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International News Archive - January 23, 2009

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A 1.5 percent slide in Britain's gross domestic product in the fourth quarter confirmed the wide belief that the U.K. economy is in a recession.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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