Actor helps China-Japan relations :: After years of playing bad guys, a Japanese actor says he is improving China's view of Japan.
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."
VIDEO: Goggly eyes bring objects to life :: The idea of 'eyebombing' is to stick removable goggly eyes onto objects like parking meters and pipes, so they almost seem human.
Ships blamed for worsening HK smog :: Smog is a common sight in Hong Kong, with the amount of polluted days increasing by 28 percent to 303 so far this year.
Selfridges ready for retail rush :: One of London's best-known department stores is preparing for its busiest day of the year. Nina Dos Santos reports.
Meet Italy's ancient ancestors :: Exhibit to display the remains of what used to be a 600,000 year old human settlement. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.
Horses rescued after falling through ice :: Two horses escape a life-threatening situation after being rescued from an ice-covered lake in Missouri. KTVI reports.
Pharrell Williams, the coolest N.E.R.D :: What makes producer, musician and songwriter Pharrell Williams tick? He tells all to Talk Asia.
In pictures: Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse :: London's Apollo Theatre where ceiling collapsed
Day in pictures: 20 December 2013 :: 24 hours of news photos: 20 December
'Make abuse reporting compulsory' :: England's Children's Commissioner says teachers, social workers and doctors should be compelled by law to report suspicions of child abuse.
Township teen becomes opera star :: Three talented youngsters from Cape Town's townships are setting out to become global opera stars -- and their story is told in a new documentary.
Is Williams the Andy Warhol of music? :: The music producer on collaborating with major stars such as Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Jay-Z.
VIDEO: A billion pixels for a billion stars :: The developer of an extremely powerful digital camera, which was launched into space on Thursday, explains how it will detect light from a billion stars.
Pink Christmas ::
India 'overreacts' to diplomat's arrest :: Jeremy Carl says Indian officials should not have taken retaliatory measures against the U.S. for a legitimate investigation of potential labor abuse
Searching for next David Beckham :: Is sport morphing into entertainment? The merger of two talent agencies suggests so.
Week in pictures: 14-20 December 2013 :: A selection of the best news photos
Nigella Lawson: Flirtatious TV chef :: With her lashings of butter and flirtations with the camera, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has charmed her many fans by turning everyday cooking into a more sensual experience.
N. Korea :: North Korea sent a fax to South Korea on Thursday, threatening to "strike mercilessly without notice" after protests against the secretive regime this week in Seoul.
Polar bear attacks woman after party :: A woman in Canada was attacked by a polar bear while heading home after a party. CBC News reports.
'People started climbing over us' :: Two people inside London's Apollo Theater say the crowd panicked and then people began climbing over them to get out.
A long winter for the Middle East's Christians :: The last decade has been catastrophic for the 14 million Christians in the Middle East, says William Dalrymple.
VIDEO: The 'Michelangelo' of nipple tattoos :: Breast cancer survivors turn to tattoo artist Vinny Myers to help repaint their bodies after surgery
6 reasons 2013 was bad for Obama :: How bad of a year was 2013 for President Barack Obama? The economy is strengthening as he starts to wind down America's longest war, but his poll numbers are the lowest since he took office almost five years ago.
Domino's outlet attacked in India as U.S. diplomatic dispute simmers :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/eQEYZCTskRQ/story01.htm
Timeline: Case of Devyani Khobragade, Indian diplomat arrested in New York :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/4CwFnLX9lzw/story01.htm
Don't reject 'Duck Dynasty' family :: S.E. Cupp says she disagrees with Phil Robertson's view on homosexuality but argues that it was ungracious of A&E to suspend him over his religious beliefs
Sandboarding in the Sahara :: CNN's Ian Lee puts his sandboarding skills to the test in Egypt's Siwa Oasis.
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.