Nigeria outrage at Kano schoolgirl killing

  • exhume: Her remains were then exhumed for medical examination and a proper burial by her family.
  • kidnap: Hanifa Abubakar was allegedly kidnapped outside an Islamic school she also attended.
  • attend: Hanifa Abubakar was allegedly kidnapped outside an Islamic school she also attended.
  • arrest: The owner of her school, Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, has been arrested and the establishment closed.
  • premise: According to the authorities, Mr Tanko, 34, led officers to the school premises where he had buried the schoolgirl's body in a shallow grave.

UPDATE 1-Blinken talks Iran with Lavrov, sees only brief window to reach nuclear deal

  • brief: UPDATE 1-Blinken talks Iran with Lav rov, sees only brief window to reach nuclear deal.
  • nuclear: UPDATE 1-Blinken talks Iran with Lav rov, sees only brief window to reach nuclear deal.
  • discuss: GENEVA, Jan 21 (Reuters)- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he discussed Iran on Friday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lav rov, warning there was only a brief window to bring talks to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to a successful conclusion.
  • warn: GENEVA, Jan 21 (Reuters)- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he discussed Iran on Friday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lav rov, warning there was only a brief window to bring talks to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to a successful conclusion.
  • brief: GENEVA, Jan 21 (Reuters)- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he discussed Iran on Friday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lav rov, warning there was only a brief window to bring talks to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to a successful conclusion.

5 things to know about why Russia might invade Ukraine – and why the US is involved

  • transgression: Western countries have imposed mostly symbolic sanctions against Russia over interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential elections and a huge cyberattack against about 18,000 people who work for companies and the U.S. government, among other transgressions.
  • amass: Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine over the past several months.
  • estimate: Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine over the past several months.
  • troops: Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine over the past several months.
  • border: Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine over the past several months.

Nigeria extremists still ‘very dangerous,’ says UN official

  • nomadic: Beyond the northeast, the northwest and central parts of Nigeria are experiencing violent attacks carried out by armed groups who had traditionally worked as nomadic cattle herders and are caught up in a decades-long conflict with Hausa farming communities over access to water and grazing land.
  • urge: In an interview with The Associated Press, Griffiths, head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, urged the world not to forget the continuing devastation caused by Boko Haram and its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province, together blamed for killing tens of thousands of residents and displacing millions.
  • offshoot: In an interview with The Associated Press, Griffiths, head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, urged the world not to forget the continuing devastation caused by Boko Haram and its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province, together blamed for killing tens of thousands of residents and displacing millions.
  • blame: In an interview with The Associated Press, Griffiths, head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, urged the world not to forget the continuing devastation caused by Boko Haram and its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province, together blamed for killing tens of thousands of residents and displacing millions.
  • resident: In an interview with The Associated Press, Griffiths, head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, urged the world not to forget the continuing devastation caused by Boko Haram and its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province, together blamed for killing tens of thousands of residents and displacing millions.

479 leaked photos purporting to show Putin's secret palace, with an ice rink and pole-dancing room, ...

  • publish: Putin's secret palace, with an ice rink and pole-dancing room, published by Navalny foundation.
  • foundation: Putin's secret palace, with an ice rink and pole-dancing room, published by Navalny foundation.
  • exterior: A composite image of a building exterior, bedroom, and pole-dancing area which Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation said show a palace owned by Vladimir Putin FBK.
  • publish: A vast cache of images supposedly showing Putin's secret palace was published Thursday.
  • foundation: The foundation of Putin foe Alexei Navalny was behind the leak, and has spoken about the palace before.

Why Americans should care about Russian aggression against Ukraine

  • satellite: What Russia wants to do is use its military to play power politics and crush independent states, take them over and make them vassal states, make them satellite states," Clark said.
  • retired: As the tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue to escalate, USA TODAY Opinion recently met with retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who oversaw all NATO forces in Europe as the Supreme Allied Commander.
  • situation: Clark explained why the situation is important to Americans and ways the Biden administration and NATO allies can deter Russian aggr ession.
  • administration: Clark explained why the situation is important to Americans and ways the Biden administration and NATO allies can deter Russian aggr ession.
  • deter: Clark explained why the situation is important to Americans and ways the Biden administration and NATO allies can deter Russian aggr ession.

Opinion | The Russia Sanctions That Could Actually Stop Putin

  • avert: This week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Kyiv in what seemed to be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a Russian attack on Ukraine.
  • sanction: When it comes to sanctioning Russia, the U.S. faces three recurring challenges: The sanctions tend to be imposed gradually; they are negotiated with reluctant allie s; and the most impactful ones would also be economically costly to the West.
  • placate: As a result, the Russia sanctions in place today are a watered-down compromise, designed to placate allies and minimize domestic costs.
  • unanimous: The second challenge is managing the European Union, which is highly dependent on Russian natural gas and requires the unanimous assent of 27 states to impose sanctions.
  • denominator: Today, Russia policy should not be dictated by the lowest common denominator within the EU.

Fire erupts at Kuwait petroleum site, week after fatal blaze

  • site: Fire erupts at Kuwait petroleum site, week after fatal blaze.
  • blaze: Fire erupts at Kuwait petroleum site, week after fatal blaze.
  • brief: The fire in the Shuaiba Industrial Area in eastern Kuwait did not result in any injuries, according to a brief statement issued by the company.
  • issue: The fire in the Shuaiba Industrial Area in eastern Kuwait did not result in any injuries, according to a brief statement issued by the company.
  • major: Only a week ago, a deadly fire erupted during maintenance work at a major oil refinery run by the same company, killing two Asian workers.

UN says Philippine typhoon destruction 'badly underestimated'

  • virtual: "One month since the first landfall of Super Typhoon Rai we realise that we have badly underestimated the scale of devastation," Gonzalez told a virtual briefing.
  • damage: More than 1.5 million houses were damaged or destroyed in the storm-- almost a third more than in 2013's Super Typhoon Haiyan-- Gonzalez said, adding more resources were " badly neede d ".
  • storm: More than 1.5 million houses were damaged or destroyed in the storm-- almost a third more than in 2013's Super Typhoon Haiyan-- Gonzalez said, adding more resources were " badly neede d ".
  • avoid: Only 40 percent of the funds had been received, Gonzalez said, calling for solidarity with the Philippines to avoid the typhoon becoming a " forgotten crisis ".
  • crisis: Only 40 percent of the funds had been received, Gonzalez said, calling for solidarity with the Philippines to avoid the typhoon becoming a " forgotten crisis ".

IS gunmen mount deadly attacks in Syria, Iraq; dozens killed

  • riot: Syrian Kurdish-led forces who control the Gweiran Prison said prisoners inside the facility rioted simultaneously and tried to escape while a car bomb went off outside the prison and gunmen clashed with security forces.
  • dialect: The fighters were led by foreign militants, not Syrians, many of whom spoke in Iraqi dialect, Shami said.
  • prison: The prison break in Syria is believed to be the largest since the militants lost the final sliver of territory they held nearly three years ago.
  • territory: The prison break in Syria is believed to be the largest since the militants lost the final sliver of territory they held nearly three years ago.
  • barrack: In Iraq, IS gunmen attacked an army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad early Friday, killing 11 soldiers as they slept, the Iraqi military and security officials said.

China warns of 'no mercy' in corruption and monopoly crackdown

  • warn: China warns of ' no merc y' in corruption and monopoly crackdown.
  • corruption: China warns of ' no merc y' in corruption and monopoly crackdown.
  • monopoly: China warns of ' no merc y' in corruption and monopoly crackdown.
  • corruption: China has vowed to ramp up its regulatory crackdown and show " no merc y" against corruption as the ruling Communist Party gears up for a key meeting that could secure President Xi Jinping a third term.
  • engulf: The announcement suggests authorities have no plans to rein in investigations that engulfed China's tech industry last year or an ongoing hunt for corruption that has brought down high-flying politicians and influential tycoons.

Iran, Russia and China begin joint naval drill

  • participate: Iran's Revolutionary Guard will also participate with smaller ships and helicopters.
  • kilometer: The report said the maneuvers would cover some 17,000 square kilometers, or 10,600 miles, in the Indian Ocean's north, and include night fighting, rescue operations and firefighting drills.
  • rescue: The report said the maneuvers would cover some 17,000 square kilometers, or 10,600 miles, in the Indian Ocean's north, and include night fighting, rescue operations and firefighting drills.
  • naval: This is the third joint naval drill between the countries since 2019.
  • coincide: It coincided with a recent visit by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Russia that ended on Thursday.

Rare blast of snow, ice takes aim at Southeast US coast

  • warn: Authorities along the North and South Carolina coast warned that ice accumulations could cause major power outages, while areas to the northeast, stretching into Virginia, could see several inches ( centimeters) of snow.
  • major: Authorities along the North and South Carolina coast warned that ice accumulations could cause major power outages, while areas to the northeast, stretching into Virginia, could see several inches ( centimeters) of snow.
  • stretch: Authorities along the North and South Carolina coast warned that ice accumulations could cause major power outages, while areas to the northeast, stretching into Virginia, could see several inches ( centimeters) of snow.
  • centimeter: Authorities along the North and South Carolina coast warned that ice accumulations could cause major power outages, while areas to the northeast, stretching into Virginia, could see several inches (centimeters) of snow.
  • passenger: In North Carolina, a Delta Air Lines plane with 19 passengers on board skidded off the runway and rolled into mud while taxiing at snowy Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Friday night, according to airport officials.

UN chief: World worse now due to COVID, climate, conflict

  • international: Guterres said the U.N. Security Council, which does have the power to uphold international peace and security including by imposing sanctions and ordering military action, is divided, especially its five veto-wielding permanent members.
  • security: Guterres said the U.N. Security Council, which does have the power to uphold international peace and security including by imposing sanctions and ordering military action, is divided, especially its five veto-wielding permanent members.
  • especially: Guterres said the U.N. Security Council, which does have the power to uphold international peace and security including by imposing sanctions and ordering military action, is divided, especially its five veto-wielding permanent members.
  • permanent: Guterres said the U.N. Security Council, which does have the power to uphold international peace and security including by imposing sanctions and ordering military action, is divided, especially its five veto-wielding permanent members.
  • issue: Russia and China are often at odds with the U.S., Britain and France on key issues, including Thursday on new sanctions against North Korea.

'Minor incursion' by Russia could complicate West's response

  • aggression: Biden drew widespread criticism for saying Wednesday that retaliating for Russian aggression in Ukraine would depend on the details.
  • administration: Biden and top administration officials worked Thursday to clean up his comments.
  • minor: We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations.
  • incursion: We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations.
  • border: Complaints came quickly that Biden had made clear to Putin where and how to drive a wedge between the U.S. and its European allies, by using only a portion of the large military force he has assembled near Ukraine's borders to take limited action.

UN chief: Mali military should hold elections in short time

  • junta: The junta, which initially agreed to hold elections in late February, said earlier this month it was delaying the election until 2026 because of deepening insecurity across the country, which would give Goita four more years in power.
  • delay: The junta, which initially agreed to hold elections in late February, said earlier this month it was delaying the election until 2026 because of deepening insecurity across the country, which would give Goita four more years in power.
  • government: ECOWAS imposed tougher economic sanctions on Mali in response, saying the transitional government had failed to make progress toward holding a presidential election as promised.
  • struggle: Mali has struggled to contain an Islamic extremist insurgency since 2012.
  • extremist: Mali has struggled to contain an Islamic extremist insurgency since 2012.

Five do battle for top UN labour job

  • candidate: Five candidates are battling to take over the United Nations ' International Labour Organization, winding up two days of hearings on Friday that set out contrasting visions for the ILO's future.
  • government: Founded in 1919 the ILO is the oldest specialised UN agency, with 187 member states, which are, uniquely in the UN system, represented by governments, employers and workers.
  • employer: Founded in 1919 the ILO is the oldest specialised UN agency, with 187 member states, which are, uniquely in the UN system, represented by governments, employers and workers.
  • candidate: The five candidates are Togo's former prime minister Gilbert Houngbo; former South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha; entrepreneur Mthunzi Mdwaba of South Africa; ILO deputy Greg Vines of Australia, and France's former labour minister Muriel Penicaud.
  • prime: The five candidates are Togo's former prime minister Gilbert Houngbo; former South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha; entrepreneur Mthunzi Mdwaba of South Africa; ILO deputy Greg Vines of Australia, and France's former labour minister Muriel Penicaud.

Red Cross: Yemen prison airstrike killed, injured over 100

  • port: A strike in the port city of Hodeida, later confirmed by satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press, hit a telecommunication center there that's key to Yemen's connection to the internet.
  • prison: Red Cross: Yemen prison airstrike killed, injured over 100.
  • injure: Red Cross: Yemen prison airstrike killed, injured over 100.
  • confirm: A strike in the port city of Hodeida, later confirmed by satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press, hit a telecommunication center there that's key to Yemen's connection to the internet.
  • satellite: A strike in the port city of Hodeida, later confirmed by satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press, hit a telecommunication center there that's key to Yemen's connection to the internet.

What Putin's Ukraine options look like

  • administration: The Biden administration is framing Russian escalation in Ukraine as almost a foregone concl usion, but the Russians are still at the table and Vladimir Putin may be seeking concessions from the West rather than a military confrontation with Kyiv..
  • concession: The Biden administration is framing Russian escalation in Ukraine as almost a foregone concl usion, but the Russians are still at the table and Vladimir Putin may be seeking concessions from the West rather than a military confrontation with Kyiv..
  • confrontation: The Biden administration is framing Russian escalation in Ukraine as almost a foregone concl usion, but the Russians are still at the table and Vladimir Putin may be seeking concessions from the West rather than a military confrontation with Kyiv..
  • administration: The administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.
  • pretext: The administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.

With help from Iran, Venezuela doubles oil production despite U.S. sanctions

  • derivative: Those thinners, usually the petroleum derivative known as naphtha, are essential to reducing the viscosity of the super-heavy Venezuelan crude oil.
  • naphtha: Those thinners, usually the petroleum derivative known as naphtha, are essential to reducing the viscosity of the super-heavy Venezuelan crude oil.
  • naphtha: The Iranian naphtha, which is shipped through obscure routes to avoid the consequences of evading U.S. sanctions, is essential to be able to sell crude from the Orinoco Oil Belt, which needs to be diluted to be sold on world markets.
  • dilute: The Iranian naphtha, which is shipped through obscure routes to avoid the consequences of evading U.S. sanctions, is essential to be able to sell crude from the Orinoco Oil Belt, which needs to be diluted to be sold on world markets.
  • divest: Fearing this, Russian oil company Rosneft divested its Venezuelan interests in March 2020.

US escalates pressure on Russia, approving new arms and accusing it of plot against Ukraine

  • sanction: The U.S. Treasury sanctioned four Ukrainian officials it accused of working with Russian intelligence, including to form a new government backed by Russian occupying forces.
  • hack: Ukrainian government websites were hacked in " "the largest cyberattack on Ukraine in the last four years," a Ukrainian cyber official said Wednesday, and Moscow has launched a " disinformation storm" portraying Ukraine as the aggressor and trying to " build public support for a further Russian invasion," a senior State Department official said Thursday.
  • plot: The Kremlin's campaign to destabilize its smaller, democratic neighbor allegedly includes spies on the ground, collecting information and even plotting to form a new Ukrainian government.
  • sanction: The U.S. has sanctioned two sitting members of Ukrainian parliament, Taras Kozak and Oleh Voloshyn, who it accused of furthering a plot by the FSB, Russia's main security agency and the successor of the KGB..
  • further: The U.S. has sanctioned two sitting members of Ukrainian parliament, Taras Kozak and Oleh Voloshyn, who it accused of furthering a plot by the FSB, Russia's main security agency and the successor of the KGB..

Maduro, Putin talk after diplomat hints at military activity

  • security: U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan dismissed the comments as bluster.
  • dismiss: U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan dismissed the comments as bluster.
  • dispatch: In December 2018, Russia briefly dispatched a pair of its nuclear-capable Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela in a show of support for Maduro amid Western pressure.
  • major: Russia is a major political ally of Venezuela, which has become increasingly isolated under economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the European Union, accusing Maduro of undermining democratic institutions to hold onto power, while overseeing a massive economic and political crisis.
  • ally: Russia is a major political ally of Venezuela, which has become increasingly isolated under economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the European Union, accusing Maduro of undermining democratic institutions to hold onto power, while overseeing a massive economic and political crisis.

A year after Navalny's return, Putin remains atop a changed Russia

  • treason: In late December 2021, more regional leaders and activists were arrested, some charged with treason.
  • stagnation: Economic stagnation, hardship in everyday life, inflation and time have increased popular frustrations.
  • repress: Popular opposition to Putin is concentrated in younger, urban populations fed by the repressed alternative media.
  • trap: Some scholars argue that Putin may be falling into a self-reinforcing repression trap.
  • repress: The idea is that repression replaces positive policies to win support, increasing the need to repress or to link domestic challenges to real and imagined external threats.

Ghana blast: Many feared dead after huge explosion in Bogoso

  • huge: Ghana blast: Many feared dead after huge explosion in Bogoso.
  • explosion: Ghana blast: Many feared dead after huge explosion in Bogoso.
  • huge: Many people are feared dead after a huge explosion near a mining town in western Ghana.
  • explosion: Many people are feared dead after a huge explosion near a mining town in western Ghana.
  • vehicle: Police say a vehicle carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle near the town of Bogoso.