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Is this the space vehicle that will be NASA's alternative to Russia's 'taxi service' to orbit?

As US-Russia relations deteriorate, NASA is picking up the pace on finding a way to get to the International Space Station without relying on Russian rockets. Three private companies could get the nod from NASA this week. Meanwhile, ISIS is emerging as a more dangerous global threat, with evidence that it is researching weapons of mass destruction and possibly targeting the pope. We have those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

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This is how many times British cops fired guns all of last year: 3

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As the debate over gun control — and, now, the use of force by police — rages in the US and elsewhere, Britain offers a stark contrast. Police there rarely carry guns, fire them or kill anyone. Meanwhile, Beijing is getting machines that inspire people to both recycle and ride public transit. And Ebola is killing Liberians who don't even have the disease, in today's Global Scan.

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The US says the crisis for Yazidis in Iraq is over — but the UN disagrees

Earlier this week, the US considered the possibility of sending American troops to rescue members of the Yazidi minority trapped by ISIS militants on Mount Sinjar in Iraq. Now, President Obama says the crisis has passed ... but others aren't so sure. And if you think women's rights are relatively new, guess again. And we explain why Ferguson, Missouri seems like a war zone, in today's Global Scan.

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Welcome to Sochi?

The winter Olympics in Sochi are just three weeks away, and things are starting to fall into place — including a host of new events. Plus a new beer made from whale meal in Iceland and a bet that cost two men an ear in Siberia in today's Global Scan.

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Iceland volcano

A volcano in Iceland features in our Geo Quiz. It's been erupting for a few days now. So far, the volcano's spectacular displays of smoke and lava have mostly been a boon for tourism. Bjorn Eriksen manages a hotel within sight of the volcano.

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Times columnists makes case for paying players

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament drives billions of dollars in spending every March, but not a dime of it goes for wages for the players. Now sure, their scholarships and the money that pays for them to travel to get there comes from that pool, but one New York Times columnist is among a growing chorus of people saying "pay the players!".

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The US says the crisis for Yazidis in Iraq is over — but the UN disagrees

Earlier this week, the US considered the possibility of sending American troops to rescue members of the Yazidi minority trapped by ISIS militants on Mount Sinjar in Iraq. Now, President Obama says the crisis has passed ... but others aren't so sure. And if you think women's rights are relatively new, guess again. And we explain why Ferguson, Missouri seems like a war zone, in today's Global Scan.

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Ben Frost

We end today taking you on a musical voyage between two cities, two cities that are as almost as distant as you can get from each other. For Ben Frost, these would be his two homes of Melbourne, Australia and Reykjavik, Iceland.