If climate change goes as predicted, it is going to get harder and harder to find cities with the weather and infrastructure to successfully host the winter Olympics. And as winter retreats around the world, will people still even care about the winter games?
China's getting serious about smoking — so serious it's banning smoking in schools. And it's imposing new restrictions as well. Meanwhile, in Austria, a former police officer is being compared to Robin Hood after he stole but said he planned to give it to the poor. Plus Denmark and Sweden consider a ban on circumcisions, in today's Global Scan.
For male downhill skiers, it's not quite time to focus on the Olympics. This weekend is the toughest race of the men's downhill season, at the Streif track at Kitzbuhel, Austria.. It's a downhill course with an incredible history, a history that makes it even dangerous.
If America defaults on its debt this week, it won't be the first economic superpower to do so. Imperial Spain was a chronic defaulter in the 16th and 17th centuries, and this helped lead to its downfall.
For Wednesday's Geo-Quiz, we take you to Vienna, in search of a famous museum. Recently, this museum featured a special exhibit featuring nude men. And, it turns out, quite a few people wanted to see the exhibit...in the nude.
German Dietmar Machold lived the high-life in Vienna as one of the world's foremost experts on violins. But it was all a ponzi scheme. And Friday, an Austrian court convicted him of embezzlement and fraud. Aaron Schachter tells the sad tale.