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Global Scan

'Magic' mushrooms to treat depression? Some researchers think so

Hallucinogenic mushrooms are one potential treatment for depression. Another is hip hop music — it seems the dark lyrics might reach those who feel equally hopeless. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin comes to the rescue of China's first lady and his gallant act gets erased by Chinese censors. And in Pakistan, a group of schools hold an "I am not Malala" Day. All that and more in today's Global Scan.

Development & Education

Turkey faces a daunting challenge in trying to educate hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees

Inside Syria, almost six million children have been affected by the country's ongoing civil war, and millions more have fled the country to find safety in refugee camps. Turkey, for example, has opened its doors to about a million-and-a-half Syrian refugees since spring 2011. But as the war drags on, Turkey is finding itself with a long-term humanitarian and education problem.

Global Scan

Europe's comet lander snaps a killer selfie

Space may be the final frontier, but one of Earth's explorers paused earlier this month to snap a picture of what its seeing. Europe's Rosetta comet explorer probe grabbed a picture of the comet it's studying, and in the process caught a bit of itself, too. It's being called an interplanetary selfie, and it has taken the Internet by storm. That story and more in today's Global Scan.

Politics

Mideast avoids financial crisis

The Middle East has so far seemed to escape the financial crisis plaguing the rest of the world. As The World's Aaron Schachter reports, this is in large part due to inherent wariness and a banking and real estate boom of its own.

Politics

Tensions rise over water shortages

The Middle East has had several years of drought. Across the region, from Israel to Iraq, there's more use of water and less water available and that's exacerbating the political tensions and problems. Linda Gradstein reports.

Politics

Murder mystery in the Middle East

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a military commander of Hamas, was killed in Dubai. Hamas blamed Israel. Dubai police released names, photos, and passport numbers of 11 members of an alleged hit-squad. We hear from Ronen Bergman, correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth.

Global Scan

Even Mandela meets his heroes in heaven

One of Nelson Mandela's own heroes, boxer Baby Jake Matlala, died just two days after the former South African president. While those two may be meeting in heaven, down here, people are analyzing Mandela's memorial service — from Obama's handshake with Castro to a man who pretended to interpret the ceremony for the deaf. And China tries a positive spin on its pollution, all in today's Global Scan.