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GlobalPost's top 5 most shocking stories of 2011

True to the dictionary definition, GlobalPost's Top 5 Most Shocking Stories of 2011 offers intense takes on unexpected stories.

ICC: Gaddafi's death may be a war crime

Initally, the NTC said that Gaddafi was killed in crossfire. However, mobile phone video quickly emerged showing the moment after Gaddafi was pulled from a drain pipe where he had hidden. The videos show Gaddafi, alive, being beaten by NTC forces or rebels.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in Libyan desert: reports

Libya's capital Tripoli erupted in celebration after a news conference Saturday announcing Saif al-Islam's capture with celebratory gunfire, honking, singing and dancing.

Libya: Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam 'in touch' with war crimes prosecutors

Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, has been in contact with International Criminal Court prosecutors about a possible surrender, the ICC said Friday. Saif al-Islam is wanted for alleged war crimes in Libya.

NATO to end Libya mission October 31

NATO's decision comes a day after the United Nations voted to end its authoriziation for a military operation in Libya and lift the no-fly zone over the country.

UN lifts Libya no-fly zone

"This closes what I think history will judge to be a proud chapter in the Security Council's history," Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, reportedly said Thursday.

Libya: Gaddafi buried in secret grave

Muammar Gaddafi was buried Tuesday morning in a secret location in Libya, according to reports. The National Transitional Council says it did not want the grave to become a focus of either abuse or hero worship.

Gaddafi burial: Body to be buried in "secret desert location"

The burial of Gaddafi has been an issue of contention since the former leader was captured and killed Thursday by NTC fighters.

Gaddafi sodomized video: Readers respond

GlobalPost's decision to run a dispatch from correspondent Tracey Shelton this morning with a video showing a rebel fighter sodomizing Gaddafi with a stick or a knife has sparked a debate amongst some readers about whether the video was newsworthy and should have been shown.

What is Sharia law?

Sharia, or Islamic law, is the “path that must be followed by a Muslim,” and advises all aspects of Muslim life including finances and family life.
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