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In one particular part of Beijing, stray cats are more than welcome

If you're a stray cat in Beijing, the Forbidden City is the place for you. The museums there use stray cats to protect their artifacts from rats and other vermin. In Ukraine, they're less interested in stray cats and more interested in Bitcoins — the cryptocurrency may be a quick way to support the protesters who are still camped in Independence Square.

Lifestyle & Belief

They were married in the morning, now this couple makes their first Buddhist offering together

My translator and I tagged along with a couple of Buddhist monks wearing maroon robes, wrapped in the formal style covering necks and arms. I thought they were headed out for their morning walk to gather offerings. But after winding through narrow alleys into another Yangon township, I learned that they were headed instead to the home of some longtime-devotees. A young couple had been married that morning, and now wanted to make their first offering as husband and wife.

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Caught between Russian oil and EU trade, Ukraine now hopes to get both

Ukrainian leaders seem ready to appease protesters by signing a deal with the European Union, while still maintaining close ties with Russia. But will that stop the protests? We also look at the Turkish model of Islamic democracy, and China's guidelines for the media on what to remember —and not remember — about Nelson Mandela. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Caught between Russian oil and EU trade, Ukraine now hopes to get both

Ukrainian leaders seem ready to appease protesters by signing a deal with the European Union, while still maintaining close ties with Russia. But will that stop the protests? We also look at the Turkish model of Islamic democracy, and China's guidelines for the media on what to remember —and not remember — about Nelson Mandela. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

In one particular part of Beijing, stray cats are more than welcome

If you're a stray cat in Beijing, the Forbidden City is the place for you. The museums there use stray cats to protect their artifacts from rats and other vermin. In Ukraine, they're less interested in stray cats and more interested in Bitcoins — the cryptocurrency may be a quick way to support the protesters who are still camped in Independence Square.

Global Scan

Caught between Russian oil and EU trade, Ukraine now hopes to get both

Ukrainian leaders seem ready to appease protesters by signing a deal with the European Union, while still maintaining close ties with Russia. But will that stop the protests? We also look at the Turkish model of Islamic democracy, and China's guidelines for the media on what to remember —and not remember — about Nelson Mandela. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Lifestyle & Belief

They were married in the morning, now this couple makes their first Buddhist offering together

My translator and I tagged along with a couple of Buddhist monks wearing maroon robes, wrapped in the formal style covering necks and arms. I thought they were headed out for their morning walk to gather offerings. But after winding through narrow alleys into another Yangon township, I learned that they were headed instead to the home of some longtime-devotees. A young couple had been married that morning, and now wanted to make their first offering as husband and wife.