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  1. entrepreneur /ˌɒntrəprəˈnɜː(r) / (noun)
    Plans to create "start-up" visas in the US for foreign entrepreneurs with hi-tech business ideas will be debated in 2010.

  2. depression /dɪˈpreʃn/ (noun)
    Going to bed earlier protects teenagers against depression and suicidal thoughts, as suggested by the research conducted by Columbia University Medical Center.

  3. controversial /ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːʃl/ (adjective)
    The first effects of France's controversial new law against internet piracy will begin to be felt as the new year starts.

  4. come into effect (idiom)
    A new free trade area incorporating China and the six founding ASEAN members comes into effect on 1st January 2010.

  5. hostile /ˈhɒstaɪl/ (adjective)
    North Korea issues a New Year message calling for an end to hostile relations with the US, and peace on the Korean peninsula.

  6. ammunition /ˌæmjʊˈnɪʃn/ (noun)
    A well-respected Tibetan Buddhist lama is jailed for eight years by China on ammunitions and embezzlement charges, which he denies.

  7. informant /ɪnˈfɔːmənt/ (noun)
    The bomber who killed seven CIA employees in Afghanistan was invited to the base as a potential informant.

  8. strike at (phrasal verb)
    A suicide bomber strikes at a volleyball court in north-west Pakistan, killing at least 88 people.

  9. mudslide /ˈmʌdslaɪd/ (noun)
    At least 19 people are dead after a mudslide at a tourist resort close to the resort of Angra dos Reis in Brazil.

  10. intruder /ɪnˈtruːdə(r)/ (noun)
    Danish police wound an intruder at the home of a cartoonist whose depiction of the Prophet Muhammad sparked a major row.

  11. vessel /ˈvesl/ (noun)
    Somali pirates hijack an Indonesian chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden - the third vessel seized in the area this week.

  12. uproar /ˈʌprɔː(r)/ (noun)
    A Somali man denies trying to kill the Danish cartoonist whose drawing of the Prophet Muhammad sparked uproar.

  13. setback /ˈsetbæk/ (noun)
    Afghan Members of Parliament deal President Hamid Karzai a big political setback rejecting 17 of 24 nominees for his new cabinet.

  14. intensify /ɪnˈtensɪfaɪ/ (verb)
    The UK and US agree to "intensify" joint efforts to tackle the emerging terror threat from Yemen and Somalia.

  15. embassy /ˈembəsi/ (noun)
    The US warns that al-Qaeda may be planning an attack in Yemen's capital, where the US and UK embassies have been shut.

  16. petition /pəˈtɪʃn/ (noun)
    Almost 25% of Iceland's voters sign a petition against a bill to repay foreigners who lost money in the Icesave banking collapse.

  17. blanket /ˈblæŋkɪt/ (verb)
    Snow blankets the Chinese capital Beijing, closing major roads and causing many flights to be cancelled.

  18. uphold /ʌpˈhəʊld/ (verb)
    Peru's Supreme Court upholds a 25-year jail sentence imposed on former President Alberto Fujimori.

  19. tributary /ˈtrɪbjʊtri/ (noun)
    Workers in northern China are trying to contain a pipeline leak that has spilled diesel fuel into a tributary of the Yellow River.

  20. evacuate /ɪˈvækjueɪt/ (verb)
    More than 1,000 people are evacuated from a town in New South Wales, Australia, after days of flooding.

  21. surplus /ˈsɜːpləs/ (noun)
    France sells millions of surplus swine flu vaccine doses to other countries after finding it has more than enough for the outbreak.

  22. -prone /-prəʊn/ (suffix)
    Passengers flying into the US from or via terror-prone nations face enhanced screening as part of moves to improve air security.

  23. avalanche /ˈævəlɑːnʃ/ (noun)
    A double avalanche kills three people in the Diemtigtal valley south of the Swiss capital Bern including at least one rescuer.

  24. blockbuster /ˈblɒkˌbʌstə(r)/ (noun)
    The 3D science fiction blockbuster Avatar becomes the fastest movie ever to achieve $1 billion in world ticket sales.

  25. effigy /ˈefɪdʒi/ (noun)
    An effigy of US President Barack Obama was found hanging in the home town of former President Jimmy Carter.

  26. mobilize /ˈməʊbɪlaɪz/ (verb)
    Beijing officials close schools and mobilize residents to clear roads after the heaviest snowfall for nearly 60 years.

  27. speculate /ˈspekjʊleɪt/ (verb)
    Consumer electronics blogs and news sites speculate that Google will unveil its own-brand phone the Nexus One at a press conference this week.

  28. tower /taʊə(r)/ (verb)
    In a dramatic fireworks ceremony, Dubai opens the world's tallest building which towers 828m.

  29. morality /məˈræləti/ (noun)
    Dozens of unmarried couples in Malaysia could face charges after being caught in hotels by the Islamic morality police.

  30. optimism /ˈɒptɪmɪzəm/ (noun)
    New Year optimism on the financial markets helps to push share indexes to higher levels on the first day of trading of 2010.


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