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2008-10-14 00:00:19

By Anne Penketh World Focus North Korea If you were keeping a scorecard of the nuclear brinkmanship between North Korea and the United States, today it would show game, set and match for Pyongyang over the world's only remaining superpower. The totalitarian state secured a major strategic victory at the weekend over the US, which finally removed North Korea from its terrorism blacklist, consigning to history President George Bush's description of Pyongyang as a member of the "Axis of...

2008-10-12 12:00:14

By Associated Press TORONTO -- Steven Soderbergh's Che Guevara film biography "Che" has found a U.S. distributor that will release it in theaters this December to qualify for the Academy Awards. IFC Films announced Wednesday it acquired domestic rights to the two-part, 4 1/2-hour saga, which stars Benicio Del Toro as the Argentine doctor who became one of the heroes of Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution. The film will play a one-week qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York in December...

2008-10-12 00:00:15

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration is trying to build consensus among its negotiating partners before removing North Korea from a terrorism blacklist in hopes of salvaging nuclear disarmament talks, U.S. officials said Friday.The administration is close to taking the step but is still consulting with China, South Korea, Russia and particularly Japan on the move, which is meant to revive the process, the officials said. A decision had been expected as early as...

2008-10-09 09:00:26

East Asian business forum on environmental protection opens in Hanoi HANOI, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- The East Asian Business Forum on Environmental Protection opened in Hanoi on Wednesday, drawing participation of more than 200 Vietnamese and foreign managers, scientists and businessmen, the Vietnam News Agency reported. The forum was held on the sideline of the First East Asian Environmental Ministers' Meeting, which is scheduled to open on Thursday. The participants presented 28 reports...

2008-10-09 06:00:29

By Dan Buglass Rural THE Common Agricultural Policy, which comes at a cost in the region of 40 billion (GBP 36bn) to European taxpayers, was last subject to a major review in 2004, with the new regime taking effect on 1 January 2005. That process was dubbed by the then agricultural commissioner, Franz Fischler, as a "mid-term" review, but it was the most radical shake-up in the 40-year history of the CAP. Fischler managed to convince member states that the best interests of both...

2008-10-05 09:00:07

North Korea's state news agency reported a public appearance by reclusive leader Kim Jong Il for the first time in nearly two months, an absence that prompted speculation he was seriously ill. Kim watched a university soccer game, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday. It did not say anything about his health condition. - The Associated Press his health The 66-year-old leader had not been seen in public since mid- August. U.S. and South Korean officials said last...

2008-10-03 15:00:08

Chief U.S. nuclear envoy Christopher Hill said Friday he had "substantive" talks with North Korea over nuclear disarmament, but no breakthrough was reported. Hill, the assistant secretary of state, returned to Seoul after a three-day visit with North Korean officials to meet with Kim Sook and Akitaka Saiki, his counterparts in South Korea and Japan. Hill had traveled overland to Pyongyang Wednesday to meet with North Korean's Kim Kye-gwan and other officials on a mission to stop the...

2008-10-01 06:00:41

Text of report in English by state-run Vietnamese news agency VNA website Hanoi (VNA) -The Government and people of Vietnam will spare no efforts to beef up cooperative relations with Japan , particularly in the areas of economy, trade and investment, to bring practical benefits to both countries. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement while receiving a 37-strong Japanese business delegation headed by Hiroyuki Yoshino, a senior adviser of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and...

2008-10-01 03:00:08

By Langston, Richard ABSTRACT: Peter Weiss first met Alexander Kluge at a special 1962 meeting of Gruppe 47 dedicated to cinema. Weiss left records of this and other subsequent meetings in ensuing years. After an extended hiatus, Kluge (along with Oskar Negt) reappeared in Weiss's notebooks in the guise of their newly published second book of social theory; "Geschichte u. Eigensinn," Weiss jotted in June 1981, taking note of their book's title. This author contends that Weiss's Die Asthetik...

2008-09-29 06:00:25

Text of report in English by state-run Vietnamese news agency VNA website [Unattributed article from the "Business" page: "Hanoi's airport planned for civil use"] Hanoi (VNA) -The Vietnam Aviation Administration announced on Sept. 25 that Hanoi's Gia Lam airport will be used for both civil and military purposes. To this end, a 286.6 billion VND (17 million USD) project has been approved for construction and upgrading of the 302.61 ha airport. During the first phrase that ends in 2015,...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.