Donald Trump and Bobby Jindal appear to be running away from their parents' immigrant roots. However, Marco Rubio's mom once told him: "They’re human beings just like us, and they came for the same reasons we came."
Hundreds of migrants are sleeping in the rough in Italian train stations and on its border crossings. The stalled travelers are mainly migrants from north Africa who've survived a perilous journey by sea only to be turned back by new, tough restrictions in northern Europe.
Italian officials say 11 people are dead and 24 people remain unaccounted for as rescuers comb the wreckage of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that floundered and sank off the coast of Italy this weekend.
You've probably not heard of Jovanotti -- but that may change soon. The Italian hip-hop musician has been popular in his home country for years, but not he's bringing his music to the U.S. and hopes to reach a whole new audience.
French President François Hollande is having a hard time getting any traction with his political agenda. Meanwhile, US officials are having a tough time moving past the diplomatic row with India over a diplomat accused of mistreating her housekeeper. And in Italy, a politician is finally saying enough is enough — with the racism she faces.
The United States has long made deals with foreign leaders out of expediency — and not shared values. But some of its allies in Africa are drawing increasing questions about what sort of governments the US is supporting. Meanwhile, British researchers are putting mummies through a CT scanner, and making surprising discoveries. That and more in today's Global Scan.
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.
The Italian Coast Guard has rescued a freighter packed with refugees. Smugglers had pointed the vessel at the coast and abandoned ship, the third such incident in two weeks. But locals on shore have responded, even halting New Year's Eve celebrations to help out the freezing and panicked asylum seekers.