A deadly virus that first emerged in the Middle East has hit South Korea, where three people have died so far. Authorities have closed hundreds of schools and universities. But is that really necessary?
North Koreans may speak Korean, but not the kind they have to learn if they defect to the South. And even with a new smartphone app to guide them through South Korea's unfamiliar dialect, it's a tough and unnerving challenge.
North Korea's young ruler has a singular mission, experts say, preserve the family dynasty. And in that context, Kim Jong Un's sabre-rattling and his invitation to have Dennis Rodman visit the isolated country all makes sense.
North Korean defectors in South Korea packed up balloons and sent them over the demilitarized in a bid to let their former neighbors know what it's like outside of reclusive North Korea. That story tops today's Global Scan.