In 2011, US President Barack Obama spared world leaders the indignity of sporting Aloha shirts at a summit in Honolulu. But the matching shirt tradition is a hard one to kill. Meanwhile, millions of Catalans cast a symbolic vote for independence from Spain on Sunday. And a once-secret recording shows Ronald Reagan at his most charming in defusing a crisis. All that in today's Global Scan.
India's new prime minister wants to clean up his country — and he's making all of his underlings go along with it. A leader in Delhi, though, may have missed the point. That story and more in today's Global Scan.
America's rise in obesity isn't just raising health alarms. It is challenging designers of all sorts of consumer products, including car safety experts, who are moving to a morbidly-obese crash test dummy. Meanwhile, in Russia, Apple's gay CEO is under attack. France and Spain, however, seem more worried about clowns. Those stories and more in this weekend's Global Scan.
After receiving little help from the European Union, Italy is considering closing down its "Mare Nostrum" operation. The operation was designed to rescue immigrants stuck out at sea. Now countries in the European Union say they can't afford to support this operation.
Many Africans are headed north, to the European Union, looking for better jobs and a better life. One of the easiest ways to get into the EU is without even leaving Africa. Many migrants are coming to Europe by ways of Spain's exclaves in North Africa
Encounters between hungry bears and people are increasingly common in Russia. But one encounter had an unexpected twist — and suggests a new use for that outdated computer. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, the city's top leader says the city's poor can't be trusted with the right to vote. And Rwanda starts screening Americans for Ebola. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
Cave art has long been viewed as an illustration of the emergence of human culture, with most of the oldest findings coming in Europe. But a new finding in Indonesia raises questions about when cave art first emerged, and whether art may have been a fundamental part of humanity dating to its days in Africa. That story and more in today's Global Scan.
A Spanish nurse has become the first person known to be infected with Ebola outside of West Africa during the current outbreak. Spanish health officials are baffled why their anti-infection procedures failed, but workers at the hospital complained last year that their infection training wasn't good enough.
India's Mars mission keeps grabbing headlines — including this week, when the probe took this remarkable photo. Meanwhile, the US is shipping more of its oil overseas than at any time in the past 50 years, and that's a good sign gas prices are heading down. And ISIS thwarts US airstrikes with a speedy change in its tactics, in today's Global Scan.
There's nothing like a little American exceptionalism to roil some feelings in Europe. Perhaps you've seen the latest Cadillac ad — a tour de force in American pride. But it's engendering a pretty cold reaction from reporter Gerry Hadden's French in-laws.
When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.
The United States was among the first foreign nations to move in to help the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation. The US has long had close, though not always happy, ties with the island nation.
In Spain, people are still talking about a TV program that aired Sunday and promised to rewrite a key chapter in modern Spanish history. More than 5 million viewers tuned in for an expose about an attempted coup in 1981 that nearly ended Spain's fledgling democracy.
Scientists are establishing a worldwide network of deep-sea listening posts connected to the Internet. It allows researchers -- and the public -- to hear whales, ships, and other underwater sounds. But the US Navy is uneasy.
Who would see promise in a bankrupt Detroit and invest in an infamous factory abandoned 60 years ago? A Spanish developer who lost everything in 2008 and proved he could rebuild himself and a city, in Peru.
European scientists want to build a giant solar farm in the Sahara desert, and they think that it might be a green way to solve most of Europe's energy needs, as Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Alok Jha
Investigators are trying to catalog the thousands of Arabic inscriptions that cover the walls and columns of the Alhambra. Its inscriptions shed light on its history. The World's Gerry Hadden reports from Granada.
The government in Spain's northwest region of Catalonia says it spends about 3 million dollars a year rescuing ill-prepared hikers from the region's mountains. Now it's charging reckless hikers for their rescues. The World's Gerry Hadden explains.
In Spain there's a new movie out about the life of Jesus Christ. It's called ?The Disciple'. It tells the Biblical story from a completely secular perspective. And it's set to a Flamenco soundtrack. But, as the The World's Gerry Hadden explains, it fits.
A few Spaniards got some good economic news Wednesday. They won the annual Christmas lottery, known as El Gordo. Hundreds of patrons of a local bar all chipped in for a winning ticket. The World's Gerry Hadden reports from Palleja.