International News Archive - December 27, 2011

China Satellite Navigation System Up-And-Running

According to the Xinhua news agency, China's satellite navigation system launched a positioning service on Tuesday.

Word of the Day
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.