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  1. courage /ˈkʌrɪdʒ/ (noun)
    US President Obama has praised the courage of voters who turn up as Iraq completes its parliamentary election despite several bloody attacks.

  2. triumph /ˈtraɪʌmf/ (verb)
    Kathryn Bigelow has become the first woman to win a best director Oscar award as her low budget Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker triumphed at the Academy Awards.

  3. pay off (phrasal verb)
    AIG sells an insurance business to rival MetLife for $15.5 billion, as it continues to raise funds to pay off a federal bail-out from the US government.

  4. bolster /ˈbəʊlstə(r)/ (verb)
    Europe may set up a version of the International Monetary Fund to bolster the eurozone's financial stability with Germany and France leading the move.

  5. turnout /ˈtɜːnaʊt/ (noun)
    Iraq's electoral officials said that the voter turnout in the country’s parliamentary election was 62%, despite attacks that killed at least 35 people.

  6. silo /ˈsaɪləʊ/ (noun)
    A plan to create a .xxx internet domain as a silo for pornography on the internet will be reconsidered by ICANN after it was rejected three years ago.

  7. moratorium /ˌmɒrəˈtɔːriəm/ (noun)
    The US says that Israel's authorization of new building in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank does not violate a recently announced moratorium.

  8. retaliation /rɪˌtæliˈeɪʃn/ (noun)
    Brazil is backed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as it announces trade sanctions against American imports in retaliation for illegal US subsidies to cotton farmers.

  9. crack down (on) (phrasal verb)
    Greece's prime minister has asked the US to crack down on financial speculators which he blames for worsening his country's debt woes.

  10. invoke /ɪnˈvəʊk/ (verb)
    Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says that the government will invoke emergency security laws to help cope with opposition rallies.

  11. inflict (on) /ɪnˈflɪkt/ (verb)
    Hard drives are about to undergo one of the biggest format shifts in 30 years but it could inflict problems on users of older operating systems such as Windows XP.

  12. uproar /ˈʌprɔː(r)/ (noun)
    India's upper house sees a second day of uproar as it backs a bill to reserve a third of all parliamentary seats for women.

  13. pose (as) /pəʊz/ (verb)
    A 33-year-old known sex offender, who posed as a teenage boy on Facebook and met a 17-year-old girl, has been jailed for a minimum of 35 years for raping and killing the girl.

  14. pact /pækt/ (noun)
    Japan confirms the existence of a secret Cold War pact allowing nuclear-armed US vessels to call at its ports.

  15. extort /ɪkˈstɔːt/ (verb)
    A US TV producer pleads guilty to attempting to extort $2 million from US chat show host David Letterman by threatening to disclose his affairs with production staff.

  16. inflate /ɪnˈfleɪt/ (verb)
    China's exports surged 46% in February, a figure inflated by the comparison with a year ago, when shipments fell by 25.7%.

  17. hedge /hedʒ/ (verb)
    Cathay Pacific, one of Asia's biggest airlines, has reported a return to profit for 2009 as cost cutting and fuel hedging paid off.

  18. pry /praɪ/ (verb)
    Mobile phones with integrated accelerometers that could allow prying bosses to monitor every movement of their staff have been developed in Japan.

  19. fortune /ˈfɔːtʃuːn/ (noun)
    According to the Forbes 2010 billionaire’s list, Mexican telecom businessman Carlos Slim overtakes Bill Gates as the world's richest man, with a fortune of $53.5 billion.

  20. avert /əˈvɜːt/ (verb)
    Talks between British Airways and Unite union aimed at averting strike action by cabin crew have broken down without reaching any agreement.

  21. grind to a halt (idiom)
    Public and transport services in Greece grind to a halt and clashes break out during a third strike held by thousands of Greek workers over austerity measures.

  22. loyalist /ˈlɔɪəlɪst/ (noun)
    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych secures a coalition in parliament and one of his loyalists is confirmed as prime minister.

  23. contender /kənˈtendə(r)/ (noun)
    Sony shows off its new motion controller the PlayStation Move, as a contender to market leader Nintendo Wii.

  24. curtail /kəˈteɪl/ (verb)
    The US state department says in its annual human rights report that freedom of expression on the web has been curtailed in 2009.

  25. tie /taɪ/ (verb)
    London and New York have been tied as the top global financial centres according to new research.

  26. mobilize /ˈməʊbɪlaɪz/ (verb)
    Thailand mobilizes thousands of troops ahead of mass rallies planned by supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted in a military coup in 2006.

  27. lapse /læps/ (noun)
    A report into the collapse of US Lehman Brothers criticizes senior executives and auditor Ernst & Young for serious lapses that led to the failure of the 158-year-old investment bank.

  28. execution /ˌeksɪˈkjuːʃn/ (noun)
    Taiwan's justice minister has stepped down, days after saying that she would not authorize executions while the Taiwanese public support capital punishment.

  29. astonishing /əˈstɒnɪʃɪŋ/ (adjective)
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that China's demand for oil jumped by an "astonishing" 28% in January compared with the same month a year earlier.

  30. celibacy /ˈselɪbəsi/ (noun)
    Pope Benedict XVI defends celibacy for Catholic priests, amid a new controversy about child sex abuse in European countries.


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