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International News Archive - May 29, 2012

Another Earthquake Rocks Northern Italy Killing At Least Ten

Northern Italy on Tuesday was shaken by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake, killing at least ten people, less than two weeks after a magnitude 6.0 temblor rocked the same region, destroying castles, churches and leaving seven dead.

New Japanese Smartphone Detects Radiation

Mobile phone operator SoftBank Corp has announced today they will begin selling phones with built-in radiation detectors to address concerns of radioactive hot spots which may still exist along Japan’s eastern coast.

Word of the Day
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.