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International News Archive - August 30, 2008

By Andrew Buncombe It is a landscape of despair. The carcasses of dead animals lie adrift in the flood water, rotting and stinking.

Text of report in English by pro-Hamas Palestinian Information Centre website on 30 August [Unattributed report from Rafah: "Rafah Crossing Opened Before Stranded Passengers"] The Egyptian authority on 30 August opened the Rafah border terminal with the Gaza Strip for two days to allow stranded Egyptians back to their lands along with Palestinians carrying Egyptian residence permits and holders of foreign passports.

THREE girls have been arrested after a disturbing bullying incident in which two younger boys were physically and sexually assaulted. Police are appealing for information about the incident, in Tremorfa Park, Tremorfa, Cardiff, between 2pm and 3pm last Friday.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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