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These are the seven countries the US military has bombed in the last three years

US officials launched an air attack on ISIS rebels in Syria this week, making the war-torn Middle East country the seventh state — at least — to see US airstrike since 2011. Meanwhile, an African nation torn by Ebola is agreeing to halt logging in exchange for development aid. And in Iraq, the nation's Kurdish minority is looking at what it has achieved — with high hopes for its future.

Global Scan

Paris wants all of you lovers to stop putting locks on its bridges

Paris is the city of lovers, but maybe a little less today. Paris bridges have long been a spot people publicly declared their love — with a lock. But a new effort seeks to stop that trend. Meanwhile, an account from the New York Review of Books looks at the day in the 2000s when the NSA metadata gathering program nearly died. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

In Syria, 2014 looks to be more of the same

Syria's civil war seems likely to close its third year in 2014 — and aside from Syria agreeing to give up its chemical weapons, little has changes. Bodies are piling up, bombs are still falling and life for the average Syrians is increasingly difficult. None of that seems likely to change as 2013 becomes 2014.

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Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Former president George W. Bush will pay a visit to the city tomorrow to kick off what some are calling his first "post-presidential rehabilitation tour." Mr. Bush's speech in Calgary will apparently be transcribed slightly differently in Canadian English than in American English.

Environment

Hope after horror in Haiti

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are visiting the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince as part of their effort to raise money for the country's rebuilding. Photojournalist Bear Guerra tells us about his trip, and his photos.