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A Rare Heavy Snowfall Hits Tokyo, Stalls Travel
Heavy snow disrupted flights and train services across Japan Saturday, as the weather agency issued a severe storm warning for Tokyo. NHK reported 27 centimeters (just under 11 inches) of snow blanketed central Tokyo by late Saturday night, local time. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued its first heavy snowfall warning for central Tokyo in 13 years.

Breathtaking Photos of the Coldest City in the World
Think we’re having a brutal winter? Winter temperatures in Oymyakon, Russia, average minus 50 C ( minus 58 F). The remote village is generally considered the coldest inhabited area on Earth. Oymyakon is a two-day drive from Yakutsk, the regional capital which has the lowest winter temperatures of any city in the world.

Airport riot by passengers mars end of China's new year holiday
A riot at a major airport in China by passengers angry about delays caused by heavy snow has marred the end of the traditional week-long lunar new year holiday, state media said on Friday, as millions rush to return to work.

Etna volcano (Sicily): increased lava flow from the New SE crater
Activity from the New SE crater continues essentially unchanged. Weak strombolian activity occurs at the summit vent, sometimes associated with more or less pronounced ash emissions.

70,000 rally in Kiev in fresh show of force
An estimated 70,000 pro-Western Ukrainians thronged the heart of Kiev on Sunday vowing never to give up their drive to oust President Viktor Yanukovych for his alliance with old master Russia.

7 dead, 1,000 injured as heavy snow blankets Japan
The heaviest snow in decades in Tokyo and other areas of Japan has left at least seven dead and more than 1,000 injured across the country, reports said Sunday.

Who owns the moon? NASA bets on private companies to exploit its resources
NASA -- building on successful partnerships with private companies to resupply the International Space Station -- is now looking to private entrepreneurs to help exploit resources on the moon. In its latest initiative, unveiled in late January, the US space agency is proposing private companies take advantage of NASA's extensive know-how, its engineers, and access to its installations to help design and build lunar robots.

Traveller letters: Qantas points cancelled with no warning

Yes, we're laughing at your naked body: airport security officer confesses
Staff would make fun of images from full-body scanners and target passengers from 12 countries, a former US airport security worker has alleged.

Two killed as falling rock derails train in French Alps
A huge falling rock derailed a train in the French Alps yesterday, killing two people and partly pushing one of its carriages over the edge of a mountain slope, officials said.

Swiss voters back quotas on immigration from EU
Fifteen years after Switzerland voted to introduce European-wide free movement laws, the country voted today to cap immigration from the European Union.

New Australian law aims to end trans-Tasman mobile roaming rorts
The Australian government is readying new legislation to protect consumers against sky-high voice and data roaming charges when travelling to New Zealand.

How to avoid the overseas data roaming rip-off
Business travellers love that their smartphone keeps email, Web sites, apps and online services just a few taps away. But as many have accidentally discovered during an overseas trip, the cost of using 3G data as a ‘roaming’ service is a killer.



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