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  1. campaign /kæmˈpeɪn/ (verb)
    The French first lady is campaigning to increase access to HIV drugs for women and children in the developing world.

  2. acknowledge /əkˈnɒlɪdʒ/ (verb)
    Fuelled by Dubai's financial problems, Greece acknowledges its debt concerns.

  3. come into force (idiom)
    The European Union's Lisbon Treaty comes into force, and the bloc's new president and foreign affairs chief take office.

  4. massacre /ˈmæsəkə(r)/ (noun)
    A politician accused over a massacre of 57 people in the Philippines is charged with multiple murders.

  5. tumble /ˈtʌmbl ̩/ (verb)
    Shares on the main stock indexes in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have tumbled for the second day in a row in early trading.

  6. in a row (idiom)
    Australia's central bank has raised interest rates for a third month in a row, as the country's economy continues to recover from the downturn.

  7. measure /ˈmeʒə(r)/ (noun)
    The Bank of Japan announces new measures to boost the economy after holding an emergency meeting.

  8. investigate /ɪnˈvestɪgeɪt/ (verb)
    Microsoft confirms that it is investigating a problem that affects Windows 7 described as the "black screen of death".

  9. mastermind /ˈmɑːstəmaɪnd/ (verb)
    A US court orders a New Zealand man to pay a 15 million USD fine for masterminding a vast e-mail spam operation.

  10. deployment /dɪˈplɔɪmənt/ (noun)
    US President Obama will send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan in a rapid deployment of within six months.

  11. struggling (adjective)
    Fritz Henderson is stepping down as chief executive at General Motors, after a board meeting to discuss struggling Saab.

  12. come under fire (idiom)
    An Iraqi man famous for throwing shoes at US President George W Bush in 2008 has come under fire in a similar attack.

  13. concession /kənˈseʃn/ (noun)
    Google offers a concession to let newspaper publishers limit the number of articles people can read for free through its search engine.

  14. suspend /səˈspend/ (verb)
    Peru's police chief suspends a top officer over a "fake" story about killers who murdered people for their fat.

  15. vote down (phrasal verb)
    Australia's Senate has voted down Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's flagship policy on climate change for a second time.

  16. register /ˈredʒɪstə(r)/ (verb)
    The former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, registers as a candidate to run for congress in next year's elections.

  17. reinforcement /ˌriːɪnˈfɔːsmənt/ (noun)
    The Taliban say they will step up the fight in Afghanistan, after the US pledges to send substantial reinforcements.

  18. massacre /ˈmæsəkə(r)/ (verb)
    The Philippine government moves to replace the entire police force of a southern province where 57 people were massacred.

  19. enrich /ɪnˈrɪtʃ/ (verb)
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the country will enrich its uranium to higher levels, despite pressure to stop.

  20. transgression /trænzˈgreʃn/ (noun)
    Golf star Tiger Woods apologizes to his family for his "transgressions" amid continuing speculation about his private life following a car crash.

  21. drugs ring (noun)
    Police in China have broken up a large drugs ring, arresting 85 suspects and seizing more than 40 tonnes of drugs.

  22. harness /ˈhɑːnəs/ (verb)
    A vast network of thousands of computers is being harnessed to design the building-blocks for future silicon chips.

  23. insanity /ɪnˈsænəti/ (noun)
    A man in the US charged with 11 murders after human remains were found in his Ohio home pleads not guilty by reason of insanity.

  24. long-standing /ˌlɒŋˈstændɪŋ/ (adjective)
    Russia and the Vatican have established full diplomatic relations, ending long-standing tensions.

  25. reinstate /ˌriːɪnˈsteɪt/ (verb)
    The US says it is disappointed by Honduras's decision not to reinstate President Zelaya for his remaining two months in office.

  26. overlay /ˌəʊvəˈleɪ/ (noun)
    Google is set to launch a property dimension to its UK mapping system by allowing users to put their property as an overlay on Google Maps.

  27. awareness /əˈweənəs/ (noun)
    Nepalese ministers prepare to hold a cabinet meeting on Mount Everest to raise awareness of the effects of climate change.

  28. snore /snɔː(r)/ (verb)
    A neighbour of US golfer Tiger Woods says he was lying in the street 'snoring' after a car crash, according to police interviews.

  29. venture /ˈventʃə(r)/ (noun)
    US car manufacturer General Motors plans to form a new venture with its Chinese partner, SAIC, to make small cars for India.

  30. garrison /ˈgærɪsn/ (noun)
    At least 35 people are killed and dozens injured in an attack at a mosque in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi.


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