Aid trucks reached Syria's eastern Ghouta region on Monday for the first time since the start of one of the war's deadliest assaults, but the government stripped some medical supplies from the convoy and pressed on with its air and ground assault.
From newlyweds who spent their honeymoon providing food for refugees in Calais, to what Jimmy Carter really wants to be known for, and how David Foster Wallace is remembered by his little sister. Thoughtful stories for the week ahead.
One day, Dean Parker was watching the news on TV. The next he was packing up body armor and preparing to fight with Kurdish forces against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria. Now he's looking for a flight home — and knows he has some explaining to do to the FBI and Homeland Security.
When British royalty comes to the US, Americans go a little nuts. But this trip by Prince William has the Brits scratching their heads. Meanwhile, at least one British parliamentarian is looking to the US for ideas on how to deal with anti-abortion protesters. And the Chinese government is hunting for a corrupt Chinese official who was obsessed with gold.
Nights during a blackout in a big city offer a scary vision to some. But this new video shows how London's architecture would be set off by the night sky, if city lights weren't obscuring the view. Meanwhile, across the Channel, France has decided to pay foreign victims sent to Nazi camps in French trains. And China asks for US help to crack down on corrupt fugitives, in this weekend's Global Scan.
More than five dozen Russian athletes are currently suspended from competition for using performance-enhancing drugs — and that may be the tip of the iceberg. Meanwhile in Canada, bear attacks may be on the rise due to climate change. And Americans are questioning the grand jury system that they inherited from England, in today's Global Scan.
Ever since NASA mothballed the Space Shuttle, it hasn't flown a spaceship. That will change on Thursday morning, when it test-launches the Orion space capsule, which is designed for possible Mars travel . Meanwhile, South Korea intends to rankle North Korea with another large Christmas tree in the DMZ. And a new ranking of government corruption gives the US middling marks.
More than a million Syrian refugees could face hunger and death in the near future because the UN is running critically short of funds to provide food relief. And today is Giving Tuesday around the globe —have you donated to a non-profit yet? And Iranian cyber-attackers have infiltrated dozens of Western businesses in 16 countries. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
For Indian women without a father in the picture, planning their wedding can be hard, and financially impossible. But a wealthy diamond tycoon is stepping in and helping out. Meanwhile, Saint Hoax has new protest images and an Australian journalist finds a way to clamp down on hateful comments from teenage boys.
Air conditioning is responsible for some 15 percent of building energy use. What if that could be eliminated completely — using mirrors? Scientists at Stanford University think they may have found a way. That story and more in today's Global Scan.
China is the world's largest tobacco market — and that's partially because it's so cheap and easy to get. But now the country's government is looking to ratchet up the restrictions. That story and more in today's Global Scan.