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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Garth Crooks's Team of the Week :: Liverpool go top, Everton excel, while Sherwood gets first Spurs win, but who has made Garth Crooks's Team of the Week?
What China Mobile deal means :: CNN's Pauline Chiou has a look at the effects of the Apple China Mobile deal.
Protesters swarm streets of Bangkok :: Tens of thousands take to the streets in Bangkok, some surrounding the home of Yingluck Shinawatra, whom they want to oust.
Christmas warning over fake alcohol :: Trading standards urges the public to keep an eye out for counterfeit spirits over the festive period.
VIDEO: How snow globes came to be :: Vienna factory where snow globes are still made by their inventors
U.S. will seek triggers to reimpose sanctions on Iran: Rice :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/zsP5mXtmqvo/story01.htm
Andras Schiff: Why I don't set foot in Hungary :: Pianist Andras Schiff tells the BBC's Tim Franks why he gave his 60th birthday performance in London, and not in his homeland, Hungary