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Global Scan

A zoo finally figures out why it failed to get two spotted hyenas to mate

One of the most important things zoos do is ensure the continued viability of a species. So a Japanese zoo took very seriously its efforts to get its pair of hyenas to mate. But it was foiled by nature. Both hyenas were male and that, surprisingly, wasn't obvious. Meanwhile in Dubai, the city police plan to outfit officers with pairs of Google glass to help them catch criminals. And in Syria, ISIS makes a big gain, all in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

What kind of 2014 is in store for us?

2013 was a mixed bag for the world. Syria's chemical weapons are on the road to being neutralized, but dictator Bashar al-Assad remains in power. Fewer people around the world are going hungry, but many are now overweight or obese. And Japan is still a long way from solving the problems stemming from the 2011 meltdown at Fukushima. All those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Business, Finance & Economics

Poverty and poor health

A new report by the World Health Organization focuses on the social factors -- like poverty and unemployment -- that determine people's health. Lisa Mullins speaks with Michael Marmot, chair of the WHO's Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

Conflict & Justice

Going grassroots in Japan

Inspired by the grassroots Obama campaign, a Japanese student tried to start an online group to mobilize young Japanese voters. But he discovered that his online effort violates the country's 50-year-old election law. Akiko Fujita reports.