International News Archive - October 16, 2008


Two men have been arrested in a 1997 homicide in Britain, the result of clues gathered on a Web site set up by the victim's son, police say.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people not to drink Mengniu-brand strawberry flavor sour milk beverage due to possible melamine contamination. The CFIA said the Chinese-produced product's importer, Haofine International Trading Inc.

A member of the U.S. armed forces serving in Afghanistan was killed Thursday when a member of the Afghan National Police attacked a convoy, the military says. A news release from the U.S. forces Afghanistan public affairs office said the unidentified service member was killed when a dismounted U.S.

A Spanish judge investigating a Spanair plane crash that killed 154 people is questioning three mechanics on suspicion of manslaughter, a Madrid court said.

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'