The Eurovision song contest is perhaps the world's most extravagant display of soft power. However, despite the contest's purpose of strengthening diplomatic and cultural ties between like-minded European countries, this year's result is causing quite the stir. Both Australia and Russia were odds-on favorites to win Eurovision 2016, but it was Ukraine who walked away with the title. Russia views the win as purely political and has threatened to boycott next year's event which, per tradition, will be held in Ukraine. With the ongoing conflict in Crimea hovering over Russia and Ukraine's strained relationship, perhaps a song and dance contest like Eurovision is exactly what's needed to inspire peace. See all the glory of last night's winner one more time. #Eurovision #UKR https://t.co/yR5BCThpKQ — Eurovision (@Eurovision) May 15, 2016
The Iditarod, the world's most famous dog race, is officially underway, but not without its fair share of drama. Weeks before the race was set to begin, the city of Fairbanks, Alaska, had to transport snow into the township as its usually snow-covered streets were bone-dry. A surprisingly warm winter is to blame. This February is Alaska's fourth-warmest on record as the average temperature clocked in at 29 degrees, about 10 degrees above average. While the event has had to remove excess snow in the past, this year mark's the first time that snow was brought in.