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.
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.
'Wizard of Oz' at 75: Did you know...? :: "The Wizard of Oz," one of the most beloved movies of all time, celebrates the 75th anniversary of its release this month. Here are some things you may not have known about the film:
India's RICE bucket challenge :: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has morphed into a considerably warmer and dryer alternative in India.
Rare, ancient arrowhead found :: A young boy kicks off his vacation by dipping his toes in the ocean and makes a startling find.
Will protest shape HK's future? :: Tam Chi Tat has driven his bright red taxi for 20 years. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he calls himself not Chinese but a "Hong Konger." The distinction is very important to him.
20 China travel tips :: Exploring China can rattle even veteran travelers.
World's largest aquatic insect :: The world's largest flying aquatic insect, with huge, nightmarish pincers, has been discovered in China's Sichuan province, experts say.
Politicians and their shipping containers :: Why Pakistani political hopefuls have to have their own shipping containers - often customised at some expense.
The drunken monkey that smashed up a bar :: Author Jeremy Clay tells the story of a monkey that went on a drunken rampage.
VIDEO: Cellist: 'Alcohol was my medicine' :: Cellist Rachael Lander talks about how she secretly used alcohol and beta-blockers to get through concerts and her eventual road to recovery.