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International News Archive - March 22, 2009

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Chinese officials say the number of companies launched in 2008 grew less than 1 percent over 2007, a growth rate well below the 5 percent seen in recent years.

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.'