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Global Scan

Was the Taj Mahal built out of love ... or guilt?

The well-known story of the Taj Mahal is that a bereft emperor built it to honor his wife, who died in childbirth. But a new play in India suggests otherwise. In Brazil, some are analyzing the more prosaic plot lines that played out in Thursday's US-Germany World Cup match. And a young Jewish writer joins a gay pilgrimage to Israel, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

From Russia with smut: Inside the Soviet Union's porn collection

Russia allowed a rare glimpse inside its secret trove of porn, which Soviet officials snatched away from its citizens. Elsewhere, Ghana's government sent a planeload of cash to its World Cup heroes in Brazil to end a pay dispute. And PRI's The World answered all of your questions on the unfolding war in Iraq. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Greenland's snow is getting darker, and that's bad for you and me

Greenland is home to a huge chunk of the Earth's frozen water. And every winter that ice is covered with snow, usually white snow that reflects sunlight back into space. But new information suggests that pollution and a warming climate are making that snow much darker — and consequently making it melt much faster. That story and more in today's Global Scan.

Lifestyle & Belief

Does the West have a monopoly on romantic love?

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Is love, romantic love, a universal emotion? In the West, it often seems we live, die and even kill for love. Love is passionate, foolish and cherished. But in many cultures, arranged marriages are the norm and romantic love is, well, disruptive. It turns out people across the globe feel romantic love, but they don't necessarily act on it.

Global Scan

Ukraine waits in suspense, and China blocks embarrassing details of secret bank accounts

Ukraine's protesters suspend clashes to negotiate with President Viktor Yanukovich, while China's leadership scrambles to block the web and keep their secret offshore bank accounts from being revealed to Chinese citizens. Curling gets fancy at the Sochi Olympics and South Korea welcomes Canadian hockey players in its bid to qualify for the next Winter Olympics. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Was the Taj Mahal built out of love ... or guilt?

The well-known story of the Taj Mahal is that a bereft emperor built it to honor his wife, who died in childbirth. But a new play in India suggests otherwise. In Brazil, some are analyzing the more prosaic plot lines that played out in Thursday's US-Germany World Cup match. And a young Jewish writer joins a gay pilgrimage to Israel, in today's Global Scan.