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  • The five coldest places on Earth

    The five coldest places on Earth

    Noticed a chill in the air? You're not alone. A blast of subzero temperatures has swept the Northeast, closing schools, stalling cars, and collectively freezing billions of nose hairs. The coldest temperature on Monday was recorded in New York's Adirondack Mountains, where Lake Saranac saw a low of –36°F. Boston woke up to temperatures of –2°F, actually colder than parts of the Arctic Circle. Many Americans outside the Northeast weren't much warmer. Even Tallahassee, Fla., saw temperatures drop to 25°F. Outside the US, South Koreans are seeing the lowest temperatures in almost a century, prompting the government to require public agencies to keep the thermostat set below 64°F to save energy. Still, these temperatures are downright balmy when compared to some places on Earth. Here's a list of sites that will make today seem like T-shirt weather.

  • Smartphones patent war heats up

    Smartphones patent war heats up

    Smartphones, tablets, and other technology are at the heart of a series of patent-infringement suits filed by Nokia against Apple.

  • Putin praises DiCaprio as 'real man' after harrowing journey to tiger summit

    Putin praises DiCaprio as 'real man' after harrowing journey to tiger summit

    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio narrowly escaped two plane crashes en route to a five-day tiger summit hosted by Putin, who is no stranger to derring-do himself.

  • Opinion By admitting its human rights problems, the US helps other nations admit theirs

    When the US had its own human rights record reviewed by the UN, the usual repressive regimes took the opportunity to condemn others while glossing over their own abuses. But history shows that human rights reporting can and does advance the cause of human rights worldwide.

  • World Space Week launches today on Sputnik anniversary

    World Space Week launches today on Sputnik anniversary

    World Space Week: This week, organizations across the globe celebrate the 11th annual World Space Week, which highlights the contributions of space science and technology to life on Earth.

  • Caster Semenya wins again in Finland after gender dispute resolved

    Caster Semenya wins again in Finland after gender dispute resolved

    Caster Semenya had been the subject of a gender dispute, after which track and field's governing body allowed her to run as a woman. The South African won an 800-meter race Sunday in Finland.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 05/10

    Ultraorthodox Jewish men harvest wheat ahead of the Jewish Shavuot holiday in a field outside the Israeli community of Mevo Horon on Monday. Shavuot commemorates Moses receiving the Ten Commandments and is also a harvest holiday. It begins next Tuesday at sundown.

  • Interview: former French diplomat Hubert Védrine on China and a West 'in disarray'

    Former Foreign Minister Hubert Védrine, author of 'History Strikes Back,' offers a realist view on a central challenge for Europe and the United States: the rise of China.

  • Opinion World leaders recall the fall of the Berlin Wall

    Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, George H.W. Bush, and Francois Mitterrand give their account of 1989.

  • The Monitor's View The Berlin wall and violent Islamic jihad

    A persistent, united effort by governments and individuals brought down the Berlin wall. The same strategy can crack the wall of jihadist ideology.