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2009-01-13 07:00:00

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- AVG Technologies, a global anti-virus and Internet security software provider with over 80 million users in 167 countries, today announced the acquisition of Sana Security, a leading developer in identity theft prevention software. Sana's forward-looking technology in the industry comes from its behavior-based security software that proactively protects against threats in a similar way to the human immune system. The transaction marks...

2008-10-14 06:00:13

Text of report by state-run Syrian news agency SANA website ["President Al-Asad issues decree establishing diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon" - SANA headline] Damascus, 14 October: President Bashar al-Asad today issued Decree No 358 for the year 2008 establishing diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon. Following is the text of the decree: Article 1: Diplomatic relations shall be established between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of Lebanon. Article 2: A...

2008-09-11 09:00:41

Text of report by state-run Syrian news agency SANA website on 5 September [Report, citing statement to Damascus Al-Ba'th newspaper by Umar al-Hamad, director-general of the Syrian Oil Company [SOC], on SOC's production of oil, natural gas, and electric power, datelined Damascsus; SANA headline: "68.8m barrels of oil were produced in first half of 2008."] Damascus -Syria's production of oil in the first half of 2008 totalled 68,822,900 barrels of oil, of which 32,171,133 barrels were...

2008-09-06 09:00:15

Text of report by state-run Syrian news agency SANA website ["Signing of Seven Agreements and Protocols for Cooperation Between Syria and France" - SANA headline] Damascus (SANA) - Syria and France yesterday evening signed seven agreements, memorandums of understanding, and protocols for cooperation in the fields of oil, gas, electricity, and railways. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the General Establishment for Electrical Power Generation and the company (MAN Diesel...

2006-04-03 10:51:35

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian writer Mohammad al-Maghout, whose poems and plays fiercely criticized Arab regimes, died on Monday aged 72, the official news agency SANA said. "Syria and the Arab world lost a giant today," the agency said, adding that Maghout had died after a long illness. Maghout's work combined satire with descriptions of social misery and malaise, illustrating what he viewed as an ethical decline among rulers in the region. He teamed up with Syrian actors Dureid Laham...

2006-02-11 13:30:58

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appointed new interior and foreign ministers on Saturday, filling a major vacuum in his government as the country faces pressure over its role in Lebanon. The appointment of senior security officer Bassam Abdel Majeed as interior minister and career diplomat Walid al-Moualem to the foreign affairs portfolio were the key changes in a cabinet reshuffle announced through the state news agency SANA. The new...

2005-10-30 05:50:50

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem was touring the Gulf on Sunday to drum up Arab support on the eve of a United Nations meeting to discuss possible sanctions against Damascus. In an apparent effort to head off a tough draft Security Council resolution backed by the United States and France, Syria launched its own investigation on Saturday into the killing of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. The inquiry, ordered by Syrian President...

2005-09-03 07:40:49

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian security forces have killed five militants in a clash in central Syria with an Islamist group plotting "terrorist" attacks, the official SANA news agency said on Saturday. "The anti-terror squad raided on Friday evening a hideout of a terrorist group belonging to Jund al-Sham in the Hama governorate," it said, quoting an Interior Ministry source. "A clash took place and resulted in the killing of all five members of the group," while two Syrian security...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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