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Global Scan

Could this trout really be as smart as a chimp?

Scientists have long thought there were certain signs of intelligence only shared by humans and chimpanzees. So they were startled to find one of those characteristics in a fish — a very smart fish, yes, but still a regular old coral trout. Meanwhile in Africa, Gambian legislators plan to increase the punishment for anyone convicted of being habitually gay to life in prison. And a doctor discusses the cruel impact of Ebola in Africa, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

For the British, burning the White House 200 years ago is cause for a cake and sparklers

So just how did the British Embassy choose to celebrate its friendship with the US on Sunday? With a cake commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Brits burning down the White House during the War of 1812. It apologized on Monday. Meanwhile, the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has taken social media by storm, is getting its own challenge. And how much could an old comic book sell for? Try $3.2 million.

Global Scan

An ancient lost Mayan city reappears in Mexico

The Mayan civilization thrived more than a thousand years ago. Many of its cities simply disappeared as jungle overtook them. One of them was found decades ago and then lost again, until now. We also report on why women may be bearing the brunt of Ebola's attack in West Africa, and how Syrian cyber-warriors are using viral clickbait to trap enemies of the Syrian regime. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Nicaraguans are told to eat lizards — because of a drought

Nicaragua is suffering under a terrible drought, which is reducing food stocks and raising food prices. That's made it increasingly difficult for Nicaraguans to have an adequate diet. So government officials are encouraging Nicaraguans to raise and eat lizards. Meanwhile, if you've seen a popup ad recently, the man behind them wants you to know he's sorry. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

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When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Arts, Culture & Media

If you like enchiladas con mole, give thanks to Mexico’s convent kitchens

Barbara Sibley is the chef and owner of La Palapa Cocina Mexicana in New York, but she was born and raised in Mexico. Her parents were expatriate Americans who fell in love with Mexico and decided to stay. At college, Sibley studied anthropology. And maybe that's why she's so interested in the roots of modern Mexican cuisine, and especially the role played by Mexican convents in creating that cuisine.

Mexico battles drug traffickers

The World's Lorne Matalon reports that Mexico is struggling in its war on drug traffickers as violence along the border continues to escalate and recently a private intelligence report questioned whether Mexico is "on the road to becoming a failed state."

Arts, Culture & Media

Danger for Mexican journalists

Mexican lawmakers recently passed a bill that says it's a federal offense to threaten or murder a journalist. That says a lot about how dangerous it is for journalists to cover issues like corruption and drug-trafficking in Mexico. The World's Lorne Matalon reports.

Global Politics

Mexican towns suffer from drug war

In Mexico, the bloody battle to defeat the country's powerful drug cartels is reeking havoc on formerly tranquil towns. This is the case in Camargo, Chihuahua � Monica Ortiz Uribe visited the town six hours south of the Texas border.

Conflict & Justice

Dangerous Mexican city

We're looking for a Mexican city that has made headlines recently as one of the world's most violent: registering thousands of homicides. Yet a high school student exchange program continues there as usual, despite the dangers. Monica Ortiz Uribe reports.

Conflict & Justice

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Plaza de Torros in Mexico City. It's where a Mexican matador made headlines this weekend. Anchor Marco Werman gets the story from reporter Franc Contreras in Mexico City.