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It's so cold that __________ (fill in the blank)

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It's cold. So cold, in fact, that all sorts of seemingly improbable things have become probable, and we share a few of them. Meanwhile, around the world, life goes on. In Turkey, police and politicians are locked in a power struggle. And in Syria, an al-Qaeda affiliate has shocked many with their quick rise to power. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Caught between Russian oil and EU trade, Ukraine now hopes to get both

Ukrainian leaders seem ready to appease protesters by signing a deal with the European Union, while still maintaining close ties with Russia. But will that stop the protests? We also look at the Turkish model of Islamic democracy, and China's guidelines for the media on what to remember —and not remember — about Nelson Mandela. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Ukraine may be heading for a crash as it gets pulled in two directions

Ukraine's president made a sudden about-face last week, rejecting overtures from the European Union in favor of keeping ties with Russia. But his people aren't willing to let go of Europe so easily. A South African hotel charges tourists to sleep in a fake slum, and everyday bribery is alive and well in Russia. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Iranian culture? Which one?

Iran's been in the spotlight because of the agreement reached on its nuclear program. In Iran, the reaction has been positive, no matter which side of the country's culture people sit on. Plus, an independent Scotland? Scots will be voting and the campaign is on. That and more, in today's Global Scan.

Science, Tech & Environment

Storm expert says climate change may have played a big role in Typhoon Haiyan after all

Atmospheric scientist and tropical storm expert Kerry Emanuel has taken a deeper look at the possible influence of climate change on supertyphoon Haiyan, and has found that global warming may have had a good deal more to do with the storm's intensity than he originally thought.

Global Scan

Free hugs? You'll go to jail for that

You'd think no one could possibly object to something as simple as free hugs. But that's not the case in Saudi Arabia. Plus, a boy who died 24,000 years ago has given clues to the origin of Native Americans in the US, and the Israeli government is struggling with the mafia. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.