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2006-06-30 07:40:00

By Ed Harris DAHLAK KEBIR, Eritrea (Reuters) - Shoals of jackfish and snapper emerge from the gloom of the scuttled, rusting warship as visitors snorkel past. A short distance away, angelfish and sweetlips glide above the coral, a turtle slips beneath the surface, and dolphins chase a small boat carrying captivated tourists. "Unbelievable, spectacular," said Alessandro Palmero, a diplomat with the European Commission and regular visitor to the Dahlak Islands off Eritrea, after a dive. "First,...

2005-10-28 08:43:48

By Ed Harris GELALO, Eritrea (Reuters) - Rising out of the shimmering heat of the Eritrean desert, the Hotel Gelalo offers tired, dusty tourists a refuge from the burning sun. But in one of Africa's hottest corners, where even camels huddle in the shade of small, leafless acacia trees, Eritrea's newest tourist project has greeted few visitors so far. "We expected to have more customers than this," said one staff member at the luxurious hotel, where only a handful of the 25 rooms...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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