By CHARLIE SAVAGE and THOM SHANKER
The Central American country is a growing focus of American efforts aimed at drug cartels that have sought to use its ungoverned spaces.
By JANE PERLEZ
An American official on Thursday said that Chen Guangcheng had reversed his position and now wanted to leave China, injecting new uncertainty into a tense diplomatic situation.
None of this is to deny that Taipei faces a diabolical predicament. Greater economic integration is probably inevitable and that momentum is on the mainland's side. True, Taiwan feels confident that its people enjoy a superior system of government and free enterprise. But this does not mean that Beijing will allow it to persist.
said that his book was, "mainly strung around the idea that I
mentioned to you before--that nature is wholly diabolical &
malevolent and that God, if he exists, is outside of and in
opposition to the cosmic arrangements."
Spirits in Bondage by Lewis, C. S.
1a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation:the club’s financial predicament
1 状態；（特に）苦境, 窮地[類語]predicament, plight窮状の度合いの大きさを強調する：The plight of the refugees is terrible. 難民の状況はひどい. dilemma, quandary窮状における処置のむずかしさを強調するが, 前者は二者択一の窮状を, 後者は打開策のない困惑を強調：the dilemma of having to choose between a cut in wages and more working hours賃金カットか労働時間延長かのジレンマ/be in quandary as to how to raise funds資金集めの方法に窮している.
be placed in a predicament
(dī'ə-bŏl'ĭ-kəl) also di·a·bol·ic (-ĭk)
- Of, concerning, or characteristic of the devil; satanic.
- Appropriate to a devil, especially in degree of wickedness or cruelty.
[From Middle English deabolik, from Old French diabolique, from Late Latin diabolicus, from Latin diabolus, devil. See devil.]diabolically di'a·bol'i·cal·ly adv.
diabolicalness di'a·bol'i·cal·ness n.
di・a・bol・ic・ly ━━ ad.