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Putin's July 4 wish? Closer U.S. ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he hoped for better ties with the United States in a July Fourth message to his U.S. counterpart, President Barack Obama.

Bangkok mall crowded

Neglected by humans for almost two decades, New World Mall in Bangkok has attracted a slightly different clientele. Happily swimming among dilapidated storefronts and waterlogged escalators, koi and tilapia feast on fish food sold by enterprising locals and thrown by tourists who continue to descend on the surreal scene.

Al-Shabaab militants kill Somali lawmaker, officials say

Islamist militants killed one Somali lawmaker and wounded another in a drive-by shooting in the capital on Thursday morning, the third assassination of a Parliament member this year, police and a legislator said.

32 kidnapped drivers released

Thirty-two Turkish drivers believed kidnapped by militants in Iraq last month have been released, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday.

ISIS takes major Syrian oil field, group says

The extremist Sunni militant group that recently declared a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq has taken control of a major Syrian oil field from other fighters, a UK-based monitoring group said Thursday.

Hong Kong's fading neon signs

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports on Hong Kong's iconic neon signage, which could soon be a thing of the past.

Tattoo art business boom

Don't call them parlors, they are tattoo art studios and are no longer in decline. CNN's Jim Boulden reports.

Museum unveils toilet exhibit

Tokyo's science museum has opened an exhibit focusing on the commode, even offering visitors the chance to be flushed.

Death metal on London's streets

To liven up London's insurance district, art has been displayed curbside, including a black cube with a loud surprise. CNN's Jim Boulden reports.