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International News Archive - June 27, 2009

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One of Italy's last bastions of male privilege has been breached with the coming of the first female gondolier in Venice, observers said.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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