Global Scan

Presidential problems pale in comparison to the stress facing one small marsupial...

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South African cartoonist Rico Schacherl on the priorities (or preoccupations) of two different presidents: Barack Obama and Jacob Zuma.

Sad news from Papua New Guinea, where researchers have revealed the ‘suicidal’ reproductive habits of the male Dasyuridae.

According to Slate, the "small, mouse-like creature" is almost incapable of surviving contact with the opposite sex, due to stress. Some human males might feel the same way...

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Nobel Prize awarded to chemical weapons group

The BBC has an excellent guide to the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

A more in-depth analysis is available from the Arms Control Association, whose detailed interview with the OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü includes veiled criticism of the United States and Russia for failing to meet agreed deadlines for the destruction of chemical stockpiles.

Going back into the closet, for safety

Canadian filmmaker John Greyson spent 51 days in prison, swept up in Cairo during the military's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. Buzzfeed has a stunning account of the lengths his family went to keep the gay man's sexual orientation out of the media — in order to protect his own life.

Dr. Who, in Nigeria?

The Independent carries news of the discovery of a trove of previously lost episodes of cult British TV show Dr Who. They were discovered gathering dust in a remote Nigerian TV station. Among the rediscovered stories are a series where the doctor battles a troupe of wild yetis on the London Underground.

Would you like to super size that?

Mexico is considering a proposal to level a one peso tax on sodas across the country to fund the government's efforts to fight obesity.

It's a page right out of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's book — literally. Mexico's beverage makers are running full page ads opposing what's being called the "Bloomberg Tax," complete with pictures.

Bloomberg Philanthropies says it has donated $10 million to help the campaign to raise taxes, but wouldn't say what, if any, role it had in the debate, according to the Miami Herald.

Apres-ski with Kim Jong-Un

"The Marshal predicts North Korea will soon be in the grip of ski fever."

The UK’s Channel 4 reports on an attempt to recreate Swiss ski culture in North Korea.

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Weather around the world

We've been following the progress of Tropical Cyclone Phailin off the coast of India for the past two days. It's now poised to strike the subcontinent on Saturday and evacuations have already started, the Times of India reports. Maximum sustained winds are expected to be between 105 and 115 mph, between a Category 2 and Category 3 on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale.

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