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
A community's tales :: Sound-portraits of the residents of Carrick-on-Suir
Day in pictures: 25 July 2014 :: 24 hours of news photos: 25 July
Week in pictures: 19-25 July 2014 :: News photos from around the world
Why neon lights are dying :: A few years ago, Brian Daniel was driving around Los Angeles when he spotted a neon sign for a random storage facility. The red stick figures carrying yellow boxes glowed from the mundane building. It was like it was screaming out to him.
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.
Why does China struggle with football? :: With a population of 1.3 billion, you'd think that there would be 11 people in China who are good enough to put up a fight on the football pitch.
Top TV anchor detained :: In the latest twist of a widening anti-corruption campaign, Chinese authorities have detained a popular and controversial television anchor with the national broadcaster, state media reported.
How China's iconic dress survived :: It's perhaps the most iconic scene in the most iconic Hong Kong movie of all time.
The hands-on world of digital art :: A new generation of creatives are taking code to a more colorful realm, using digital media to push the boundaries of art.
Is architecture dead? Not in Venice :: Their stare is blank and unblinking; they just stand there rigid and dumb. Passers-by look on bemused as a child attempts to clamber up one of their backs. It's no harm, they are after all just a pair of concrete cows, painted white with cute little black spots.
Would you pay $4M for unmade bed? :: The next time your child refuses to make his or her bed, don't despair. You may have an artist on your hands.
Origami: When maths and art collide :: When origami enthusiast Uyen Nguyen discusses her art, you quickly understand that it is about a lot more than folding paper.
Summer of supermoons :: The first of this season's summer of supermoons filled the night sky over the weekend.
New 'Wonder Woman' and other heroines ::
Getting stuck on things or in things :: The London Fire Brigade releases figures on children getting stuck.
Fighting in Gaza abates, but truce hopes look fragile :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/1AkVMhkpA_0/story01.htm
Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/phDfXj4WEI8/story01.htm
Battling Cook and Ballance put England in control :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/ULD63gGtk98/story01.htm