VIDEO: Is this the home and office of 2023? :: How Microsoft envisages what life could be like in 10 years time.
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.
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."
Day in pictures: 13 December 2013 :: 24 hours of news photos: 13 December 2013
Week in pictures: 7-13 December 2013 :: 7-13 December 2013
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.
Five people wounded in Houston-area shooting :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/mid-k0FFl3I/story01.htm
10 moments from Mandela mourning :: Six days, hundreds of hours of broadcasting and a journey over many miles. So what were the key moments of Mandela's funeral events?
Seven ways to avoid Christmas :: Travel can be a nightmare.
Daisuke Takahashi: 'Being gorgeous' :: "A must-have quality for figure skaters is, I think, gorgeousness."
Three 'Avatar' sequels to be made in New Zealand: government :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/VRpyWPczGHw/story01.htm
Boozy, brawling Santas on tape :: Critics of SantaCon -- an annual pub crawl in Santa costume -- say it has gotten out of hand.
India Morning Call-Global markets :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/BwVEVrLu-qo/story01.htm
Love, life, strife: Aphrodite's history :: Strategically located in the eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus has stood at one of the geographical, cultural and economic fault-lines between East and West since ancient times.
Is this the oldest wine in the world? :: Known for sunshine, ruins and halloumi, Cyprus is also home to the oldest named wine in the world.
Can Cyprus cash-in on gas? :: Locked away deep beneath the sea off Cyprus' southern shores lays a treasure chest of natural gas that could ease the country's economic plight.
10 common Christmas card dilemmas :: It's the season to send Christmas cards - but the festive postbag can also be a social and ethical minefield, writes Ed Ram.
Dwarves, dragon and a 'Hobbit' dominate box offices worldwide :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/mx9-zxQ9_Nw/story01.htm
Amazon's German workers set to go on strike :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/SMAG-168u0o/story01.htm
'Lawrence of Arabia' actor Peter O'Toole dies at age 81 :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/_b44kQnHloQ/story01.htm
High fives as Suarez and Liverpool run riot at Spurs :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/nGTXNt2m7rM/story01.htm
Why airlines monitor your social media :: You may tell your airline if you prefer an aisle seat to a window seat or if you'd rather have chicken than pasta.