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 ::
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Pfizer confronts surge of lawsuits over Lipitor :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/Ww4elPIiD1k/story01.htm
Serial stowaway gets caught... again :: She just can't seem to stay away.
Prince William gets a new job :: CNN's Max Foster reports on Prince William's decision to return to work as an air ambulance pilot.
Obama authorizes limited air strikes against militants in Iraq :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/-EeOSH5nFZY/story01.htm
China puts drivers in the spotlight :: How's this for a bright idea? Police in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are responding to headlight infractions with an eye-for-an-eye punishment.
India goes on alert for Ebola, with thousands of nationals in West Africa :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/wDHEqsC1s9Q/story01.htm
Million neurons on stamp-sized chip :: Scientists. led by a team at IBM, develop a new computer chip that mimics the organisation of the human brain.
VIDEO: Students monitor parents' pollution :: Roads outside Bearsden Academy in Glasgow have become so busy that the children have been resorted to checking-up on their parents.
Pistorius defense argues innocence :: The defense for Oscar Pistorius entered a final day of closing arguments Friday in a murder trial that has seen the Olympic star gag, vomit and break down in heaving sobs.