Syria

Global Scan

India's low-budget Mars probe snaps an iconic photo of the red planet

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.

Global Scan

The 'Hands up, don't shoot' gesture from Ferguson moves to Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, pro-democracy protests are being confronted by an unprecedented level of police force — and that's led them to adopt a gesture that would look familiar to anyone who saw photos of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, last month. Meanwhile, scientists think they have developed a new solar power collector that will be more affordable and efficient. And North Korea's Kim Jong-un takes ill — in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

These are the seven countries the US military has bombed in the last three years

US officials launched an air attack on ISIS rebels in Syria this week, making the war-torn Middle East country the seventh state — at least — to see US airstrike since 2011. Meanwhile, an African nation torn by Ebola is agreeing to halt logging in exchange for development aid. And in Iraq, the nation's Kurdish minority is looking at what it has achieved — with high hopes for its future.

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.

Conflict & Justice

A new Frontline documentary covers the 'second front' in Syria between rebels and jihadists

The Syrian war has changed in its three years. The Free Syrian Army forces that were attacking the Assad regime and its government soldiers are now locked in battle with Islamic fighters, who were once their allies. PBS Frontline journalist Muhammad Ali slipped across the Syrian border to report on this "second front" in Syria.

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.

Conflict & Justice

Why this Syrian man regrets bringing Al-Qaeda fighters into his country

Expectations are pretty low for this week's Syria peace talks in Geneva. It will the first time that government and opposition representatives actually meet since the civil war began almost three years ago. But a third major player in the conflict will be missing: the Al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group that controls much of north-east Syria. Most of its fighters are foreign. Here's the story of one Syrian man who has been forced into exile by the very men he once helped bring into his country.