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
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.
Ten photos capture the UK in 2014 :: Milica Lamb selects her favourite images
Robert Capa at the Battle of the Bulge :: The U.S. Army calls World War II's Battle of the Bulge, a six-week campaign in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium that began on December 16, 1944, "arguably the greatest battle in American military history."
Party-pooping Putin cancels holiday :: Vladimir Putin delivered a lump of coal in the Kremlin's stocking this year when he announced Thursday that he has canceled holiday vacations for members of the government.
Homeless guy gets $100, then does this :: A homeless man walked into a liquor store after being given $100 during the holidays. What he did next will surprise you.
The week in 22 photos :: CNN presents the week in photos.
What really scares terrorists :: Even terrorists have fears. And the prospect of gender equality appears to rank high on their list of worst nightmares.
What's with North Korea's Internet? :: North Koreans' ability to surf the Internet -- for the few in the isolated nation who could ever really go online anyway -- is rockier than ever.
Extreme hikers go the distance :: They had been in Nepal for a week trying to reach Thorong La Pass, 17,769 feet above sea level, when they were caught in a snowstorm, unable to make it to the nearest village.
China dictates when you can sing anthem :: Don't whisper, applaud or talk on the phone when the anthem is playing. China sets new rules.
I'm a feminist, and I converted to Islam :: I am a Muslim, but I wasn't always. I converted to Islam in November 2001, two months after 9/11.
Picture power: Abandoned on the border :: A baby's cradle on the Syrian Turkish border
Big cat trade from Burma to China up :: A new study suggests that the trade in parts of tigers and other wild cats from Myanmar into China is growing.
Brighton Winter Solstice in pictures :: Brighton's annual Burning the Clocks
VIDEO: The 'first 3D video game' redeveloped :: The 1984 video game Elite - thought to be the first to produce genuinely 3D graphics - has been redeveloped for a modern audience.
They take Christmas to a new level :: A California music teacher's insanely elaborate "Star Wars" themed Christmas lights show is dazzling the Internet with its lightsabers and some 100,000 lights choreographed to songs from the movies.
Christmas countdown ::
Nightclubs for literature? :: It's midnight in the capital of Taiwan.
How Victorians dressed for death :: Today, mourning a death in the family often means donning the most formal black outfit in one's closet for one solemn afternoon. But 150 years ago, it was a reason to stash away one's current best and purchase a whole new grief-appropriate wardrobe.
Notable UK deaths of 2014 :: Remember some of those who died in the past 12 months
The big ideas of 2014: Part I :: What were the biggest ideas of 2014?