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Cleaning world's tallest building

CNN got rare access to one of the highest points of the Burj and learned this cleaning job is not for the faint of heart.

Tutu: Imagine a nuke-free world

The international pressure that ended apartheid should now be turned on countries holding nuclear weapons, writes Desmond Tutu.

3,600-year-old mummy unearthed

Archaeologists say they unearthed a rare find during a dig in Egypt: a sarcophagus that's 3,600 years old -- with a mummy still inside.

Olympian: No regrets for nude pics

Olympic skier Jacky Chamoun says she doesn't regret taking topless photos that have triggered backlash at home in Lebanon.

Castaway pleads for privacy

Back in the hospital, still suffering the effects of 13 months at sea, José Salvador Alvarenga is asking for privacy.

Prisoners freed despite U.S. objections

They are "dangerous insurgents," "directly linked" to attacks that killed dozens of people, the U.S. says. But Afghanistan says it doesn't have enough evidence against 65 men it just released from prison.

Russia enacts anti-gay adoption ban

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree banning foreign same-sex couples -- as well as singles from countries where same-sex marriages are legal -- from adopting Russian children.

The most interesting competitor?

Mexico's Hubertus von Hohenlohe talks about being both the only Mexican and the oldest competitor at the Sochi Olympics.

5 things to watch today

The United States is hopeful it will be a big day on the ice and ski slope, luge fans get an added treat and the male figure skaters show off their short programs.

An Olympic first for Southeast Asia

A Philippine teenager with a shy, crooked smile and expressive eyebrows will perform on ice as the first figure skater ever to represent a Southeast Asian country on Thursday.

Inside Stalin's home

He didn't like carpets, he banned portraits and he walked in water rather than swim. His cinema room, to this day, is five degrees colder than the rest of the dacha. Welcome to the former holiday home of Joseph Stalin -- the Russian leader who helped make Sochi what it is today.

Evacuees try to flee Homs as Syria talks move slowly

Groups of civilians in Syria were evacuating a besieged city Wednesday as opposition leaders unveiled a diplomatic road map they hope will lead their country out of a brutal civil war.

'Pink Panthers' jewel thieves held in Spain?

Years on the run as a suspected member of the feared "Pink Panthers" gang of international jewel thieves have ended for a Serbian man who's been arrested in a Madrid suburb, Spanish police said Wednesday.

Wild weather batters Europe

British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned the UK is experiencing its worst flooding in decades as rain and and unusually strong winds continue to batter parts of Western Europe.

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