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Global Scan

Indians stage a protest for the right to kiss

In a scene right out of the US in the 1960s, thousands of Indians in Kerala province gathered for a "Kiss of Love" demonstration to protest moral policing by conservative groups in the country. Meanwhile, Japan outdoes the Scots when it comes to making single-malt Scotch. And Alzheimer's patients are finding luxurious care at a bargain price in Thailand. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

This crash test dummy family is getting an overweight uncle — to reflect America's expanding waistlines

America's rise in obesity isn't just raising health alarms. It is challenging designers of all sorts of consumer products, including car safety experts, who are moving to a morbidly-obese crash test dummy. Meanwhile, in Russia, Apple's gay CEO is under attack. France and Spain, however, seem more worried about clowns. Those stories and more in this weekend's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo quiz and geo answer

Today we're looking for the French town where you land after crossing the British Channel by ferry. The answer is Calais. That's where a unique trek by 28-year-old Briton Mark Boyle came to an abrupt halt. Boyle was planning to WALK all the way to India from Calais. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with him to find out what went wrong.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit

A French professor of art and music contends that ancient cave paintings were part of music-filled rituals. Reporter Ari Daniel Shapiro visited a cave with the French professor and an American skeptic.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

Today's Geo Quiz asked for an African state that may not exist on the map, but it thrives in the world of fiction. It's the setting in the 1978 novel, The Coup, by the late John Updike. The answer is Kush. Anchor Marco Werman plays an old Updike interview in which the author admits his African experience was limited, but defends his decision to write about Africa anyway.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit

The band Les Sans Culottes pretends to be French. But the faux-French band has never actually performed in France� that is, until last week. The World's Adeline Sire has more.

Global Politics

France telecom suicides

Twenty-four employees of France Telecom have killed themselves in the past year-and-a-half. Some blame the restructuring of the previously state-owned company for a poisonous atmosphere. The World's Gerry Hadden reports.