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International News Archive - January 16, 2012

Chinese Embrace Microblogging, Internet Population Exceeds 500 Million

More than a third of China’s 1.4 billion residents are now Internet friendly with nearly half of those microblogging on weibo -- China’s version of Twitter -- voicing their opinions on everything from major events to corruption and scandals.

Pro-Palestinian Hackers Disrupt Israeli Stock Exchange

On Monday Israeli officials reported that online hackers had targeted a number of the nation’s critical industries, launching a small-scale but coordinated cyber attack against the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), Israel’s El Al Airlines and three national banks.

Word of the Day
coulisse
  • One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
  • The outside stock exchange, or “curb market,” of Paris.
  • A flute or groove on the blade of a sword.
  • A section of stage scenery placed in a wing of a theatre.
The word 'coulisse' comes from a French word meaning "sliding door".
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