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2006-03-18 08:20:27

By Raquel Castillo MADRID (Reuters) - Mass street drinking sessions fueled clashes between Spanish youths and riot police early on Saturday, leaving 80 people injured and 70 arrested in Barcelona and Salamanca, police said. Tens of thousands of young people gathered in cities around Spain on Friday night in an attempt to hold the biggest street drinking session or "botellon" ("big bottle"). In the southern city of Granada, police said 25,000 people joined the botellon. The most...

2005-10-16 09:18:14

SALAMANCA, Spain (Reuters) - Venezuela will become a full member of South America's Mercosur trade pact in December, President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday. Chavez has pushed for a long time for Venezuela to be a full member of Mercosur, which groups Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Venezuela, the world's no. 5 oil exporter, is already an associate member of the group. "Venezuela will go to the next Mercosur summit in December as a full member," Chavez told a news conference in...

2005-10-15 16:02:32

By Emma Ross-Thomas and Axel Bugge SALAMANCA, Spain (Reuters) - Leaders from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, ignoring U.S. concern, backed a strong call on Saturday for an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba and for the suspected bomber of a Cuban airliner to be tried. The 22-nation Ibero-American summit stood by the wording of the resolution despite an unusual public expression of concern by the U.S. embassy in Madrid over an earlier draft. "We ask the government of the United States...


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.'