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International News Archive - December 29, 2008

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Venice, Italy, is reinforcing its image as a city of romance by holding a mass kiss-in Wednesday night to welcome the new year. City officials are hoping this year's kiss-in will surpass last year's version, in which an estimated 60,000 people locked lips at midnight to earn Venice an international prize for best New Year's event, ANSA, the Italian news agency, reported Monday. Couples are expected to gather about 10 p.m.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.