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."
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
Discounts, promotions spur sales in U.S. holiday season :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/gOjx9W2nOMs/story01.htm
Beyonce retains top spot on U.S. Billboard album chart :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/Lmx1mPcNVAw/story01.htm
Philadelphia court overturns priest's conviction in sex cover-up :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/HKvzoPNI8os/story01.htm
'Dr Who' goodbye trends :: The 'Dr. Who' Christmas special lit up the internet like a tree as Matt Smith said goodbye.
Attack on reporter restores passion to Ukraine demonstrations :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/GWRqg7-HrZo/story01.htm
Egypt arrests dozens under anti-terror law, bomb hits Cairo :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/fZIQ4AmFDVI/story01.htm
US sends missiles and drones to Iraq :: The US has delivered dozens of missiles to Iraq and is planning a shipment of drones to help combat al-Qaeda, US and Iraqi officials confirm.
UPS glitches could boost U.S. delivery competition :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/4-58llRpEI8/story01.htm
Lorry driver dies in Legion crash :: A milk delivery driver died when his lorry crashed into a Royal British Legion club building in Wednesbury in the West Midlands, police say.
VIDEO: The restaurant serving rejected food :: Rub & Stub restaurant in Copenhagen is battling against waste - by serving up food that the supermarkets won't sell.
VIDEO: UNESCO boss on new role :: Mounir Bouchenaki, the new Director of ARC-WH (Arab Regional Centre - World Heritage) will face fresh challenges in the role.
VIDEO: Rory's technology review of the year :: The BBC's Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones looks back at the year in tech.
Spy pigeon secrets of ex-head of MI5 :: Ex-MI5 chief uncovers the wartime work overseen by her mother
The year in business: 2013 :: A tragedy in Bangladesh's clothing industry
Is Hollywood's blockbuster model broken? :: Is the Hollywood model broken in a year of booming budgets?
Egypt arrests dozens under anti-terror law, one killed in Cairo :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/s7m7langHao/story01.htm
'Belieb' it or not he says he's done :: Justin Bieber announces his retirement on Twitter, but "The Wall Street Journal's" Christopher John Farley doesn't buy it.
Growing concern over Syria heritage sites :: Efforts to highlight culture amid the conflict
Iran dissidents 'killed in Iraq' :: A rocket attack kills three members of an Iranian opposition group in Iraq, the group and its parent organisation say.
Bizarre causes of fires revealed :: A pigeon dropping a discarded cigarette down a chimney is among the most bizarre causes of fires this year, London Fire Brigade reveals.
'Doctors said Joshua had weeks to live' :: The boy with a rare disease who proved doctors wrong
Saudi blogger faces death case :: A judge in Saudi Arabia has recommended that imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi go before a high court on a charge of apostasy, which would carry the death penalty upon conviction, according to Badawi's wife.
Tense battle in sailing classic :: Six-time winner Wild Oats XI was involved in a tense battle for the race lead as the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race entered its first night Thursday.
One dies in Egypt Brotherhood clash :: One person is killed in clashes between student supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and residents in the capital Cairo, officials say.
The rise of the 'extreme commuter' :: The people who travel hours to get to work
The story that changed the world :: The biggest tech story of 2013 changed the world and its impact is beginning to be felt.