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'We love Elton John,' Putin says in bid to deflect anti-gay controversy

The Russian strongman also downplayed planned no-shows at the Olympics by Western leaders including US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande.

Mipsterz: A definitive guide to Muslim hipsters

Longboard? Check. Ray-Bans? Check. iPhone? Check. Hijab? Check and check. By now, you’ve heard of Mipsters, #Mipsterz or Muslim hipsters depending on your preference. We will leave NPR, The Daily Beast and others to examine the impact of this emerging trend on American society.

'Lone Survivor': A fact check

The movie adaptation of Marcus Luttrell’s “Lone Survivor,” which stars Mark Wahlberg, is breaking all sorts of box office records and is on track to become the biggest war movie of the post-9/11 era. But it will no doubt provide Afghan war fact checkers a delight of dubious claims to decipher.

It's so hot in Australia, tennis players are wearing ice vests

Temperatures soared above 100 degrees in South Australia this week, and players at the Australian Open suffered the consequences. So did fans.

The quiet agony of filming 'The Act of Killing'

SINGAPORE — 'The Act of Killing' is one of five Oscar hopefuls nominated for this year's Best Documentary. It’s a harrowing film that exposes Indonesia’s darkest secret — one of the most horrific yet least acknowledged mass crimes of the Cold War. In this exclusive GlobalPost interview, the documentary's Indonesian co-director says the crew decided to remain anonymous out of grave fear for their lives.

Sochi Olympics: Triumph or nightmare?

SOCHI — This provincial resort is weeks away from hosting the largest international coming-out party Russia has ever seen. That’s one version. For many locals shouldering the burden of Putin’s personal project, there's little excitement for the games. 

5 puppets that have been persecuted

Abla Fahita isn't the only puppet with problems. Lo, she is not even the only one that looks like a muppet with problems. Here are some other puppets that have sparked controversy, one way or another:

No Pants Subway Ride catching on around the globe (PHOTOS)

Trains and trams in major cities around the world were awash with bare legs and briefs on Sunday as pranksters traveled trouserless for the world's 13th annual "No Pants Subway Ride." Commuters from Beijing to Bangalore and beyond braved public transport without blue jeans in the stunt, which has gone global since its first staging by US group Improv Everywhere in New York in 2002.

This small British town has a bizarre tradition involving booze, cracked ribs, a hood — and more booze

HAXEY, UK — Forget Christmas Day or New Year's: 'The Hood' is the biggest holiday of the year in this northern English town. On Jan. 6, the Twelfth Night of Christmas, every adult in Haxey who can takes the day off work. The local school, Haxey Church of England Primary, is closed. And by mid-morning, the village’s pubs are full.

Global porn preferences? Surprisingly patriotic, says PornHub's data blog

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