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Justice

In Turkey, sometimes it takes a hashtag to be heard

Thousands of Turkish women took to the streets over the weekend to protest the murder of a 20-year-old woman. Özgecan Aslan was killed after fending off a bus driver who tried to rape her. #sendeanlat (#tellyourstory) began trending on Twitter as thousands of women shared their own horrific stories of sexual harassment and violence.

Belief

Turkey's president wants his country to 'raise a more pious youth'

Fatma takes the public bus to her Istanbul high school about 20 miles away. In Istanbul traffic, the ride can take hours. Fatma and her family are angry about the length of her journey, because there is a neighborhood school minutes away. But that school was converted to a religious institution, known in Turkey as an “imam hatip” school.

Global Scan

Protesters attack a Dutch Santa Claus tradition as blatantly racist

In the Netherlands, a Christmas holiday tradition is leading to protests, clashes and arrests. Meanwhile, Turkey's president wants to build a mosque in Cuba — to honor the Muslim sailors he says arrived in North American 300 years before Columbus. And China discloses how it tried to clear Beijing's polluted skies before welcoming last week's APEC leaders. All that in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

This crash test dummy family is getting an overweight uncle — to reflect America's expanding waistlines

America's rise in obesity isn't just raising health alarms. It is challenging designers of all sorts of consumer products, including car safety experts, who are moving to a morbidly-obese crash test dummy. Meanwhile, in Russia, Apple's gay CEO is under attack. France and Spain, however, seem more worried about clowns. Those stories and more in this weekend's Global Scan.

Global Politics

Ankara's huge new palace is fit for a sultan

Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is the proud resident of a new presidential palace with 1,000 rooms and a $350 million price tag. It's another manifestation of what critics call his "neo-Ottoman" tendencies, but Turks are angry over the grandiose new building.

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Global Scan

Some wealthy Chinese think slaughtering tigers is a status symbol

Decadence takes many forms. In China, some display their wealth by killing tigers at parties. Chinese officials are trying to stop the practice. In the UK, military officials are under fire for using pigs to test body armor and train medical personnel. And Taiwan's students protest with sunflowers, in today's Global Scan.