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  1. comply (with) /kəmˈplaɪ/ (verb)
    China's top internet official warns that Google will "pay the consequences" if it does not comply with censorship laws.

  2. mandated /ˈmændeɪtɪd/ (adjective)
    Portugal's parliament has approved an austerity budget aimed at cutting its public deficit to below the EU-mandated threshold of 3% by 2013.

  3. converge /kənˈvɜːdʒ/ (verb)
    Thousands of Thai opposition supporters in red shirts converge on the capital, Bangkok, to press their demands for elections.

  4. denounce /dɪˈnaʊns/ (verb)
    The Vatican denounces attempts to involve Pope Benedict XVI in a child abuse scandal dating back to his time as archbishop in Germany.

  5. bloodshed /ˈblʌdʃed/ (noun)
    Thirteen people die in an outbreak of drug-related violence and bloodshed at the Mexican tourist beach resort of Acapulco.

  6. bogus /ˈbəʊgəs/ (adjective)
    Panic is sparked in Georgia after a bogus TV news report said that Russian tanks had invaded and the president was dead.

  7. undervalue /ˌʌndəˈvæljuː/ (verb)
    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao rejects criticism that Beijing keeps the countrys currency yuan undervalued in order to boost exports.

  8. shatter /ˈʃætə(r)/ (verb)
    David Beckham's dream of playing in a fourth World Cup looks to be shattered after he tore his left Achilles tendon in a football match in Milan.

  9. ultimatum /ˌʌltɪˈmeɪtəm/ (noun)
    Thailand's prime minister rejects an ultimatum by protesters who demand that he resign and dissolve parliament before midday on Monday.

  10. landmark /ˈlændmɑːk/ (noun)
    The internet celebrates a landmark event on the 15 March - the silver anniversary of the first web address ending in dotcom.

  11. plunge into (phrasal verb)
    A massive power failure plunges much of earthquake-hit Chile into darkness, affecting up to 90% of the population.

  12. insemination /ɪnˌsemɪˈneɪʃn/ (noun)
    A new law in Turkey makes it a criminal offence for women to go abroad and get pregnant via artificial insemination which is already illegal in the country.

  13. dwarfism /ˈdwɔːfɪzəm/ (noun)
    The world's shortest man recognized by Guinness World Records, He Pingping, who was born with a form of primordial dwarfism, has died at the age of 21 in Rome.

  14. runaway /ˈrʌnəweɪ/ (adjective)
    Toyota casts doubt on claims that one of its cars failed to stop, after a widely-publicized account of a "runaway" Prius incident in California.

  15. splash /splæʃ/ (verb)
    Thailand's red-shirt demonstrators splash human blood at the gates of Government House on a third day of protests to oust the government.

  16. mystery /ˈmɪstri/ (noun)
    Comments from China's foreign minister have deepened the mystery of missing Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng who disappeared more than a year ago.

  17. maintain /meɪnˈteɪn/ (verb)
    The US Federal Reserve maintains its pledge to keep interest rates at "exceptionally low levels" to aid the economic recovery.

  18. counterpart /ˈkaʊntəpɑ ːt/ (noun)
    British Airways union Unite will meet with its American counterpart Teamsters, the main transport union in the US, to discuss the strike by the airline's cabin crews.

  19. splatter /ˈsplætə(r)/ (verb)
    Thai red-shirted demonstrators splatter blood in a symbolic protest outside Prime Minister Abhisit's home in Bangkok, on the fourth day of mass opposition rallies.

  20. bloated /ˈbləʊtɪd/ (adjective)
    The European Union criticizes the UK and other European nations for having "optimistic" growth assumptions and bloated deficits.

  21. in the last resort (idiom)
    Germany's chancellor says that the eurozone should find a mechanism to exclude a member in the last resort to avert a crisis.

  22. dwindle /ˈdwɪndl/ (verb)
    Thai 'red shirt' opposition demonstrators say that they plan to stay in Bangkok indefinitely to continue the protest, despite their dwindled number after four days of rallies.

  23. politicize /pəˈlɪtɪsaɪz/ (verb)
    China warns against politicizing the imminent Rio Tinto trial, after Australia expresses concern over how it will be conducted.

  24. paedophile /ˈpiːdəʊfaɪl/ (noun)
    Facebook rules out installing a "panic button" on its main pages for users to report suspected paedophiles, but will develop its existing reporting system.

  25. mainstay /ˈmeɪnsteɪ/ (noun)
    A UN wildlife meeting in Doha has rejected a proposal to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna, which is a sushi mainstay in Japan.

  26. render /ˈrendə(r)/ (verb)
    Scientists create the first cloaking device to render an object invisible in three dimensions.

  27. resolve /rɪˈzˈlv/ (verb)
    The European Commission urges eurozone governments to agree a package of loans to help Greece resolve its debt crisis.

  28. lukewarm /ˌluːkˈwɔːm/ (adjective)
    Handheld computer maker Palm has said its income for the year will be far below expectations because of lukewarm sales of its smartphones.

  29. disruption /dɪsˈrʌpʃn/ (noun)
    British Airways cabin crews begin strike action which will cause severe disruption to flights for the next three days.

  30. shroud /ʃraʊd/ (verb)
    Beijing officials warn residents to stay indoors and issue a level-five pollution warning as the city is shrouded by a severe sandstorm.


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