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Arts, Culture & Media

After a fracas over French 'male-only' prize for graphic novelists, world takes note of women artists

For 43 years, graphic novelists and comics artists have gathered in the French town of Angoulême to celebrate their burgeoning art and award prizes. But in all that time, only one woman has won the Grand Prix, a "lifetime achievement" award. After this year's list of 30 nominees contained no women at all, an uproar ensued.

Lifestyle & Belief

On the anniversary of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the magazine continued its tradition as equal opportunity offender

This week is a solemn anniversary in Paris. January 7 marks the one-year anniversary since jihadist brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi gunned down 12 people Charlie Hebdo in and around the Charlie Hebdo office building. Other coordinated attacks followed. Charlie Hebdo released a special edition this week with a typical thumb-in-the-eye cover: A gun-toting God figure in sandals stands with a Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder.

Global Scan

Mandela brings people together, even in death

World leaders and regular people gathered Tuesday in South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela — a man who was labelled a terrorist by the US until 8 years ago, a friend of China and Cuba, and now a symbol of hope and reconciliation for millions. We also look at Saudi Arabia's interest in its own human genome project, one of the most extreme zipline rides in the world, and a video game where the villian is alcoholism. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.