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Global Scan

Researchers have identified the key to a successful dictatorship

It's not easy to be dictator, what with the threat of coups and all. Now US and Canadian researchers are helping with a sort of Dummies' guide to dictatorship. Meanwhile, Russians are hearing that the Malaysia Airlines tragedy is a Western plot. And Iran has decided to boost its population by banning vasectomies. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Brazil wins the title for most faked injuries in the World Cup

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The drama has been intense on the field during the World Cup... and then there have been the games. The Wall Street Journal tallied up the theatrical moments of feigned injuries — and Brazil is the clear winner. At least in Brazil, women can attend the matches. Not so in Iran. And the US warns travelers away from visiting much of Africa, all in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

When it comes to spying, everyone is in everyone else's business

The NSA ha ignited a firestorm over its extensive spying on friends and allies alike, but it's clear the US is far from alone. Also, a new study finds billions of planets in the Milky Way that might be like Earth, and a former US president says he almost punched out a foreign leader. All this and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Politics

American journalist on trial in Iran

Iranian officials say the espionage trial of Iranian-American reporter Roxana Saberi could produce a verdict within two weeks. Wall Street Journal columnist Gerald Seib tells host Marco Werman that hardliners in Iran may be using Saberi's case to show Washington they can still play hardball.

Global Politics

Rural voters in Iran's election

The World's Laura Lynch hears from voters in rural Iran in the days leading up to Iran's presidential election. Iran's conservative incumbent is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He faces a strong challenge, but he remains popular outside Iran's cities.

Conflict & Justice

Word from Iran's supreme leader

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with L.A. Times correspondent Borzou Daragahi, about today's speech by Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Khamenei demanded an end to the massive street protests sparked by last Friday's presidential election.

Conflict & Justice

Iran's new nuclear proposal

A new proposal by Iran today is creating confusion among international negotiators. Iran wants to buy enriched uranium rather than send the uranium it already has to another country for processing. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from Borzou Daragahi.

Global Politics

Iran opposition plans rally

The Iranian opposition is calling for demonstrations against the government on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The regime has begun executing opponents. Anchor Marco Werman discusses Iranian opposition with Nazila Fathi of the New York Times.

Lifestyle & Belief

Iranian musician

Los Angeles Times correspondent Borzou Daragahi tells us about a music teacher in Iran whose blindness has given him and his students an opportunity they wouldn't otherwise have under strict Islamic law.