China first for Tour de France :: Chinese fans will have a new reason to cheer when the 101st Tour de France kicks off on Saturday: 26-year-old Ji Cheng will become the first rider from China to compete for competitive cycling's highest honor.
Did Xi snub North Korea? :: When President Xi Jinping arrives in Seoul this week, the Chinese leader will have passed over North Korea in favor of its arch rival.
Japan's toilet exhibition :: Tokyo's science museum has opened an exhibit focusing on the commode, even offering visitors the chance to be flushed.
Tattoo art business boom :: Don't call them parlors, they are tattoo art studios and are no longer in decline. CNN's Jim Boulden reports.
This 3-D printed robot talks :: Intel's Futurist introduces the world to "Jimmy," a walking, talking social robot.
Rent a World Cup buddy :: CNN's Isa Soares discovers that for a price, you can now rent a friend to enjoy the sights of Brazil with.
A tour of Rio's favelas :: There's lots for World Cup fans to do in Brazil, including tours of Rio's famous slums, or "favelas." Isa Soares reports.
Scenes from the field ::
The world's best national parks :: From biking hundreds of miles in Patagonia to trekking across Myanmar, iReporter Anne Dirkse has set foot on all seven continents, and she's done it all on her own. The travel writer and photographer from Loveland, Colorado, spends months out of the year uncovering hidden gems in other countries, and says some of her favorite places to visit are national parks.
Rare albino whale spotted :: A rare white whale named "Migaloo" was spotted Tuesday swimming off the coast of Australia.
Uyghur scholar denied food :: A prominent Uyghur scholar arrested by Chinese authorities for "separatist activities" has maintained his innocence from jail as his lawyer was allowed to meet him for the first time in months.
People power in the PRC :: He saw it first-hand on a reporting trip in Guizhou province -- scores of village children going to school hungry.
In pictures: Liverpool Biennial 2014 :: Derelict union office becomes art gallery in Liverpool
A big week of statistical rows :: Politicians have a big week for disagreeing about numbers.
Tour de France and the selfie :: Riders complain as fans try to get close to Tour de France
Day in pictures: 7 July 2014 :: 24 hours of news photos: 7 July
You're never too young to be CEO :: Lily Warren was just 8 years old when she decided to start her own business with her younger sisters.
A year in the life of Whitstable :: A year in the life of the seaside town
In pictures: Iraq shrines destroyed :: Muslim holy sites being destroyed by extremists in northern Iraq
VIDEO: Labour's plans for 'super teachers' :: Labour plans to place "super teachers" in ever British school in order to improve education standards, Tristram Hunt has said.
In pictures: Jousting at Linlithgow Palace :: Medieval jousting and combat skills
Bomb blasts and wedding bells :: She has been dreaming about this day for as long as I can remember.
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Israel steps up offensive as diplomacy kicks off :: JERUSALEM (AP) -- With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got underway....
New York police see risks with drones' popularity :: NEW YORK (AP) -- One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities say, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George Washington Bridge....
Rift over religious exemption in anti-bias order :: In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring....
Under the sea, in photos :: CNN invited underwater photography enthusiasts to share their best photos and stories from their travels under the sea.
What is 'raw' chocolate? :: Chocolate claimed to be a "superfood" is hitting shops and cafes.
Factbox - India eyes private money for its wobbly, slow railways :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/W8R6qUUNL2I/story01.htm
China tightens state secrets rules for journalists :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/DYLbcp_mPYM/story01.htm