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2005-11-15 04:07:04

By Martin Nesirky PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea's second-largest city, Pusan, wants to co-host the Summer Olympics in 2020 with the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, the southern city's mayor said on Tuesday. The South Korean capital, Seoul, staged the Summer Games in 1988 but Pyongyang's last-ditch attempt to co-host some of the events came to nothing and North Korea eventually boycotted those Olympics. But senior sports officials from the two countries agreed on...

2005-09-20 07:53:23

By Ek Madra PHOUM KOMPONG, Cambodia (Reuters) - As night falls over the watery wastes of the Cambodia-Vietnam border, the gasoline people start their day. Rainy season floods give the Mekong Delta smugglers myriad routes through the rice fields where 35 years ago North Vietnamese communist guerrillas battled U.S. soldiers guarding the gateways to Ho Chi Minh City -- what was then Saigon. Soaring international crude oil prices, which have pushed up pump prices in impoverished...

2005-07-20 03:26:32

By Ek Madra PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian riot police on Wednesday broke up a protest by ethnic minority asylum seekers against the forced return of over 100 of their people to Vietnam, human rights workers and the United Nations said. Around 30 Montagnards, the mainly Christian tribespeople from Vietnam's Central Highlands, staged a brief demonstration outside offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Phnom Penh. But their protest against Wednesday...

2005-07-16 07:21:47

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Biblical-era archaeological remains, the Chinese island of Macau and a war-ravaged Bosnian bridge were among 17 cultural sites added to the U.N.'s World Heritage list this week. UNESCO, the U.N. environmental and cultural body, also added a Belgian renaissance printing house, archaeological findings in Bahrain dating from 2300 BC, the Albanian Ottoman town of Gjirokastra, and Greek and Roman era tombs in Italy. The new sites, added at a meeting of UNESCO's World...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.