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International News Archive - October 23, 2008

Chinese political activist Hu Jia won the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the parliament announced Thursday.

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A rare white tigress being held at the Parken Zoo in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna has died from injuries it received from its mate, a zoo official says.

The waters off Somalia rank as the world's most active area for pirates, The International Maritime Bureau said Thursday. The coastal waters off Somalia in the Gulf of Aden saw nearly a third of the 199 piracy attacks reported worldwide in the first nine months of 2008, the bureau said.

U.S. troops could face new restrictions greatly curtailing Iraqi operations in 2009 without a new long-term security pact, military officials say. If Iraq's leaders fail to pass the security agreement before Jan.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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