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International News Archive - January 27, 2011

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Japan has established a one-mile barrier around a volcano on Mount Kirishima after it erupted scattering rocks and ash across the southern part of the country.

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Bolivians chewed coca leaves on Wednesday as a protest to change a 1961 UN convention to remove a ban on a practice that has been part of indigenous cultures in the country for millennia.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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