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Global Scan

That monkey selfie? The US government says it belongs to all of us

This cute selfie taken by a monkey who happened on a photographer's camera does not belong to the photographer. So say US regulators, who explain their reasoning. Meanwhile, China's effort to stop the desert's advance using trees has hit a snag. And chalk up another marketing fail — a lingerie line with the same name as a terrorist group. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

This is a message for US drone pilots: we are not bugs

How do you let drone pilots dropping bombs by remote control know the consequences of their actions? Some Afghan artists are using a giant photo. And a journalist now claims the US didn't attack Syria's government after evidence of chemical warfare emerged because it may not have been Assad's fault. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Lifestyle & Belief

Vietnam halts US adoption

Host Lisa Mullins speaks with adoption advocate Linh Song about Vietnam's announcement today that it will not renew its adoption agreement with the United States; the decision follows U.S. accusations of corruption in Vietnam's adoption system.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for a town in northern Vietnam famous for its hill tribes. The answer is Sapa. Motorcycle tour leader Helge Pedersen sent us an audio postcard.

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.

Science, Tech & Environment

Vietnam's rice crisis

Nguyen Qui Duc reports on how rising food costs are affecting people in Vietnam: the country is a major producer of rice and the government has halted exports to try and keep prices down at home, but even so, many Vietnamese are struggling to cope.

Arts, Culture & Media

Anasma Vuong

Today's Global Hit features a belly dancer. Her name is Anasma Vuong. She's originally from Paris. Her father is Vietnamese and her mother from Tunisia. These days Anasma Vuong lives in New York. And she specializes in a fusion of belly dance and hip hop.