Syria

Global Scan

This is where bitcoins are made

Bitcoins are big money these days. So bitcoin miners are setting up vast, secretive warehouses filled with computers to earn them. We explain how it works. Meanwhile, terrorist wannabes have a lot to learn, so they turn to "The Koran for Dummies" for a quick education. And superstitions about albinism have taken a cruel turn in Tanzania, all in today's Global Scan.

Conflict & Justice

Does a 'just' war really even exist?

The Catholic Church has been involved with wars practically since its beginning, though certainly less in recent centuries. But the pope's recent comments about "just wars" — in the context of international intervention in Iraq and Syria — have raised questions about whether his "just war" actually exists.

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That monkey selfie? The US government says it belongs to all of us

This cute selfie taken by a monkey who happened on a photographer's camera does not belong to the photographer. So say US regulators, who explain their reasoning. Meanwhile, China's effort to stop the desert's advance using trees has hit a snag. And chalk up another marketing fail — a lingerie line with the same name as a terrorist group. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

For the British, burning the White House 200 years ago is cause for a cake and sparklers

So just how did the British Embassy choose to celebrate its friendship with the US on Sunday? With a cake commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Brits burning down the White House during the War of 1812. It apologized on Monday. Meanwhile, the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has taken social media by storm, is getting its own challenge. And how much could an old comic book sell for? Try $3.2 million.

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.

Arts, Culture & Media

Why artist Molly Crabapple decided to sketch Syria's dead

From the Occupy Wall Street movement to the economic crisis in Greece, artist Molly Crabapple has never shied away from politically charged stories. Now, she's lending her artistic talents to a project commemorating the more than 100,000 Syrians who have died during the past three years of conflict. The idea, she says, is to remember these people as individuals, not statistics.

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.