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International News Archive - August 22, 2008

By Ben Russell Sensitive details of thousands of criminals have been lost in the latest major data breach to engulf the Government.

By DANIEL WOOLLS MADRID, Spain--The plane that crashed in Madrid reported an air intake valve overheating before a first attempt at takeoff but it was not immediately clear whether that was a factor in the accident that killed 153 people, owner of Spanair said today.

Thirty militants were killed Friday in a battle between U.S.-led coalition forces and insurgents in Western Afghanistan, a coalition spokesman said. The battle began when troops returned small-arms fire from militants in Herat province, CNN said.

Authorities investigated a report Friday of a casualty aboard one of three ships hijacked this week near the Somalia coast. The ship, a Malaysia tanker, was reported grabbed by pirates Tuesday in the Gulf of Aden between Somalia and Yemen.

Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.