Global Scan

European youth have started the #BloodBucketChallenge

After the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge that swept YouTube, European young people are hoping for viral success with a campaign to bring world attention back to the conflict on Ukraine's eastern border. Meanwhile, killing is the subject of newly-published scientific research. In this case, the killers, though, are chimps. And a Chinese tennis star retires in her 30s, having brought tennis and a bit of sports freedom to her home country, in this weekend's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Could NATO successfully counter Russian aggression? The US is worried

NATO is on high alert on its eastern borders, with the controversy between Russia and Ukraine still simmering. The US and UK fear that Russian forces may be more nimble than NATO. Meanwhile, historians are learning about an older military conflict, the US Civil War, from a dig. And China ponders its dog meat festival, in today's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

Lithuania's Got Accordion Talent

The "Got Talent" franchise is popular all over the world. And wherever it is, chances are good a wacky act will perform. In Lithuania, the talent show was just won by an accordion player. He bellows keys like Steve Vai on an axe.

Global Politics

Iron Curtain becomes green belt

Twenty years ago today the Iron Curtain began to unravel. Now, the fortified east-west border is just a memory. But not all vestiges have vanished. Ashley Ahearn reports, in some places the former no-man's land is being preserved as a green belt.