Going global with Tuesday's news

Obama is close to authorizing military training of Syrian rebels, as Adam Entous reports for the Wall Street Journal. "Maybe Obama decided it's time to train the Syrian rebels on using all the MREs we've sent them," freelancer Gregg Carlstrom remarked. "Doesn't history (Taliban, anyone?) frown on this strategy?" questioned Whit Richardson with the Portland Press Herald

Meanwhile, China appears to be pushing its banks to remove IBM servers in spy dispute. WSJ's Shira Ovide put into words what all of us were thinking: "Payback for U.S. crackdown on Chinese hackers?"

From the Guardian comes an interactive masterpiece showcasing The World Cup's top 100 footballers of all time. "Start your abuse .... NOW!" taunted Sid Lowe there.

And care of Pew Research, from Germany to Mexico, here's how America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century.

Plus, a cartographic guide to Starbucks’ global domination. Always handy.

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