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  1. takeover /ˈteɪkˌəʊvə(r)/ (noun)
    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett who is Kraft Food's largest shareholder, has expressed doubts about the US group's takeover of UK confectioner Cadbury.

  2. set off (phrasal verb)
    Germany's Munich airport is partly closed down for a few hours after a traveller's laptop sets off an explosives detector.

  3. divert /daɪˈvɜːt/ (verb)
    The US sends 4,000 extra sailors and marines to Haiti for earthquake relief, diverting them from planned deployments.

  4. turn around (phrasal verb)
    Coffee chain giant Starbucks is continuing to turn its fortunes around as it sees its latest quarterly profits more than triple.

  5. stake /steɪk/ (noun)
    Online auction giant eBay had its profits lifted by the sale of a majority stake in its internet phone company Skype.

  6. on course for/to (idiom)
    China's economy grew by 8.7% in 2009, setting it on course to overtake Japanís economy and become the world's second-largest, only behind that of the US.

  7. fledgling /ˈfledʒlɪŋ/ (adjective)
    Video-sharing site YouTube is taking its first steps to provide a fledgling service of online movie rental.

  8. love child (noun)
    US politician John Edwards, who formerly ran for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, has admitted fathering a love child that he denied previously.

  9. match-fixing /ˈmætʃˌfɪksɪŋ/ (noun)
    Three top officials of the Chinese Football Association have been detained over allegations of match fixing.

  10. probe /prəʊb/ (verb)
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urges Chinese authorities to probe the recent cyber attacks on Google that have prompted the company to threaten to leave China.

  11. relocate /ˌriːləʊˈkeɪt/ (verb)
    Haiti is planning to relocate 400,000 homeless earthquake survivors in tented villages outside the capital, Port-au-Prince.

  12. slander /ˈslɑːndə(r)/ (noun)
    American student Amanda Knox, who was convicted of killing her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in Italy, could now face slander charges.

  13. tumble /ˈtʌmbl/ (verb)
    US President Obama proposes sweeping new rules to curb the size and risk-taking of big banks, prompting US stocks to tumble.

  14. advocate /ˈædvəkət/ (noun)
    Hong Kong human rights advocates react with alarm as Chinese dissident Zhou Yongjun arrested in the city is jailed on the mainland.

  15. pioneering /ˌpaɪəˈnɪərɪŋ/ (adjective)
    Ten of the pioneering photos of snowflake crystals taken more than a century ago are to be auctioned in New York.

  16. on the back of (idiom)
    Google's latest quarterly revenues rise strongly by 17% on the back of higher advertising earnings.

  17. far-reaching /ˌfɑːˈriːtʃɪŋ/ (adjective)
    Stock markets in the US and Asia fall sharply after US President Obama set out far-reaching plans to regulate the activities of big US banks.

  18. denounce /dɪˈnaʊns/ (verb)
    China has denounced US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticism of its internet restrictions, saying it could harm relations between the two countries.

  19. consecutive /kənˈsekjʊtɪv/ (adjective)
    US stocks tumble for a second consecutive day, on concern over President Obama's plan to revamp the banking industry.

  20. wreck /rek/ (verb)
    A police chief in a Haiti slum appeals for help to tackle criminals who escaped when the earthquake wrecked the main jail.

  21. sluggish /ˈslʌgɪʃ/ (adjective)
    US industrial giant General Electric reports a drop in quarterly profits amid sluggish demand for heavy equipment.

  22. brutally /ˈbruːtəli/ (adverb)
    Two brothers who brutally attacked two young boys in South Yorkshire in England have been sentenced to an indefinite period of detention.

  23. rubble /ˈrʌbl ̩/ (noun)
    An 84-year-old woman survivor is rescued after being trapped for 10 days under the rubble after Haiti's earthquake.

  24. originate /əˈrɪdʒɪneɪt/ (verb)
    A US White House spokesman said that President Obama wants some answers on alleged cyber-attacks originating in China on the search giant Google.

  25. imminently /ˈɪmɪnəntli/ (adverb)
    The UK terror threat is raised to "severe", meaning that a terrorist attack is highly likely but not expected imminently.

  26. misrepresentation /ˌmɪsreprɪzenˈteɪʃn/ (noun)
    The director of a company which sold a bomb-detecting device to 20 countries, including Iraq, has been detained on suspicion of fraud by misrepresentation.

  27. mediate /ˈmiːdieɪt/ (verb)
    US Vice-President Joe Biden holds talks in Iraq to try to mediate in a bitter row over disqualified election candidates.

  28. kingpin /ˈkɪŋpɪn/ (noun)
    Prosecutors question Japanese political kingpin Ichiro Ozawa, known as the Shadow Shogun, over an alleged funding scandal.

  29. fall foul of (idiom)
    Two Chinese pop singers fall foul of a lip-synching ban, though the show organizer says that the two stars performed as dancers.

  30. mime /maɪm/ (verb)
    Two Chinese pop singers, Yin Youcan and Fang Ziyuan, face fines of up to $12,000 for allegedly miming at a show.


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