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Global Scan

Italy's army enters the marijuana business

Italy recently allowed the chronically sick to purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes. But the country's supply has been severely constrained. Now the army is stepping in. Meanwhile, in Canada, the elk supply is anything but constrained and that's a problem. And President Barack Obama may have to ally with Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Global Scan

Vladimir Putin would like you to know he too opposes fracking

Imagine the foes of fracking and you'd probably put Greenpeace at the top of the list. But add Vladimir Putin too — someone who rarely sees eye-to-eye with the environmentalists. But he has his own reasons, not tied to saving the Earth. Meanwhile, there's tension over US military actions in Iraq. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

A Nobel Peace Prize for Edward Snowden?

A former Norwegian minister nominates Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. India's highest court maintains the country's ban on gay sex. And an Iranian teacher stands up for a stricken student who is bullied. All that and more, in today's Global Scan

Global Politics

Iran holds elections

The World's Quil Lawrence reports from Tehran on today's Iranian parliamentary elections; the outcome is not in doubt, since the Iranian government barred hundreds of reformer candidates from running.

Conflict & Justice

Where to go after Guantanamo

President-elect Obama has vowed to close Guant-namo. Shutting down the prison camp will be the easy part. Figuring out what to do with about 250 detainees still being held there won't be so easy. The World's Matthew Bell reports.