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Global Scan

Forget the apple. Saudi Arabia is offering its best teachers a Bimmer

Saudi Arabia has a plan to reward its best teachers with thousands of dollars and luxury cars. Student rewards come next. Elsewhere, a Russian monastery hopes to solve the country's mozzarella shortage. And a three-year-old movie gives you a an accurate sense of what it is like fighting the Ebola outbreak. All that and more in today's Global Scan.

How new technologies are bringing water to the developing world

The introduction of better water management and water technology can change lives in places like Sub Saharan Africa. And it’s not just Sub Saharan Africa where water is a problem. The United Nations estimates that three-quarters of a billion people lack access to clean water and that almost two-point-five billion lack access to adequate sanitation. One solution to the problem may be through innovation and technology. Here's a look at three that are trying to make a difference.

Science, Tech & Environment

Aceh's orphans

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the tsunami that roared across the Indian ocean. Donations have generously helped survivors there -- including in Aceh -- but the neediest children in Aceh these days are NOT tsunami survivors. The World reports.

Indonesia's

Indonesia's highly-rated TV show, "Little Preachers," was inspired by "American Idol" and other reality show imports. But "Little Preachers" has a purely local twist. It pits child preachers against each other in a contest of who can deliver the best Islamic sermons.

Business, Finance & Economics

Saving the Orangutan

In the Geo Quiz we hear about an unusual effort to save Orangutans. These great apes are threatened by poaching and especially habitat loss. Their habitat happens to be in Indonesia and Malaysia but it's limited to 2 islands. Can you name them?

Indonesia reconsiders Suharto

Indonesia's former dictator Suharto is still in critical condition after coming close to dying recently; the 85-year-old Suharto ruled the country for more than three decades and was responsible for many human rights abuses