Global Scan

Would you believe there's a movement to preserve the sport known as machete fencing?

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Jason Jeffers is making a documentary about machete fencing in Haiti.


Fusion TV

Haitians for years have practiced the sport of tire machet, or machete fencing.

Yes, that's fencing, with machetes, the giant blades most often used for hacking down brush and other unruly plant life. But the situation in Haiti has meant the future of the ancient sport of tire machet is decidedly uncertain. One of the last places that trained athletes in the sport is on the verge of shutdown.

The sport is the subject a new documentary by Jason Jeffers, a Caribbean-born journalist who grew up with machetes, but never used them in this way. The Fusion TV network went down to Haiti to look at the effort to preserve once fencing academy, and keep the sport alive.

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In Ukraine, pro-Kiev militias help turn the tide — no matter the costs

Ukraine has been split since Russia helped Crimea declare independence. In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels have declared autonomy, set up checkpoints and generally gone about trying to follow in Crimea's foot steps. The Ukrainian army has tried to turn back these efforts, with only limited success.

But pro-Kiev rebel group are having a more dramatic effect. Vice News traveled to eastern Ukraine and visited the headquarters of the pro-Kiev Donbas Battalion, which has been attacking the pro-Russia rebels. They've been far more effective, but there are questions about whether they will turn the tide — or just further destabilize the region.

These middle age men get dressed up for K-pop girl bands

South Korea's K-pop scene is hot with all ages. Among the super fans of bands like Crayon Pop you have the usual suspects: young kids, teenage girls, 40-year-old men — wait what? Yep, some of the biggest fans of Crayon Pop and their fellow K-pop bands are middle aged South Korean men.

PRI's The World looks at some of the reasons behind the success K-pop bands have had attracting 30- and 40-somethings to their concerts. And they wear costumes.

Chipotle says: leave your guns at home

Chipotle found itself in a storm of controversy this week after pictures surfaced of people carrying assault weapons openly in its stores. The photos were from an event by "open carry" gun rights activists in Dallas. That outraged gun control activists, who demanded Chipotle change its policies on guns.

On Tuesday, it took action. Chipotle told patrons they should not bring their guns into its stores, though it was unclear whether this was an outright ban. Starbucks made a similar decision last year. The Guardian has more on the story.

The situation in Libya keeps getting worse

The US military has been called in to help evaucate Americans from the embassy in Tripoli, Libya, where violence is escalating as factions try to unseat the country's legislature. The whole situation threatens Libya's democratic transition of power, which is slated for later this month.

PRI's The Takeaway looks at the situation on the ground, and the man who is leading militia forces that have challenged the central government's authority.

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Weather around the world

People who walked outside in Sao Paulo Sunday were greeted with quite the sight, almost as if the ground had been blanketed in snow. But it wasn't snow — just hail. There was so much hail, some children even made "hailmen" out of it. AccuWeather has pictures of the scene.

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