The image of the Shinkansen bullet train streaking past Mount Fuji is a powerful part of the iconography of the resurgent post-war Japan.
Capt. Francesco Schettino abandoned the cruise liner Costa Concordia after it wrecked in 2012 while hundreds were still on board, according to testimony and recorded phone calls played in a court in Grosetto, Italy, on Monday.
CNN's Nima Elbagir reports from the Central African Republic as French troops deploy on a peacekeeping mission.
The Justice Department says several Russian diplomats and spouses accused of Medicaid fraud are also suspected of spying.
RIA Novosti, Russia's state-run news agency reported on it's own demise Monday after a decree by Vladimir Putin created a new agency called Rossiya Segodnya which combines RIA Novosti and state-owned Voice of Russia radio.
Photographers worldwide captured deadly conflicts, devastating storms and other memorable moments throughout the year. Click through the gallery to see 2013 unfold.
German President Joachim Gauck will not represent his country at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, his office says.
Michael Adebolajo, one of the men accused of the brutal daylight killing of British soldier Lee Rigby, told a jury Monday he loved al Qaeda.
Police in Brazil were forced to use tear gas as fierce fighting erupted in the stands. CNN's Patrick Snell has more.
Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama, who has been living in a mental institution since the 1970s, uses her woes with mental illness to inspire her work. Walking into one of Yayoi Kusama's infinity rooms is like walking into a completely different universe. The door shuts behind you, and suddenly you find yourself surrounded by what appears to be a galaxy of shimmering LEDs. The scene is beautiful, in a surreal, space-age fairy tale sort of way. But it's also a little jarring in its intimacy; it's almost as though you've been instantly transported from a whitewashed gallery into Kusama's buzzing, obsessive mind.
He put the beat into "Afrobeat" in Fela Kuti's band. Described as the "world's greatest drummer," Tony Allen is still pushing boundaries.
Thousands seem determined to stay in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. Journalist Victoria Butenko has more.
More than 90 heads of state are on their way to South Africa for what is expected to be the largest gathering of world leaders in Africa's history.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the nation's parliament Monday and called for new elections. But the move did little to appease anti-government protesters who remained on the streets by the thousands.
One month after Typhoon Haiyan tore through six Philippine islands, the death toll stands at 5,924 and 1,779 people are still missing, according to government figures released Sunday.
Police fired tear gas as fans of rival teams fought in the stands at a Brazilian football game Sunday.
Led by an anti-corruption activist, a new political party that claims to champion ordinary Indian voters made a startling electoral debut in the capital New Delhi in regional Legislative Assembly polls, emerging as the second-most powerful grouping in results announced Sunday.
An 85-year-old American man detained and later let go by North Korean authorities described his time in custody as comfortable.
In a move to squash dissent within North Korea's ruling elite, the once-powerful uncle of Leader Kim Jong Un was removed from his government position at a Ruling Workers' Party politburo meeting Sunday, North Korea's state news agency KCNA confirmed.