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2006-06-07 05:00:00

By Robert Birsel ISLAMABAD -- The highly endangered Indus river dolphin has dramatically increased in numbers in a small section of the Indus in Pakistan but the animals remain very rare and in grave danger, a scientist said on Wednesday. The unique, blind dolphin is one of the world's four freshwater dolphin species, and one of its rarest mammals. While the animals once thrived from the lower Indus up to the foothills of the Himalayas, its range has shrunk to just 20 percent of that, British...

2005-07-14 05:24:17

KARACHI (Reuters) - A day after a three-train pile-up in Pakistan, officials put the death toll at 133 as rescue workers pulled the last of the bodies from the wreckage. The deadly crash took place in the early hours of Wednesday when a crowded passenger train rammed into another at a station in Ghotki, a remote town in southern Sindh province, and a third train then plowed into the wreckage. Some 2,000 people, many of them asleep, were on the trains. "We have now removed all the bodies...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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