International News Archive - November 11, 2008

British health officials say they want to turn nine communities into "healthy towns" to encourage people to lose weight.

Politics have prompted Iran's conservatives to reverse their criticism of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to Barack Obama, observers say. Ahmadinejad last week sent a letter to the U.S.

Poll watchers say tight mayoral races Tuesday in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem could be determined by ultra-Orthodox voters turning out in large numbers.


British environmental officials say they're looking into leaks of radioactive water from a nuclear submarine at a Royal Navy dockyard.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.