Global Scan

Children watch as an aid convoy of Syrian Arab Red Crescent drives through the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria March 5, 2018.

Aid reaches Ghouta but retreats after shelling; Syria continues air and ground attack


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.

People burn a sign depicting a U.S. flag and a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump as they take part in an anti-U.S. rally in Peshawar, Pakistan, January 5, 2018.

The US is cutting security assistance to Pakistan over terror groups

The leader of ANO party Andrej Babis signs books for a supporter during an election campaign rally in Prague, Czech Republic September 28, 2017.

The Czech Republic’s Trump is in the lead for prime minister

Global Politics
Maria hits Puerto Rica

Puerto Rico is ‘100 percent without power’ after Hurricane Maria makes landfall

Mexico quake

Death toll continues to rise in Mexico quake

Photographer Carlos Barria holds a print of a photograph he took in 2005, as he matches it up at the same location 10 years on, in New Orleans. The print shows Errol Morning sitting on his boat on a flooded street September 5, 2005, after Hurricane Katrin

5 stories to make you smile and think

Global Scan

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.

Dean Parker, a commercial housepainter and avid surfer from Florida, traveled to northern Iraq to fight with the Kurdish Peshmerga against ISIS.

Some foreigners fight for ISIS, but this American joined the fight against it

Global Scan

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.

US President Barack Obama meets Britain's Prince William

Prince William’s US trip seems more political than regal

Global Scan

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.

The World

Take a trip through London at night — with the lights off

Global Scan

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.

Russian doping control center

Russian athletes won big in Sochi and a new TV documentary says doping may be the reason

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.