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International News Archive - November 05, 2008

Gen. Mario Montoya quit as commander of Colombia's army Tuesday after a probe linked military troops to the slayings of civilians.

Eight people, including Mexican Interior Minister Juan Camilo Mourino, were confirmed dead in a Mexico City Learjet 25 crash, President Felipe Calderon said.

Palestinian Arabs fired at least 35 rockets into Israel's Negev region Wednesday after Israeli forces conducted a raid into the Gaza Strip, officials said. Six alleged members of the militant group Hamas were killed and two Israeli soldiers were injured in the operation, Ynetnews.com reported.

Russia's best bet to counter planned U.S. missile shield bases in Eastern Europe would be to place short-range missiles in Kaliningrad, an analyst says.

Civilians including women and children were killed in a U.S. air strike aimed at Taliban militants in Afghanistan's Kandihar province, Afghan officials said.

Spain has denied political asylum for one of Osama bin laden's 19 sons, a government official said Wednesday.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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