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Global Scan

Scandinavians, for the first time, are joining the jihad

Scandinavia is known for its commitment to civil and human rights, its government services and its equality. But it's also becoming a source of jihadi fighters in Syria. Pro-Russian militants in Ukraine have secured a huge cache of weapons. And a white man and his black puppet are creating candid talk on race in South Africa. That and more, in today's Global Scan.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

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When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Arts, Culture & Media

Building peace and security one LEGO brick at a time

It's a good day for the UN, with its chemical weapons inspectors getting honored with a Nobel Peace Prize. The UN has been recognized in other ways over the years. A LEGO model of UN Headquarters was recently unveiled. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon even snapped in the final piece on a large scale version. We got the small kit here in the office --- all 597 pieces. And The World's Nina Porzucki and Andrea Crossan set out to build it.