Call it snowshoe art or perhaps folly in the freezing cold, but it takes imagination to create patterns that you can only see from a distance. And Alan Turing, the father of computer science, gets a posthumous pardon from Britain. Pakistan's long experiment in natural-gas cars is crashing. We also explore why Muslims and Jews are celebrating Christmas, and more, in today's Global Scan.
When the Nazis occupied Poland during World War II, they plundered a great deal of the country's cultural heritage. The painting "St. Philip baptizing the servant of Queen Kandaki," by Johann Conrad Seekatz, was among them. But the US recently recovered the painting and returned it to Poland.
Continuing revelations from Edward Snowden are feeding the political humor mill around the world, as they also feed anger among US allies. In today's Global Scan, we find at least one leader who doesn't have to worry about US electronic eavesdropping. And we find new uses for ktichenware, from spamming to political protest.