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International News Archive - August 17, 2008

Israel's cabinet voted Sunday to release 200 Palestinian prisoners at the urging of outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

By Donna Bryson Associated Press JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Zimbabwe's opposition chief would accept the prime minister's post and concede the presidency -- and command of the military -- to Robert Mugabe to settle a political crisis in his country, the Associated Press learned Saturday.

A top ruling party official on Saturday gave Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf a two-day deadline to quit or face impeachment proceedings. "Musharraf is running out of time," Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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