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Protesters descend on Thai capital

Thousands of protesters surrounded Bangkok's Government House on Friday seeking the removal of Thailand's embattled caretaker government amid soaring political tensions following the ouster of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Venezuela cracks down on protest camps

The Venezuelan government detained 243 protesters in a swift, predawn operation targeting four campsites set up at public squares around Caracas, the capital.

Brazil wrestles with crack epidemic as it readies up for World Cup

Officials have launched a string of initiatives to tackle Brazil's crack epidemic but critics say they often seem more concerned with cleaning up the streets before the World Cup than addressing the causes of addiction or providing solutions for users themselves.

'Daddy, Boko Haram is here'

CNN's Isha Sesay recounts the agonizing conversation between an abducted Nigerian girl and her father.

Iraq launches large-scale offensive in Falluja

Iraq has launched a large-scale military operation to regain control of the city of Falluja, held by anti-government fighters since December, the Defense Ministry said Friday.

Berlusconi starts community service

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi began a year of community service for his conviction on tax fraud charges on Friday when he showed up at a senior center near his hometown, Milan.

Pistorius defense suggests Steenkamp wasn't cowering

One of the most respected ballistics experts in South Africa disputed key elements of the prosecution case against Oscar Pistorius on Friday, saying that the girlfriend he killed last year did not appear to have been in a defensive position when he shot her.

Crowds in Moscow, Sevastopol, cheer parade

Crowds packed the streets of Moscow and the Crimean city of Sevastopol on Friday for Victory Day parades in an annual show of nationalistic fervor heightened by Russia's recent annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

U.S. officials 'hitting the ground' in Nigeria

U.S. military officials are expected to arrive in Nigeria on Friday to help in the search for hundreds of girls kidnapped by Islamist militants, the Pentagon said.

6.4 quake shakes southern Mexico

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico's Guerrero state Thursday, less than a month after a stronger temblor hit the area, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Art gives new life to boys' club

Elusive artist Banksy has given a Bristol, UK boys' club his blessing to sell one of his pieces. Isa Soares reports.

'Christian militia attacks Muslim convoy'

Moments after breastfeeding her baby, Didiatou Hassam was shot in the head, the latest victim of bitter fighting between Muslim and Christian militia groups in the Central African Republic.