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Sea ice hits new record low at both poles

MIAMI: The sea ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic hit new record lows for this time of year, marking the smallest polar ice caps in the 38-year satellite record, US government scientists said Wednesday. In March, the Arctic ice sheet should be at its biggest, but on March 7 the ice cover reached "a record low wintertime maximum extent," said a statement by the US space agency NASA. Data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, also showed that on March 3, "sea ice…

Poles to give Tom Hanks iconic communist-era car

Spurred by tweets Tom Hanks posted showing himself admiring an iconic communist-era car, Poles have raised the cash to buy a tiny Fiat 126 p for the Hollywood star, organisers said Tuesday. The Oscar-winner posed next to several of the cars affectionately dubbed "Maluch", or "little guy" in Polish, during a shoot late last year in the Hungarian capital Budapest. "I got a new car! Hanx," reads a caption on one of the tweets that caught the attention of Poles after going viral. I got a new car! Hanx…

Poles welcome US troops as Nato eyes Russia

WARSAW: Polish authorities and ordinary Poles welcomed Saturday US troops who arrived this week as part of an unprecedented deployment to NATO's eastern flank aimed at deterring Russia. "Welcome to Poland," Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told US troops in Zagan, the Polish town on the German border where the brigade will be headquartered, adding "we hope you feel at home." "The presence of American soldiers in Poland is another step in our strategy to ensure safety and security for Poland and the region," she added.…