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It's so cold that __________ (fill in the blank)

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It's cold. So cold, in fact, that all sorts of seemingly improbable things have become probable, and we share a few of them. Meanwhile, around the world, life goes on. In Turkey, police and politicians are locked in a power struggle. And in Syria, an al-Qaeda affiliate has shocked many with their quick rise to power. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

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If you are cold today, think warm thoughts ... or head to Australia

Just as the US and Canada face record cold temperatures this week, Australia is hitting record highs — up to 121 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, China says its women should stop turning their breast milk into novelty soaps, Saudi Arabia gets its first female law firm, and an American designer may be the world's greatest diamond counterfeiter. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

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Stepping out in the new year?

If being in the French Alps isn't enough of a thrill, now you can "step into the void" with only a glass floor to hold you. Indian police use bananas to recover stolen goods. And we introduce you to the Paradogs of World War II, Chess boxing, Christian Rock Pakistani-style, and more in today's Global Scan.

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The Philippines is bowed, but not broken after Typhoon Haiyan

While aid organizations rush to help the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan, there is at least some good news. Officials say the death toll should be between 2000 and 2500, rather than the 10,000 previously reported. Plus, Moscow allows subway riders to pay for their fares in squats. And Egypt stands as the worst Arab country for women. Those stories and more, in today's Global Scan.

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Canada is burning and America is choking on its smoke

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Canada's wildfires are sending smoke billowing south, thanks to the jet stream and changes in the location of high pressure systems across the US. All that smoke has led to air quality alerts around the US — from the Pacific Northwest to the Upper Midwest.