International News Archive - May 25, 2009


The Hungarian National Bank forecasts the country's gross domestic product will decline 6.7 percent for all 2009, revised figures showed Monday.

Word of the Day
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.