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International News Archive - May 21, 2012

Guatemala On Alert After Fuego Spews Lava And Ash

Guatemalan authorities raised an alert after the country’s most active volcano, Fuego, began spewing lava and columns of ash into the air at around 2:45 a.m. (0745 GMT) on May 19.

Vandals Interfere With GM Wheat Tests

Just north of London lies a wheat field full of experimental and genetically modified (GM) vegetation. This field was planted by publicly-funded research organization Rothamsted Research, much to the chagrin of a group of environmental protestors known as “Take the Flour Back.”

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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