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  1. aftermath /ˈɑːftəmæθ/ (noun)
    At the World Economic Forum in Davos, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for a fundamental rethink of capitalism in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

  2. exceptionally /ɪkˈsepʃənəli/ (adverb)
    Committee members of the US Federal Reserve have voted to maintain exceptionally low interest rates between zero and 0.25% for an extended period.

  3. dehydrate /ˌdiːhaɪˈdreɪt/ (verb)
    A teenage girl is said to be happy but dehydrated after being rescued from the rubble of Haiti's capital, 15 days after the earthquake struck.

  4. deliver /dɪˈlɪvə(r)/ (verb)
    US President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union speech, saying easing unemployment must be the main focus.

  5. faulty /ˈfɒlti/ (adjective)
    Car manufacturer Toyota has announced plans to recall millions of vehicles in the US, Europe and China over concerns about faulty accelerator pedals.

  6. vast /vɑːst/ (adjective)
    Authors and firms file objections with a New York court to reject a deal that would allow Google to build a vast digital library of millions of scanned books.

  7. smear /smɪə(r)/ (verb)
    Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has been cleared of smearing Nicolas Sarkozy in 2004 as the two men competed for the president's seat.

  8. in ruins (idiom)
    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou denies speculation that the European Union (EU) is going to bail out Greece whose public finances are in ruins.

  9. vibrant /ˈvaɪbrənt/ (adjective)
    US President Obama has announced high-speed rail projects, saying that his plan creates jobs immediately and lays the foundation for a vibrant economy in the future.

  10. obstacle /ˈɒbstɪkl/ (noun)
    As reported in an article in Science, experiments in the US show that a major obstacle to producing fusion energy using lasers has been swept aside.

  11. defiant /dɪˈfaɪənt/ (adjective)
    A defiant Tony Blair tells the Iraq inquiry it was right to remove Saddam and says he would take the same decision again.

  12. recluse /rɪˈkluːs/ (noun)
    American novelist JD Salinger, who led the life of a recluse after the publication of his influential book The Catcher In The Rye, has died aged 91 at his home in New Hampshire.

  13. tumultuous /tjuːˈmʌltjʊəs/ (adjective)
    The US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has been approved to serve a second term, after a tumultuous four years as head of the world's most important central bank.

  14. thrilling /ˈθrɪlɪŋ/ (adjective)
    Microsoft reports a 60% jump in profit, thanks to 'thrilling' demand for Windows 7, which was released in October last year after the disappointing Vista.

  15. defiance /dɪˈfaɪəns/ (noun)
    The US Senate votes in favour of fresh sanctions against Iran over its defiance of UN demands on its nuclear programme.

  16. stealth /stelθ/ (adjective)
    Russia’s new stealth fighter jet, meant to rival the radar-evading US F-22, has been unveiled in its maiden flight in the country's far east.

  17. heighten /ˈhaɪtn/ (verb)
    Prices in Japan fell at a record level in December, heightening concerns about the country's deflation as consumers tend to spend less.

  18. strong-arm /ˈstrɒŋaːm/ (adjective)
    The Chinese government has outlined major changes to ban all strong-arm tactics to evict people from their properties for redevelopment.

  19. defective /dɪˈfektɪv/ (adjective)
    Honda has announced the recall of 646,000 cars globally because of a defective master switch that could cause a fire in some cases.

  20. annualized /ˈænjuəlaɪzd/ (adjective)
    US economic growth hit an annualized rate of 5.7% in the final three months of 2009, but the gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 2.4% across the whole year.

  21. deport /dɪˈpɔːt/ (verb)
    A US-based human rights group expresses deep concern about the fate of 20 Uighur asylum seekers deported from Cambodia back to China in December.

  22. notify /ˈnəʊtɪfaɪ/ (verb)
    The Pentagon notifies the US Congress of a proposed $6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan, part of a package first pledged by the Bush administration.

  23. phase out (phrasal verb)
    Google has begun phasing out support for Internet Explorer 6 which was identified as the weak link in a cyber attack on the firm.

  24. airlift /ˈeəlɪft/ (verb)
    The Peruvian authorities have airlifted to safety the last of 4,000 tourists who were stranded at Machu Picchu after floods destroyed road and rail links.

  25. outrage /ˈaʊtreɪdʒ/ (noun)
    China has expressed its outrage over a proposed US weapons sale to Taiwan which Beijing considers a breakaway province of the country.

  26. injunction /ɪnˈdʒʌŋkʃn/ (noun)
    England captain John Terry has lost his battle for an injunction preventing publication of details of his alleged extra-marital affair with a team-mate’s ex-girlfriend.

  27. venture /ˈventʃə(r)/ (noun)
    Peugeot Citroen, Europe's second-biggest car manufacturer, is recalling cars made at a Czech plant that is a joint venture with Toyota.

  28. retaliatory /rɪˈtæliətri/ (adjective)
    The US defends a proposed $6.4 billion weapons sale to Taiwan after China angrily announced a series of retaliatory moves.

  29. moderate /ˈmɒdərət/ (adjective)
    A moderate earthquake of magnitude 5.2 has destroyed at least 100 homes and killed one person in Sichuan, in south-western China.

  30. coin /kɔɪn/ (verb)
    Larry Summers, US President Obama’s economics adviser, coined a memorable phrase at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos when he said the world was experiencing a "statistical economic recovery, but a human recession".

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