U.S. military planners are brushing aside Moscow's claims that its military has an array of new strategic nuclear weapons that can hit any target anywhere in the world. Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted about his military's newfound capabilities in a speech ahead of the Russian elections. But U.S. military officials are downplaying Putin's claims. VOA National Security Correspondent Jeff Seldin reports from the Pentagon.
Temperatures in the Arctic in recent days have surged above the freezing point, leading to renewed fears that climate change is affecting the planet's atmosphere and causing sea ice to melt at a faster rate than predicted. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average, scientists say, but at the same time much of Europe is experiencing a severe cold spell. Some scientists believe the two events are linked, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London.