What LA can teach Beijing :: For years China has been the envy of the world, hailed as the great 'economic miracle' thanks to its sustained double-digit growth.
Burqa ban in Chinese city :: Legislators in the capital of China's restive far-western Xinjiang province passed a law Wednesday to prohibit residents from wearing burqas in public, state media reported Thursday, highlighting the government's continued campaign against religious extremism.
A 'Cereal Killer' idea :: If you miss cereal from your childhood, you can now order up memories at London's Cereal Killer Cafe. Jim Boulden reports.
Lowriders of Brazil :: CNN's Shasta Darlington takes a look at the lowrider car culture in Brazil.
Questions for elves... :: 'The Hobbit' elves, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom and Lee Pace sit down with CNN.
Twins reunited on Facebook :: Twin sisters Anais Bordier and Sam Futerman were separated at birth 25 years ago and reunites through social media.
Surf's up ... in Alaska :: Alaska's Turnagain Arm water is cold but good surfers can ride the bore for miles.
Who runs ISIS? :: Tom Foreman explains how ISIS's ruthless leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is quickly making a name for himself.
Picture power: Doused with milk :: Treated for the effects of pepper spray
Is Chechnya facing wave of jihadist violence? :: Could a period of relative stability in Chechnya be coming to an end, asks Dr Galina Yemelianova.
Statistics watchdog ticks off Morgan :: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is criticised by the UK Statistics Authority over her use of statistics.
Xi Jinping and his China Dream :: As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".
Record 500,000 started university :: Record numbers of students entered university this year, but the gender gap has never been wider, according to annual admission figures.
Behind the scenes at the legendary Studio 54 :: It has become synonymous with the glamor and excess of the late Seventies. But people who've retained clear memories of Studio 54, the legendary New York nightclub that defined an era, are few and far between.
VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar :: The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.
Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story :: Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
Hundreds to tango ::
World's most dazzling Christmas lights :: Though many U.S. Christmas traditions originated elsewhere, one has an All-American pedigree: electric Christmas tree lights.
LA River's flood role is 'paramount' :: Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.
Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014 :: News photo from around the world
Does this monster really exist? :: Here be monsters: The search for Africa's mythical beasts
Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager :: The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.
Go Figure: The week in numbers :: The week in numbers with our Go Figure images.
Weekendish: The best of the week's reads :: The best reads you need to catch up on
10 things we didn't know last week :: The NSA had a staff 'Clown Club' and more nuggets from the news
Whips primed for election aftermath :: It is beginning to dawn on MPs and peers quite how difficult it is likely to be to govern after the next election.
How to create your own ski run :: I'm knee deep in the icy Atnarko River in central British Columbia. A belt is cinched across my chest waders to prevent water from dragging me under if I slip in.
NASA can see your Christmas lights :: NASA says lights in suburban areas of the U.S. can be up to 50 percent brighter during the holidays.
What next for Fifa and Sepp Blatter? :: With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?
Turkey issues warrant for Gulen :: Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.