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Global Scan

When it comes to police, Russia gets the gold

Russia is proud of being out in front of other countries. But on one measure, it might not be quite so proud. It has more police per citizen than any other country tracked by the UN. Meanwhile, the Loch Ness monster is back in the news after 18 months without a peep. And a 100-year-old woman has a long-held dream come true and it gives her shivers. All that and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Protesters attack a Dutch Santa Claus tradition as blatantly racist

In the Netherlands, a Christmas holiday tradition is leading to protests, clashes and arrests. Meanwhile, Turkey's president wants to build a mosque in Cuba — to honor the Muslim sailors he says arrived in North American 300 years before Columbus. And China discloses how it tried to clear Beijing's polluted skies before welcoming last week's APEC leaders. All that in today's Global Scan.

Development & Education

Turkey faces a daunting challenge in trying to educate hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees

Inside Syria, almost six million children have been affected by the country's ongoing civil war, and millions more have fled the country to find safety in refugee camps. Turkey, for example, has opened its doors to about a million-and-a-half Syrian refugees since spring 2011. But as the war drags on, Turkey is finding itself with a long-term humanitarian and education problem.

Global Scan

This crash test dummy family is getting an overweight uncle — to reflect America's expanding waistlines

America's rise in obesity isn't just raising health alarms. It is challenging designers of all sorts of consumer products, including car safety experts, who are moving to a morbidly-obese crash test dummy. Meanwhile, in Russia, Apple's gay CEO is under attack. France and Spain, however, seem more worried about clowns. Those stories and more in this weekend's Global Scan.

Global Politics

Do elections in Turkey show signs of political change?

The candidates up for office in Turkey's local elections this weekend include Jews, Armenian Christians, and a transgender woman. Never before have so many non-traditional politicians been on the ballot in the mostly Muslim country. The World's Aaron Schachter reports that some Turks see this as a sign of democratization, but others say it's a ploy to curry favor with the European Union.

Conflict & Justice

Israel deports Gaza activists

Israel is deporting hundreds of foreign activists detained after the deadly raid on an aid flotilla trying to break its blockade of Gaza. The BBC's Jon Donnison in Gaza describes the kind of aid the activists were trying to deliver.p

Arts, Culture & Media

Yorgo Bacanos

The Global Hit today pays homage to the oud and, in particular, to one of the great Oud masters, the late Yorgo Bacanos. Correspondent Matthew Brunwasser has the story from Turkey.