While millions across Europe sweat through a summer of record-breaking heat, others are skiing in Africa. This isn’t another sign of climate change but rather the fascinating anomaly of Lesotho. Lesotho is a tiny mountain kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa. It's the only country on Earth where every inch of its territory sits more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level. That gives Lesotho snow and led to the creation of Afriski in the Maluti Mountains, which is Africa’s only operating ski resort south of the equator. It draws people from neighboring South Africa and further afield by offering the unique experience of skiing in southern Africa.
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Star batter Tahlia McGrath tested positive for COVID-19 but was still allowed to play as Australia won the first Commonwealth Games gold medal awarded in women’s cricket. Australia beat India by nine runs in Sunday's final at Edgbaston. There was drama midway through Australia’s innings when the team confirmed McGrath had tested positive for the coronavirus before the match. McGrath couldn't have played if the game was being staged in Australia. But the Commonwealth Games rules for participation are more relaxed to match the regulations around coronavirus protocols in host nation England.
Team Canada's Kyra Constantine, left, and Team England's Jessie Knight cross the finish line of the Women's 4 x 400 meters relay during the athletics competition in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. England crossed ahead but was later disqualified and Canada took the gold medal. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)