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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.