World leaders and regular people gathered Tuesday in South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela — a man who was labelled a terrorist by the US until 8 years ago, a friend of China and Cuba, and now a symbol of hope and reconciliation for millions. We also look at Saudi Arabia's interest in its own human genome project, one of the most extreme zipline rides in the world, and a video game where the villian is alcoholism. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
British Prime Minister David Cameron says "the threat is growing" from groups like ISIS and the British subjects they've attracted to the fight in the Middle East. That's why the British government raised its terror alert level on Friday, but few other details are coming out about the threat.
The Magna Carta is credited with providing the foundation for democracy and rule of law in Britain, and in much of the world. One of its core principles is that no ruler is above the law. But 800 years later, China's leaders beg to differ; they've called this a dangerous Western concept. Many Chinese citizens, on the other hand, are intrigued.
The town council in Havering, England, has turned to cows instead of lawnmowers to keep parks and other green spaces neat and trim. Locals say traditional grazing promotes biodiversity and could save half a million dollars over 10 years.
Facebook said this week that governments are upping their demands for user data, renewing the focus on Internet privacy. But in the UK, the intelligence community's position is clear: The Internet is a breeding ground of crime and terror, and privacy should take a backseat.