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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.

Conflict & Justice

Obama will outline his strategy for fighting the Islamic State movement

President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday, and he's expected to make his case for further US military action against the militants who call themselves the Islamic State. The president is likely to announce a continuation of the air campaign that began against ISIS in Iraq a month ago, and the possible start of airstrikes against the militants in Syria.

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.

Conflict & Justice

McCain and the Latine vote

Republicans are trying to convince more young Latinos that John McCain will keep their communities safe and strong and that he's the best candidate on immigration issues. The World's Jason Margolis speaks with some of McCain's Latino supporters.

Global Politics

Obama urges support for Mideast talks

President Barack Obama has urged fellow world leaders to support Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations currently under way. He was speaking at the 65th UN General Assembly at the organization's New York headquarters. The World's Jason Margolis has more.