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Global Scan

Just what is this ball the Curiosity rover found on the surface of Mars

NASA's Mars missions may not have been as cheap as the recent Indian mission, but their rovers and orbiters continue to provide stunning discoveries. Earlier this month, one of the rovers sent back a photo that seemed decidedly out of place: a round sphere, like a 16th century cannonball. Meanwhile, in India, women are being celebrated for their central mission in that country's Mars mission. And one man tries to smuggle 51 turtles into Canada, by taping them to his body.

Global Scan

These are the seven countries the US military has bombed in the last three years

US officials launched an air attack on ISIS rebels in Syria this week, making the war-torn Middle East country the seventh state — at least — to see US airstrike since 2011. Meanwhile, an African nation torn by Ebola is agreeing to halt logging in exchange for development aid. And in Iraq, the nation's Kurdish minority is looking at what it has achieved — with high hopes for its future.

New report ranks environmental efforts

A new report was released today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the 2008 Environmental Performance Index ranks countries for their efforts in addressing environmental issues

Global Politics

China urbanization series: Wangwan

China's rapid urbanization is drawing hundreds of millions of people to its cities. And that's having a profound impact on those in the villages left behind. The World's Mary Kay Magistad has the third in our series on China's urbanization.

Global Politics

China rejects human rights criticism

The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports on China's response to criticism of its human rights record; the government in Beijing says no one should interfere in China's affairs, and many ordinary Chinese don't understand why the West keeps criticizing China.

Sports

China's track star leaves race

China's top track athlete Liu Xiang dropped out of a hurdles race in Beijing today. Anchor Lisa Mullins talks to correspondent Mary Kay Magistad about Liu Xiang and other Olympics news.