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Business, Finance & Economics

The decline in oil prices will put the squeeze on Iran and Russia — and give a jolt to American consumers

The price of a barrel of oil has fallen to its lowest level in more than half a decade — and it's still falling. That's put a major dent in the economies of some of the world's largest oil producers, like Iran and Russia. But in the US, it's cause for celebration, as falling oil prices are translating into plummeting prices at the pump.

Global Scan

Facebook plus drones equals Internet?

Facebook seems poised to bring Internet to the world, quite literally. The company is reported to be on the verge of buying a drone manufacturer to do just that. That, however, wasn't what led the pope to utter a rather coarse profanity in front of a large audience over the weekend. His F-bomb was actually just a mistake in pronunciation. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Seeking a ban on cluster bombs

An international conference aimed at building support for a treaty banning the use of cluster bombs wrapped up in New Zealand today, and so far, 82 countries have signaled their support

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer: fifty miles

Fifty miles. That's about the distance separating the United States and Russia. And it's the answer to today's Geo Quiz. The World's David Leveille takes a look at an old proposal to link Siberia and mainland Alaska by tunnel.