New Zealand's north island was hit with the first snowfall in decades. Houses and cars were covered with snow in Wellington, New Zealand's capital, during a powerful storm on Aug. 14. Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom
People walk through a main street in Auckland during New Zealand's snow storm, which was accompanied by heavy rain and high winds. Thousands of homes lost electricity due to the unexpected 'once in a life time' major snow storm. Sarah Ivey/New Zealand Herald/AP
Children prepare to go sledding in Wellington. Experts said this kind of storm happens once every 50 years. Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom
A car slips on a snowy hill in Wellington. Highway One, the major thruway between Wellington and Auckland, was obscured and closed. Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom
A residential area is covered in heavy snow. While much of Wellington's population celebrated the weather with cheers and photography, some bemoaned the cancellation of flights. Kyodo/Newscom
On Aug. 15, the day after the storm, a thick layer of snow could be seen resting on Wellington. The skiing and tourism resort of Queenstown was temporarily closed. Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom
Citizens of Wellington retreat to their homes as the weather becomes too cold. Although many were very excited about the snow, the travel delays it caused were upsetting. Zuma Press/Newscom
The Chinese government says it has cleaned up rumors and and libelous information on the Internet. Observers argue the government crackdown has lead to self-censorhip and curtailed speech.
Didi Tang, Associated Press /
November 30, 2013
The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party.