The Sahara Desert — the world’s hottest — has been hit by snow for only the second time in four decades.
Photographers have taken incredible pictures of 18-inch deep snow covering the sand in the small North African desert town of Ain Sefra after a freak winter storm on Sunday.
The town had not seen snow for 37 years when it arrived this time last year — and locals were stunned when it began falling on the red sand dunes on Sunday morning.
It comes as as much of the northern hemisphere sees record cold temperatures.
Snow started falling in the early hours of Sunday and it quickly began settling on the sand.
Photographer Karim Bouchetata said: “We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again. It stayed all day on Sunday and began melting at around 5pm.”
Last year, the town, known as “The Gateway to the Desert,” saw deep snow shortly after Christmas and it caused chaos, with passengers stranded on buses after the roads became slippery and icy.
Children made snowmen and even sledged on the sand dunes.
Before that, snow was last seen in Ain Sefra on February 18, 1979, when the snow storm lasted just half an hour.
A spokesman for the Met Office said this morning: “Cold air was pulled down south into North Africa over the weekend as a result of high pressure over Europe.
“Ain Sefra is around 1,000 metres above sea level and surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.”
The Sahara Desert covers most of Northern Africa and it has gone through shifts in temperature and moisture over the past few hundred thousand years.
Although the Sahara is very dry today, it is expected to become green again in about 15,000 years.
Facebook suspends thousands of apps in response to Cambridge Analytica row
Facebook Inc said, it has suspended tens of thousands of apps on the social networking platform, as part of the company’s ongoing app developer investigation it began in March 2018 in response to the Cambridge Analytica row.
The suspended apps are associated with about 400 developers, Facebook said, adding that it is not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to users.
Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices.
The FTC privacy probe was triggered last year by allegations that Facebook violated a 2012 consent decree and inappropriately shared information of 87 million users with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook has since agreed to boost safeguards on user data and has put curbs on the amount of information that third-party developers can request from platform users.
“… We’re making progress. We won’t catch everything, and some of what we do catch will be with help from others outside Facebook,” the company said in a blogpost.
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A female robber trying to escaping through the window after robbing a bank in Adum area of Kumasi in Ghana.
In the video, the lady threw the money down from the window and jumped down to get the money, but she was caught and arrested by the bank’s security operatives.
The details of the lady is still unknown as at the time of filling this report
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