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2008-12-23 13:54:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Jewish World Service (AJWS) recently sent a letter, signed by nearly 200 rabbis, urging Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to continue blocking attempts by the United Nations Security Council at delaying justice for Sudan's president, Omar Al-Bashir. Since 2003, the Government of Sudan has been arming and organizing militias, with backing by the Sudanese army, to engage in a genocidal campaign against the people of Darfur. To date, the...

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2008-12-18 08:30:00

Archaeologists unearthed three ancient statues, engraved with a hard to understand sub-Saharan language, believed to honor the god Amun. The ram statues are the first discovery of a complete royal dedication in Meroitic script. Previous statues were found only in fragments. Experts believe Meroitic is the oldest written sub-Saharan language; they date it back to the Meroe period of 300BC to AD450. Archaeologist Vincent Rondot noted the statues were "an important discovery", but he said the...

2008-11-12 18:00:11

Obama gathering info on Iraq policy WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- President-elect Barack Obama's transition team says it's gathering information about U.S. troop presence in Iraq. Dan Pfeiffer, spokesman for Obama's transition office, told USA Today Obama will meet with advisers and U.S. military leadership "to map out a responsible drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq along the pace and scope he outlined during the campaign." Scholars at the Center for American Progress, a think-tank led by...

2008-11-12 15:00:08

Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir says he's ordering a cease-fire with rebels based in Darfur and will move to disarm pro-government militias. Bashir made the declaration Wednesday after receiving the recommendations of the Sudan People's Initiative, a Khartoum-backed plan that did not include any input from the key rebel group Justice and Equality Movement, the BBC reported. A prosecutor from the International Criminal Court in The Hague is seeking genocide charges against Bashir...

2008-11-11 09:00:27

Reel U Films announced today that the award-winning film "War Child" will make its cinematic debut in New York City on November 14th and Washington D.C. on December 5th. "War Child" documents the tumultuous and inspiring tale of Emmanuel Jal -- a child soldier and victim of Sudan's brutal civil war turned rising hip-hop star and MTVu Woodie Award nominee. The directorial debut for C. Karim Chrobog, "War Child" integrates a powerful narrative, interviews and musical performances with...

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2008-10-12 09:15:00

Calling it the "nuttiest thing" he'd ever heard, Defense Secretary Robert Gates laughed off claims by Indonesia's health minister that shipments of bird flu virus to a U.S. research laboratory had been halted for fear Washington might use them to make biological weapons. However, buried deep inside an 86-page supplement to the United States' export regulations is a single sentence that prohibits U.S. exports of vaccines for avian bird flu to five countries designated as state sponsors of...

2008-09-30 18:00:47

By ED JAMES MORE US Navy forces were sent to surround a hijacked ship loaded with Russian-made tanks yesterday. Extra destroyers and cruisers were deployed with in 10 miles of the Ukrainian vessel Faina being held by Somali pirates because of "great concern" over the possibility of the tanks and other weapons aboard the ship falling "into the wrong hands," said a spokesman for the 5th Fleet. American helicopters were flying over the ship in the Indian Ocean after the pirates demanded...

2008-09-30 09:00:23

By Jeffrey Gettleman The American military deployed more warships Monday to tighten a naval noose around the arms-laded freighter hijacked by pirates and thwart any possible escape in a standoff near the craggy Somalia coastline. Lieutenant Nathan Christensen, a U.S. Navy spokesman, said that "several destroyers and missile cruisers" had been assigned to those already dispatched to seal the pirated vessel off. He would not specify the exact number of warships or what they would do if the...

2008-09-30 09:00:23

Eleven hostages freed after 10 days in captivity in Egypt have begun returning to their home countries, national leaders said. Germany's Interior Ministry said five German tourists who were among the kidnapped group arrived back in Germany Tuesday, CNN reported. The hostages were released unharmed Monday. Other kidnap victims leaving Egypt were five Italians and one Romanian. Others who had been held with them were eight Egyptian guides, drivers and guards. The group was kidnapped...

2008-09-30 09:00:23

By Elizabeth A. Kennedy Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya -- U.S. helicopters on Monday buzzed a hijacked Ukrainian cargo ship carrying 33 Soviet-designed tanks and other weapons that officials fear could end up in the hands of al-Qaida- linked militants in Somalia if the pirates are allowed to escape. Thursday's seizure of the MV Faina off Somalia, a failed state seen as a key battleground in the war on terrorism, could bring dangerous effects across the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of...


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Nile Lechwe, Kobus megaceros
2012-09-10 17:01:29

The Nile lechwe (Kobus megaceros), a species of antelope, is also known as Mrs Gray's lechwe, the waterbuck, or the wasserbock. It can be found in Ethiopia and Sudan, where it prefers a habitat within grasslands, steppes, wetlands, coastal areas, or swamplands with water reaching a depth between 3.9 and 16 inches. Leopold Fitzinger first described this antelope in 1855. The Nile lechwe varies in size depending on sex, with males typically reaching a weight of up to 260 pounds and females...

2012-06-14 11:34:58

Symbol: RASU8 Group: Monocot Family: Arecaceae Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class   Liliopsida – Monocotyledons Subclass   Arecidae Order   Arecales Family   Arecaceae – Palm family Genus   Raphia P. Beauv. –...

2012-06-18 03:59:53

Symbol: DAGE Group: Monocot Family: Poaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Graminoid Native Status: L48    I Distribution: DactylocteniumgerminatumHack. distribution:USA(MD) Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class   Liliopsida – Monocotyledons...

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2008-10-18 12:31:16

The Taita Fiscal (Lanius dorsalis) is a member of the shrike family. This is an African species. It is found from southeastern Sudan and southern Ethiopia to northeastern Tanzania. Its habitat is dry open thornbush and acacia and other dry open woodland. The Taita Fiscal is 8.25 inches in length and is fairly unique. It has white underparts and a black crown, hind neck and wings. The back is gray, the rump is white, and there is a characteristic white V-shape on the back. The tail is...

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2008-10-18 12:24:29

The Gray-backed Fiscal (Lanius excubitoroides) is a species of bird found in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Its natural habitats are dry savanna and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.

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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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