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  1. lip-synch /ˈlɪpsɪŋk/ (verb)
    Miming was banned in China after a girl was revealed to have lip-synched at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

  2. blackmail /ˈblækmeɪl/ (noun)
    Italian prosecutors reportedly begin a fresh investigation into paparazzi blackmail, including a case involving a Fiat heir.

  3. pre-emptive /ˌpriːˈemptɪv/ (adjective)
    North Korea responds angrily to South Korea's suggestion of a pre-emptive strike against its nuclear facilities.

  4. pilgrim /ˈpɪlgrɪm/ (noun)
    A plane carrying pilgrims in Iran catches fire while landing at Mashhad, in the north-east of the country.

  5. cede /siːd/ (verb)
    The co-founders of Google are ceding majority control of the company from 59% to 48% by selling 10 million of their shares over a period of five years.

  6. death toll (noun)
    A government minister of Haiti says that the death toll from the devastating earthquake in the country has risen above 150,000 in the capital area alone.

  7. involvement /ɪnˈvɒlvmənt/ (noun)
    China denies any state involvement in alleged cyber attacks on Google and accuses the US of double standards.

  8. take-off /ˈteɪkɒf/ (noun)
    An Ethiopian Airlines plane with 90 passengers on board has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut airport.

  9. leftover /ˈleftˌəʊvə(r)/ (noun)
    Some leftovers of melamine-tainted milk products have been found on sale in China, more than a year after the milk scandal in 2008.

  10. pioneer /ˌpaɪəˈnɪə(r)/ (noun)
    A new music file format, which can include lyrics, videos and artwork, is unveiled by some of the pioneers of the MP3 technology.

  11. notoriety /ˌnəʊtərˈaɪəti/ (noun)
    US hacker George Hotz who gained notoriety for unlocking the iPhone as a teenager says that he has now hacked Sony's PlayStation 3.

  12. antiquity /ænˈtɪkwɪti/ (noun)
    Police in Cyprus break up a smuggling ring that was trying to sell stolen antiquities, some of which are thought to be 4,000 years old.

  13. notoriously /nəʊˈtɔːriəsli/ (adverb)
    Ali Hassan al-Majid, Saddam Hussein's cousin and notoriously known as "Chemical Ali", is hanged for crimes against humanity in Iraq.

  14. credibility /ˌkredəˈbɪlɪti/ (noun)
    Concern has been raised about the scientific credibility of the IPCC, the UN's climate science body, after its mistake on Himalayan glaciers.

  15. bumper /ˈbʌmpə(r)/ (adjective)
    Apple has reported a 50% increase in profits after seeing a bumper quarter due to the boosted sales of the iPhone and Mac.

  16. fevered /ˈfiːvəd/ (adjective)
    Fevered speculation over a new Apple product will end on Wednesday when the company unveils its latest creation at a news conference in San Francisco.

  17. veil /veɪl/ (noun)
    A parliamentary committee in France has proposed a ban on women wearing Islamic face veils in hospitals, schools, government offices and on public transport.

  18. suffrage /ˈsʌfrɪdʒ/ (noun)
    Five pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong have resigned their seats, in an effort to pressure Beijing for a universal suffrage in the city by 2012.

  19. by-election /ˈbaɪɪˌlekʃn/ (noun)
    The resignations of five pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong will force a by-election which would be a de facto referendum on democracy as the group claimed.

  20. scenery /ˈsiːnəri/ (noun)
    The Southern Sky Column in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province of China, has been renamed Avatar Hallelujah Mountain as officials claim it inspired scenery in the science-fiction film.

  21. projection /prəˈdʒekʃn/ (noun)
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised its projection of the global economic growth in 2010, from 3.1% to 3.9%.

  22. trim /trɪm/ (verb)
    Internet giant Yahoo has reported a decreased revenue in the fourth quarter, as advertisers trimmed their budgets during the global downturn.

  23. top-grossing (adjective)
    Science-fiction epic Avatar surpasses Titanic to become the top-grossing film of all time, making $1.86 billion since its release.

  24. ruins /ˈruː.ɪnz/ (noun)
    A man is rescued from the ruins of a building in the centre of Haiti's capital, 14 days after the earthquake which destroyed the city.

  25. artillery /ɑːˈtɪləri/ (noun)
    North Korea fires artillery near the disputed sea border with South Korea which has returned fire.

  26. galvanize /ˈgælvənaɪz/ (verb)
    The UK is hosting a high-level meeting aimed at galvanizing international support for Yemen.

  27. sever /ˈsevə(r)/ (verb)
    Severed pigs’ heads are left at two Malaysian mosques following a row over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.

  28. spartan /ˈspɑːtən/ (adjective)
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says airlines suffered a big decline in air passenger and freight traffic in 2009 and they need to face another 'spartan' year.

  29. plea /pliː/ (noun)
    A search engine called "Goojje" has come online in China, in an apparent plea to Google not to end operations in the country.

  30. long-awaited /ˌlɒŋəˈweɪtɪd/ (adjective)
    Apple chief Steve Jobs unveils its long-awaited touchscreen device, which the firm has called the iPad as a "third category" between smartphones and laptops.


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