Global Scan

In Bangladesh, the government doesn't want you to show your World Cup colors


Children attach flags of 2014 World Cup participant Argentina to the top of a building in Dhaka May 28, 2014. Millions of Bangladeshi football fans mostly support the national football teams of Argentina and Brazil.


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Bangladesh, the normally cricket-mad country, is going crazy for World Cup soccer — specifically Argentina and Brazil's national teams.

Across the country's cities, you'll see the green and yellow flag of Brazil flying on rooftops — and nearby, the blue and white flag of Argentina. But all those foreign flags have government officials steamed. They're going door-to-door and placing ads in newspapers, urging residents to take down foreign flags.

Arab News reports the country has barred flying foreign flags, with seemingly little effect. 

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China's dog meat festival draws howls of protest

China is a country in many ways battling itself. Take the annual dog meat festival in Yulin city. Held every June, it's becoming more and more controversial. In the face of angry protests by animal rights activists, the local government has washed it hands of the event — saying it is a gathering of private citizens, but declining to put a stop to the practice.

Global Voices looks at the clash between culture and cruelty at the event, which animal rights activists claim took the lives of 10,000 dogs last year.

Famed comic artist makes a comeback ... in another strip

Fans of the "Calvin and Hobbes" comics are rejoicing this week, with its artist Bill Watterson resurfacing after his self-imposed retirement in 1995. He's not, however, drawing new strips for his famed comic. He's actually borrowing the "Pearls before Swines" strip from another artist.

PRI's The Takeaway looks at how the collaboration came together, and explores why he may have decided to resurface.

The EU tax man is coming for Apple

Apple's tax avoidance schemes have become something of an accounting legend. By creating companies in Cork, Ireland, yet arguing they belong to no country, the company has been able to avoid overseas taxes. That scheme, however, has taken fire from politicians who say, even if it's technically legal, it's bad corporate citizenship. Reuters reports that the European Commission is now taking a look at Apple's practices. 

Children fleeing violence to come to the US often face immigration court, alone

The US is facing a crush of children crossing the border, fleeing violence and threats in their home countries up and down Latin America. When they come, they're often trying to unite with a family member already in the US. But if they wind up in the custody of US authorities, they often find their way in front of an immigration judge.

Once there, they have no constitutional right to an attorney — leaving kids, some not even teenagers, to find their own way. as PRI's The World reports.

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Weather around the world

Warm temperatures in central Europe are cooking up thunderstorms across the continent, with severe weather forecast for Wednesday in an area stretching from eastern France to western Poland, and as far south as northern Italy. Forecasts call for "damaging winds, hail and blinding downpours," according to AccuWeather.

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