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International News Archive - December 04, 2012

Russian Far East A Hotbed Of Seismic, Volcanic Activity: Potential Threat To Pacific Basin

The Soviet government has long kept outsiders away from the Russian Far East, shrouding a source of powerful earthquakes and volcanic activity on the Pacific Rim in secrecy.

Disappearing Savannahs Threaten African Lions

A new report from Duke University researchers suggests that Africa's savannahs have been disappearing at an alarming rate, threatening once robust population of lions.

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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