98-year-old James Benet left the United States in his 20s to fight on the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War. The Republicans were backed not only by foreigners, like Benet, but also by Mexico and the Soviet Union. After his side lost, Benet came back to a United States where he was immediately viewed as a communist.
Spain hiked its taxes on cultural events as it faces mounting debts and budget deficits. And those higher taxes have greatly reduced the attendance and theaters and other arts establishments. But one theater, and now several other groups, have found a way to make the law work for them -- with carrots.
At a recent organized reunion, some North and South Koreans found family members they had not seen since the Korean War. A Reuter's photographer was there. Parliamentarians in Ukraine struck blows — literally — against a free press, when they attacked a news manager over coverage. And Spain gets ready to release a bumper crop of wine, all in today's Global Scan.
Barcelona's famed Sagrada Familia church is still being built after more than a century. Now, impatient Finnish students plan to finish their own scaled-down version, imagined in this photo — out of ice. We also spotlight new relevations about Blackwater Security's lawless tactics during the Iraq War and wonder if Scotland's national dish is headed for the US, in today's Global Scan.
You never know what’s going to wash up on the beaches of Cornwall, England. In recent years, among the seaweed and driftwood, mysterious 100-year-old blocks of rubber have appeared. But an amateur historian from England might have cracked the case.
European scientists want to build a giant solar farm in the Sahara desert, and they think that it might be a green way to solve most of Europe's energy needs, as Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Alok Jha