Stunning ice festival opens in China :: The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in northern China gets bigger and bolder each year.
Day in pictures: 3 January 2014 :: 24 hours of news photos: 3 January
In pictures: US snowstorms :: Storms sweeping across the north-east of the US
Is tourism destroying the world? :: Are backpackers ruining the very "authenticity" they seek?
Week in pictures: 28 December 2013 - 3 January 2014 :: News photos from around the world
Is darts now the people's sport? :: How a game featuring men who spend more time lifting pints than weights transformed itself into a glitzy game.
Malta to migrants: 'We can't help you' :: The tiny island of Malta says it cannot cope with the influx of refugees and needs help.
Scenes from the field ::
Sandboarding in the Sahara :: CNN's Ian Lee puts his sandboarding skills to the test in Egypt's Siwa Oasis.
One dead, two injured in small plane crash at Aspen airport :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/YchfXSakYPk/story01.htm
The bank boss who likes to be different :: No bonuses, no advertising - the bank doing things differently
Why are the Mint countries special? :: Which are the four 'Mint' countries and what makes them special?
Dancing over the edge: Vienna in 1914 :: One hundred years ago, Vienna was at the epicentre of a world on the brink of war. Bethany Bell reflects on a century of changes in the Austrian capital.
Syria rebels push al Qaeda back; U.S. open to Iran role :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/mYqPP3j1gaY/story01.htm
Is there any point giving things up for January? :: Why giving things up for a month might actually work
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: A Jacobean theatre on Bankside :: Inside the Globe's new Jacobean playhouse
What to expect for awards season :: It's a new year and Hollywood is once again about to embark on a major awards show crush. Every year it seems like there are more and more events to keep track of, winner polls to enter at work and shows to add to your DVR. The 2014 awards season, which is slightly altered this year to make room for the airing of the Winter Olympics, features a slew of evenings honoring the best (and sometimes worst) in film, TV and music. We've compiled a guide to help you navigate these award shows and determine whether you should tune in. If nothing else, this year will likely offer multiple opportunities to see Jennifer Lawrence endearingly accept an award.
Bangladesh makes biggest human flag :: Bangladesh has smashed a record set by Pakistan last year by forming the world's largest human flag, Guinness World Records has confirmed.
Patient data to be collected from GPs :: The NHS in England is to start collecting anonymised data on patient care by GPs, with 26 million leaflets being sent out to explain the move.
App developers see wearable devices as next big thing :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/LApUarsINRA/story01.htm
Gunfire erupts in South Sudan capital, talks delayed :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/FfiOgwfxI-o/story01.htm
When history humiliates ex-enemies :: In the wake of the Japanese prime minister's visit to Yasukuni shrine last week, Japan's struggles to move forward from its wartime past are back in the headlines. Commentators decry that Shinzo Abe's visit will increase tensions in East Asia. They are right: this gesture will curdle Japan's already sour relations with South Korea or China, and indeed has already provoked the predictable outcry. But Yasukuni visits are a symptom, not the main cause, of Japan's poor relations with its neighbors.
Sports world, still homophobic in 2014 :: Hudson Taylor says homophobia still holds sway in professional sports
In pictures: Life along Kashmir border :: Life on the de facto border between India and Pakistan
Would you pay $300K for a tiny Delhi unit? :: New Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world situated in one of the most rapidly developing nations.
Could 'micro-homes' offer solution? :: Small, unobtrusive and easy to assemble, could micro-homes provide an affordable solution to housing shortages around the world?
Your guide to running at any level :: Running just might be the most convenient workout going. You don't need to be a skilled athlete, and there's no fancy equipment involved; just lace up your sneaks and go.
Arson fire at Chinese consulate :: The FBI is investigating an arson fire at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, an incident that has China's diplomats calling on the United States Thursday to "take all measures to provide adequate protection."
Dozen killed in stampede :: A stampede at a religious gathering in northwestern China left 14 dead and 10 others injured on Sunday, China's state-run news agency Xinhua has reported, citing local government.
JPMorgan nears $2 billion settlement in a case tied to Madoff: NYT :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/J_-itFqD3TI/story01.htm