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International News Archive - October 19, 2008

An Egyptian businessman and member of parliament pleaded not guilty Saturday to paying for the killing of a Lebanese pop star. Suzanne Tamim was stabbed in July in her apartment in Dubai. The killer allegedly gained entrance by posing as a building worker.

Israeli cities bordering the Gaza Strip have gone on alert amid intelligence that Hamas was preparing to break a three-month-old ceasefire, sources say.

Seven NATO warships patrolling the coast of Somalia are crucial to deterring piracy in the region, Somalia's prime minister said Sunday.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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