International News Archive - March 22, 2009


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
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.