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Refrain and restrain

THE verbs 'refrain' and 'restrain' look similar, sound similar and - this is where the trap lies - have a similar meaning. As a result, one often hears or sees 'refrain' mistakenly used in place of restrain. My most recent encounter was in the lead article on Page 1 of StarBiz (June 17). The word appeared in the this partial sentence: 'The move is to refrain X (person's name) from using ...'

Iran and Russia can work together to restrain America - Iran supreme leader

GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran and Russia can work together to restrain America, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, according to Fars News.

China calls on US to restrain ally Japan as tension simmers

BEIJING (Reuters) - China called on the United States on Tuesday to restrain ally Japan and chided another U.S. ally, the Philippines, at the end of talks between American and Chinese defence chiefs that showed the strain of regional territorial disputes on Sino-U.S. ties.

Foreign selling to restrain KLCI gains

KUALA LUMPUR: The continued foreign selling of Malaysian equities is expected to restrain the FBM KLCI’s advance and the local market is expected to trend sideways.

Thailand wants to restrain surging baht

BANGKOK: Thailand’s central bank is fretting over how to cool the world-beating surge in the baht just as the US keeps a watchful eye out for signs of unfair currency policies.

KNM gets court order to restrain winding-up petition (Update)

KNM Group Bhd's unit KNM Process Systems Sdn Bhd has obtained a court order to stop Mission Biofuels Sdn Bhd from going ahead with the petition to wind up the company over a A$3.80mil (RM12.2mil) claim.

Exclusive: U.S. asks Israel to restrain response to Jerusalem move - document

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is asking Israel to temper its response to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as its capital because Washington expects a backlash and is weighing the potential threat to U.S. facilities and people, according to a State Department document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Russia must restrain itself, Assad from offensive Syria strikes - Kerry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States called on Russia and the Syrian government on Monday to refrain from offensive operations in Syria, as fighting continued on the day U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hoped a political transition could begin.

Judge grants injunction to restrain Wan Azizah from repeating defamatory words

KUALA LUMPUR: Felda and its investment company Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd have won their defamation suit against PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and two others.

Japan urges China to do more to restrain North

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s top security adviser has urged China to play a bigger role in restraining North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programmes.