Teen's suicide plea touches hearts :: Teen Josh Alcorn was transgender but his Christian parents apparently didn't understand. As they now grieve, a suicide note explains the despair Josh felt, pleads for help, and dreams of hope.
Retro portraits question race, equality :: Maxine Helfman's photo series places black people in historical Flemish-style portraits.
'Swiftmas' warms fans' hearts :: The superstar posted a video of her gift-giving to fans, which has become known as "Swiftmas."
'Italian captives' plead to be freed :: The two young women are seen in Islamic garb with only their faces showing. One delivers a message to the camera: "We are in big danger and we could be killed."
Pilot's family tell of loving father :: Grieving relatives of Irianto, captain of the doomed airliner, remember a warm, loving man who was also a dedicated professional.
2015: Predicting an eventful year :: CNN looks ahead to a year of intriguing potential developments.
North Korea's tricks to staying relevant :: 2014 was a busy year for Kim Jong Un's regime. Relive the highlights.
Epik High's rap twist to K-Pop :: South Korean rap group Epik High is changing Korean music. CNN's Jane Sit reports.
Brisbane: Where living is easy :: Queensland capital: Once it was dubbed "boring" -- now it's livable.
Those we lost in 2014: Rivers, Williams ::
Soccer: Gerrard to leave Liverpool :: Liverpool must prepare for life without one its greatest ever players after captain Steven Gerrard confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the 2014-2015 season.
What happens after you click 'buy'? :: In a warehouse about the size of four football fields, more than a million units of online retail items are housed.
Icy dip ::
From healthy food to healthy business :: Harvesting papayas is Lemeul Mantey's livelihood. He's determined to get the best out of his trees, which grow in the farming community of Nsawam, west of the Ghanaian capital of Accra.
Kanye and McCartney join forces :: Leave it to Kanye. The hip-hop mega star may have had the last word of 2014.
Mortgage costs soar as ruble tanks :: Russians seek help as value of currency plummets.
How to deal with 'weed from hell' :: In many a clogged waterway in Nigeria, water hyacinths grow in abundance. A nuisance to locals and fishermen, but Nigerian entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba didn't see an aquatic pest, she saw a business opportunity.
Why is Mourinho looking so glum? :: Manchester City and Tottenham were among the winners during the busy festive period in the Premier League. But league leading Chelsea surprisingly wasn't.
Child's play: Can golf halt player exodus? :: While the professional game of golf gears up for 2015 in rude health, at grassroots level the sport finds itself in the rough.
Bono: I may never play guitar again :: Bono has shared with fans that recovery from an accident has been slow going and that he's worried he may never play guitar again.
Detox in a spiritual cave hotel :: They've been refuges for pilgrims, prostitutes and peasants. Now Italy's cave hotels offer a more upscale escape from modern life.
The week in 30 photos :: CNN presents the week in photos
Maya mystery :: New research from the "Blue Hole" underwater cave in Belize may offer some answers for their demise.
Cancer theory :: Why do some who smoke then live to be 90 while those those who live like puritans get cancer?
Skulls with Jewish stars 'despicable' :: The political party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas posted a drawn image online showing a large pile of skulls and skeletons with Jewish stars on them.
Rafael Nadal's comeback derailed :: Rafael Nadal's latest tennis comeback didn't go so well, as he was routed by Andy Murray. But the Spaniard insisted he wasn't worried.
Elvis Presley's jets for sale :: Elvis Presley's last two jets, the "Lisa Marie" and "Hound Dog II" are for sale.
Classic portraits question race equality :: Photographer Maxine Helfman uses only black models in classic poses portraying power.
How to help transgender friends :: What to say, know and avoid if someone tells you they are transgender.
Migrant ship :: A crewless ship with hundreds of migrants aboard that was drifting without power off southeast Italy's coast is being towed to safety Friday by an Icelandic coast guard vessel.