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.
Bachelet Election Pledges for Chile Face Hurdle as Copper Falls - Businessweek :: url: http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg�QjCNHVE-MTO7s2wE19Vy1feqFu2Pu52Q&url=http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-12-12/bachelet-election-pledges-for-chile-face-hurdle-as-copper-falls
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."
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.
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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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
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?
Why Charles Dickens endures :: Why Charles Dickens' novels are as relevant as ever
50 years of Kenyan independence :: As Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence, we look at the events that have shaped the country over the last half century.
India calls for quick action after diplomat arrested in New York :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/jf4c3V0h-k0/story01.htm