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.
'Hidden' photos reveal library build :: 'Hidden' images reveal Cambridge's University Library
Australia brings asylum group ashore :: A group of 157 asylum seekers held at sea will be brought to the Australian mainland to be detained, the immigration minister says.
Moon base? Lunar nuclear test site? :: Declassified documents show plans to militarize moon.
MH17's quiet, abandoned crash site :: At the MH17 crash site there's very little action, even though there's much more work to be done. Phil Black reports.
Will victims' families ever get justice? :: Justice for MH17 victims hangs in limbo as a perpetrator is yet to be identified. CNN's Deborah Feyerick reports.
A community's tales :: Sound-portraits of the residents of Carrick-on-Suir
Disaster foretells a dangerous world :: Patrick Cronin and Kelley Sayler say the world is seeing nonstate groups such as Ukraine's rebels wielding more power to do harm than ever before
Tail of a fish, head of a man?! :: The Science Museum hosts first major UK exhibition of Joan Fontcuberta's controversial photography.
Love match: Tennis proposal on court :: On a small tennis court in the Netherlands, love took center-stage. It had all the ingredients of a romantic fairytale -- the nervous suitor down on one knee in front of a crowd of strangers, hoping that months of planning would win the heart of the girl of his dreams.
Incredible roof bars: Drink in the view :: How better to enjoy cocktails than with a brilliant view?
Concordia aftermath :: Islanders will breathe a collective sigh of relief -- but they'll also be shedding a collective tear.
Day in pictures: 25 July 2014 :: 24 hours of news photos: 25 July
Wikipedia blocks US Congress edits :: Administrators have imposed a ban on Wikipedia alterations from the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".
What fashion will look like in 20 years :: Nudging the border with Slovenia in Italy's far north-east, the mysteriously underrated city of Trieste is largely known for its stately, Habsburg-era architecture, exquisite coffee, and traditional regattas.
VIDEO: 'Passion' is the key to good blogging :: The BBC's Sameer Hashmi talks to the woman behind the successful Bollywood blog MissMalini.com.
Queen photobombs Games selfie :: After just one day of competition, a new sport has emerged at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow: snapping selfies with the Queen.
Repair yourself: Self-healing tech :: Crumbling buildings, burnt-out PCs, potholes, and cracked smartphone screens -- all these damaged goods could soon be distant memories, as a new generation of "self-healing" technologies emerge.
VIDEO: The wine collection with a Nazi past :: In a Moldovan vineyard cellar lies a collection of wine confiscated from Hermann Goering.
In memory of MH17 ::
MH17 foretells a more dangerous world :: Patrick Cronin and Kelley Sayler say the world is seeing nonstate groups such as Ukraine's rebels wielding more power to do harm than ever before