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.
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 ::
Islamic State surges in North Iraq, near Kurdistan border :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/nkJaZfxsaVw/story01.htm
VIDEO: How the Panama Canal was built :: BBC News tells the story of the construction of one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
VIDEO: When Americans trusted their government :: As America marks 40 years since Richard Nixon left the White House, the BBC looks at five decades of polling on the public's trust in government.
Sierra Leone army blockades Ebola areas, Liberia declares emergency :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/Jf3d66fRtks/story01.htm
Sierra Leone army blockades Ebola areas, Liberia declares emergency :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/8dqJupyPzeQ/story01.htm
Moscow bans Western food imports; Russian quits as Ukraine rebel chief :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/STrvbAGJiC4/story01.htm
Pentagon: No U.S. air strikes have taken place in Iraq :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/XClN-VitVl8/story01.htm
Exclusive - China police investigate U.S. citizen near border with N.Korea -source :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/nPVdg6Mx3xc/story01.htm
Russia food ban offers big opportunity for Brazil :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/uZJMgBetA4U/story01.htm
Moscow bans Western food imports; Russian quits as Ukraine rebel chief :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/tzE3p5Ia8EA/story01.htm
New Brazil law backs maids' rights :: A new law comes into force in Brazil which helps shore up labour rights for the country's estimated seven million domestic workers.
Jewish students in terrifying bus ride :: It started with older youths boarding an Australian school bus, terrifying the elementary-school-aged Jewish children aboard with slurs from "Heil Hitler" to "kill the Jews," and it ended 40 miles later when the older youths fled before police arrived, according to accounts from some of the young students on the bus.
Why Putin won't be a peacemaker :: Yuri Yarim-Agaev says it's no use calling on Russia's president to resolve Ukraine's problems.
'Big rise' in school absence fines :: The number of parental fines in England for children's poor school attendance has risen sharply since the term-time holiday ban, BBC research suggests.
U.S. orders diplomats' families to leave Liberia as Ebola spreads :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/v9OXW6ZHb00/story01.htm
Exclusive - China police investigate U.S. citizen near border with N.Korea - source :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/fOYEXn3g8gI/story01.htm
Fighting rages near MH17 wreck :: On a day which saw another plane shot down in Ukriane, Burnett welcomes Nick Paton Walsh for a full report on the unrest
Only four percent of Indian company directors are women - report :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/a_wBzKfJlig/story01.htm
Russia password hack: Time to panic? :: Hackers stole 1.2 billion passwords -- but is it really that serious?
Asian shares skid as Obama authorizes air strikes in Iraq :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/3kZsqE6UZYg/story01.htm
Egyptian soap operas get edgy :: Not long ago, Egyptian TV was all about cliched themes of family and unity. Not any more.
Smartphone camera makers see next opportunity in cars :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/moz7lo4KQaw/story01.htm
No deal in Gaza talks in final hour, Palestinians could reject - source :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/RfrBifr3eP8/story01.htm
Are these most unfriendly U.S. cities? :: If you meet someone from Newark in the next few days, treat them gently.