It's been a rough summer in Libya. Fighting between rival militias broke out in the capital in July, and forced the government to flee. With Islamists militias in charge, businesses closed and power cuts a common occurrence, many people are turning to the beach for relief from the heat — and a mental break.
One of the most important things zoos do is ensure the continued viability of a species. So a Japanese zoo took very seriously its efforts to get its pair of hyenas to mate. But it was foiled by nature. Both hyenas were male and that, surprisingly, wasn't obvious. Meanwhile in Dubai, the city police plan to outfit officers with pairs of Google glass to help them catch criminals. And in Syria, ISIS makes a big gain, all in today's Global Scan.
Molly Castillo-Keefe helps migrant children in Chicago seek shelter and asylum. About half of them, she says, have experienced violence in their home countries. And if current numbers are any indication, nearly all of those seeking asylum from violence will be sent home if they don't find a lawyer to represent them.
Betto Arcos is from Xalapa, the capital of the Mexican state of Veracruz. It's a place where drug-related violence has taken hold. Arcos has the story of a music group from his hometown that's been transformed by the fear on the streets.
As Turkey continues to resist taking action against ISIS in the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane, Turkey's Kurds are growing angrier. Now that anger may help end the ceasefire between Kurds and Turks that had held for over a year.
The euphoria that erupted in Libya following the death of Muammar Gaddafi is nowhere to be found on the third anniversary of his overthrow. Instead, armed factions are fighting for control of the country, wreaking havoc with the economy and people's lives. So is Libya better off now?
The Ebola stricken nation of Sierra Leone was on lockdown over the past weekend as part of a national effort to stop the spread of Ebola. During the curfews, thousands of health workers and volunteers went house-to-house, looking for suspected Ebola cases.
Although the US military has the militants of ISIS in its crosshairs, it's not clear who will step in to fill any territory they may leave behind. Some activists worry that, despite finally receiving direct US intervention, the Syrian opposition will still fall short in the wake of airstrikes.
ISIS fighters surrounded Iraq's largest refinery in June, but Iraqi troops have kept control of this key oil facility for three months — even securing a visit by the country's new oil minister. Taking over the refinery would be a huge boost for the militant group as the US bombs its oil facilities in Syria.
My enemy's enemy is not my friend, says militant Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. His militia once fought American soldiers and is now mobilizing to take on ISIS, but Sadr and others, even some Iraqi politicians, want no part of US-led airstrikes against the terrorist group.
Days after demonstrations began in the center of Hong Kong, tens of thousands of demonstrators are still in the streets despite the use of tear gas and pepper spray by the police. And, by all appearances, the pro-democracy protesters are settling in for the long haul.
The board game called Bürokratopoly isn't about getting filthy rich, though players might feel filthy after they're done playing. The popular German game was created by dissidents in communist East Germany years ago as a satire about power and corruption. Now it has become a teaching tool for German kids trying to understand what it was like to live in the Communist East.
As a boy growing up in Cameroon, Christian Happi's heroes were American biologist James Watson and English physicist Francis Crick. His dream was to work in genetics. Now he's doing the work he finds most meaningful. Happi's lab was among the first to identify the presence of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria.
After the death of one her assistants, Liberian Chief Medical Officer Berenice Dahn decided to start a 21-day quarantine. It's the same measure that her department recommends for anyone who's exposed to the virus, and she's hoping it will encourage others to pay attention.
American hospitals and health care are considered more advanced relative to West African countries. But preventive measures can sometimes fall by the wayside, even in the most well-developed medical systems — and stopping those lapses will be key to stopping Ebola.
Lena Dunham doesn't hold much back when it comes to mining her life — warts and all — for material. "From an early age, I found the concept of secrecy really destructive," she says. In her new book, that includes her struggles with OCD and criticism of her hit show, Girls.
The Syrian city of Kobane has survived a 25th day under siege from the forces of ISIS. But the defenders are increasingly wary of the night, when coalition jets go home and ISIS launches attacks, and many Kurds fear the air campaign isn't enough to save the city.
With the American military presence in West Africa starting to ramp up, the US ambassador in Monrovia says all of the elements are in place to start containing the outbreak — but action needs to come faster to really make a difference.
The public television smash hit Downton Abbey is making waves again — though not because its killed off another character. It's because of one of the show's dogs. Specifically Isis. And you can probably figure out where this is going. Meanwhile, in Finland, the country's prime minister is blaming Apple for its economic problems. And France is blaming the English-speaking the world for being too politically correct. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.