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.
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
'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
PREVIEW - India begin life without Tendulkar against fiery S Africa :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/_2_NKm9x5BA/story01.htm
After China Mobile sugar rush, Apple will fight for customers :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/-VcjP-Jdk5I/story01.htm
In rural China, teacher upholds Mao Thought to save the world :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/owGwVLAK5Iw/story01.htm
Auction of magnificent 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.
In pictures: Actress Joan Fontaine :: Life and career one of Hollywood's biggest stars
RBI poised to raise rates after inflation surges :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/H-_RNC1T6Yw/story01.htm
Australia on the brink after Watson sparkles :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/J52ZjvbsJtM/story01.htm
AUDIO: Do grammar schools help the poor? :: Grammar schools are not improving social mobility for poor pupils, the Chief Inspector of Ofsted claims.
Day in pictures: 16 December 2013 :: 24 hours of news photos: 16 December 2013
AUDIO: Racism increases against NHS staff :: Zimbabwean nurse "Simba," who has worked in the NHS since 1998, describes the racist language used against him by patients.
Santa's color isn't important :: Ruben Navarrette says we shouldn't be focusing on skin color but on Santa's message
What $550M lottery win buys you ... :: As the Mega Millions jackpot climbs higher, take a look at some of the things you could afford with $550 million.
China panda boom thanks to science :: CNN's Ivan Watson reports of the success and challenges for the Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu, China.
GSK to spend $1 billion to raise stake in Indian unit :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/a00UfRxg57o/story01.htm