Germany has loudly protested US spying on its government — and now some politicians are ready to take action. But not with the high-tech solution you might expect. Meanwhile, a Danish funeral director is putting coffins on bikes — and a RAF fighter jet is up for auction. That and more in today's Global Scan.
The world has seemed pretty scary this year. War, polar vortex, Ebola, terrorism — they've all made an appearance in 2014. But things are actually still getting better — and here's the data that proves it.
"American Sniper" is a huge hit with audiences and critics, but it's also getting slammed for its portrayal of the war in Iraq and the sniper at its center. So what does the film say about the war's morality, and why do once-maligned snipers now star on the big screen?
These 16 women — who recently came together in Cambridge, Massachusetts — are working to end violence in their communities. From Mexico to Myanmar, Sudan to South Sudan, Iraq to Ukraine, they are defying the notion that violence is inevitable, or that injustice should be tolerated.
As Iraqi government forces battle militiamen linked to al-Qaeda in Anbar Province, US veterans are confronted with old memories. The American military lost more soldiers in that province than in any other part of Iraq during the war. The World's community of veterans share their feelings and frustrations.
British Prime Minister David Cameron says "the threat is growing" from groups like ISIS and the British subjects they've attracted to the fight in the Middle East. That's why the British government raised its terror alert level on Friday, but few other details are coming out about the threat.
The rise of ISIS is connected to Jordan. The Israeli-Palestinian crisis plays out in the shadow of Jordan. The Syrian civil war and it's ensuing refugee crisis are taking a heavy toll on Jordan. Even the Iranian nuclear talks has a connection to Jordan. So, why Jordan, a landlocked country with few natural resources but tremendous importance for American foreign policy, at the middle of it all.
In Iraq, Salma was officially considered a man. She is intersex — someone born with indeterminate gender — and has chosen to live as a woman. After serving as an interpreter for the US military during the Iraq war, she received death threats and a grant of asylum in the US. Now, a new program is helping her and other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees establish new lives in America.