Crime check red tape abolished :: New free "portable" background checks on people who help out in schools and clubs have been outlined by the government.
Trojan horse 'eliminates' cancer :: An experimental 'Trojan-horse' cancer therapy has completely eliminated prostate cancer in experiments on mice, according to UK researchers.
Why Facebook needs Instagram :: Douglas Rushkoff says our first instinct is to protest Instagram's new terms of servic, but we should realize that Facebook paid a billion dollars for the site and needs to earn money in return
Your pictures of 2012 :: A selection of the best readers' photos
In pictures: Maya calendar ends :: Ceremonies and parties across the world
Day in pictures: 21 December 2012 :: 24 hours of news photos: 21 December
In pictures: Stonehenge solstice :: 5,000 people mark the winter solstice
What Obama can learn from Lincoln :: Frida Ghitis says "Lincoln" is brilliant because it shows that the path of virtue is paved with morally ambiguous choices.
World's craziest crazy golf course? :: It's crazy golf on an insane scale -- a putting green swimming in a giant bowl of noodles and chopsticks, the Great Wall of China for a hazard, a fairway threading through Mayan ruins and a panda-themed hole.
Your best moments of 2012 :: For some it was an exhilarating holiday to an exotic place, finding new love or conquering their greatest fear. For others, it was witnessing an historic event.
World's most Christmassy places :: If your Christmas is too often one of tacky decorations, over-cooked turkey and bitter family feuds, now may be the time to put the baubles back in the attic and plan yourself a yuletide getaway.
Mom finds snakes in son's room :: An Australian boy collected a nest of eggs into a container, then his mom found them hatched into deadly snakes.
Boeing uses potatoes to test wi-fi :: US aircraft manufacturer Boeing used unusual substitutes for passengers while testing its in-flight wi-fi system - potatoes.
Teacher fears parents' violence :: A head teacher attacked by the father of a pupil at a Swindon school says all staff and students are at risk from stressed parents.
Week in pictures: 15-21 December 2012 :: News photos from around the world
Are pay phones making a comeback? :: As a symbol of communication, refuge or romantic longing, the pay phone is an enduring cultural icon.
Amid crisis, Syria football triumphs :: CNN's Ivan Watson reports on Syria's win against Iraq in the West Asian Championships.
India rape fears :: Bhavyaa Sharma feels vulnerable in the Indian capital.
Apparently This Matters: Meggings :: GQ summed it up with one word: "No."
Feeding Germany's working poor :: Germany's working poor rely on food banks during the country's economic crisis. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.
Gangnam Style hits one billion views :: South Korean pop star Psy's Gangnam Style video has become the first clip to attract more than one billion views on YouTube.
U.S. gun owners fear new laws :: Lou Klein first shot a rifle when he was 11 -- now he owns a gun store. Like many gun-owning Americans, he fears new laws would infringe his rights.
Kerry named for top Obama post :: US President Barack Obama nominates Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as his next secretary of state.
Syrian rebels say will target Aleppo airport - Reuters :: url: http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg�QjCNEaobLXYVx_wp5FzCCIGnRkNt_-ZA&url=http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/21/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121221
Three Westerners seized in Yemen :: Two Finns and an Austrian are kidnapped by masked gunmen in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, security officials say.
Gun lobby defiant as Newtown mourns :: The US observes a moment of silence a week after the Connecticut school shooting, as a leading gun lobby group calls for armed security at schools.
Greenhouse gases reach new high :: Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere reached record highs in 2011, according to new data published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Study: Apes suffer midlife crisis :: CNN's Phil Han discovers that chimps experience a midlife crisis, just like humans.
Is the eurozone crisis almost over? :: Is the three-year-old eurozone sovereign debt crisis nearing its end? Dr. Nicholas Spiro of Spiro Sovereign Strategy believes it just might be.