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
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
Brighton Winter Solstice in pictures :: Brighton's annual Burning the Clocks
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.
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?
The town with three Christmas Days :: The town where it's celebrated three times a year
VIDEO: London's crooning cab driver :: London's singing taxi driver Aiden Kent gives his passengers a journey with a difference.
Astrophysicist ignites Twitter fury :: It's a number that even astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is having a hard time wrapping his brilliant mind around.
Obama marks end of Afghan combat :: Thirteen years and more than 2,000 American casualties after it began, the war in Afghanistan will conclude responsibly, President Barack Obama said on Sunday.
Mall shut down after massive brawl :: A huge fight broke out at a mall in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, forcing it to shut down. CNN affiliate KDKA reports
In U.S.-Cuba prisoner swap, mystery surrounds the unnamed 53 :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/PruOUZ7isSU/story01.htm
Pictures of the Year: 2014 :: Dramatic moments from the big stories
'Holy Grail' of shipwrecks found? :: Kevin Dykstra and Frederick Monroe 's possible discovery of a sought-after shipwreck could be worth millions in gold.
Celebrity power drives the headlines :: We might think we aren't influenced by celebrity endorsements, says David Sillito, but we are probably wrong.