In the week that Britain's high speed rail link closed down because the wrong sort of snow interfered with the engine's electronics, China unveiled the world's fastest train service on one of the coldest days of the year.
Egypt's first free elections for decades have entered a second day, with turnout so far described as "very high".
Logistical problems plagued many polling stations on Monday but the first day of voting passed mostly peacefully.
Egyptians are voting to create the first democratically elected assembly in the country's history.
Judy Gross, esposa del estadounidense Alan Gross, preso en Cuba, pidió hoy la intercesión del presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, en el caso, durante un acto frente a la Sección de Intereses de Cuba en vísperas del segundo aniversario del encarcelamiento del subcontratista.
Israel has fired several missiles into the southern Lebanese town of Ayta Shaab, in response to the shooting of Katyusha rockets from Lebanon into northern Israel, according to the Lebanese National News Agency.
Zimbabwean police believe there is a nationwide syndicate of women raping men, possibly to use their semen for use in rituals that claim to make people wealthy.
It has taken more than a year for any arrests to be made, and on Monday three women are to go on trial in the capital, Harare, over the allegations which have shocked the country.
The bodies of 26 men have been found in three vehicles abandoned in the centre of Mexico's second city, Guadalajara.
An Indonesian court has sentenced a 14-year-old Australian boy to two months in jail on the resort island of Bali, where he was caught with nearly seven grams of marijuana while vacationing with his family.