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2005-07-04 12:22:05

By Opheera McDoom SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - African forces deployed to preventfurther fighting in Sudan's Darfur region are underfunded, thehead of African Union (AU) peacekeeping said on Monday. The AU wants its 3,000-strong mission monitoring thethree-year-old conflict to expand to more than 7,000 withheavier weapons by October and take a more pro-active role toprotect civilians. "In terms of logistical support the commitments are veryencouraging, but we have had not had enough...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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