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Global Scan

Ukraine waits in suspense, and China blocks embarrassing details of secret bank accounts

Ukraine's protesters suspend clashes to negotiate with President Viktor Yanukovich, while China's leadership scrambles to block the web and keep their secret offshore bank accounts from being revealed to Chinese citizens. Curling gets fancy at the Sochi Olympics and South Korea welcomes Canadian hockey players in its bid to qualify for the next Winter Olympics. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

New evidence suggests systematic torture by Syria's government

New images and reports have surfaced of wholesale torture and starvation on the part of the Syrian regime, just as peace talks to end the war are set to start on Wednesday. On the US west coast, scientists dispel fears that Pacific Ocean fish are contaminated with Fukushima radiation. And side-by-side men's toilets at an Olympic venue have become a social media joke. 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.

Global Politics

British Cartoonist Steve Bell Draws American Presidents

Cartoonist Steve Bell has been skewering British politicians since his career took off in the late 1970s. Because his obsession is politics, a good number of American presidents have come in for in his particular brand of satire. Steve Bell's leftist politics inform how he characterizes US presidents. George W. Bush was easy. Barack Obama: not so much.

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Conflict & Justice

British inquiry into Iraq war

John Chilcot has promised to produce a 'full and insightful' account. Evidence from senior government figures will start on Tuesday and politicians, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair will be expected to testify in due time. Laura Lynch reports.

Conflict & Justice

Israel to lift blockade?

International pressure on Israel to lift a military blockade of Gaza has intensified in the weeks since Israeli commandos stopped a flotilla carrying aid in international waters, killing nine activists. The BBC's Jon Donnison reports from Gaza City.

Blair on Climate Change

British Prime Minister Tony Blair hosts a conference on climate change and, in an apparent shift of strategy, stresses technology over treaties as key to curbing greenhouse gas emissions.