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International News Archive - January 21, 2011

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The “World” project — an artificial archipelago of 300 small islands arranged in the shape of a world map — is sinking back into the sea, according to evidence presented to a property tribunal in the emirate.

Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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