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Activists Protest Russia's New Anti-Gay Laws With Kisses

Opponents threw eggs, stinging nettles and urine at the protesters; at least 20 people were arrested.

This Is Why You Firmly Anchor Your Construction Crane

Time for a cigarette break out on my balcony – AGGH!

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Brussels Does Not Take Kindly To People Messing With Its Peeing Boy Statue

Belgians love giving their Manneken Pis fashion makeovers – just not this one.

In Russia, a Freak Urban Geyser Smashes Cars With Flying Asphalt

A parking lot in Smolensk was flooded within minutes on Thursday by a violent pipe rupture.

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The Tallest Building in Chechnya Is Engulfed in Flames

No injuries have been reported.

Vigilante Justice of the Day: The Russian Bus Driver They Call the 'Punisher'

Bus operator Alexei Volkov claims to have precipitated more than 100 traffic accidents – mostly just to teach rude drivers a lesson.

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Incredible Pictures From the World's Coldest City

No more complaining about a little snow.

Huge Meteor Rips Apart the Russian Skies; Hundreds Injured, Freaky Videos Ensue

Windows exploded, buildings shook and a billowing pair of smoke trails marked the heavens.

Russian Man Builds Fantastic DIY Playground with Logs, Roots, Car Parts

Originally hailed as a death trap, the jungle gym has now become a beloved part of Moscow.

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In Russia, the New Year's Vacation Is Marked by '10 Days of Horror'?

For the festive week ahead, a government minister is warning Russians about the greatest threat to the country: themselves.

The Deadly Fun 'Sport' of Russian Train Surfing

Sure, it could kill you, but there's no thrill quite like riding on the roof of a 125 mph commuter train.

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Path of the Day: The Russian Trampoline Road

Beats a moving walkway.

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What Smoking Bans Reveal About a Country's Economy

Rising cigarette sales used to be a sign that poor countries were growing. Now declining rates seem to be the marker of prosperity.

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St. Petersburg Moves To Outlaw Noisy Sex: This Week in Bans

Also, New York City cancels the livestream of a rebellious Rubber Room teacher, and Rhode Island pours grass killer on America's Lawn of Freedom.

Watch a Russian Factory Makeover on Super Fast Forward

A drab facility in Pervouralsk, Russia, gets a colorful new look in this time-lapse video by Sasha Aleksandrov.

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Is This Wall Talking To Me?

Russian artist Daria Makarenko slips hidden messages into the cracks of the city.

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Siberia's Weird, Wonderful Summer Rituals

Expansive landscapes, colorful festivals, and stuffed bears.

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When All Else Fails, Paint Their Faces on Potholes

Our new urban heroes.

A Most Unusual Panhandling Scam

This subway beggar can't be for real.