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An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Drags On Into WInter

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In Aug. 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and businessman and billionaire Arkady Rotenberg,(right) mourn during a farewell ceremony for Putin's first judo coach, Anatoly Rakhlin, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption

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Latvia Keeps Careful Eye Trained On Russia

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Civilians In Eastern Ukraine Flee As Fighting Intensifies

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Russia's Economic State Is A Reversal Of Fortune For Putin

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Civilians In Debaltsevo Flee Russian-Backed Separatists

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Turkish Officials Seem To Ignore Threats Of Extremist Violence

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Russian tourists typically flock to the luxury ski resort of Megeve in the French Alps, but the weak ruble has kept them away this year. Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian Economic Woes Hit France's Ski Slopes

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Icehotel is located 120 miles above the Arctic Circle. The temperature outside is well below zero, but inside the hotel — while still, of course, below freezing — it's much warmer, hovering in the low 20s. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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The Arctic Circle's Coolest Accommodations Turn 25 Years Old

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A woman walks Wednesday past a monument to the Jews in Lisbon believed to have been killed in a pogrom in 1506. Portugal is following Spain and granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Jews it persecuted 500 years ago. Francisco Seco/AP hide caption

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