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2005-09-05 09:39:07

By Francois Murphy VIENNA (Reuters) - The number of people killed by radiation as a result of the Chernobyl disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident, is so far 56, far lower than previously thought, the U.N. said on Monday. A report compiled by the Chernobyl Forum, which includes eight U.N. agencies, said the final death toll was expected to reach about 4,000 -- much lower than some previous estimates -- and that the greatest damage to human health caused by the incident was...

2005-07-04 12:44:28

By Anthony Boadle TARARA, Cuba (Reuters) - At a beach resort near Havana,children with bald heads and skin lesions splash with joy inthe warm Caribbean sea. They are victims of radiation fallout from the worstcivilian disaster of the nuclear age -- the 1986 power plantexplosion in Chernobyl -- and are in Cuba for treatment. "I want to stay here," says Sveta, a blue-eyed 15-year-oldfrom Ukraine's capital Kiev whose eyelashes are beginning togrow back. Since 1990, communist Cuba has...


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.'