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Global Scan

The conflict over Ukraine now reaches into space

Russia has announced it will stop selling rocket engines to the US, as the tit-for-tit sanctions over Ukraine increase. That will hurt America's ability to loft satellites into orbit and support the International Space Station. Elsewhere, Nigerian vigilante groups form to fight against Boko Haram and a religious ritual in Indonesia involves anonymous sex, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Could São Paulo's drought affect the World Cup this summer?

In today's Global Scan, São Paulo, the world's sixth largest city and a host city for this summer's World Cup, is running dry. Without more rain soon, rationing will have to start. North Korea normally blocks all contact with the West, but it has an exception — a university just for the sons of the elite. And Argentinians use an app to police prices in the supermarket.

Global Politics

Indonesia quake aftermath

Officials in the earthquake-hit city of Padang, Indonesia, have called off the search for survivors in the rubble of buildings five days after the disaster. Reporter Ann Dornfeld visited a village near Padang.

Solving the problem of piracy

Until a few years ago the Strait of Malacca, an important global shipping lane between Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, was considered to be the most dangerous sea lane in the world. Pirate attacks were commonplace there. But in recent years, there's been a decline in piracy incidents there. Now waters off of Somalia are considered the most dangerous. Jocelyn Ford went to Aceh on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, once known as a hotbed for pirates, to find out what changed.

Global Politics

Meatball soup for Obama

President Obama will have a lot on his plate during his visit to Indonesia. But many Indonesians seem more interested in what will be on the president's dinner plate Their top choice is a meatball soup called bakso. Chad Bouchard reports from Jakarta.