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2005-12-14 21:54:39

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council plans on Thursday to extend by six months the inquiry into the death of a former Lebanese prime minister but Western powers were forced to compromise on the scope of the probe. France, the United States and Britain had wanted to expand the work of the U.N. commission investigating the murder of Rafik Hariri to other politically motivated killings in Lebanon over the past year, if the inquiry team was able to do...

2005-08-02 15:20:23

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - John Bolton presented his credentials as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday and immediately called on key envoys, with many curious to see whether he remained a combative critic of the world body. No U.N. ambassador can ignore a chief American representative but several reminded reporters that give and take was essential to the diplomatic game, an oblique reference to Bolton's reputation as an outspoken sparring partner,...

2005-08-02 14:55:51

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - John Bolton presented his credentials as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday and immediately called on key envoys, with many curious to see whether he remained a combative critic of the world body. No U.N. ambassador can ignore a chief American representative but several reminded reporters that give and take was essential to the diplomatic game, an oblique reference to Bolton's reputation as an outspoken sparring partner,...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'