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  1. deprive of /dɪˈpraɪv/ (phrasal verb)
    Internet addicts are said to become chronically anxious and irritable when they are deprived of online habits such as using social network websites.

  2. rally /ˈræli/ (verb)
    US President Barack Obama rallies the support of Democratic lawmakers for the healthcare reform bill ahead of a key vote by the House of Representatives.

  3. erupt /ɪrʌpt/ (verb)
    A volcano in southern Iceland begins to erupt, leading to the evacuation of several hundred local residents.

  4. intricate /ˈɪntrɪkət/ (adjective)
    China's state-run news agency Xinhua accuses Google of having "intricate ties" with the US government and trying to change Chinese society by imposing American values on it.

  5. usher in (phrasal verb)
    President Obama's landmark healthcare bill has narrowly passed the US House of Representatives, ushering in the most sweeping healthcare reform in decades.

  6. smog /smɒg/ (noun)
    Hong Kong has been hit by thick smog as the sandstorm from northern China moves southward, with the citys air pollution levels rising to a record high.

  7. reshuffle /ˌriːˈʃʌfl/ (verb)
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy reshuffles his cabinet after a heavy defeat for his centre-right UMP party in Frances regional elections.

  8. confrontation /ˌkɒnfrʌnˈteɪʃn/ (noun)
    Google has stopped censoring its internet search results in China, risking confrontation with the Chinese authorities.

  9. slam /slæm/ (verb)
    China slams Google's decision to stop filtering search results, accusing the internet giant of breaking a promise made when entering the Chinese market.

  10. intolerable /ɪnˈtɒlərəbl/ (adjective)
    Britain expels an Israeli diplomat over the "intolerable" use of forged UK passports in the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai in January.

  11. tax evasion (noun)
    The former boss of Samsung Electronics, who was convicted of tax evasion in 2008, has returned to head the company.

  12. mishandle /ˌmɪsˌhændl/ (verb)
    The Pope accepts the resignation of an Irish bishop who was found to have mishandled allegations of clerical sex abuse.

  13. the battle lines are drawn (idiom)
    The election battle lines are drawn around the economy by UK political parties after the country's 2010 Budget is unveiled.

  14. rift /rɪft/ (noun)
    US-Israeli talks aimed at healing a rift over building homes in occupied East Jerusalem have ended with no sign of a breakthrough, as Israel's prime minister leaves Washington.

  15. stand fast/firm (idiom)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel tells Germanys parliament that she will stand firm on the involvement of the IMF if debt-ridden Greece needs to be bailed out.

  16. restructure /ˌriːˈstrʌktʃə(r)/ (verb)
    The Dubai government announces that it will provide $9.5 billion in funding to help its investment vehicle Dubai World restructure its debt.

  17. coverage /ˈkʌvərɪdʒ/ (noun)
    The landmark US healthcare reform law, which extends coverage to 32 million more Americans, has passed its final Congress vote.

  18. epidemic /ˌepɪˈdemɪk/ (adjective)
    New research suggests that diabetes is taking on epidemic proportions in China because of the rapid change in lifestyle.

  19. pontiff /ˌpɒntɪf/ (noun)
    Pope Benedict XVI is accused of failing to act, before he became pontiff, against a US priest who allegedly abused 200 deaf boys.

  20. inspirational /ˌɪnspəˈreɪʃənl/ (adjective)
    Nineteenth century mathematician Ada Lovelace has retained her crown as technology's most inspirational woman.

  21. renewable /rɪˈnjuːəbl/ (adjective)
    China overtook the US during 2009 as the leading investor in renewable energy technologies, according to a new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

  22. parched /pɑ ːtʃt/ (adjective)
    China's south-west region experiences its worst drought in a century, as much of the land is parched with deep cracks while rivers and reservoirs downstream have dried up.

  23. laden /ˈleɪdən/ (adjective)
    All 16 eurozone countries have agreed on a safety net of up to 22 billion euros involving IMF help for debt-laden Greece.

  24. unexplained /ʌnɪkˈspleɪnd/ (adjective)
    A South Korean navy ship with more than 100 on board sank near the border with North Korea, after an unexplained explosion split it in two.

  25. confront /kənˈˈfrʌnt/ (verb)
    Tens of thousands of Thailand's red-shirted protesters confront the army in Bangkok to demand that the prime minister resigns and call for fresh elections.

  26. dumpling /ˈdʌmplɪŋ/ (noun)
    A man who allegedly put insecticide in some frozen dumplings exported to Japan has been arrested in China.

  27. misleading /ˌmɪsˈliːdɪŋ/ (adjective)
    A committee of Britains House of Commons say that the UK should not speak of "the special relationship" with the US, as the phrase is potentially misleading.

  28. adjourn /əˈdʒɜːn/ (verb)
    Face-to-face talks between the Thai prime minister and protest leaders have been adjourned, with a new round of negotiations due on Monday.

  29. around/round the clock (idiom)
    Rescue teams in China are working around the clock to reach scores of coal miners trapped in a flooded pit in the northern province of Shanxi.

  30. acclaim (as) /əˈkleɪm/ (verb)
    Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who was acclaimed as one of the 10 best lawyers in China in 2001, contacts Western journalists by phone after being missing for more than a year.


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