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These activists swim with sharks and crocodiles so you'll stop killing them

When you think of swimming in lakes or the oceans, chances are you think, just briefly, about sharks or maybe crocodiles. And odds are it's not a good feeling. But these two activists want you to know, they're not so bad. Meanwhile, a crowd-source journalism site makes a serious allegation about the shoot-down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine, and ISIS makes a serious threat against Twitter employees.

Global Scan

Scientists have unearthed a massive new dinosaur — bigger than a jetliner

It's hard to know if this is the biggest dinosaur ever to walk the Earth, but it's right up there with other titanosaurs, and its fossil is perhaps the most intact ever discovered. We also look at cyberwarfare, from NATO's plans for a collective defense against Russian hacking to a hacker's coalition that is fighting ISIS online. And have you ever heard of "chifa?" — it's a Peruvian-Asian fusion cuisine. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Egypt's oldest pyramid is being destroyed by a repair effort

Egypt's ancient pyramids are a huge part of the country's history, culture and economy. That's why a government decision to give an important rehabilitation contract to a country with a bad track-record has invited so much scrutiny. The bad news is it seems critics fears are already coming true. Meanwhile, monkeys actually learn — and seem to want to learn — from watching video. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Politics

Edward Snowden is OK with what he's given up to start a debate on surveillance

Washington Post contributor Barton Gellman sat down with Edward Snowden in Moscow for a 14 hour interview, recently. It was the former NSA contractor's first major interview since he was granted asylum in Russia. Gellman describes Snowden as something of a shut-in who doesn't mind living alone in his Moscow residence, now that he's sparked an international debate on surveillance.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit

He's been sampled in dance tracks and he's recorded an introduction to Peter and the Wolf. But former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev has never sung on an album. Until now. The World's Marco Werman tells us about Gorbachev's CD for his late wife Raisa.

Global Politics

McDonald's marks 20 years in Russia

Twenty years ago, Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev was still in power. The Berlin wall had come down. A bright new sign came to Moscow; McDonald's Golden Arches. That was 20 years ago this week. Analyst Masha Lipman reports.

Global Politics

Terrorism in Russia

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Sarah Mendelson, senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Russia and Eurasia Program in Washington, about today's bomb blasts in Moscow and the issue of terrorism within Russia.