Mystique of abandoned palaces :: Patrycja Makowska likes to give enigmatic names to the extraordinarily beautiful photographs she shoots of crumbling palaces.
World's most stylish bookstores :: Someday there may be a generation of kids who think bookstores are fictional creations found only in novels that come in the mail.
Day in pictures: 1 August 2014 :: 24 hours of news photos: 1 August
9 pollution beaters :: Beijing may have to wait another 16 years before it will have safe, clean air, according to a report from the capital's environmental authority earlier this week.
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.
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.
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.
14 ridiculous hotel amenities :: Transcending Wi-Fi, pillow menus and full minibars, these hotel amenities truly give you something to brag about back home.
In pictures: Yunnan earthquake :: Earthquake in the south-western province of Yunnan in China
Can Gaza's economy recover? :: The loss of life is horrifying, but the economic fallout from the fighting in and around Gaza is also devastating the local population. Can the situation be turned around?
World War I: No end in sight to conflict :: It is widely recognized that the signing of the Armistice in 1918 did not put an end to the drama that began in 1914. Traditional geopolitical rivalries continued but now overlapped with competing ideologies of fascism and Stalinism to foster a climate of permanent war. That is why many observers at the time described the period 1914-1945 as a modern version of the Thirty Years War. Yet this second Thirty Years War soon gave way to the four decades-long Cold War.
Dare you take on fastest, strongest? :: Visitors to Barcelona's new theme park can "race" Usain Bolt.
Your pictures: Abandoned :: Readers' photos on the theme of "abandoned"
Does Germany suffer WWI guilt? :: When the last surviving soldiers of the First World War -- British Tommies and French poilus alike -- died a few years ago, national newspapers in London and Paris, but also in Canberra, Wellington and Ottawa, responded to this transition with numerous articles.
Day in pictures: 4 August 2014 :: 24 hours of news photos: 4 August
Star Trek beauty: NASA's 'weapon' :: Nichelle Nichols has spent her whole life going where no one has gone before, and at 81 she's still as sassy and straight-talking as you'd expect from an interstellar explorer.
Was Down's twin abandoned? :: Case draws attention to murky world of surrogacy in Thailand.
'Best ever' Games draw to a close :: A star-struck birthday girl steals the show at the closing ceremony.
'Not so crazy' Serena joins greats :: After the highs of 2013, it hasn't been a great year for Serena Williams -- but the American says she is "on the right track" after getting back to winning ways and becoming only the fifth women's tennis player to spend 200 weeks as world No. 1.
The four-year spread of bubble tea :: Four years ago bubble tea was relatively unknown in the UK, but the drinks are now ubiquitous.
Hamas: We don't use human shields :: As fighting rages between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, Hamas' political leader, who lives in Qatar, sits down with CNN for an exclusive interview.
Brand, Fox host trade barbs over Gaza :: It may have started as a TV debate about the Israel-Gaza conflict, but it's now turned into a seemingly endless online war of words between Russell Brand and Fox News anchor Sean Hannity.
World losing interest in Syria conflict? :: There are photos of bodies with limbs torn from their sockets, others showing people with their eyes gouged out -- even shots of people being crucified.
What next for sailing's daredevil? :: His mast-walking stunts have enthralled millions -- but now he has a new challenge.
VIDEO: Highlights from WW1 centenary events :: BBC News compiles some of the highlights of the events being held around the world to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.
Zombies, showgirls mix at Cosplay show :: Zombies, "World of Warcraft" characters and showgirls in skimpy outfits -- it can only be the latest ChinaJoy cosplay competition.
Why is McIlroy on top of the world? :: Rory McIlroy is once again top of golf's world rankings and, on the evidence of his current form, the Northern Irishman is set for a long stay at the summit.