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Global Scan

Downton Abbey's pooch has a problem — with her name

The public television smash hit Downton Abbey is making waves again — though not because its killed off another character. It's because of one of the show's dogs. Specifically Isis. And you can probably figure out where this is going. Meanwhile, in Finland, the country's prime minister is blaming Apple for its economic problems. And France is blaming the English-speaking the world for being too politically correct. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Spain may finally get to see a finished version of Gaudí's famous church — in Finland

Barcelona's famed Sagrada Familia church is still being built after more than a century. Now, impatient Finnish students plan to finish their own scaled-down version, imagined in this photo — out of ice. We also spotlight new relevations about Blackwater Security's lawless tactics during the Iraq War and wonder if Scotland's national dish is headed for the US, in today's Global Scan.

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.

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.

Constraints on growth of nuclear power

The rising price of oil and the growing demand for energy has prompted a new look at nuclear power -- even in the oil-rich Middle East, but there are limits to how fast nuclear energy can grow to meet that demand

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

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geoquiz is Finnish Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland. It lies inside the Arctic Circle and was recently the destination for 14 of the world's top chefs who gathered for an unusual culinary challenge.

Conflict & Justice

The Looming Greek Default

Europe continues to struggle with finding a way out of its economic crisis. The most immediate threat to the Eurozone is the possibility of a Greek default. But some are openly wondering whether it's time to let Greece go.

Business, Finance & Economics

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geoquiz is Turku, Finland, home to the Finnish shipyard that's just built the world's biggest cruise liner. The Oasis of the Seas completed its maiden voyage across the Atlantic today. The World's David Leveille reports.