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.
Falklands residents' photos on show :: Falklands residents' photos of their home
Muggles invited to new wizard world :: Proving there are still millions to be made off that magical little boy with the lighting bolt scar on his forehead, Universal Studios Japan on Tuesday unveiled its long-awaited Wizarding World of Harry Potter to thousands of delighted muggles.
Exclusive look inside drone center :: CNN's Wolf Blitzer goes inside a Israeli drone operations center to see how strikes are executed.
Help for India's boy on a leash :: CNN's Mallika Kapur follows the story of the disabled boy tied to a Mumbai bus stop to see where he is now.
Abused elephant free after 50 years :: An elephant, who was chained for 50 years, cries tears of joy after being freed in India. CNN's Sumnima Udas reports.
'Living every parent's worst nightmare' :: The mother whose toddler died in a hot car near Atlanta last month says she finds comfort in faith but struggles to get through each day.
'Robo-ships' :: First there was the Google driverless car. Now there's the Rolls-Royce "robo-ship." Are unmanned cargo vessels the future of seafaring -- or will it be the beginning of the end for one of the world's oldest professions?
Do kids still dream about space? :: Gen. J.R. "Jack" Dailey of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum says, 45 years after the first moonwalk, the allure of space travel is still as strong as ever
Day in pictures: 18 July 2014 :: 24 hours of news photos: 18 July
'Islamist ethos agenda in schools' :: A leaked report into the alleged "Trojan Horse" schools plot in Birmingham finds an agenda to introduce an "aggressive Islamist ethos" into some schools.
In pictures: Lightning storms hit UK :: Lightning strikes the UK
Week in pictures: 12-18 July 2014 :: Powerful news photos from the past week
Does Dick Cheney 'believe his lies?' :: As an American, I am appalled by Dick Cheney and his relentless, pathetic and ultimately doomed effort to revise the history of his failures.
'We have just shot down plane' :: Kiev releases audio it says is of pro-Russian rebels talking about downing a civilian plane.
10 things we didn't know last week :: Babies practise their first word silently for months before saying it, and more nuggets from the week's news.
Exotic animals :: Exotic animals are becoming a profitable business opportunity for Nicaraguan entrepreneurs. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
Tough diseases :: As experts warn we are heading to a "post-antibiotic age," what diseases do we have to fear?
Rare albino whale spotted :: A rare white whale named "Migaloo" was spotted Tuesday swimming off the coast of Australia.
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.
Skyscrapers that clean the air :: Imagine a skyscraper that cleans the air. You won't have to wait long -- two will soon be built in China.