Week in pictures: 11-17 August 2012 :: News photos: 11-17 August 2012
'Himalayan Viagra' taking its toll :: Ram Bahadur Jafra and his brothers crouch on a field, picking through blades of grass. They have traveled five days by foot to a meadow deep inside Nepal's Dolpa district. They came, as tens of thousands do each year, to harvest a highly valuable commodity: the Himalayan caterpillar fungus.
Has the electric car found its range? :: Despite their green credentials, electric cars still come up short against their petrol-powered cousins when it comes to range -- how far they go before the battery needs recharging.
'Crate home' thinks outside the box :: Living in a house made from shipping containers isn't exactly everyone's idea of a dream home.
Assange: How long can standoff last? :: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is at London's embassy of Ecuador seeking to avoid extradition by claiming asylum. There are precedents for such gambles, and history shows the standoffs can last some time.
'Old Ironsides' sets sail once more :: The USS Constitution, or "Old Ironsides," sailed under her own power Sunday for just the second time in some 130 years.
Gurley Brown's complex legacy :: Longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown was a self-described "devout feminist" who paradoxically preached that "if you're not a sex object, you're in trouble." Another of her famous quips had it that "good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere."
Assad makes rare public appearance :: The Syrian Vice President remains missing as President Assad makes a rare public appearance to mark the end of Ramadan.
Japan's new 'Super Cool' business :: In Japan's first summer without nuclear power, everyone is doing their part to conserve. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports.
Camera to see around corners :: Ramesh Raskar leads a team at the MIT Media Lab that is reimagining what photography can do
Husband slams Pussy sentences :: The husband of one of the members of Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot imprisoned for hooliganism in Moscow is leading a chorus of condemnation after a conviction decried as an attack on free speech.
Is Alice in Wonderland really about drugs? :: Alice in Wonderland fans have marked 150 years since the fateful boat trip that sparked the tale. But why do so many see adult themes in it?
In pictures: 2012 National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest winners :: National Geographic annual prize
Photos: Chinese anger over islands :: Anti-Japan protests erupt in China
How to sleep in hot weather :: Southern and eastern Britain has experienced a mini heat-wave. What's the best way to get to sleep on sticky nights?
Day in pictures: 20 August 2012 :: 24 hours of news photos: 20 August 2012
Why was Gu Kailai spared execution? :: Gu Kailai, the high-powered wife of politician Bo Xilai, avoided the death sentence following her admission that she murdered a British businessman. CNN examines the political background to the case.
How tribal ties help Syrian rebels :: Ancestral connections are igniting sympathies among some of the region's richest people. CNN's Nic Robertson explains the relationship.
Brains behind most viral ad ever :: It took French advertising guru Mercedes Erra almost a year to persuade Evian a bunch of babies rollerblading to "Rapper's Delight" was a good way to advertise their water. Today, the ad has been viewed online more than 75 million times.
Curiosity uses laser on Mars rock :: The Mars Curiosity rover used its laser to "interrogate" a Martian rock Sunday in what NASA said was "target practice" for future experiments.
In pictures: Eid al-Fitr celebrations :: Celebrations across the Muslim world
Top transfers: Soccer's spenders :: Despite the impending new Financial Fair Play rules, Europe's top clubs have been spending big on players ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline. See who cost the most, and who might turn out to be the biggest bargains.
Was China murder trial rigged? :: One of the most watched cases in China in the last few decades reached a conclusion of sorts on August 20th as Gu Kailai was declared guilty of murder and sentenced to death with a two-year suspension, meaning an almost certain commutation.
Jellyfish threat to record bid :: Jellyfish stings and a summer storm haven't stopped Diana Nyad on her latest attempt to swim to Florida from Cuba, her crew said Monday.
Honor murder: A growing threat :: Shafilea Ahmed, 17, was killed by her parents because of her Western lifestyle in England. Activists say young women in Europe's immigrant communities may be at higher risk because of a culture clash between generations.
China's people power :: Beijing backs down on plans for a copper plant after fierce protests. Does this mean people power is working?
Crackdown on social media :: The Chinese government is trying to curb the power of social media throughout the country. CNN's Stan Grant reports.
Watch violent copper protest :: A protest over a chemical plant turns violent, leading to the cancellation of the project. CNN's Eunice Yoon reports.
Passenger: Drill ignored :: A passenger in the Costa Concordia cruise disaster says a crew member told him to ignore emergency instructions.
Captain must stay in town :: Italian judges released the captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner from house arrest Thursday, but ordered him not to leave his home town while the case against him continues, his lawyer said.