The heaviest rain in six decades left at least 37 people dead and raised criticism online about Beijing's infrastructure.
Last week's Google gathering on how to combat organized crime garnered headlines, but many questions remain unanswered.
Faced with an expensive and unreliable municipal water supply, an entrepreneur collects rainwater for his inn in an underground tank, creating an abundant supply for the guest rooms, toilets, bathrooms, kitchen, and restaurant.
Assad's forces retook some parts of Damascus over the weekend, but in a potentially more telling sign, rebels brought the fighting to previously quiet Aleppo.
For some Olympians, the struggle to qualify for the 2012 Games may be as notable as what will happen there.
Development agency points to social gains.