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
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.