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/ˌɒntrəprəˈnɜː(r) / ( entrepreneur noun)
Plans to create "start-up" visas in the US for foreign entrepreneurs with hi-tech business ideas will be debated in 2010.
/dɪˈpreʃn/ ( depression noun)
Going to bed earlier protects teenagers against depression and suicidal thoughts, as suggested by the research conducted by Columbia University Medical Center.
/ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːʃl/ ( controversial adjective)
The first effects of France's controversial new law against internet piracy will begin to be felt as the new year starts.
( come into effect idiom)
A new free trade area incorporating China and the six founding ASEAN members comes into effect on 1st January 2010.
/ˈhɒstaɪl/ ( hostile adjective)
North Korea issues a New Year message calling for an end to hostile relations with the US, and peace on the Korean peninsula.
/ˌæmjʊˈnɪʃn/ ( ammunition noun)
A well-respected Tibetan Buddhist lama is jailed for eight years by China on ammunitions and embezzlement charges, which he denies.
/ɪnˈfɔːmənt/ ( informant noun)
The bomber who killed seven CIA employees in Afghanistan was invited to the base as a potential informant.
( strike at phrasal verb)
A suicide bomber strikes at a volleyball court in north-west Pakistan, killing at least 88 people.
/ˈmʌdslaɪd/ ( mudslide noun)
At least 19 people are dead after a mudslide at a tourist resort close to the resort of Angra dos Reis in Brazil.
/ɪnˈtruːdə(r)/ ( intruder noun)
Danish police wound an intruder at the home of a cartoonist whose depiction of the Prophet Muhammad sparked a major row.
/ˈvesl/ ( vessel noun)
Somali pirates hijack an Indonesian chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden - the third vessel seized in the area this week.
/ˈʌprɔː(r)/ ( uproar noun)
A Somali man denies trying to kill the Danish cartoonist whose drawing of the Prophet Muhammad sparked uproar.
/ˈsetbæk/ ( setback noun)
Afghan Members of Parliament deal President Hamid Karzai a big political setback rejecting 17 of 24 nominees for his new cabinet.
/ɪnˈtensɪfaɪ/ ( intensify verb)
The UK and US agree to " intensify" joint efforts to tackle the emerging terror threat from Yemen and Somalia.
/ˈembəsi/ ( embassy 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.
/pəˈtɪʃn/ ( petition noun)
Almost 25% of Iceland's voters sign a petition against a bill to repay foreigners who lost money in the Icesave banking collapse.
/ˈblæŋkɪt/ ( blanket verb)
Snow blankets the Chinese capital Beijing, closing major roads and causing many flights to be cancelled.
/ʌpˈhəʊld/ ( uphold verb)
Peru's Supreme Court upholds a 25-year jail sentence imposed on former President Alberto Fujimori.
/ˈtrɪbjʊtri/ ( tributary noun)
Workers in northern China are trying to contain a pipeline leak that has spilled diesel fuel into a tributary of the Yellow River.
/ɪˈvækjueɪt/ ( evacuate verb)
More than 1,000 people are evacuated from a town in New South Wales, Australia, after days of flooding.
/ˈsɜːpləs/ ( surplus noun)
France sells millions of surplus swine flu vaccine doses to other countries after finding it has more than enough for the outbreak.
/-prəʊn/ ( -prone suffix)
Passengers flying into the US from or via terror -prone nations face enhanced screening as part of moves to improve air security.
/ˈævəlɑːnʃ/ ( avalanche noun)
A double avalanche kills three people in the Diemtigtal valley south of the Swiss capital Bern including at least one rescuer.
/ˈblɒkˌbʌstə(r)/ ( blockbuster noun)
The 3D science fiction blockbuster Avatar becomes the fastest movie ever to achieve $1 billion in world ticket sales.
/ˈefɪdʒi/ ( effigy noun)
An effigy of US President Barack Obama was found hanging in the home town of former President Jimmy Carter.
/ˈməʊbɪlaɪz/ ( mobilize verb)
Beijing officials close schools and mobilize residents to clear roads after the heaviest snowfall for nearly 60 years.
/ˈspekjʊleɪt/ ( speculate 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.
/taʊə(r)/ ( tower verb)
In a dramatic fireworks ceremony, Dubai opens the world's tallest building which towers 828m.
/məˈræləti/ ( morality noun)
Dozens of unmarried couples in Malaysia could face charges after being caught in hotels by the Islamic morality police.
/ˈɒptɪmɪzəm/ ( optimism 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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