Global Scan

If you are a British teen, you may never be able to legally buy a pack of cigarettes


A security guard stands in the sunshine as she smokes outside Southwark Crown Court in central London, March 5, 2014.



Doctors in the UK want to create a tobacco-free society by 2035 — and the first step to achieving that is making it so no one born in 2000 or later can ever legally purchase tobacco products.

At their annual meeting this week, British Medical Association representatives voted to lobby the government for the new restrictions. And lest you think they are just blowing smoke, doctors have led the way on two previous changes to British tobacco laws. They successfully pushed for a ban on lighting up in public places and on smoking in cars carrying children, after votes in 2002 and 2011.

The Guardian looks at the details behind the new proposal.

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Iran faces a wardrobe dilemma: Are women's leggings actually pants?

When it comes to covering up for women, are leggings as disreet as pants? Iran's parliament is not pleased with the trend of women wearing leggings — and legislators want to know why the government of President Hassan Rouhani isn't doing more to enforce modesty. Apparently, the budget to enforce the modesty law has been cut.

Al-Monitor looks at the controversy over leggings and hardliners' efforts to get more women to wear the hijab.

Let's get the lighting just right on that leg wound

When it comes to medicine, doctors and nurses do a lot of things really well. But taking photographs of wounds isn't one of them. And that can be a problem when they are trying to follow a wound over time to make sure it is healing properly. Enter Hollywood.

PRI's Studio 360 introduces us to a movie photographer who has used some Hollywood tools to standardize photo shoots in hospitals, clinics and offices and make the pictures more realistic. 

Proud of your country? Better check the record book

The Good Country Index ranks countries not based on how good they are to their people, but on how good they are for the world. So how does your country rank in areas like technology, culture, and peace and security? The index is based on 35 datasets and ranks 125 different countries.

The Economist has created a handy chart of the top and bottom 10 performers in each category, and here's a spoiler: Ireland and Finland come out on top. The US makes the grade in just one category.

How would you feel if your child joined ISIS in Syria?

For some parents in Britian, that is a very real question. At least 500 British citizens have left their homes to take up arms against the Assad regime in Syria, with many of them falling in with terrorist groups, like ISIS. The British government is concerned these men, often young, will come back as violent militants. The families just want their children back.

PRI's The World reports on the mixed emotions of the parents. Some of the families actually fled war-torn Afghanistan to get their children away from danger and extremism.

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Weather around the world

Last year's Wimbledon tennis tournament was a scorcher — with temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit (almost 50 degrees Celsius). This year, the weather is starting out more mild, with highs around 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius), but still unseasonably warm. Average temperatures for the event, held in the UK, are closer to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius), according to AccuWeather.

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