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No," said Natalia, stopping short before me, "perhaps not.
asked Pearl, stopping short, just at the beginning of her race.
According to analysts, China, while stopping short of a complete suspension of military ties, could cancel or postpone individual engagements, such as joint antipiracy exercises in the Gulf of Aden, which were scheduled to be held before the end of the year.
Forsythe uses the full depth of the theater's cavernous, rectangular space, light fading in and out as small groups of dancers enter, sometimes running wildly, then stopping short, or playing intricate physical games in tangled duos or trios.