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.
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
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
Approaching comet may outshine the moon :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/jyK9PuMrGJQ/space-comet-idUSL1E8NS5AL20121228
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.
Distraction: Baby panda loves ball :: Xiao Liwu of the San Diego Zoo sure loves his toy ball.
Secret WWII code found on dead bird :: A pensioner discovers a secret World War II coded message on a dead pigeon, as CNN's Nic Robertson reports.
New homeless law comes into force :: Legislation which aims to effectively end homelessness in Scotland comes into force as part of a government commitment.
Scots cystic fibrosis drug call :: Calls are made for a new drug for people with a form of cystic fibrosis, available in England, to be prescribed in Scotland.
Nuns revolutionize health care :: While modernization of the Catholic Church in the 1960s did leave fewer nuns in the pipeline to carry out work in the health care and education fields, the ones who stayed -- this baby boomer generation of religious sisters -- undertook a kind of grass-roots, social justice-oriented health care.
Is Belgium still the capital of chocolate? :: Belgium invented the praline in 1912 and soon became known for making the best chocolates in the world. But 100 years on, the supremacy of local chocolatiers is under threat from international competition.
Singapore's cemetery battle :: Singapore's Bukit Brown stands at the heart of a heated debate over development, as graves face exhumation to make way for a new eight-lane highway.
After slump, Dubai says: We're back! :: For the two years since it opened in the wake of a humiliating financial crisis, the New Year's eve celebrations surrounding Dubai's Burj Khalifa building have been fairly muted. But this year developer Emaar is putting on a huge show combining a dancing fountain, the Prague Symphony Orchestra and plenty of fireworks. The message: The emirate is back with a bang.
Offbeat: Lobster iPhone case :: This year, maybe you think you got everything you ever wanted for Christmas (so long as everything you ever wanted was socks and underwear).
Miners ready to gamble on rare earths :: Rare earth elements, as every commodities nerd knows, are in fact not very rare at all. Some, such as cerium and lanthanum, are among the more abundant elements in the earth's crust.
Lampard double inspires Chelsea win :: Frank Lampard underlined his continued value to Chelsea by scoring both goals in their 2-1 win at Everton Sunday as they went third in the English Premier League.
Brazil robbery hostages released :: Police in the south of Brazil say they have rescued nine hostages who had been taken by an armed gang after a frustrated attempt to rob a jewellery factory.