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/skræp/ ( scrap verb)
US President Obama has scrapped the American project designed to take astronauts back to the Moon in his $3.8 trillion budget plan for 2011.
/ˈpʌblɪsaɪz/ ( publicize verb)
A Chinese activist, Feng Zhenghu, agrees to end his highly- publicized protest stay at Narita airport after Chinese officials visit him.
/ˈkæstɪgeɪt/ ( castigate verb)
The official media in China again castigates the US for its plans to sell $6.4 billion worth of weapons to Taiwan.
/ˈreprɪmɑːnd/ ( reprimand verb)
Israel reveals it has reprimanded two officers over an artillery attack in Gaza in which white phosphorus was used.
/ˌʌndəˈpɪn/ ( underpin verb)
Russia's economy contracted 7.9% in 2009 as the oil exports that previously underpinned the country's economic growth have been hit by a sharp drop in energy prices.
/ˈwɪslˌbləʊə(r)/ ( whistle-blower noun)
Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will pay a whistle-blower millions for a list of people said to have hidden funds in Switzerland.
/ˈsæŋkʃn/ ( sanction verb)
China has threatened to sanction firms involved in a US-approved weapons deal with Taiwan, possibly hitting US aerospace giant Boeing very badly.
/dɪˈprest/ ( depressed adjective)
Oil giant BP says its annual profit fell 45% in 2009 due to lower oil and gas prices and depressed refining profit margins.
/ˌəʊvəˈsiː/ ( oversee verb)
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates sacks the marine general who oversees a $40 billion strike fighter project following missed performance targets.
/grɑːnt/ ( grant verb)
Brazil grants an environmental licence for the construction of a controversial hydro-electric dam, the world’s third largest, in the Amazon rainforest.
/ˈsɒdəmi/ ( sodomy noun)
The Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has appeared in court to face charges of sodomy which he denounced as a political conspiracy.
/ɪˈsteɪt/ ( estate noun)
A court in Hong Kong rejects a feng shui master's claim to the multibillion dollar estate of Asia's richest woman, Nina Wang.
( go ahead (with) phrasal verb)
The US White House says that President Obama intends to go ahead with plans to meet the Dalai Lama despite warnings from China not to.
/ɪnˈvɒləntri/ ( involuntary adjective)
US media reports say that Michael Jackson's doctor is expected to be charged with involuntary manslaughter of the pop singer.
/ɔːˈsterɪti/ ( austerity noun)
Greece's prime minister announces tough austerity measures aimed at cutting his country's soaring public debt.
/kəmˈpel/ ( compel verb)
The French government has rejected a man's citizenship application on the grounds that he compelled his wife to wear the all-covering veil.
/ˈfæbrɪkeɪt/ ( fabricate verb)
Australian police say that an Indian man who told police he was set on fire fabricated the story to claim insurance, amid tensions over alleged racism.
/ˌriːvæljuˈeɪʃn/ ( revaluation noun)
A top North Korean finance official is reportedly sacked over the country's chaotic currency revaluation.
/ˈviːəməntli/ ( vehemently adverb)
After repeated delays, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim goes on his sodomy trial and he vehemently denies the claim.
/ˈstrɪndʒənt/ ( stringently adverb)
The European Commission supports Greek plans to cut its soaring budget deficit, but says progress must be stringently monitored.
( strip of phrasal verb)
John Terry is stripped of the England captaincy and is replaced by his fellow defender Rio Ferdinand following allegations about his private life.
/bɪˈset/ ( beset verb)
Toyota is beset with safety concerns about its vehicles, including a new issue of faulty brakes on its Prius hybrid car.
/ˈvedʒɪtetɪv/ ( vegetative adjective)
Scientists in the UK and Belgium have reported the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in reaching into the mind of brain-damaged patients diagnosed as vegetative.
/stɑːns/ ( stance noun)
US President Obama says he will take a much tougher stance on US-China trade but he warns against protectionist measures towards China.
/ˌdɪskənˈtent/ ( discontent noun)
North Korea reportedly relaxes restrictions on free market trading after a currency revaluation sparked public discontent.
/friːz/ ( freeze noun)
Tax officials in Greece hold a two-day strike to protest against government austerity measures which include a public sector salary freeze and a higher retirement age.
/əˈklaɪmətaɪz/ ( acclimatize verb)
Two pandas born in the US have arrived in China and need to acclimatize to a new life of bamboo, steamed bread and language.
/ʃiːld/ ( shield noun)
The president of Romania says that the country upon parliamentary approval will host missile interceptors as part of a new US defence shield.
/djuːp/ ( dupe verb)
Legal action has begun against Bank of America and its former bosses, accusing them of duping investors and taxpayers during the takeover of Merrill Lynch.
/æbˈdʌkʃn/ ( abduction noun)
Ten Americans are charged with child abduction after allegedly trying to smuggle 33 youngsters out of Haiti.
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