Scientists measured temperatures of -137 Fahrenheit on the highest section of the East Antarctic ice divide. That's almost 10 degrees colder than the previous record.
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The Combined Air and Space Operations Center is a minimalist concrete bunker in the blasted desert south of Doha, the capital. U.S. officials like to pretend the outpost isn't really there, but members of the media accompanying Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on a trip to the Middle East got a close look.
A massive tidal wave displaced 263 pups, many of which will need to be bottle fed and rehabilitated for months.
For years, a car accident has been blamed for killing former Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek, who died in 1976. But a new inquiry has found the politician was murdered by the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil for 21 years.
The lack of law enforcement in many regions has spurred looting that killed at least five people and injured hundreds. Some shop owners are taking up arms to defend themselves; others are closing down.
During a 20-minute eulogy, Obama said Mandela was the "last great liberator of the 20th century."
Poly Implant Prothese was once among the world's leaders in supplying implants. But after its product was found to have a high rupture rate, a public health scare followed. Its founder was sentenced to four years in prison for fraud.
South Africans paused Tuesday to bid farewell to the country's first black president, but there was nothing somber about it. They sang and shouted and ululated, with some making themselves hoarse even before a memorial service at the country's biggest stadium.
SABC, South Africa's public broadcaster, live streamed its coverage of Nelson Mandela's memorial service in Johannesburg.
With a mix of joyful, mournful and soulful music tens of thousands of South Africans and dozens of world leaders gathered in a huge soccer stadium to celebrate the country's emancipator. Nelson Mandela was remembered as an "incomparable force of leadership."
Under the agreement, Jordan would build a desalination plant and a pipeline would be built from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Dead Sea.
The U.S. said it offering help to stave off a humanitarian crisis and promote stability in the region.
"It's the kind of water where if you were really dying, you could drink it, but you probably wouldn't bottle it for resale," says the chief scientist of the Curiosity mission. Scientists say the lake could have sustained life billions of years ago.
Sunday's riot was sparked by the death of a 33-year-old Indian national who was struck and killed by a bus. Hundreds rioted in the Little India neighborhood following the death. Eighteen people were hurt.
The Russian president dissolved RIA Novosti and an international radio broadcaster, setting up a new organization to be run by a news anchor known for his ultraconservative views. The move was seen as a surprise.
Jang Song Thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, was reportedly dismissed from his defense post. Official North Korean images appear to show the once-powerful Jang being escorted from a party meeting by uniformed guards. The move is seen as an attempt by Kim to consolidate his power.
Yingluck Shinawatra's move comes as she tries to defuse anti-government protests that began last month. But protest leaders said they will rest only when Thai politics is rid of her family's influence.
So many spies have reportedly targeted gamers that a central group must try to keep track of them all. That's the latest revelation from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and reported by the Guardian and other outlets.
Anti-government protesters have now occupied for Kiev's city hall for more than a week. Police are tearing down barricades that were put in front of municipal buildings, the AP reports, and an opposition party says their offices were raided.
Another lawmaker had previously asked Edward Snowden to testify before the German Parliament, but Snowden declined, saying he would happily do so, but he first wanted to testify before the U.S. Congress.