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For the man who already has everything...

Vladimir Putin receives an honorary ninth-degree black belt in Taekwondo – topping his eighth-degree black belt in judo. But the leader who really needs it is Philippine President Benigno Aquino, who's facing a backlash over his handling of recovery from Typhoon Haiyan. Also, an 'invisible' bike helmet and the world's most expensive gem, in today's Global Scan.

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Now you can have airline food without leaving the ground

Frequent fliers at least get points for suffering through airline cuisine. Soon Germans will get the option of having it delivered to their homes. And what does a business class meal cost on the ground? About $12. Newly-released files from Britain's National Archives confirm that the country's WWII spies had to pass a seduction test by "special agent" Fifi. And 50 South Koreans will experience an oxymoron — competitive relaxation. All that in today's Global Scan.

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When NASA's newest spaceship takes off Thursday, it'll be back to the future

Ever since NASA mothballed the Space Shuttle, it hasn't flown a spaceship. That will change on Thursday morning, when it test-launches the Orion space capsule, which is designed for possible Mars travel . Meanwhile, South Korea intends to rankle North Korea with another large Christmas tree in the DMZ. And a new ranking of government corruption gives the US middling marks.