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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.

Global Scan

For the man who already has everything...

Vladimir Putin receives an honorary ninth-degree black belt in Taekwondo – topping his eighth-degree black belt in judo. But the leader who really needs it is Philippine President Benigno Aquino, who's facing a backlash over his handling of recovery from Typhoon Haiyan. Also, an 'invisible' bike helmet and the world's most expensive gem, in today's Global Scan.

Thailand's second war on drugs

Orlando de Guzman reports from Bangkok that Thailand is launching a second 'war on drugs;' five years ago the country drew international condemnation when its first anti-drugs campaign resulted in the death of more than two-thousand people.

Arts, Culture & Media

The Sound of Siam

Music critic Tom Schnabel plays us tracks from a new collection of old music from Thailand. The CD is called The Sound of Siam. It is a compilation of tracks by Thai artists from the 1960s and '70s.

Global Politics

Burma aid effort

Jack Chance reports from the Thai town of Mae Sot, which has become a hub for aid agencies trying to get into Burma; the government is allowing shipments of food and supplies, but barring aid workers from entering the country to assist with distribution.