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Lebanon's Poorest Scavenge Through Trash to Survive

  • electricity: In the dark streets of a Beirut now often without electricity, sometimes the only light that shines is from headlamps worn by scavengers, searching through garbage for scrap to sell.
  • commodity: Even trash has become a commodity fought over in Lebanon, mired in one of the world's worst financial crises in modern history.
  • financial: Even trash has become a commodity fought over in Lebanon, mired in one of the world's worst financial crises in modern history.
  • territory: With the ranks of scavengers growing among the desperately poor, some tag trash cans with graffiti to mark their territory and beat those who encroach on it.
  • encroach: With the ranks of scavengers growing among the desperately poor, some tag trash cans with graffiti to mark their territory and beat those who encroach on it.

Facebook Removes Kurdish Pages Linked to Misinformation on Belarus Migrant Crisis

  • parent: Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has removed two popular Kurdish Facebook pages accused of spreading misinformation that helped convince thousands of Kurds to mass along the border of Belarus and Poland late last year.
  • remove: Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has removed two popular Kurdish Facebook pages accused of spreading misinformation that helped convince thousands of Kurds to mass along the border of Belarus and Poland late last year.
  • accuse: Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has removed two popular Kurdish Facebook pages accused of spreading misinformation that helped convince thousands of Kurds to mass along the border of Belarus and Poland late last year.
  • spread: Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has removed two popular Kurdish Facebook pages accused of spreading misinformation that helped convince thousands of Kurds to mass along the border of Belarus and Poland late last year.
  • border: Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has removed two popular Kurdish Facebook pages accused of spreading misinformation that helped convince thousands of Kurds to mass along the border of Belarus and Poland late last year.

Deadly Fighting Continues Between IS, Kurd Forces in Syria

  • prison: Fighting raged for a third day Saturday between the Islamic State group and Kurdish forces in Syria after IS attacked a prison housing jihadists, in violence that has claimed more than 70 lives, a monitor said.
  • violence: Fighting raged for a third day Saturday between the Islamic State group and Kurdish forces in Syria after IS attacked a prison housing jihadists, in violence that has claimed more than 70 lives, a monitor said.
  • prison: The assault on the Ghwayran prison in the northern city of Hasakeh is one of IS's most significant since its " caliphate" was declared defeated in Syria nearly three years ago.
  • significant: The assault on the Ghwayran prison in the northern city of Hasakeh is one of IS's most significant since its " caliphate" was declared defeated in Syria nearly three years ago.
  • security: At least 28 members of the Kurdish security forces, five civilians and 45 members of IS have been kille d" in the violence, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

India Reports More Than 300,000 Daily COVID Cases

  • mandate: A face mask mandate, however, currently remains in effect.
  • effect: A face mask mandate, however, currently remains in effect.
  • activist: Anti-vaccine activists are set to rally Sunday in Washington at the Lincoln Memorial.
  • propaganda: The anti-vaccine propaganda has taken hold among various American groups, including politicians, school officials, professional athletes and health care workers.
  • announce: Meanwhile, former Polish President Lech Walesa has announced that he has contracted COVID-19, even though he has been fully vaccinated.

‘Impunity Persists’ in Case of Slain Turkish-Armenian Journalist

  • plaque: Candles and red carnations were placed next to a commemorative plaque, and Turkish and Armenian songs played in the background.
  • bilingual: As the founder and editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, Dink was a leading advocate for peace between the Turkish and Armenian communities.
  • advocate: As the founder and editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, Dink was a leading advocate for peace between the Turkish and Armenian communities.
  • recognize: The U.S. and some other countries recognize it as a genocide.
  • genocide: The U.S. and some other countries recognize it as a genocide.

Some Money Services Reopen in Tonga, Drinking Water the Priority

  • queue: Tongans queued for limited money services that were restored in the Pacific island's capital Saturday, as the cleanup continued a week after a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami.
  • island: Tongans queued for limited money services that were restored in the Pacific island's capital Saturday, as the cleanup continued a week after a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami.
  • government: Tonga's government said drinking water was the priority, and a national emergency team had already distributed 60,000 liters of water to residents.
  • emergency: Tonga's government said drinking water was the priority, and a national emergency team had already distributed 60,000 liters of water to residents.
  • resident: Tonga's government said drinking water was the priority, and a national emergency team had already distributed 60,000 liters of water to residents.

Twitter Suspends Hundreds of Accounts Promoting Philippines' Marcos Jr.

  • patriarch: Election victory for Marcos Jr. would mark the ultimate political comeback for the family, which was chased into exile in the United States after its patriarch's humiliating downfall in 1986.
  • nemesis: Recent voter surveys show Marcos Jr. holding a huge lead over his nearest rival and nemesis Leni Robredo, who is the incumbent vice president.
  • suspend: Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts reportedly linked to supporters of Philippine presidential frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr., which the social media giant said had violated its rules on manipulation and spam.
  • account: Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts reportedly linked to supporters of Philippine presidential frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr., which the social media giant said had violated its rules on manipulation and spam.
  • violate: Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts reportedly linked to supporters of Philippine presidential frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr., which the social media giant said had violated its rules on manipulation and spam.

Latin America, Asia Latest to Be Hit With Omicron Surge

  • loath: In Latin America and Asia, where the omicron variant is making its latest appearance, some countries are imposing such restrictions while others are loath to place new limits on populations already exhausted by previous constraints.
  • exhaust: In Latin America and Asia, where the omicron variant is making its latest appearance, some countries are imposing such restrictions while others are loath to place new limits on populations already exhausted by previous constraints.
  • exhaust: Countries in both regions are searching for a mix of restrictions that their exhausted populations will accept and that won't inflict undue damage on their economies.
  • undue: Countries in both regions are searching for a mix of restrictions that their exhausted populations will accept and that won't inflict undue damage on their economies.
  • collide: In Costa Rica, public health concerns are colliding with constitutional guarantees for the Feb. 6 presidential and congressional elections.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Poetic Peace Activist, Master of Mindfulness, Dies at 95

  • activist: Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist who in the 1960s came to prominence as an opponent of the Vietnam War, died Saturday at 95 surrounded by his followers in the temple where his spiritual journeybegan.
  • opponent: Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist who in the 1960s came to prominence as an opponent of the Vietnam War, died Saturday at 95 surrounded by his followers in the temple where his spiritual journeybegan.
  • surround: Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist who in the 1960s came to prominence as an opponent of the Vietnam War, died Saturday at 95 surrounded by his followers in the temple where his spiritual journeybegan.
  • announce: The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism announces that our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh passed away peacefully at Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam, at 00:00hrs on 22nd January, 2022, at the age of 95," said his official Twitter account.
  • account: The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism announces that our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh passed away peacefully at Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam, at 00:00hrs on 22nd January, 2022, at the age of 95," said his official Twitter account.

UN, Aid Groups Decry Latest Deadly Yemen Escalation

  • injure: The International Committee of the Red Cross said at least 100 people were killed and injured.
  • conflict: It is essential that we protect the lives of people in armed conflict.
  • aid: In a separate airstrike in Yemen, three children were killed while playing in a football field in Hodeidah city, according to aid groupSave the Children.
  • condemn: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned both the airstrikes and the Houthi attack on the UAE during a news conference on Friday.
  • conference: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned both the airstrikes and the Houthi attack on the UAE during a news conference on Friday.

French Oil Company TotalEnergies Leaves Myanmar

  • announce: French Oil Company TotalEnergies and U.S. oil company Chevron have announced they are pulling out of a major joint gas project in Myanmar, citing the February coup.
  • major: French Oil Company TotalEnergies and U.S. oil company Chevron have announced they are pulling out of a major joint gas project in Myanmar, citing the February coup.
  • cite: French Oil Company TotalEnergies and U.S. oil company Chevron have announced they are pulling out of a major joint gas project in Myanmar, citing the February coup.
  • coup: French Oil Company TotalEnergies and U.S. oil company Chevron have announced they are pulling out of a major joint gas project in Myanmar, citing the February coup.
  • junta: In February, Myanmar's military junta seized power, arresting civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her government.

A timeline of all the accusations that TikTok star Sienna Mae Gomez sexually assaulted her former fr...

  • purport: Gomez posted her second denial after a video was posted by another one of Wright's friends that purports to show an alleged sexual assault taking place.
  • inebriate: In the video, which Hannemann said was filmed on November 30, 2020, he showed a clip of Wright appearing to be inebriated to the point of being asleep or otherwise incapacitated.
  • incapacitate: In the video, which Hannemann said was filmed on November 30, 2020, he showed a clip of Wright appearing to be inebriated to the point of being asleep or otherwise incapacitated.
  • incapacitate: Hanneman then showed a clip purported to be Gomez kissing Wright with her hand on Wright's crotch while Wright was incapacitated.
  • cryptic: Gomez also said that she has tried multiple times to take the situation offline, but that Wright's friends keep dropping " cryptic" information despite her efforts.

Uzbekistan Court Refuses to Release Blogger From House Arrest During Trial

  • concussion: He suffered an open leg fracture, a severe concussion, and multiple internal and external injuries.
  • release: A court in Uzbekistan has refused to release from house arrest Miraziz Bazarov, a blogger and rights activist arrested who was severely beaten by unknown attackers in March last year.
  • arrest: A court in Uzbekistan has refused to release from house arrest Miraziz Bazarov, a blogger and rights activist arrested who was severely beaten by unknown attackers in March last year.
  • activist: A court in Uzbekistan has refused to release from house arrest Miraziz Bazarov, a blogger and rights activist arrested who was severely beaten by unknown attackers in March last year.
  • arrest: A court in Uzbekistan has refused to release from house arrest Miraziz Bazarov, a blogger and rights activist arrested who was severely beaten by unknown attackers in March last year.

Aid to Victims of Tonga’s Volcanic Eruption Gaining Momentum

  • port: It could also be ships going to port and being offloaded by cranes.
  • damage: Assessments of the damage from government and international sources are slowly trickling in.
  • government: Assessments of the damage from government and international sources are slowly trickling in.
  • international: Assessments of the damage from government and international sources are slowly trickling in.
  • trickle: Assessments of the damage from government and international sources are slowly trickling in.

Taliban Rebuke Biden for Questioning Afghan Unity, Governance

  • solid: It's been the graveyard of empires for a solid reason: It is not susceptible to unity," he said.
  • susceptible: It's been the graveyard of empires for a solid reason: It is not susceptible to unity," he said.
  • argue: Biden argued that Washington was spending a billion dollars a week in Afghanistan for 20 years and nobody thought U.S. involvement would ever be able to unite Afghanistan.
  • assertion: However, the rest of the assertions made by the U.S. president are distant from the ground reality, he said.
  • express: Biden expressed regret, however, for changes that have taken place in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover five months ago.

Many Dead or Missing as 'Horrific' Air Strike Destroys Yemen Jail

  • prison: A " horrific" air strike on a Yemeni prison has left many dead or missing, aid workers said on Friday after a night of deadly bombing that underlined a dramatic escalation in violence.
  • aid: A " horrific" air strike on a Yemeni prison has left many dead or missing, aid workers said on Friday after a night of deadly bombing that underlined a dramatic escalation in violence.
  • violence: A " horrific" air strike on a Yemeni prison has left many dead or missing, aid workers said on Friday after a night of deadly bombing that underlined a dramatic escalation in violence.
  • rebel: Gruesome scenes came to light in Saada, heartland of the Houthi rebel movement, as rescue workers pulled bodies from destroyed prison buildings and piled up mangled corpses, according to footage released by the insurgents.
  • rescue: Gruesome scenes came to light in Saada, heartland of the Houthi rebel movement, as rescue workers pulled bodies from destroyed prison buildings and piled up mangled corpses, according to footage released by the insurgents.

New Zealand Ship Arrives with Water for Parched Tonga

  • volcanic: A New Zealand navy ship carrying 250,000 liters of water arrived in Tonga on Friday, bringing life-saving supplies for the South Pacific archipelago six days after it was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami that polluted its water sources.
  • volcano: The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha 'apai volcano eruption Saturday triggered a tsunami that destroyed villages and resorts, knocked out communications for the nation of about 105,000 people and sent shockwaves across the Pacific.
  • volcanic: Astronaut Kayla Barron said she could see the volcanic ash in the atmosphere from the International Space Station.
  • navy: A New Zealand navy ship carrying 250,000 liters of water arrived in Tonga on Friday, bringing life-saving supplies for the South Pacific archipelago six days after it was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami that polluted its water sources.
  • pollute: A New Zealand navy ship carrying 250,000 liters of water arrived in Tonga on Friday, bringing life-saving supplies for the South Pacific archipelago six days after it was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami that polluted its water sources.

IS Gunmen in Iraq Kill 11 Soldiers in Brazen Barracks Attack

  • riot: Kurdish-led forces who control the Gerwan Prison in the city of Hassakeh, which houses about 3,000 inmates, said prisoners rioted and tried to escape while a car bomb went off outside the prison as gunmen clashed with security forces.
  • extremist: Gunmen from the Islamic State extremist group attacked an army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad early Friday, killing 11 soldiers as they slept, Iraqi security officials said.
  • barrack: Gunmen from the Islamic State extremist group attacked an army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad early Friday, killing 11 soldiers as they slept, Iraqi security officials said.
  • mountainous: Gunmen from the Islamic State extremist group attacked an army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad early Friday, killing 11 soldiers as they slept, Iraqi security officials said.
  • security: Gunmen from the Islamic State extremist group attacked an army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad early Friday, killing 11 soldiers as they slept, Iraqi security officials said.

Israel Probes Allegations Police Cyber-Spied on Citizens

  • launch: Israel on Thursday launched an investigation into allegations police used the controversial Pegasus spyware on the country's citizens.
  • verify: In a letter sent to police commander Koby Shabtai, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit asked to receive all wiretapping and computer spying orders from 2020 and 2021 in order to " verify allegations made in the media.
  • spy: The Israeli business daily Calcalist reported Thursday that Israeli police used Pegasus software to spy on an Israeli they considered a potential threat and attempt to gather evidence that could be used as leverage in future investigations.
  • evidence: The Israeli business daily Calcalist reported Thursday that Israeli police used Pegasus software to spy on an Israeli they considered a potential threat and attempt to gather evidence that could be used as leverage in future investigations.
  • leverage: The Israeli business daily Calcalist reported Thursday that Israeli police used Pegasus software to spy on an Israeli they considered a potential threat and attempt to gather evidence that could be used as leverage in future investigations.

Rights Groups: Taliban Arrest 4 Afghan Women at Homes

  • female: A female Afghan human rights activist, her two sisters and another activist have been taken from their homes after recent protests in Kabul, friends and activists say, prompting suspicions they were detained by the Taliban.
  • activist: A female Afghan human rights activist, her two sisters and another activist have been taken from their homes after recent protests in Kabul, friends and activists say, prompting suspicions they were detained by the Taliban.
  • activist: A female Afghan human rights activist, her two sisters and another activist have been taken from their homes after recent protests in Kabul, friends and activists say, prompting suspicions they were detained by the Taliban.
  • activist: A female Afghan human rights activist, her two sisters and another activist have been taken from their homes after recent protests in Kabul, friends and activists say, prompting suspicions they were detained by the Taliban.
  • detain: A female Afghan human rights activist, her two sisters and another activist have been taken from their homes after recent protests in Kabul, friends and activists say, prompting suspicions they were detained by the Taliban.

Groups: 6 Killed in Rocket Attack on Northern Town in Syria

  • lifeless: In a White Helmets video, rescuers are seen pulling a burned, lifeless body from a damaged building as others are putting out a raging fire that also left a couple of vehicles charred.
  • rocket: A rocket attack on a northern Syrian town controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters killed six civilians and wounded over a dozen people on Thursday, Syrian rescuers and a war monitor said.
  • civilian: A rocket attack on a northern Syrian town controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters killed six civilians and wounded over a dozen people on Thursday, Syrian rescuers and a war monitor said.
  • resident: The town of Afrin has been under the control of Turkey and its allied Syrian opposition fighters since 2018, following a Turkey-backed military operation that pushed Syrian Kurdish fighters and thousands of Kurdish residents from the area.
  • surround: Since then, Afrin and surrounding villages have been the site of attacks on Turkish and Turkey-backed targets.

Myanmar's Junta Arrests More Journalists

  • arrest: Three journalists at Dawei Watch, an independent news website in Myanmar, were arrested this week on unspecified charges, an editor at the publication said.
  • publication: Three journalists at Dawei Watch, an independent news website in Myanmar, were arrested this week on unspecified charges, an editor at the publication said.
  • anonymous: The editor, who asked to remain anonymous for his own safety, said the arrests occurred Tuesday and Wednesday in the southern city of Dawei, where the website is based.
  • arrest: The editor, who asked to remain anonymous for his own safety, said the arrests occurred Tuesday and Wednesday in the southern city of Dawei, where the website is based.
  • detain: The journalist said none of those detained showed signs of being beaten.

Tongan Man Dubbed ‘Aquaman’ After He Survived 27 Hours at Sea

  • island: In an interview with Tongan media agency Broadcom Broadcasting, Lisala Folau told the story of how he was painting his home Saturday evening on the small, isolated island of Atata when, about 7 p.m., his brother alerted him to the impending tsunami.
  • impending: In an interview with Tongan media agency Broadcom Broadcasting, Lisala Folau told the story of how he was painting his home Saturday evening on the small, isolated island of Atata when, about 7 p.m., his brother alerted him to the impending tsunami.
  • massive: Officials say the massive eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha 'apai volcano generated large tsunamis throughout the region and across the Pacific.
  • volcano: Officials say the massive eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha 'apai volcano generated large tsunamis throughout the region and across the Pacific.
  • generate: Officials say the massive eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha 'apai volcano generated large tsunamis throughout the region and across the Pacific.

North Korea Expands China Trade, But Wider Pandemic Approach Unclear

  • contaminate: Many scientific studies conclude it is very difficult for people to be infected with COVID-19 through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.
  • migratory: The virus, state media have reported, could spread through migratory birds, snow, air pollution, or anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets sent by South Korean activists.
  • leaflet: The virus, state media have reported, could spread through migratory birds, snow, air pollution, or anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets sent by South Korean activists.
  • resumption: Some analysts speculate that that process could be a choke point limiting a wider resumption in trade.
  • drastic: The measures have led to a drastic reduction in the number of North Korean escapees and cut off virtually all informal trade, such as smuggling and remittance payments.

Pakistan Market Bombing Kills 2, Injures at Least 29

  • ethnic: A spokesman for the so-called Baloch Nationalist Army (B NA), one of several outlawed ethnic separatist militant groups active in mineral-rich southwestern Baluchistan province, took responsibility for the attack.
  • militant: A spokesman for the so-called Baloch Nationalist Army (B NA), one of several outlawed ethnic separatist militant groups active in mineral-rich southwestern Baluchistan province, took responsibility for the attack.
  • attach: Earlier media reports quoted authorities as saying the bomb was attached to a motorcycle.
  • damage: In video taken at the scene, clothing and wreckage from a motorcycle can be seen on the ground as well as damaged store fronts.
  • injure: The injured were transported to a nearby hospital where some of them were reportedly listed in critical condition.

Will Afghanistan be Polio-Free in 2022?

  • disease: International health workers say the end of the war in Afghanistan brings new hope to efforts to rid the country of the crippling disease polio.
  • major: Once considered a major obstacle in the way of anti-polio efforts because of their indiscriminate attacks as they fought U.S. and Afghan Government forces, the Taliban are now helping U.N. agencies to eradicate polio, Sayed confirmed.
  • indiscriminate: Once considered a major obstacle in the way of anti-polio efforts because of their indiscriminate attacks as they fought U.S. and Afghan Government forces, the Taliban are now helping U.N. agencies to eradicate polio, Sayed confirmed.
  • eradicate: Once considered a major obstacle in the way of anti-polio efforts because of their indiscriminate attacks as they fought U.S. and Afghan Government forces, the Taliban are now helping U.N. agencies to eradicate polio, Sayed confirmed.
  • confirm: Once considered a major obstacle in the way of anti-polio efforts because of their indiscriminate attacks as they fought U.S. and Afghan Government forces, the Taliban are now helping U.N. agencies to eradicate polio, Sayed confirmed.

Reporter Kidnapped, Beaten in Northeast Syria

  • probably: They were probably five men, all masked up ," Barakat said.
  • capture: Two of them captured me, while the rest started to search the store, seizing my cellphone and other personal belongings.
  • seize: Two of them captured me, while the rest started to search the store, seizing my cellphone and other personal belongings.
  • vehicle: The 33-year-old was confused, but as he was blindfolded and bundled into a nearby vehicle, he suspected he was being targeted for his reporting for Yekiti Media.
  • suspect: The 33-year-old was confused, but as he was blindfolded and bundled into a nearby vehicle, he suspected he was being targeted for his reporting for Yekiti Media.

12 Syrian Police Hurt in Bus Bombing, State News Agency Says

  • security: Twelve members of Syria's internal security forces were lightly wounded Wednesday in a bomb blast on a police bus in the southern province of Daraa, state news agency SANA reported.
  • device: The device exploded near Jisr Saida in Daraa province, SANA said.
  • explode: The device exploded near Jisr Saida in Daraa province, SANA said.
  • government: Daraa province and its capital of the same name, the cradle of Syria's 2011 uprising, returned to government control in 2018.
  • rebel: Holdout rebels, who stayed on in a southern part of the city called Daraa al-Balad, continued to battle regime forces last year.

UN Appeals for $1.6 Billion to Aid Palestinian Refugees

  • request: The request covers the increased needs of Palestinian refugees in the face of skyrocketing unemployment and poverty.
  • refugee: The request covers the increased needs of Palestinian refugees in the face of skyrocketing unemployment and poverty.
  • risk: In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic is posing serious health risks and worsening the economic hardships.
  • lifeline: UNRWA Commissio ner-General Philippe Lazzarini said the agency's humanitarian operations are a lifeline for the most destitute.
  • resort: UNR WA prevents them from falling deeper into poverty and from resorting to negative coping mechanisms, such as child labor, early marriage, migration through dangerous routes or, at times, radicalization," he said.

Indonesian Militant Gets 15 Years in Jail Over Bali Attacks

  • elude: An Islamic militant who eluded capture for 18 years was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday after an Indonesian court found him guilty of hiding information about the 2002 Bali bombings from authorities and harboring other suspects.
  • stipulate: Indonesia's Criminal Code stipulates that the authority to prosecute criminals is abolished after 18 years.
  • elude: Zulkarnaen had eluded capture for 18 years after being named a suspect in the 2002 suicide bombings of Paddy's Pub and the Sari Club in Bali.
  • elude: He was arrested in 2020 in the same southern town on Sumatra island where Lawanga, a bomb-maker for the Jemaah Islamiyah network who eluded capture for 16 years, was arrested by counterterrorism police a week earlier.
  • sabotage: The Security Council said that Zulkarnaen, who became an expert in sabotage, was one of al-Qaida's representatives in Southeast Asia and one of the few people in Indonesia who had had direct contact with bin Laden's network.

Yemeni Civilians Bear Brunt of Suffering in Escalating Conflict

  • rebel: They have intensified since Iranian-backed Houthi rebels carried out missile and bomb-laden drone attacks on the United Arab Emirates Monday, killing three people.
  • missile: They have intensified since Iranian-backed Houthi rebels carried out missile and bomb-laden drone attacks on the United Arab Emirates Monday, killing three people.
  • drone: They have intensified since Iranian-backed Houthi rebels carried out missile and bomb-laden drone attacks on the United Arab Emirates Monday, killing three people.
  • coalition: In retaliation for those attacks, the government-backed Saudi-led coalition bombed targets in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, reportedly killing at least five civilians from the same family.
  • target: In retaliation for those attacks, the government-backed Saudi-led coalition bombed targets in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, reportedly killing at least five civilians from the same family.

Afghan Acting PM Urges World to Recognize Taliban Government

  • conference: Mohammad Hassan Akhund spoke at a conference in Kabul where his interim administration convened to discuss massive economic upheavals facing the country since the Taliban seized power last August.
  • administration: Mohammad Hassan Akhund spoke at a conference in Kabul where his interim administration convened to discuss massive economic upheavals facing the country since the Taliban seized power last August.
  • convene: Mohammad Hassan Akhund spoke at a conference in Kabul where his interim administration convened to discuss massive economic upheavals facing the country since the Taliban seized power last August.
  • discuss: Mohammad Hassan Akhund spoke at a conference in Kabul where his interim administration convened to discuss massive economic upheavals facing the country since the Taliban seized power last August.
  • massive: Mohammad Hassan Akhund spoke at a conference in Kabul where his interim administration convened to discuss massive economic upheavals facing the country since the Taliban seized power last August.

Taliban Detain Human Rights Activists Planning Protest of Pakistan Official's Visit

  • activist: Human rights activist Azeem Azeemi and three other activists were detained by the Taliban for organizing a protest against Pakistani national security adviserMoeed Yusuf's visit Tuesday to Kabul.
  • activist: Human rights activist Azeem Azeemi and three other activists were detained by the Taliban for organizing a protest against Pakistani national security adviserMoeed Yusuf's visit Tuesday to Kabul.
  • detain: Human rights activist Azeem Azeemi and three other activists were detained by the Taliban for organizing a protest against Pakistani national security adviserMoeed Yusuf's visit Tuesday to Kabul.
  • protest: Human rights activist Azeem Azeemi and three other activists were detained by the Taliban for organizing a protest against Pakistani national security adviserMoeed Yusuf's visit Tuesday to Kabul.
  • security: Human rights activist Azeem Azeemi and three other activists were detained by the Taliban for organizing a protest against Pakistani national security adviserMoeed Yusuf's visit Tuesday to Kabul.

Two Uyghurs in Saudi Arabia Fear Deportation to China

  • detain: Two Uyghur men detained in Saudi Arabia are facing the prospect of being sent back to China while a human rights organization is working to stop that possibility.
  • urge: Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it is urging Saudi Arabia to refrain from " imminent" deportation of two Uyghur men held " arbitrarily" in the country.
  • imminent: Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it is urging Saudi Arabia to refrain from " imminent" deportation of two Uyghur men held " arbitrarily" in the country.
  • encourage: HRW's Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Division deputy director, Adam Coogle, encourages countries to pressure Saudi Arabia not to send Uyghurs back to China.
  • violate: He said Saudi Arabia has " frequently and flagrantly violated " the human rights principle of nonrefoulement, the idea that countries should not return refugees to a place where they face a well-founded fear of persecution or torture.

China Urges Taliban to Meet Conditions for Diplomatic Recognition

  • dispensation: Some cabinet ministers in the new dispensation remain under U.S. and United Nations terrorism-related sanctions, which makes it difficult for foreign diplomats to directly engage with the government.
  • seize: The Taliban seized power from the Western-backed Afghan government in August as the United States-led foreign military forces withdrew from the country after 20 years.
  • government: The Taliban seized power from the Western-backed Afghan government in August as the United States-led foreign military forces withdrew from the country after 20 years.
  • foreign: The Taliban seized power from the Western-backed Afghan government in August as the United States-led foreign military forces withdrew from the country after 20 years.
  • dismiss: Taliban leaders dismiss criticism of their government, saying it represents all Afghans and pledge they will allow all women to study and work in line with Sharia or Islamic law.

Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Warn of More Attacks on UAE

  • target: Police in the capital, Abu Dhabi, said the attacks targeted three oil tanker trucks at an oil facility and an extension of the Abu Dhabi International Airport.
  • facility: Police in the capital, Abu Dhabi, said the attacks targeted three oil tanker trucks at an oil facility and an extension of the Abu Dhabi International Airport.
  • extension: Police in the capital, Abu Dhabi, said the attacks targeted three oil tanker trucks at an oil facility and an extension of the Abu Dhabi International Airport.
  • significant: There was no significant damage to the airport or oil facility, police said.
  • damage: There was no significant damage to the airport or oil facility, police said.

Around 20 Killed in Deadliest Coalition Strikes on Yemen's Sanaa since 2019

  • coalition: Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi group on the capital Sanaa killed at least 20 people overnight, including civilians, Houthi media and residents said, in one of its deadliest attacks since 2019.
  • civilian: Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi group on the capital Sanaa killed at least 20 people overnight, including civilians, Houthi media and residents said, in one of its deadliest attacks since 2019.
  • resident: Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi group on the capital Sanaa killed at least 20 people overnight, including civilians, Houthi media and residents said, in one of its deadliest attacks since 2019.
  • coalition: Around 14 people were killed when coalition planes struck the home of a high-ranking Houthi military official, including his wife and son, according to neighbors and a medic.
  • drone: The air strikes followed Monday's drone and missile attack on coalition partner the United Arab Emirates that was claimed by the Iran-ali gned Houthis and killed three people.

Taliban Militants Claim Responsibility for Rare Attack in Pakistan’s Capital

  • rare: The outlawed Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Tuesday for a rare overnight attack in Islamabad that killed a police officer and wounded two others.
  • condemn: Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed condemned the gun attack as an act of terrorism.
  • confirm: The Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Twitter and confirmed the killing of its two gunmen involved in it.
  • involve: The Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Twitter and confirmed the killing of its two gunmen involved in it.
  • government: The TTP has increased attacks in Pakistan, particularly since early December when a 30-day ceasefire between the militants and the government expired.

First Death Reported in Tonga Volcano Blast as Nation Remains Cut Off

  • massive: The first death from a massive underwater volcanic blast near the Pacific island nation of Tonga has been confirmed, as the extent of the damage remained unknown Monday.
  • volcanic: The first death from a massive underwater volcanic blast near the Pacific island nation of Tonga has been confirmed, as the extent of the damage remained unknown Monday.
  • island: The first death from a massive underwater volcanic blast near the Pacific island nation of Tonga has been confirmed, as the extent of the damage remained unknown Monday.
  • confirm: The first death from a massive underwater volcanic blast near the Pacific island nation of Tonga has been confirmed, as the extent of the damage remained unknown Monday.
  • damage: The first death from a massive underwater volcanic blast near the Pacific island nation of Tonga has been confirmed, as the extent of the damage remained unknown Monday.

Right-Wing Hindu Posters Banning Non-Hindus From Ganges Ghats Draw Outrage

  • passion: With the posters, members of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) or World Hindu Council and its youth wing Bajrang Dal (B D) tried to whip up anti-minority passion and polarize the society on a communal line, activists said.
  • activist: With the posters, members of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) or World Hindu Council and its youth wing Bajrang Dal (B D) tried to whip up anti-minority passion and polarize the society on a communal line, activists said.
  • warn: Local leaders of the VHP and BD appeared in separate videos warning non-Hindus to stay away.
  • activist: However, the activists in Varanasi did this without taking consent from the central authority of our organization.
  • constituency: Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Hindu Monk Jailed After Calling for 'Genocide' of Muslims

  • enmity: Kumar said the monk Giri, whom he described as a " repeat offender," was formally charged Monday for promoting " enmity between different groups on grounds of religion.
  • violence: Indian authorities have charged a Hindu monk with inciting religious violence after he called for the " genocide" of India's Muslims at a meeting of right-wing supporters, police said Monday.
  • arrest: Senior police officer Swatantra Kumar said Yati Narsinghanand Giri, an outspoken supporter of far-right nationalists who also heads a Hindu monastery, was initially arrested on Saturday on allegations that he made derogatory remarks against women.
  • derogatory: Senior police officer Swatantra Kumar said Yati Narsinghanand Giri, an outspoken supporter of far-right nationalists who also heads a Hindu monastery, was initially arrested on Saturday on allegations that he made derogatory remarks against women.
  • hate: He appeared the following day in a court in the town of Haridwar, where he was sent into 14 days of custody for hate speech against Muslims and calling for violence against them.

Australian Court Adjourns to Consider Djokovic Verdict

  • irrational: The tennis star's lawyers told an emergency hearing that the government's effort to deport him on the eve of the Australian Open was " irrational" and " unreasonable", but they faced pointed questions from the panel of justices who will now decide his case.
  • irrational: Novak Djokovic's lawyers painted Australia's effort to deport him as " irrational" and " unreasonable" Sunday, in an eleventh-hour bid to reinstate the tennis star's visa and allow him to remain in the country to defend his Australian Open crown.
  • audacious: If he wins, it sets the stage for an audacious title tilt and will deal another humiliating blow to Australia's embattled prime minister ahead of elections expected in May.
  • revocation: For a few days, Djokovic was free to train before a second visa revocation and a return to a notorious Melbourne immigration detention facility.
  • negligible: Australia's immigration minister Alex Hawke has admitted that Djokovic is at " negligible" risk of infecting Australians but argued his past " disregard" for COVID-19 regulations may pose a risk to public health and encourage people to ignore pandemic rules.

China Seen Backing ‘Digital Authoritarianism’ in Latin America

  • recurrent: Diaz said that, unlike other recurrent blockades in Venezuela, the TOR hack did require a higher level of knowledge.
  • trick: Cuban dissidents say the only way to access pages censored by the government on the island is through a virtual private network or VPN, which tricks the system into believing that the user is in another country.
  • seminar: In a 2021 report on internet censorship, Freedom House said Venezuelan officials, along with representatives from 36 other countries including Saudi Arabia and Syria, participated in Chinese government training and seminars on new media and information management.
  • impart: China has organized forums such as the World Internet Conference in 2017 " where it imparts its norms to authoritarian-leaning governments," the report concluded.
  • possible: Chinese technology and expertise is making it possible for Venezuela and Cuba to exercise suffocating control over digital communications in the two countries, according to insider accounts and several international investigations.

Yazidis Laud France, Sweden for Launching Joint Probe to Prosecute IS Fighters

  • rescue: Jabir Jendo, a Yazidi volunteer who has helped Yazidi women and children who were rescued from IS in Syria, said the effort shows there is still time to get justice for Islamic State's victims.
  • infidel: Yazidis are a Kurdish-speaking religious minority viewed as infidels by IS extremists.
  • commemorate: It is important to create an archive of survivors ' testimonies and commemorate the victims of ISIS and show that there is no impunity for the perpetrators.

US Military Significantly Reduced Global Airstrikes in 2021

  • inquire: However, since VOA began inquiring about global airstrike data, two U.S. military officials have confirmed that the published airstrike numbers, which reporters rely on to monitor these strikes, are an incomplete picture of the total number of global airstrikes carried out by the U.S. military.
  • incomplete: However, since VOA began inquiring about global airstrike data, two U.S. military officials have confirmed that the published airstrike numbers, which reporters rely on to monitor these strikes, are an incomplete picture of the total number of global airstrikes carried out by the U.S. military.
  • decrease: Michael O'Hanlon, a senior defense analyst at the Brookings Institution, told VOA a decrease in airstrikes falls in line with Biden's views about diplomacy but also reflects both the U.S-led coalition's withdrawal from Afghanistan last year and the more stable situations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
  • casualty: Though U.S. commanders and some analysts have applauded airstrikes ' ability to limit risk to American forces, these strikes have come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after a New York Times investigation revealed several flaws in the Pentagon's dismissals of civilian casualty claims.
  • casualty: Allegations that civilians were killed in U.S. airstrikes were dismissed a majority of the time by the civilian casualty cell tasked with assessing them.

Himalayan Bridge Project Sparks Fresh China-India Tension

  • skirmish: Analysts say there is a possibility of continued skirmishes between the two nuclear states.
  • frigid: This standoff in the frigid Himalayan region also comes amid the allegation Beijing is erecting settlements on the Indian side.
  • prelude: Additionally, analysts say a gray-zone operation like this one by the Chinese side could reach a threshold limit any time and be a prelude to a war in the near future.
  • skirmish: She says there is a possibility of continued skirmishes but not necessarily a war.