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International News Archive - December 21, 2010

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Communities in central and northern China are facing power cuts and rationing as winter coal supplies start to drop due to a surging demand.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.