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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

India's low-budget Mars probe snaps an iconic photo of the red planet

India's Mars mission keeps grabbing headlines — including this week, when the probe took this remarkable photo. Meanwhile, the US is shipping more of its oil overseas than at any time in the past 50 years, and that's a good sign gas prices are heading down. And ISIS thwarts US airstrikes with a speedy change in its tactics, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Rodman plays ball with North Korea's dictator

Basketball diplomacy, Dennis Rodman-style, keeps getting stranger. Scientists streak the South Pole and come away with frostbite in tender places. China overtakes Europe in R&D spending. And did you know that Hitchcock made a Holocaust documentary? All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Seeking a ban on cluster bombs

An international conference aimed at building support for a treaty banning the use of cluster bombs wrapped up in New Zealand today, and so far, 82 countries have signaled their support

Conflict & Justice

French law challenged

Human Rights Watch International is challenging one of France's anti-terrorism laws: the group says the so-called 'criminal association' law can get a person in trouble for who he knows, and that's a violation of civil liberties.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit

Anchor Katy Clark speaks to musicians Terre Roche and Susan McKeown about their involvement in a new collection of national anthems. The CD is called "Us An'Them."

Science, Tech & Environment

Update on missing Air France jet

Correspondent Anita Elash reports on the latest in the investigation into the disappearance of an Air France airliner yesterday. 228 people were onboard. Brazil's Air Force says search planes discovered some debris floating in the Atlantic Ocean today, though it's not yet clear whether it's from the missing jet.