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2009-08-06 18:14:51

Guards chasing an errant jackdaw in the royal palace in Stockholm damaged a portrait of the founder of the current Swedish royal family. The jackdaw is believed to have infiltrated the royal cabinet meeting room through a chimney, The Local reported, citing TV4. The guards, using bamboo sticks, tried to capture or kill the bird as it flew toward a portrait of King Charles XIV, but ripped the portrait. TV4 reported the Royal Court plans to put a net over the chimneys to keep birds out of the...

2008-09-30 12:00:30

By D.S. Crafts For the Journal Difficult as it often is to believe, there have been a few enlightened leaders who actually supported the arts for reasons in addition to self- aggrandizement . Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor of the German Nation ranks with Elizabeth I in his encouragement of music particularly. Germany had always marched to its own drumbeat, so to speak, regardless of the latest trends in the rest of Europe, and during Max's reign that music became a rich repertory of song....

2008-06-19 12:00:33

WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Congress approved landmark legislation last night to address the global illegal logging crisis. The U.S. becomes the first country in the world to prohibit the import, sale or trade of illegally harvested wood and wood products. "The world's biggest consumer nation has sent a message that will be heard from forest to retail shelf: the United States' doors are now closed to products made from illegal wood," said Alexander von...

2006-06-17 08:47:25

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Prince Victor Emmanuel, who lived in a former papal palace as a boy and spent his life among Switzerland's jet set, woke up in a jail cell on Saturday, arrested as part of a probe into prostitution and corruption. The 69-year-old son of Italy's last king was one of 13 people detained in northern Italy on Friday in the investigation. He was taken to a jail in southern Potenza, where the probe is based. The arrest came as a shock even for a country...

2005-10-21 06:53:49

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William, elder son of heir-to-the-throne Britain's Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, will join the army next year as an officer cadet at Sandhurst military academy, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. William, 23, who graduated from university earlier this year and will be joining Britain's biggest bank HSBC in November for work experience, has long been thought to have his eye on the army -- following in the footsteps of his younger...

2005-06-28 16:08:07

By Dina Kyriakidou and Michael Winfrey SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's Socialists on Tuesday ruledout a coalition with ex-king Simeon Saxe-Coburg as primeminister, leaving little hope for a quick end to apost-election stalemate threatening the country's EU accessionpath. The opposition leftists won Saturday's poll but fell wellshort of a majority and are looking to Saxe-Coburg'ssecond-ranking ruling centrists and other parties as potentialgovernment partners. The former boy-king who returned...

2005-06-28 08:49:42

By Linda Sieg SAIPAN (Reuters) - In a gesture of reconciliation, JapaneseEmperor Akihito made a surprise visit on Tuesday to a Koreanwar dead memorial during a pilgrimage to the island of Saipanwhere a decisive World War II battle was fought. Akihito, on his first overseas trip to honor war dead, alsobowed his head in silent prayer at two rocky heights whereJapanese soldiers and civilians leapt to their deaths ratherthan surrender in shame. The emperor's journey coincides with a chill in...

2005-06-28 06:46:05

By Linda Sieg SAIPAN (Reuters) - In a gesture of reconciliation, JapaneseEmperor Akihito made a surprise visit on Tuesday to a Koreanwar dead memorial during a pilgrimage to the island of Saipanwhere a decisive World War II battle was fought. Akihito, on his first overseas trip to honor war dead, alsobowed his head in silent prayer at two rocky heights whereJapanese soldiers and civilians leapt to their deaths ratherthan surrender in shame. The emperor's journey coincides with a chill in...

2005-06-28 02:23:33

By Linda Sieg SAIPAN (Reuters) - Japanese Emperor Akihito, on apilgrimage to the U.S. territory of Saipan where a decisiveWorld War II battle was fought, abruptly changed his officialschedule on Tuesday to visit a memorial to Koreans who died inthe war. Akihito's journey, his first trip outside Japan to payrespects to war dead, coincides with a deterioration in Japan'sties with China and South Korea, still tormented by the wartimepast 60 years later. Korean residents of Saipan had asked...


Word of the Day
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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