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Global Scan

Greeks wonder who was buried in this huge tomb 2300 years ago

It is the largest ancient burial site in Greece and, just a month after its announcement, it has brought new life to two small villages 60 miles east of Thessaloniki. But who was important enough to be buried there? Meanwhile in India, when some families are planning a wedding, the first to-do is to hire a marriage detective. And Russian President Putin decides to intervene in a children's show, all in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

European youth have started the #BloodBucketChallenge

After the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge that swept YouTube, European young people are hoping for viral success with a campaign to bring world attention back to the conflict on Ukraine's eastern border. Meanwhile, killing is the subject of newly-published scientific research. In this case, the killers, though, are chimps. And a Chinese tennis star retires in her 30s, having brought tennis and a bit of sports freedom to her home country, in this weekend's Global Scan.

Global Scan

MIT researchers create a robo-cheetah that runs and jumps off-leash

It's not much of a looker when it comes to feline curves, but MIT's robotic cheetah sure can run. It is novel in both its motors and the math that calculates how hard it springs across uneven terrain. In Scotland, bankers are preparing for the worst — a run on banks if Scots vote "yes" to separate from Britain on Thursday. And we look at the sexy brewing device for coffee that was a favorite of James Bond and is coming back into fashion. All that in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Dennis Rodman brings his brand of basketball diplomacy back to North Korea

Dennis Rodman's controversial relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un turned another page this week. The former NBA star was in North Korea this week to select and train a North Korean basketball team that will take part in an exhibition game in honor of Kim's birthday. Plus Egyptian activists are thrown in jail and elves — yes, elves — halt a highway project in Iceland, in today's Global Scan.

Lifestyle & Belief

Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz, we were looking for the southernmost republic of the Russian Federation. The answer is Dagestan. The World's Quil Lawrence recently met some travellers from Dagestan on their way home from their pilgrimage to Mecca.

Global Politics

Russians on film

The World's Alex Gallafent reports that Hollywood refuses to give up on Russian villains; film makers looked for new villains after the Cold War ended but now it's clear that Hollywood's fascination with Russian villains is not over.

Global Politics

The Ossetian divide

The conflict between Georgia and Russia involves Georgia's breakaway province of South Ossetia, but there's also a North Ossetia which is part of Russia and the Ossetian region and its politics is divided by the Russia-Georgian border.

Lifestyle & Belief

Global Hit

A Jewish musical renaissance is taking place in Moscow. Reporter Daniel Rosenberg tells us about two musicians who perform Yiddish music in the Russian capital.