In pictures: Stonehenge solstice :: 5,000 people mark the winter solstice
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.
Are pay phones making a comeback? :: As a symbol of communication, refuge or romantic longing, the pay phone is an enduring cultural icon.
Apparently This Matters: Meggings :: GQ summed it up with one word: "No."
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.
In pictures: Snowstorm hits US :: Snow storm in north-eastern US states
The year in pictures 2012 :: The pictures that made the headlines in 2012
Bug reveals 'erased' Snapchat videos :: Videos sent via phone app Snapchat which should disappear after a few seconds can be preserved with easy to find tools, finds tech site.
Day in pictures: 28 December 2012 :: 24 hours of news photos: 28 December
Week in pictures: 22-28 December 2012 :: News photographs from around the world
Viral hits: 'Gangnam' to 'Kony 2012' :: It is a guilty pleasure of anyone supposed to be working, and a time-waster that has kept millions of us up far too late at night.
The British vomitorium :: With the Christmas dinner done, writer Will Self says the UK's new year resolution should be to end the national obsession with food.
One in 12 in military has clogged heart arteries :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/qvTtTzXxdXE/us-military-heart-idUSBRE8BR0I220121228
Monti to lead Italian coalition :: Italy's caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti is to lead a coalition of centre parties going into a parliamentary election in February.
Approaching comet may outshine the moon :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/jyK9PuMrGJQ/space-comet-idUSL1E8NS5AL20121228
Approaching comet may outshine the moon :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/4v1nUvzvuJ4/us-space-comet-idUSBRE8BR0KQ20121228
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.
Shadow of Jiang looms over China :: When the new names of China's elite political committee were announced Thursday they didn't come as a surprise to one leading China expert. Rather, they reinforced the sense of "a major opportunity lost."
China unveils new top leaders :: China on Thursday unveiled the elite group of leaders who will set the agenda for the country for the next decade, the culmination of months of secretive bargaining and a carefully choreographed performance of political pomp.
Raising a stink about sanitation :: We each spend an average of three years of our lives sitting on them, King George II of Great Britain died while on his in 1760 and 2.5 billion people still do not have access to one.
Filmmaker snaps vanishing glaciers :: The melting glacial ice in places like the Alps, Greenland and the Himalayas is a dramatic visual document of how our planet's climate is changing.
Fixing China's 'drinking problem' :: When China's new leader Xi Jinping spoke to the media last week, one sound bite struck me as especially noteworthy.
Chinese farmer does 'Grandpa style' :: Wearing aviator sunglasses and a selection of thigh-high tights and frilly skirts, 72-year-old Liu Qianping has caused quite a stir in China.
Street children found dead in bin :: Eight Chinese officials have been fired or suspended after five boys died in a rubbish bin after suffocating on fumes from charcoal they burned to stay warm, according to state-run media.
Fiscal deal stalls as clock ticks to deadline :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/GF0XCACm96M/us-usa-fiscal-idUSBRE8A80WV20121230
Divisive health bill becomes law :: Legislation providing for government-funded contraception and sex education classes in the Philippines will take effect in mid-January, according to a spokeswoman for President Benigno Aquino.
Merkel says euro zone crisis far from over - Reuters :: url: http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg�QjCNHRv8iGqCmhBbZgs2pIw957CtZyeA&url=http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/30/us-germany-merkel-idUSBRE8BT0B420121230