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Global Scan

ISIS thanks the Pentagon for its errant weapon airdrop

The Pentagon has been stepping up its efforts to reinforce Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria as they battle ISIS terrorists. An airdrop in Kobane this week was meant to bolster them at a crucial time, unfortunately some of the supplies went off target. Plus a look at how humans came to eat dairy and a prohibition on kissing at a Zimbabwe university. Those stories in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Antarctica is sending the equivalent of 9.8 quadrillion ice cubes into the oceans each year

The melting of the Antarctic ice sheet is happening far faster than anyone previously thought. New research suggests Antarctica is releasing enough ice each year to make 9.8 quadrillion one-inch ice cubs — and that's contributing to a major increase in sea levels. Meanwhile, the violence in Nigeria is getting worse and French Catholic leaders are looking for donors. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Conflict & Justice

Torch in South Korea

Jason Strother reports that the Olympic torch will arrive in South Korea this weekend and human rights activists in Seoul want to use the event to focus attention on China's forced repatriation of North Korean refugees.

Global Politics

North Korea's agenda

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the international community must respond in the growing crisis over the sinking of a South Korean warship. But why would North Korea torpedo a South Korean ship and kill dozens of sailors? Matthew Bell reports.

Conflict & Justice

The China Korea connection

North Korea's attack against a South Korean island has turned attention to North Korea's ally, China. But just how much leverage does Washington have with Beijing? Host Lisa Mullins discusses the issue with BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus.