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Germany goes a bit greener — as in marijuana green

Germany opened the door to legal medical marijuana in 2008, but only a crack. Now, a German court has kicked the door a bit wider, by allowing some patients to grow their own pot. Meanwhile, Hamas is having trouble getting is old ally Hezbollah to help in its conflict with Israel. And most Brits say no to their government's new porn filter, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Hamas targets Israelis with a 'pop song' — that promises their death and destruction

Hamas has been increasingly active in its current campaign against Israel. Now it has taken to social media to continue its attack on Israelis, releasing one of its battle songs in Hebrew. Meanwhile, residents of North and South Korea are collaborating to create a dictionary that will resolve linguistic differences, and the Taliban is rebuking "extremist" jihadi groups. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Why World War I still matters, 100 years after it began

One hundred years after the First World War, boundaries established after the armistice at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh hour" still shape many of today's conflicts. From ISIS's invasion of Mosul to Boko Haram's kidnapping of schoolgirls, GlobalPost co-founder Charles Sennott journeys from Iraq to Nigeria to the Balkans to Northern Ireland and the Holy Land to see how WWI's history lives on, the lessons learned — and far too often not learned.

Arts, Culture & Media

Banksy's spoof video of Syrian rebels gets panned by a Middle East satirist

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When British artist Banksy does something, people take notice. The unidentified and mysterious graffiti artist has posted a film online that spoofs Syrian rebels and shows them accidentally killing Dumbo the Elephant. The video's gone viral and has generated a lot of reaction in the Twittersphere.

Global Scan

This is a message for US drone pilots: we are not bugs

How do you let drone pilots dropping bombs by remote control know the consequences of their actions? Some Afghan artists are using a giant photo. And a journalist now claims the US didn't attack Syria's government after evidence of chemical warfare emerged because it may not have been Assad's fault. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Conflict & Justice

A powerful al-Qaeda group is fighting in both Iraq and Syria

It's been quite a week for an al-Qaeda spin-off called ISIS. Last week, ISIS took over Fallujah in Iraq. But it seems some of the local Sunni tribes abandoned the group and have joined government forces fighting against al-Qaeda. Then, rebel groups in Syria combined to attack ISIS there. Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times explains the politics that work for and against ISIS.

Global Scan

Want to pronounce Sochi like a native?

It turns out many of us are mispronouncing the name of the Winter Olympics' host city, where the language, Russian, isn't always easy for non-native speakers. We'll help you with your Olympic vocabulary. Plus, a Spanish woman faces a stiff penalty for her tweets, and South Koreans lead the world in something they may not be proud of. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.