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Want to host the 2022 Winter Olympics? We have just a few rules ...

The International Olympic Committee finds itself with two mediocre choices to host the 2022 Winter Olympics after Oslo, Norway, decided it wouldn't be hosting. Meanwhile, women in India and Colombia are standing up and saying no to violence. In India, a special all-female police squad has been created and in Colombia, a town is preparing for a one-night curfew on all men.

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Egypt's oldest pyramid is being destroyed by a repair effort

Egypt's ancient pyramids are a huge part of the country's history, culture and economy. That's why a government decision to give an important rehabilitation contract to a country with a bad track-record has invited so much scrutiny. The bad news is it seems critics fears are already coming true. Meanwhile, monkeys actually learn — and seem to want to learn — from watching video. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

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This is where bitcoins are made

Bitcoins are big money these days. So bitcoin miners are setting up vast, secretive warehouses filled with computers to earn them. We explain how it works. Meanwhile, terrorist wannabes have a lot to learn, so they turn to "The Koran for Dummies" for a quick education. And superstitions about albinism have taken a cruel turn in Tanzania, all in today's Global Scan.

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Chinese officials use 'House of Cards' as an example of US political corruption

Chinese officials are on a very public anti-corruption campaign — and they seem to think "House of Cards" shows they are not alone in their troubles. Meanwhile, in Russia, an anti-corruption official suddenly jumps out a window to his death, while being interrogated. Fishy? And Eid might become a school holiday. That and more in today's Global Scan.

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World powers battle for influence over Central Asia

Central Asia has long been the focus of tense geopolitical battles between world powers. The latest one started more than a decade ago, when the United States turned the region into a primary staging ground for its war in Afghanistan. A three-way struggle has since emerged between the U.S., China and Russia.

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US Secretary of State Kerry stops for a selfie on his climate change tour

Secretary of State John Kerry charmed Indonesian students in Jakarta over the weekend as he delivered strongly-worded messages on climate change to Asia's leading emitters of greenhouse gases. Italy works to form its third government in three years, without a new election. And German politicians sleep in their offices to save on rent, all in today's Global Scan.

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Chinese officials use 'House of Cards' as an example of US political corruption

Chinese officials are on a very public anti-corruption campaign — and they seem to think "House of Cards" shows they are not alone in their troubles. Meanwhile, in Russia, an anti-corruption official suddenly jumps out a window to his death, while being interrogated. Fishy? And Eid might become a school holiday. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

This is where bitcoins are made

Bitcoins are big money these days. So bitcoin miners are setting up vast, secretive warehouses filled with computers to earn them. We explain how it works. Meanwhile, terrorist wannabes have a lot to learn, so they turn to "The Koran for Dummies" for a quick education. And superstitions about albinism have taken a cruel turn in Tanzania, all in today's Global Scan.