Global Scan

Hamas targets Israelis with a 'pop song' — that promises their death and destruction


A smoke trail is seen as a rocket is launched towards Israel from the northern Gaza Strip July 11, 2014.


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Hamas is stepping up its propaganda efforts in its escalating battle with Israel — translating one of its popular "battle songs" into Hebrew — presumably to try and intimidate Jewish Israelis.

"Exterminate the cockroach nest, expel all the Zionists," the song exhorts.  "Rain upon them many rockets. Make their world into a horror," it continues. And on and on.

According to Arutz Sheva, this is the third propaganda video released by Hamas this week.

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Could this dictionary help get North and South Koreans on the same page?

In the 60 years since the Korean War, the two countries have evolved in different ways, with the South becoming more open, wealthy and worldly, while the North has become more insular and fearful of foreign influence. As global language has changed, that's meant new words and phrases — but the two countries have taken entirely different approaches to changing their language.

The Guardian looks at a project to help put the two languages back together, or at least help people from both parts of the peninsula understand one another. The project is more than 20 years in the works, but work has just resumed after years of political tension.

Sexually active? Gay? The WHO has advice for you

Concerned about rising rates of HIV infections among men who have sex with men, the World Health Organization is trying a new tactic. In addition to encouraging the use of condoms, the WHO is also encouraging men to take anti-retroviral medications prophylactically. Anti-retrovirals are typically used to treat HIV, but when taken by those who are not HIV positive, they can prevent infection.

PRI's The World talked to Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, the director of the WHO's HIV department, about the new recommendation and why he thinks it makes sense. Not everyone agrees, though.

No kidding: The Taliban warns its followers to avoid 'extremism'

In a story that seems so strange it must be true, leaders of the Taliban are urging their followers not to fall under the sway of extremist Islamist groups, like the ISIS group currently active in Iraq and Syria. ISIS says it is trying to form a new caliphate, and called on Muslims around the world to declare their allegiance to their new order.

But the Taliban, in what is perhaps the strongest sign yet of tensions among jihadi groups, called on jihadists to refrain from judging one another. The Telegraph looks at the spread of ISIS power across the Muslim world.

It's a church! It's a synagogue! It's a mosque! It's 'House of One'

A Berlin effort to promote tolerance between religions took a step forward recently when the 'House of One' launched a fundraising effort after releasing a design for what it proposes to be the first single building housing a church, mosque and synagogue. But there's a long way to go. Of the 43 million euros organizers say they'll need, they've raised just .06 percent.

PRI's The Takeaway talked to the architect behind the building, who says he hopes the building will serve to connect people of the various faiths with each other, as well as with secular Germans, by bringing them all together on a more-or-less equal footing.

What we're seeing on social

Weather around the world

Manitoba and the Canadian plains were innundated with rain this spring, leaving intense flooding in its wake. Now the province is starting to tally the damage. According to the CBC, flooding led to more than $200 million in damage.

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