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International News Archive - February 16, 2009

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A 2009 list of the richest Russians shows that individual wealth has evaporated quickly, with their net worth falling by billions compared to 2008.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'