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 ::
10 things we didn't know about lighthouses :: In honor of National Lighthouse Day, we invited you to share your best lighthouse photos with CNN iReport. As dozens of images started pouring in, we were reminded of a near-universal fact: People love lighthouses. The beacons of light are popular travel destinations across the world.
The brightest supermoon :: The second installment of this summer's season of supermoons is happening Sunday.
World's first panda triplets :: Very few pandas are born each year, but even fewer of the fragile cubs stay alive.
Japan's defense plans rile China :: Japan's new defense white paper has done little to mend fences with Beijing, with the Chinese government complaining that its Asian neighbor is using the "China threat" to justify a bigger defense budget.
Sino-theology and the pope :: Detentions, the kidnapping of bishops, tearing down churches -- these are the actions against Christians China has been guilty of.
Can Saudi-Qatar tensions be eased? :: It's the gravest diplomatic crisis the Gulf Cooperation Council has ever faced -- but as leaders from the six-member Arab alliance prepare to meet in Jeddah, are things about to get even worse?
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.
In pictures: Exodus of Yazidis :: Yazidi refugees fleeing violence from Islamic State militants
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.
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.
Are these bright lights a UFO? :: Video and pictures posted online of bright lights over the skies of Houston have many wondering if they saw a UFO.
Who owns these cars? :: In what has become a summer tradition, wealthy Arabs travel to London with their expensive supercars.
Celebs face ALS ice bucket :: From Justin Timberlake to Aaron Rodgers to Chris Christie, celebrities cool off for ALS research.
What starts in winter and lasts 8 years? :: It's largely devoid of human life, dark and viciously cold at times and frequently subject to dangerous levels of geological volatility -- the Arctic is surely the worst possible destination for an arts festival.
Meet the 'monkey chasers' of Delhi :: How do you get rid of pesky primates? Hire professionals to scare them away.
VMAs: Best of the red carpet ::
Hostage recalls brutal kidnapping :: In 2013, Nick Paton Walsh spoke to journalist Matthew Schrier, who was held hostage with Peter Curtis in Syria.
A spy's guide to Berlin :: Spooks have left their mark on a once-divided city still thought to be an espionage hotbed.
Keeping China's ancient crafts alive :: Velvet flower pandas, silk brocades and the skillful masters behind China's stunning folk arts.
Mystery Quran page sells for $68,000 :: Prepare for pangs of envy.
Actor Richard Attenborough dies :: Acclaimed actor-director Richard Attenborough has died, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported Sunday, citing his son. Attenborough was 90.
New 'Doctor Who' - what's your verdict? :: The wait is finally over. On Saturday night, viewers got their first look at Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor Who.