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.
A most exclusive gathering :: Business leaders, heads of government, entrepreneurs and even the odd celebrity will be rubbing fur and down-quilted shoulders at Europe's highest altitude town, Davos, for the World Economic Forum's annual meeting next week.
'Devil's Due' baby shocks :: A clip of a marketing stunt for the horror film 'Devils' Due' has been viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube.
Davos: Behind the scenes :: Davos: Behind the scenes
Davos' dictionary diplomacy :: I learned a new word today: Heterarchy. I came across it buried in this year's Davos theme. Apparently it means multiple structures, overlapping, interacting, connecting and networking. Good grief, am I really climbing a Swiss mountain to learn about an arcane corner of the English dictionary?
A 'leg-up state' needed? :: In his book "The Great Escape", a masterful account of just how much richer, healthier, and happier humankind has become in the last century alone, Princeton economist Angus Deaton makes the inescapable point that whenever some people move ahead the gap widens between them and those they leave behind.
Mother's ad begs son to come home :: A Chinese mother, desperate for her son to come home for the upcoming Lunar New Year, has placed a full page ad in a newspaper in Australia, saying she won't pressure him to get married anymore.
Villagers build $2.1M 'money wall' :: Farmers from a village in southwest China literally turned a multimillion dollar windfall into a wall of cash.
Police snatch outspoken scholar :: Police have taken into custody a Beijing-based scholar known for his criticism of China's policies in the restive western region of Xinjiang, his wife told CNN Friday.
China's pirates snub smart watches :: From futuristic Google Glass headsets to smart watches like Samsung's Galaxy Gear, wearable gadgets are billed as the next big thing in technology.
Female bodyguards for China's rich :: Yang Donglan has had an unusual career trajectory.
Sunni view of Iraq rebellion :: A Sunni tribal leader criticizes the Iraqi leader's tactics in key cities. CNN's Michael Holmes reports.
Dati: Hollande expected to do his job :: Nina Dos Santos speaks to former French Justice Minister Rachida Dati about the fallout from the alleged Hollande affair.
Footballer + Shakira = 'normal family' :: As power couples go, they have the sparkle to supersede even Posh and Becks.
It's time 'Flanby' got his affairs in order :: CNN's Nina Dos Santos says Hollande should focus on the economy, not romance.
Facing media :: CNN's Suzanne Malveaux speaks with Jim Bittermann about the French President's alleged affair.
Is Christie too petty for White House? :: It's a cliche of American presidential politics -- the president we elect is always a reaction to what came before. As in: Nixonian shenanigans eventually gave rise to Jimmy Carter's self-righteousness. Clintonesque parsing gave way to George W. Bush's plain speaking. Bush's plain speaking begat Barack Obama's lofty speechifying.
Is this what a feminist looks like? :: Under constant scrutiny, hosting countless functions and attending numerous public events are just some of the practices expected of you as the wife of a prime minister.
In pictures: Screen Actors Guild Awards :: 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards
Swimming cats and other Turkish gems :: So many visitors to Turkey see little more than the beautiful but crowded Mediterranean coast or the great mosques and palaces of Istanbul.
Wake up Rosetta: You have a date with a comet :: Scientists are inviting you to take part in "waking up" a comet-chasing probe that has been in hibernation in space for nearly three years.
The world's most exclusive forum :: Business leaders, heads of government, entrepreneurs and even the odd celebrity will rub fur and down-quilted shoulders at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting this week. What will be discussed?
Cost: Could you afford to be invited? :: The great Davos talking shop is now up and running, with delegates of all levels of importance, shapes and nationalities zeroing in on this quaint, alpine town to put the world to rights.
Regime opens ski resort :: Skiing is not the first thing that immediately springs to mind when thinking about North Korea. But a luxury resort in the isolated nation is now receiving visitors.
The bizarre world of Kim Jong Un :: Missiles, executions and visits by basketball stars -- it's been a surreal first two years.
Great unknown(s) :: Who are Mastracchio, Wakata, Ryazanskiy, Kotov, Hopkins and Tyurin?
How sweet are the MINTs? :: Early this month, Jim O'Neill, the former Goldman Sachs economist who coined the term "BRICs" (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), appeared on a weeklong BBC series in which he introduced yet another acronym to describe a new group of emerging economies, the "MINTs" (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey).
Six stories of Commonwealth sport :: With six months to go, read six stories from Commonwealth countries on the route of the Queen's Baton Relay.
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