VIDEO: Is this the home and office of 2023? :: How Microsoft envisages what life could be like in 10 years time.
The death of an aspirant journalist :: In April, 26-year-old Lee Halpin decided to sleep rough to investigate what it was really like to be homeless. He never returned home, writes Gemma Newby.
Tokyo's 'ninja homes' find a niche :: Radical design is a hit among the country's young generation.
China smog forces pilots to land 'blind' :: Smog in Beijing is now so bad and such a regular occurrence that the country's civil aviation authority will require the pilots of even small commercial airlines to be able to perform "blind landings."
'Affluenza' or just plain spoiled? :: Attorneys for Texas teen Ethan Couch claimed that his "affluenza" meant he was blameless for driving drunk and causing a crash that left four people dead in June.
Actor helps China-Japan relations :: After years of playing bad guys, a Japanese actor says he is improving China's view of Japan.
Twitter scraps blocking changes :: Twitter backtracks on changes it made to how people block abusive users, less than a day after they were introduced.
In pictures: Purge of Chang Song-thaek :: Rise and fall of North Korean leaders' uncle
Smog forces pilots to land 'blind' :: Smog in Beijing is now so bad and such a regular occurrence that the country's civil aviation authority will require the pilots of even small commercial airlines to be able to perform "blind landings."
Wilders sees European elections chance :: Gavin Hewitt speaks to Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders
Beyonce puts surprise album online :: Pop star Beyonce unexpectedly releases her fifth album on iTunes overnight, with 14 new tracks and 17 music videos.
A&E units miss four-hour target :: The NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E waiting time for the first time this winter, figures show.
Four killed in Bangladesh clashes after Islamist leader executed :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/6N3KlJOGMKM/story01.htm
11 places to go in 2014 :: The World Cup. A solar cycle peak. Easier visas. Staying home next year is not an option.
Blow-up Santa poses like Marilyn :: So this is Christmas. A coquettish Santa Claus, rocking a sexy version of his traditional red suit while doing his best Marilyn Monroe "Seven Year Itch" pose.
F1 driver Perez has eye on the top :: Sergio Perez was announced as Force India's new driver Thursday, but is the Mexican racer already getting itchy feet?
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Africa's future :: Two-thirds of respondents to a CNN survey of 9,000 people in South Africa and 19 other African nations say they feel more confident now than when Mandela came to power.
Planet's 'most abandoned people?' :: Randomly targeting people because of religion is new to CAR even if atrocities are not.
Could there be life on a Jupiter moon? :: A moon circling Jupiter has sent up a plume of water vapor. It may be telling astronomers that there's life there or at least a way of finding out if there is.
Is James Bond an alcoholic? :: The bullets might not kill him but the booze would, a new study into 007's drinking habits reveals.
Micromax aims to go global, high-end with smartphones :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/GsnI2wqA-lU/story01.htm
Day in pictures: 13 December 2013 :: 24 hours of news photos: 13 December 2013
Magnificent 20th century gems :: An object of beauty and desire, a jewel also provides a perfect reflection of the personality, lifestyle and tastes of the owner. Jewelry auctions are not a 20th-century phenomenon, but over the past few decades we have seen a wealth of the world's most fabulous jewels, once owned by some of the most notable personalities of the century, pass through the salesrooms.
India warm-up game washed out :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/XZ4QXoAA2J4/story01.htm
Week in pictures: 7-13 December 2013 :: 7-13 December 2013
VIDEO: Machete man floored by rugby tackle :: A man who ran through Bedford town centre wielding a hammer and machete was brought down by a police officer's "rugby tackle".
Woman behind 'Stalking of Gillard' :: Australian actor Rachel Griffiths is set to play former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a new drama, based on a book by stalwart political journalist Kerry-Anne Walsh.
Tiger's friend in obesity battle :: If the figures for childhood obesity in the United States were not shocking enough -- prompting First Lady Michelle Obama to set up a nationwide program to tackle the epidemic -- the statistics among the Native American community are yet more sobering.
Ireland: Celtic tiger or Celtic cloud? :: Remember the Celtic Tiger?