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2011-12-20 15:12:40

Since the first democratic elections in Spain, some 23.7% of ministers have not had a political party card when handing over their portfolio. This means that Spain has had the highest number of independent ministers compared to those other countries of Europe that have parliamentary governments in which percentages do not exceed 5% according to a study at the University of Valencia (UV). Juan Rodríguez Teruel, lecturer at the University of Valencia (UV) and author of the...

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2010-03-01 13:40:00

In a poll released Monday, one in four Germans said they would be happy to have a microchip implanted in their body if solid benefits were gained from having it. German IT lobby group BITKOM conducted the survey to show the differences in the real life of now and the virtual world of tomorrow, which is one of the main themes at the CeBIT trade fair that starts on Tuesday. Of the nearly 1,000 respondents to the survey, 23 percent of them said they would be prepared to receive a microchip...

2008-10-01 15:00:02

Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev has played down the possibility of a new cold war and advised the next US president to concentrate on the national economy, not on arguments with Russia. At a joint news conference in St Petersburg with visiting Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, parts of which were shown by several Russian TV channels on 1 October, Medvedev also described the EU as Russia's strategic partner. When asked whether a new cold war was possible, and whether...

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2008-06-25 18:30:00

Spain may be better known throughout the world for bull fighting than animal rights, but its parliament declared support on Wednesday for the right to life and freedom of the nation's great apes. The move is the first time any national legislature has called for rights for non-humans. The parliament's environmental committee approved the resolution, which calls on Spain to comply with the Great Apes Project. The initiative, originated by philosophers Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri in 1993,...

2006-08-19 12:58:25

MADRID (Reuters) - Hundreds of illegal migrants reached the shores of Spain's Canary Islands at the weekend after traveling in wooden boats from West Africa, the islands' emergency services said on Saturday. Six boats carrying 506 people landed on Tenerife and La Gomera on Friday. On Saturday another two reached Tenerife and one came ashore on the smaller island of Hierro with 320 Africans on board between them, a spokeswoman said. Reception centers on the Canary Islands, off the...

2006-08-18 05:18:12

By Jason Webb MADRID (Reuters) - Basque separatist group ETA said on Friday peace talks with the Spanish government were in crisis and threatened to respond to what it called the repression of pro-independence activists. "If the attacks continue against Euskal Herria (the Basque Country), ETA will respond," the group said, using language which will be interpreted here as a threat to end its five-month-old ceasefire and resume 38 years of armed struggle. The unspecified threat was in...

2006-07-10 14:50:00

By Greg Brosnan MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City, has asked an electoral court to reverse a narrow victory for conservative Felipe Calderon of the ruling National Action Party, or PAN. Lopez Obrador, who lost by less than a percentage point, is also calling his supporters to take part in mass protests this week to call attention to his claims that the vote count was manipulated in favor of Calderon. Using a large screen at his campaign...

2006-07-09 08:34:51

By Philip Pullella and Jane Barrett VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Pope Benedict wound up a quick trip to Valencia on Sunday, implicitly condemning some key social legislation of Spain's Socialist government and stressing that marriage had to be heterosexual and for life. At the last major event of his 26-hour visit, the German Pope presided at a mass for more than a million people on the grounds of a sprawling futuristic arts and science complex in Spain's third largest city. In his...

2006-07-09 05:25:00

By Philip Pullella and Jane Barrett VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Pope Benedict wound up a quick trip to Valencia on Sunday, implicitly condemning some key social legislation of Spain's Socialist government and stressing that marriage had to be heterosexual and for life. At the last major event of his 26-hour visit, the German Pope presided at a mass for about a million people on the grounds of a sprawling futuristic arts and science complex in Spain's third largest city. In his homily, the...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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