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Is this the space vehicle that will be NASA's alternative to Russia's 'taxi service' to orbit?

As US-Russia relations deteriorate, NASA is picking up the pace on finding a way to get to the International Space Station without relying on Russian rockets. Three private companies could get the nod from NASA this week. Meanwhile, ISIS is emerging as a more dangerous global threat, with evidence that it is researching weapons of mass destruction and possibly targeting the pope. We have those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

This is where bitcoins are made

Bitcoins are big money these days. So bitcoin miners are setting up vast, secretive warehouses filled with computers to earn them. We explain how it works. Meanwhile, terrorist wannabes have a lot to learn, so they turn to "The Koran for Dummies" for a quick education. And superstitions about albinism have taken a cruel turn in Tanzania, all in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Even the New Year's baby can't escape the NSA

Public smoking is widespread in China, despite its official prohibition. So Chinese officials are turning up the pressure, telling Communist Party officials to stop — or else. Meanwhile, in France, a new law requires mobile-based ride hailing services like Uber to wait 15 minutes before picking up passengers. And this weekend's terrorists attacks in Russia are a problem.