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Brazil: Southern Snow and the Sanctifier

A blast of frigid Antarctic air has brought snow to much of Southern Brazil. This coincides with the official visit by Pope Francis, and comes on the heels of mass demonstrations against the government. All this has made it a wild winter.

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Record Flood Levels Feared in Central Europe

Rescue helicopters in southern Germany have been plucking families from rooftops as floodwaters continue to threaten the town of Deggendorf. Thousands of people were moved from the town after levees along the Danube and Isar rivers broke.

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Massive Animal Rescue as Floods Hit Prague Zoo

There is heavy flooding in several countries in central Europe. Parts of the Czech capital, Prague, are underwater including about half of the city's famous zoo. Anchor Marco Werman hears about an amazing animal rescue from zoo spokesman, Michal Stastny.

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Winter Storms Slam Midwest

A massive winter storm slammed huge swaths of the country this week with snow and freezing rain. And the worst may be yet to come.  Stephen Fybish, a weather historian, says he predicted this would be a rough winter back in 2003.

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Scary Storms Hit on Groundhog Day

Here to talk about this year's unusual Groundhog Day is  Lee Haus, the Haaptmann (or president) of the Grastoddy Lodge. Bruce Sullivan, senior meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Md. has an update on the weather.

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Cyclone hits Australia

Our Geo Quiz comes straight out of the news this time: a massive cyclone is battering northeastern Australia. The storm is impacting a part of the state to the north of areas hit by massive flooding recently. What's the name of the Australian state?

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French landmark and wind power

The Geo Quiz is making a pilgrimage of sorts. We're looking for a tiny, tidal island, right off the coast of Normandy in France. A government plan to erect wind turbines nearby is now threatening its status as a World Heritage Site.

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Northern sled dog race

For today's Geo Quiz: The Yukon Quest is under way. 25 mushers and their sled dogs left Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon Territory on Sunday. They're headed northwest to Fairbanks, Alaska — 1,000 miles away, as the dogs run. Where's the halfway poi

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Geo answer

Today's answer is Ladakh, a region in the India-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh is where Pashmina goats can be found. Their soft wool is prized around the world. This year, severe winter conditions are threatening the goats. Anchor Lisa Mullins finds out more from the BBC's Altaf Hussein.

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Geo Quiz and answer

Our daily Geo Quiz is about sand storms over the Atlantic Ocean. The question is: where does the sand come from? Anchor Marco Werman gets the answer from Eric Achterberg, a researcher who's just back from a boat trip to study the storms. He says the sand comes from the Sahara Desert in Africa.

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Spain struggles with drought

The World's Gerry Hadden reports that Spain is struggling to cope with a severe drought, and the problem has led to water shortages, and in the Mediterranean port city of Barcelona, to a plan to bring in drinking water via tanker ships.

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Geo answer

Today's Geo Quiz asked you to name one of Norway's northernmost towns, on the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean. The answer is Longyearbyen. Residents there have just emerged from their long "polar night" when the sun never rises for months. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from Irene Gustafson, a tourism specialist in the Norwegian town.