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2006-07-20 18:47:16

By Hilary Burke CORDOBA, Argentina (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez marked his nation's debut as a member of South America's biggest trade bloc on Thursday at a two-day summit that also drew his friend, Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Venezuela formally became the fifth full member of Mercosur this month, as the bloc grapples with heated disputes among some member countries. Chavez, a self-described leftist revolutionary flush with crude oil revenue and a close Castro ally,...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.