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International News Archive - October 20, 2008

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he missed power-sharing talks in Swaziland because he was denied a passport by President Robert Mugabe.

A suicide bomber struck a German military convoy in northern Afghanistan Monday, killing two German soldiers and five children, NATO officials report. The bomber was traveling on a bicycle when he detonated his explosives near Kunduz, Germany's Deutsche Welle reported.

Canadians Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion said Monday afternoon he will give up the post once a successor is picked at a leadership convention. The Liberals have a policy convention scheduled for early May in Vancouver but that is expected to be moved up.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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