Ukrainian government forces are on the attack close to where Malaysia Airlines flight 17 came down almost two weeks ago. They're trying to surround the key rebel city of Donetsk, but they may prevent efforts to retrieve the remaining bodies and wreckage in the process.
China has more than two million "public opinion analysts" who monitor and report on Internet users, and the sector is growing every year. It's part of China's efforts to maintain stability, but it comes at a huge tax cost to the Chinese public.
The Russian government fired back at economic sanctions by banning food imports from the Western countries who imposed the penalties. But some Russians worry less about the return of bread lines and more about dry liquor cabinets.
It's hard to be cool when you play the accordion. But after thirty years of creating parodies of popular hits, "Weird Al" Yankovic hit a whole new level of cool with his new album — a number one spot on the Billboard chart.
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.
The Ebola crisis in West Africa has challenged health workers and scientists, because there is no vaccine. But an experimental vaccine from Canada has been offered up to potentially help 1,000 people. But who gets it? Meanwhile, a French community south of Paris is sticking by an old and hateful name. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
A year-long investigation by the New York Times shows the huge unmet need for kidney transplants across the world, and how Costa Rica has become a key place for people willing to buy themselves off of massive waiting lists.
Governments in Central American countries like El Salvador anticipate a big flood of migrants returning from the United States after being detained. But those migrants are coming back to the same depressed, and sometimes violent, conditions that forced them to leave in the first place.
During a global health reporting trip to Mozambique, Sonia Narang witnessed the challenges women and children face in one of the least developed countries in the world. Thus was born "The Women of Mozambique," a week long Instagram series that illuminates the lives of women through short vignettes.
Something's blooming on Long Island: lavender. Serge Rosenbaum's family farm, Lavender by the Bay, boasts some 60,000 plants, and they are in full flower right now. And that's drawing a lot of visitors, especially from Asia.
Sudan has been ravaged by years of war, costing many Sudanese life and limb. But for those who have lost a limb, there's new hope. A California man has created a project to use 3-D printers to make new artificial limbs.
Argentina defaulted for the second time in 13 years after last-ditch talks with US hedge funds collapsed. Many Argentines worry that unless a deal is reached, another default could crash the peso and lead to inflation and unemployment.
Relations between China and Japan have been as tense as they've been in years. It's a political standoff, but it's kind of personal too. It's something that Karen Ma has been seeing play out in her own family. She's a Chinese novelist who grew up in Japan. She speaks with The World's Carol Hills