It's recently emerged that clothes made in North Korea's state-owned factories are being sold by major brands with labels indicating they're from China. Oops. Do you have something in your closet made in North Korea?
Nagin Nasiri wanted to get of Iran. She was accepted to grad school in the US, but she was refused a visa. So, Nasiri started a company with her old friend, Shaghayegh Jahanbani. Now they make stunning custom furniture in a Tehran wood shop.
Temperate rainforest makes up less than one percent of the world’s forests, making it one of the most rare ecosystems on Earth. Now, after years of negotiations, 85 percent of the Great Bear Rainforest along the coast of British Columbia will be protected, with just 15 percent open for logging.
Basketball diplomacy, Dennis Rodman-style, keeps getting stranger. Scientists streak the South Pole and come away with frostbite in tender places. China overtakes Europe in R&D spending. And did you know that Hitchcock made a Holocaust documentary? All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
Mohamed Ali escaped Somalia's civil war when he was 10. When he learned that Somali youth who don't escape often end up wearing bomb-laden suicide vests, he decided to do something for them. Now he helps them start businesses.
100 years ago, West Flanders was one of the most militarized zones on earth. It's part of the famous Western Front of World War I and the site of many of the heavier battles. With the centenary of the war beginning in 2014, the region is readying itself to reap the benefits of a projected bump in tourist numbers.
Mexicans have long reigned as the main voices in the Spanish language soundtracks of popular US films and TV shows, like The Simpsons, that air throughout Latin America. But given the reach of their voices, the voiceover artists make very little money. And now their work is moving to even lower-wage countries.
The US and European sanctions against Iran include the banking system, which has made electronically transferring money into and out of Iran next to impossible. So business people have resorted to suitcases of cash.
Brazil is investing nearly a billion dollars in Cuba's new state-of-the art deep sea port and free trade zone. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Havana says both nations are planning for a time when Washington has lifted trade sanctions on the socialist nation.
Oil companies are setting up shop in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region and they're bringing in lots of money with them. The new resources, combined with liberal investment laws, is opening up the economy.
Time, they say, is money. And at Ziferblat, a new cafe in London’s trendy East End, they feel the same. The coffee and food are free but the time you spend there will cost you: three pence a minute — about $3 an hour.