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Global Scan

From Russia with smut: Inside the Soviet Union's porn collection

Russia allowed a rare glimpse inside its secret trove of porn, which Soviet officials snatched away from its citizens. Elsewhere, Ghana's government sent a planeload of cash to its World Cup heroes in Brazil to end a pay dispute. And PRI's The World answered all of your questions on the unfolding war in Iraq. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Greenland's snow is getting darker, and that's bad for you and me

Greenland is home to a huge chunk of the Earth's frozen water. And every winter that ice is covered with snow, usually white snow that reflects sunlight back into space. But new information suggests that pollution and a warming climate are making that snow much darker — and consequently making it melt much faster. That story and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

A court says Americans should know the reason their government kills its citizens abroad

The Obama administration's effort to keep its memo on extra-judicial killings secret received a setback this week, when a judge ruled it had to hand over the rationale under the Freedom of Information Act. Meanwhile, North Koreans are increasingly frustrated with their own government — while Russians are falling more and more in line with theirs. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

Champion North Korean boxer

While few enter North Korea at own their risk, many more escape. Not all flee for political or human rights. One refugee defected for the love of boxing. Champion Choi Hyun Mi is making a name for herself in South Korea. Jason Strother has the story.

Global Politics

North Korea no threat to south

Tensions are escalating between North and South Korea, now that the South has formally blamed the North for the sinking of a Navy ship in March. But as Jason Strother reports, a lot of South Koreans don't view North Korea as a real threat.