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.
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.
Little snowman ::
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
Why Charles Dickens endures :: Why Charles Dickens' novels are as relevant as ever
India calls for quick action after diplomat arrested in New York :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/jf4c3V0h-k0/story01.htm
Qualcomm names COO Mollenkopf CEO, ending Microsoft talk :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/zH0JQ7ALjf4/story01.htm
U.S. sanctions move angers Iran, Russia sees threat to nuclear deal :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/UXzZfgVotZ0/story01.htm
Qualcomm promotes Mollenkopf to CEO, ends Microsoft talk :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/pyC8ncLv7_Y/story01.htm
North Korea executes leader's powerful uncle in public purge :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/NnCdyLT3apo/story01.htm
Sandboarding in the Sahara :: CNN's Ian Lee puts his sandboarding skills to the test in Egypt's Siwa Oasis.
Opinion: Price of school success :: In 2009, Shanghai participated for the first time in the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the tri-annual survey of the world's school systems.
China launches first moon mission :: China launched its first lunar probe early Monday, which, if all goes well, will make it only the third nation -- after the United States and the Soviet Union -- to soft-land on the moon.
China's crazy property bubble :: Cui Shufeng is a retired government worker in Beijing. She is one of the lucky homeowners who bought her place long before the housing sector galloped out of reach for the average Chinese salary worker.
China's bitcoin boom, bust :: When 23-year-old magazine editor Liu Xinda looked to make his first investment in 2012, he considered the stock market. Many Chinese investors have jumped on the skyrocketing property market, but it was too rich for Liu's blood.
U.S.: 'Deep concerns' over air zone :: The United States has "deep concerns" over China's newly declared East China Sea air defense zone, Vice President Joe Biden privately told Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Beijing on Wednesday, according to a pool report citing senior administration officials traveling with the delegation.
Fashion and art - new BFFs? :: With over 250 of the world's leading galleries on show and in excess of 50,000 attendees, Art Basel Miami Beach can make a legitimate claim to being America's leading art fair.
Learning more about Mars :: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks to News Stream ahead of Maven launch
Drone view of Tacloban :: Karl Penhaul reports from the middle of the Tacloban devastation using a drone camera to get a bird's eye view.
North Korean beer tour? :: Can you see the real North Korea by taking a package tour? Nic Robertson talks to one promoter.