Middle East

2 Middle East Locations Hit 129 Degrees F—Hottest Ever in Eastern Hemisphere

The location of Kuwait (Google Maps)
The location of Kuwait (Google Maps)

GENEVA — The U.N. weather agency says it suspects a 54-degree Celsius (129.2 Fahrenheit) temperature recorded in Kuwait has set a record for the eastern hemisphere...




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UNESCO has named the area as a World Heritage Site. (HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

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