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( step in phrasal verb)
China's central bank has stepped in to curb lending in its economy, raising the amount of money banks must hold back as reserves.
/ɪkˈskluːsɪv/ ( exclusive adjective)
Italy is to open one of the world's first prisons for the exclusive use of transgender inmates.
/ˈrʌbl/ ( rubble noun)
A major loss of life is feared in Haiti after a 7.3 earthquake hits, toppling buildings and leaving victims buried under rubble.
/ˈækses/ ( access verb)
Internet giant Google says it may end operations in China after hackers tried to access the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.
/ˈmaʊntɪŋ/ ( mounting adjective)
Shares in the troubled carrier Japan Airlines continue to fall on mounting speculation that it will file for bankruptcy.
/ʃrɪŋk/ ( shrink verb)
The Germany’s economy, which is the largest one in Europe and relies heavily on exports, shrank by 5% in 2009.
/ˈsɪmptəm/ ( symptom noun)
Scientists from University College London report that Alzheimer's disease might be detected by a simple eye test before symptoms develop.
/ˌdevəˈsteɪʃn/ ( devastation noun)
The extent of the devastation from a huge quake in Haiti emerges, with a number of UN peacekeepers among thousands feared dead.
/ˌdiːˈfjuːz/ ( defuse verb)
Israel apologizes to Turkey in a bid to defuse a row over the treatment of Turkey's envoy in Tel Aviv.
/ɪnˈtruːʒn/ ( intrusion noun)
The US says it is "troubled" by recent cyber intrusion on e-mail accounts of Chinese human rights activists as Google warns it may pull out of China.
/əkˈseləreɪt/ ( accelerate verb)
Property prices in China accelerated in the past 18 months, renewing fears that an asset bubble is developing.
/rɪˈspɒns/ ( response noun)
In its first response to the Google row, China has said that internet firms are welcome to do business in the country "according to the law".
/ˈlevi/ ( levy verb)
US President Barack Obama unveils plans for a $117 billion fee to be levied on bailed-out banks, and criticizes their massive bonuses.
/kɑːst/ ( cast verb)
Sales at US retailers see an unexpected fall in December, casting uncertainty over the recovery of the US economy.
/ˈbæfl/ ( baffle verb)
Police in Hong Kong say they will charge a man over one of a series of acid attacks that has baffled investigators.
/trɪk/ ( trick noun)
Hi-tech criminals are turning to tricks and scams from the early days of cyber crime to steal cash from smartphones.
/ˈduːmzdeɪ/ ( doomsday noun)
The Doomsday Clock, a barometer of nuclear danger for 55 years, moves one minute back, standing at six minutes to the midnight hour.
( shrug off phrasal verb)
US chip maker Intel reports healthy quarterly figures as the personal computer market started shrugging off the effects of the economic downturn.
/ˈdevəsteɪtɪŋ/ ( devastating adjective)
The Red Cross estimates 45,000-50,000 people have died in Haiti's devastating earthquake, as rescue efforts continue.
( in the wake of idiom)
The US is taking additional air security measures in the wake of last month's airliner bomb plot.
/ˈdespərət/ ( desperate adjective)
Haiti is desperate for help after earthquake with the situation in Port-au-Prince at a critical point, lacking the fresh supplies of water, food and medical equipment.
/ˈhæmpə(r)/ ( hamper verb)
Delays and infrastructure damage hamper the aid effort in Haiti as anger spreads among quake survivors spending another day without food and shelter.
/ˌvʌlnərəˈbɪlɪti/ ( vulnerability noun)
Microsoft has admitted that vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser was exploited in the recent cyber attacks on Google.
/rɪˈliːf/ ( relief noun)
Technology services like Twitter, Facebook, and Ushahidi have taken a prime role in disaster relief in the wake of the Haiti earthquake.
/ˌʌnɪmˈprest/ ( unimpressed adjective)
Wall Street bank JP Morgan Chase has reported profits of $3.3 billion for the fourth quarter of 2009, but investors appear unimpressed.
/ˈænjuələ(r)/ ( annular adjective)
Thousands of people in Africa and Asia have witnessed what is known as an annular eclipse, with the longest duration of the millennium.
/ˈpædʒənt/ ( pageant noun)
Organizers of the first Mr Gay China pageant say that police forced them to cancel the event, one hour before it was to open.
/hjuːˌmænɪˈteəriən/ ( humanitarian noun)
The United Nations humanitarian chief announces an appeal for $562 million to help victims of the Haiti earthquake.
/ˌdɪstrɪˈbjuːʃn/ ( distribution noun)
Security concerns rise in Haiti's capital as distribution problems continue to hamper the supply of aid to desperate quake survivors.
/ˈfrɔːdjələnt/ ( fraudulent adjective)
Some online donations to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti are being wrongly blocked by banks as fraudulent.
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