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Global Scan

Scientists come a step closer to making Star Trek's tractor beam a reality

Science fiction has long envisioned "tractor" beams that could grab and move physical objects using a laser or other stream of energy. Now scientists have created one, at least on a small scale. And we have some advice if you use heat in the winter. Most Brits, and many of us, apparently don't know how to use our thermostats. Also, Chinese officials go on a worldwide corruption hunt, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Groupon, step aside. Now, you can fly like a billionaire — on the cheap

The Internet makes all things possible, like finding and hiring a private jet that just happens to be going your way ... for a song. Meanwhile, Delhi police are urging citizens to use their smartphones to catch abusive police. And an "e-coyote" explains why he wants the clients he smuggles across the US-Mexico border to post on Facebook, all in today's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

'The Missing Picture' is the first Cambodian film to make it to Oscar night

Cambodian director Rithy Panh will be in Los Angeles for the Oscars on Sunday. His film, "The Missing Picture," is the first film from Cambodia ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. It's Rithy Panh's own personal memories of spending four years of his childhood living in a labor camp under the Khmer Rouge, watching as almost every member of his family died.

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.

Business, Finance & Economics

Cola for the Muslim World

Mecca Cola is a popular beverage in the Middle East, and now it's gaining ground in other Muslim parts of the world, and Correspondent Orlando de Guzman reports Mecca Cola is surpassing rivals Coke and Pepsi in predominantly Muslim regions of Thailand.

Global Scan

He became famous for fake interpreting Nelson Mandela's funeral — now he's plugging an Israeli start-up

South Africa was mortified when it discovered it allowed a sign language interpreter on stage next to world leader to sign what amounted to mere gibberish. The situation got worse when reports emerged he had been connected with criminal behavior. But the man at the center of the controversy is a star once more. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Prosecuting prostitution abroad

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Melissa Farley, director of the non-profit group "Prostitution Research and Education," about the prostitution scandal that led New York Governor Elliot Spitzer to resign -- and about prostitution laws around the world.

Protests escalate in Thailand

In Thailand, there were clashes today between government forces and protesters in Bangkok. The Thai government has vowed to use "every means necessary" to end the chaos. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Bangkok.