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2005-08-15 15:42:24

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan ordered a broad independent review of U.N. procurement practices on Monday following the discovery that a senior U.N. purchasing official was shaking down contractors. The United Nations, at Annan's insistence, would soon hire an outside consulting firm to carry out "a full financial and internal control review of the U.N.'s procurement system," chief U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. The firm has not...

Word of the Day
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.