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Germany's Top Court Curtails Disputed Data Storage Law
In a blow to Berlin's efforts to boost anti-terrorism measures,
Germany's highest court on Wednesday, March 19 blocked parts of a
sweeping data-collection law that had prompted large protests by
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PARIS -- Alcatel-Lucent's board has tapped two Europeans for the top posts at the Franco-American telecom-equipment company, moving to restore management unity and shore up the company's finances.
Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. announced a plan Sunday to help shore up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The motivation for Jet Blue was more clear: The stake sale could help shore up the lagging finances of the airline, which has $433 million in current debt obligations and has already substantially curtailed its growth plans and sold some assets like older planes.
shore sth up (MAKE EFFECTIVE) phrasal verb [M]
to strengthen or improve an organization, agreement or system that is not working effectively or that is likely to fail:
The new public relations manager has the difficult task of shoring up the company's troubled image.
shore sth up (SUPPORT PHYSICALLY) phrasal verb [M]
to stop a wall or a building from falling down by supporting it with building materials such as wood or metal:
Boundary walls have had to be shored up.
curtail Show phonetics
to stop something before it is finished, or to reduce or limit something:
to curtail your holiday/spending
The last government severely curtailed trade union rights.