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If there are no gays, Mr. Mayor, why the gay bars?

The Winter Oylmpics are just days away and people are still considering how Russia's social and political situation will influence the games. In Sochi, where the games are being held, the town's mayor asserted that gay people are welcome at the games, provided they follow the country's strict laws, but they won't find any local gay people. That claim was quickly disproven. That story and more in today's Global Scan.

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Even the New Year's baby can't escape the NSA

Public smoking is widespread in China, despite its official prohibition. So Chinese officials are turning up the pressure, telling Communist Party officials to stop — or else. Meanwhile, in France, a new law requires mobile-based ride hailing services like Uber to wait 15 minutes before picking up passengers. And this weekend's terrorists attacks in Russia are a problem.