Intermediate Word:  aperitif -  (a) hors d'oeuvres  (b) nightcap  (c) alcoholic drink before dinner   (d) between-meals snack
Difficult Word: - locular  (a) formed of small cells  (b) confining  (c) dotted with lakes  (d) absent-minded

Walker's World: A Tale Of Three Cities - SpaceDaily  Two years ago, in the buildup to the invasion of Iraq, we were assured by various members of the Bush administration that "the road to peace in the Middle East leads through Baghdad." In recent months we have been equally assured, by former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and by former U.S. Commander in Chief for the region General Anthony Zinni, among others, that the reverse is the case and that the road to stability in Baghdad lies through peace in the Middle East. Now we hear that the road to peace and stability in both Baghdad and Jerusalem now lies through Tehran.    
Climate: The Sensitivity Question - SpaceDaily  Left:  Depiction of the amount of carbon flux between the oceans and the atmosphere (peak heights) and amount of biological activity (color).  Depiction of the amount of carbon flux between the oceans and the atmosphere (peak heights) and amount of biological activity (color). These are fairly large numbers - the European Union's official policy is to hold warming to 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C) above pre-industrial temperatures - but they are nothing compared to the recent results from an Oxford University study. Its results agree with the lower sensitivity estimates of about 3.6 degrees F, but finds a scorching 19.8 degrees F (11 degrees C) on the upper end.   

Russia, China Boost Joint Defense Plans - SpaceDaily  Quietly, with almost no notice taken in the U.S. media, Russia and China have just stepped up their military cooperation to a level not seen in half a century since the end of the Korean War. While not a single statement about the exercises mentioned the United States, U.S. policy in recent months has increasingly alarmed both Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Hu Jintao of China and appears to be drawing them more closely together. The current upgrading of ties remains low key, at least in public, and is certainly cautious. But it is also relentless. And it also follows President George W. Bush's highly activist language. 

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