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
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.
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.
What's next for China in 2013 :: Attempting to forecast future events is a dangerous pastime.
Police indifference blamed for rapes :: The death of a young woman after a savage attack on an Indian bus has galvanized the nation to demand action.
Neighbors ring in 2013 25 hours apart :: Just 101 miles separate Samoa and American Samoa. But while the residents of one country will be among the first to ring in 2013, citizens of the other will have to wait another 24 hours to open the celebratory champagne.
Dubai ports feed appetite for dates :: Dates have been an integral part of the culture and identity of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since ancient times.
Christmas where you live :: Christmas is synonymous with colorful decorations, festive markets and extravagant quantities of food.
Obama: My worst day as president :: President Obama says that the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting was the worst day of his presidency.
10 global new year's eats :: Americans who celebrate on New Year's Eve with a bottle of champagne, party hats and a kiss at midnight have an important lesson to learn from the rest of the world (and certain regions of this country): The arrival of the new year is meant for feasting.
Battery charged by walking :: Jim Clancy talks with a U.S. scientist who invented a battery that can be charged with physical motion.
Singapore cemetery as battleground :: 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.
Moscow plane crash caught on video :: A Russian airliner overshot the runway at a Moscow airport, killing four people, and the crash was caught on tape.
Gun buyback yields rocket launchers :: A gun buyback program turns up two rocket launchers. CNN's Kyung Lah looks at what this says about weapons in the U.S.
U.S. on cusp of social change :: As the final days of 2012 trickle away, an uncommon emotional intensity hangs in the air in America. Something is happening here.
'We are all guilty' :: The gang rape leading to the death of a young woman has caused outrage in India. But misogyny runs deep in India's collective psychology, writes actress Leeza Mangaldas.
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Young victims of Syria's civil war :: The newlyweds saw their marriage as a symbol of the resistance against President Bashar al-Assad. The death of the young bride, who was expecting, is among more than 40,000 in the war.
Photos: People we lost in 2012 :: Photos: Notable people we've lost in 2012
What will happen in 2013? :: From global political unrest to climate change and fashion, CNN's Tim Lister peers into the misty looking glass and picks 13 stories that might be making the news in 2013.
Most amazing sporting moments :: Photos: 75 amazing sports moments you missed this year
U.N. lifts Syria death toll to "truly shocking" 60,000 :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/cXz-LKEjwTU/syria-crisis-toll-idINDEE90108420130102
Chelsea shocked at home by QPR :: Chelsea suffered a humiliating home defeat against bottom of the table Queens Park Rangers in its latest Premier League game Wednesday.