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.
VIDEO: House of Commons :: Energy Secretary Ed Davey and his team are answering questions from MPs.
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.
China urges IMF to give more power to emerging markets :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/hzrF--wsiq4/story01.htm
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
Violence kills 75 in Iraq, PM seeks world's support :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/HvNfOwz3bMo/story01.htm
Pellegrini stresses Aguero value :: Manuel Pellegrini praises Sergio Aguero as the Manchester City striker scores in the FA Cup replay win over Blackburn.
VIDEO: Hybrid tablet 'switches seamlessly' :: Taiwanese consumer electronics firm Asus is releasing an Intel-based computer which seamlessly switches between Android and Windows at the press of a button. Richard Taylor reports.
Superfast broadband for more areas :: About 39,000 more homes and businesses across Scotland are to get fibre optic broadband, the Digital Scotland partnership announces.
Jail sought in Turkey red dress case :: Turkish prosecutors want a policeman to go to jail for three years for tear-gassing a protester who became known as the "woman in red", reports say.
How do you solve a problem like Googoosha? :: How do you solve a problem like Googoosha?
IIFA awards to be presented in Florida :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/c3dkAVoZC9Y/story01.htm
10 things Taiwan does better :: This densely populated island is the place to go for animated news, mock meat and free WiFi.
Home sales 'highest for six years' :: The number of UK homes sold per surveyor has more than doubled since the depth of the housing market downturn, a survey suggests.
No return for India's street typists :: India's street typists lose out to the computer
Chinese inexperience a factor in warships' near-miss : U.S. admiral :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/5cjb2LLmYdI/story01.htm
Iraq: 'Bad old days' return in Baghdad :: CNN's Michael Holmes finds a country increasingly divided along sectarian lines.