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International News Archive - October 22, 2008

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An Afghan student was sentenced to 20 years in prison instead of death for blaspheming by circulating an article about the rights of women under Islam.

Russia announced a successful test launch of a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday. Strategic Missile Forces said the RS-18, also known as the SS-19 Stiletto, lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan en route to an unspecified target.

Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.