August 28, 2013 Russia, China and Iran are Syrian President Bashar Assad's closest allies. The reasons for their support of his government vary, ranging from trade and strategy to a fear of instability if Assad is toppled.
August 27, 2013 The horrific effects of chemical weapons used during World War I led to a treaty banning their use. But Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein deployed them several decades later during his country's war with Iran, as well as on Kurds in the town of Halabja. Before the latest reports of a chemical weapon attack in Syria, a Japanese cult used sarin gas in a 1995 attack on Tokyo's subway system.
August 27, 2013 Known for its sparkling turquoise waters and white sand, Spain's Mediterranean beaches are developing a new reputation — for a growing number of jellyfish. Scientists blame overfishing and, possibly, climate change for the spike in stinging invertebrates.
August 27, 2013 Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus' belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.
August 26, 2013 Amanda Knox, whose murder conviction was overturned in 2011, will not travel to Italy for a new trial in the death of fellow student Meredith Kercher. A spokesman for the Knox family tells CNN that Knox's presence isn't required at next month's trial.
August 22, 2013 A video shows the 187-foot-long air-cushion vessel — the world's largest — gliding up on the sand as stunned sunbathers make way.
August 21, 2013 India is struggling — but it's not the only developing nation that's having economic troubles. Brazil, China and Russia are all slowing down. But the U.S., which struggled after the Great Recession, is showing some positive signs.
August 21, 2013 Hundreds of samples taken from riders in this summer's Tour de France found no signs of doping, officials say. Anti-doping authorities plan to keep the samples for eight years, possibly to test them again.
August 21, 2013 While New Yorkers line up for the cronut, a croissant-doughnut cross, in London, a tartlet-brownie mashup called the townie is now the rage. Social media is helping to drive these hybrid-food fads, industry watchers say, but how they ultimately impact the bottom line depends on whether purveyors can be more than one-trick ponies.