Hollywood outshone at box office :: Homegrown movies dominated China's box office in 2013, as annual takings totaled $3.6 billion, up almost a third on 2012, official figures released on Wednesday showed.
China to ban indoor public smoking :: China, the world's largest tobacco consumer, is aiming to ban indoor smoking in public areas by the end of the year.
Fined $1.2M for having 3 kids :: Oscar-nominated Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou has been fined 7.48 million yuan ($1.2 million) for breaching China's one-child policy, authorities say.
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.
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.
In pictures: The longest ever raft journey :: The longest ever raft journey - from South America to Australia
In pictures: Bangkok 'shutdown' :: Shutdown in a bid to oust the government
In Pictures: Golden Globe 2014 winners :: Winners of this year's Golden Globes in Los Angeles
Day in pictures: 13 January 2014 :: 24 hours of news photos: 13 January
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.
New terror weapon: Little girls? :: Afghan police intercepted 41 children whom insurgents were planning to use as suicide bombers in 2013. They were between 6 and 11 years old. How can children be protected?
VIDEO: Supply vessel docks with space station :: An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station with supplies and Christmas presents for the crew.
500 Chinese lawmakers ousted :: More than 500 Chinese lawmakers accused of election fraud have been forced from office, the country's official Xinhua news agency reported.
The A-listers splashing on art :: When you mix the neon-lit, art-deco splendor of Miami beach with one of the world's most bankable art fairs, throw in a horde of fashion designers and a seemingly unending list of parties, you'd be hard-pressed to stop the celebrities from showing up.
Gay marriage rulings in Okla., Utah build momentum :: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- In less than a month, two federal judges have struck down state bans on gay marriage for the same reason, concluding that they violate the Constitution's promise of equal treatment under the law....
It costs how much? :: Getting to the World Economic Forum in a small ski resort is just the start of the expense.
Nawabshah tragedy: 19 children die in road crash - The Express Tribune :: url: http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg�QjCNE8By7SHETVN19FK5b0k7kQBdoeWQ&url=http://tribune.com.pk/story/659431/nawabshah-tragedy-19-children-die-in-road-crash/
Thailand unrest: Behind Bangkok protest barricade - BBC News :: url: http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg�QjCNGMHThcjmMmgUPkSSlxed7nfIMujg&url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25751097
House passes $1.1 trillion bill to fund government :: WASHINGTON (AP) -- A $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the government until just before next fall's election steamed through the battle-weary House on Wednesday over tepid protests from tea party conservatives, driven by a bipartisan desire to restore painful cuts in domestic and defense programs and show disaffected voters that Congress can do its job....
US shooting boy 'warned' students :: A 12-year-old alleged to have shot two of his classmates in New Mexico may have warned other students, police say.
Boy in New Mexico school shooting took gun from home, police say :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/xXAdpt8OQhw/story01.htm
Spielberg tops Oprah Winfrey as most influential celeb - Forbes :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/4aPaiL2gIVE/story01.htm
VIDEO: India's street typists dying out :: Ajay Kumar Nayak talks about being a typist outside Calcutta's high court.
Violence kills 75 in Iraq, PM seeks world's support :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/HvNfOwz3bMo/story01.htm
Egypt's Christian minority rally behind charter :: AZIYAH, Egypt (AP) -- Hymns echoing from the new church in this village in Egypt's southern heartland could be heard well after sundown Wednesday, a reminder of the jubilant mood as Aziyah's Christian residents vote on a new constitution....
Apple will refund at least $32.5M in app case :: WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kids gleefully snapped up virtual pet food, gems or other items while playing games on their mobile devices, while the bills from Apple Inc. mounted, often without parents' knowledge. Now, the tech giant has agreed to refund the money....
'Miracle on the Hudson' survivors mark 5 years :: NEW YORK (AP) -- The pilots and some passengers on a plane that made an extraordinary landing on the Hudson River marked the fifth anniversary of that remarkable event on Wednesday, giving thanks to those who kept everyone on the flight alive....
Robertson & Walden reach quarters :: Neil Robertson and Ricky Walden both win deciding frames to reach the Masters quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace.
Egypt's military-backed rulers winning vote on new constitution but legitimacy ... - Telegraph.co.uk :: url: http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg�QjCNF8Gvmaygiv1OORi8iSNAvZW5mUQg&url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/10575625/Egypts-military-backed-rulers-winning-vote-on-new-constitution-but-legitimacy-questioned.html