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Protesters begin 'Bangkok shutdown'

A planned month-long protest intended to force Thailand's Prime Minister from office began Monday with about 50,000 demonstrators laying siege to major intersections in the large and hectic capital city Bangkok.

Marijuana at the Amsterdam coffee shop

Every year 6 million tourists come to Amsterdam for the culture, but others come for the marijuana. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

Fear rises in Russia's gay community

For those who were once openly gay in Russia, now fear for their lives due to the changes in the law. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Russia's 'anti-gay' law pushes gay community into shadows

Pavel Petel was once an open, flamboyant bisexual man from Ukraine who built up a career as a model, performance artist and DJ in Russia. Photographs of him semi-naked while riding a horse and brandishing a gun are a feast for web surfers.

The dandy is back

Meet the most spectacularly well-dressed men in the world

Thousands pay last respects to Sharon

Thousands of people paid their last respects to Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Sunday as his body lay in state outside the nation's parliament.

Violence fears in Thailand as Bangkok shutdown begins

Rights groups and others have called on Thai authorities and anti-government protesters to respect human rights and avoid violence during mass demonstrations in Thailand's capital, Bangkok.

Feed your hungry babies, Pope tells mothers

It boasts some of the world's most celebrated works of art: Michelangelo's frescoes depicting the creation of man and a severe God at the Last Judgment.

Journalists detained in Egypt

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith, Sherif Mansour of the Committee To Protect Journalists, & Brian Stelter on the

Official: Libyan minister shot dead

Gunmen driving in a car opened fire Saturday night on a Libyan government minister, killing him instantly, a Libyan defense official said.

Conflicting reports over Iran deal

Iran's lead nuclear negotiator announced a tentative agreement was reached Friday over the implementation of plan that requires Tehran to limit its nuclear program, even as U.S. officials described the talks as ongoing.

Ariel Sharon dead at 85

Ariel Sharon, whose half century as a military and political leader was marked with victories and controversies, was 85.

10 amazing stories

They clean up rivers, build homes for disabled veterans and bring health care to some of the darkest parts of the world.

Protesters, police clash ahead of Egyptian constitution vote

Protesters in parts of Egypt rallied Friday against the government and a vote on a constitution that would ban religious parties, leading to clashes with security forces or demonstrators' opponents in at least three cities, Egyptian media reported.