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International News Archive - March 16, 2009

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Swedish health officials say the number of people who smoke regularly has dropped by 200,000 in the past five years.

Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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