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International News Archive - October 30, 2008

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China is ready to hold a new round of talks soon with the envoys of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama but no dates have been fixed.

Canadian police say a 15-year-old Ontario boy missing for 17 days in a parental dispute over his Xbox usage could be in the United States. Brandon Crisp left his home in Barrie, 70 miles north of Toronto, Oct.

A car bomb exploded at a Spanish university Thursday, injuring 17 people, in an attack authorities blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA.

Italy warned the Libyan government about the U.S. plan to bomb Tripoli a day before the 1986 attack, a Libyan official said Thursday.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'