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Global Scan

Prince William's US trip seems more political than regal

When British royalty comes to the US, Americans go a little nuts. But this trip by Prince William has the Brits scratching their heads. Meanwhile, at least one British parliamentarian is looking to the US for ideas on how to deal with anti-abortion protesters. And the Chinese government is hunting for a corrupt Chinese official who was obsessed with gold.

Arts, Culture & Media

To understand life in East Germany, all you need is this board game

The board game called Bürokratopoly isn't about getting filthy rich, though players might feel filthy after they're done playing. The popular German game was created by dissidents in communist East Germany years ago as a satire about power and corruption. Now it has become a teaching tool for German kids trying to understand what it was like to live in the Communist East.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

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When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Global Politics

European Union prepares to adopt 24th official language as costs mount, calls for English rise

In the European Union, every language is an official language. Government officials speak in the official language of their country, and those comments are then translated into 22, soon to be 23, other languages. All of that costs $1.4 billion per year — and that total will increase when Croatian becomes an official language later this year.

Business, Finance & Economics

Overseas bailout

As the U.S. bailout plan stumbles on Capitol Hill, European banks are suffering from their exposure to the U.S. crisis. The World's Laura Lynch reports that governments in Europe have had to intervene with bailouts of their own.

Global Politics

Global bailouts

Europe and Japan have announced their plans to beef up their waning economies with billions of taxpayer dollars. The World's Laura Lynch brings us the details from London.

Global Politics

Gun control in Europe

The World's Gerry Hadden reports on Europe's reaction to today's school shooting in Germany. Many European Union members are re-examining their stance on gun control just as major legislation on the issue comes up for a vote.

Global Politics

Rich Germans want more taxes

Germany's new conservative ruling coalition is proposing steep tax cuts to help end the economic crisis. That's sending the deficit soaring. A group of very rich citizens says it wants to help bridge the growing gap. The World's Gerry Hadden reports.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Potsdamer Platz or Potsdam Square in Berlin, Germany. That's where the German leg of the European Poker Tour was underway this weekend. Marco Werman speaks with journalist Howard Swains.