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International News Archive - November 23, 2012

Greek Man Arrested For Stealing Personal Data Of 9 Million Citizens

Greek police arrested a 35-year-old computer programmer on Tuesday for allegedly stealing the personal data of the majority of the country’s population, Reuters reported.

British Bird Populations Facing A New Virus Strain

House sparrows, dunnocks, and wood pigeons, among other British bird species, have been known to carry avian pox. Vets and ornithologists are very concerned, however, about the emergence of a new strain of this viral disease in great tits.

Reports Warn Europe Is Nearing Irreversible Threat From Catastrophic Climate Change

A newly released report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) is warning that Europe is on the verge of catastrophic climate change if it does not act on commitments made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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