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Jul 26, 2012 8:34AM ET
The Bo Xilai political scandal is officially a crime story now, as his wife, Gu Kailai, has been charged with murder.
Jul 26, 2012 7:32AM ET
Koreans on both side of the DMZ are still trying to unravel the mystery of Kim Jong-Un's new bride, including why they apparently got in married in 2009, but didn't bother to tell anyone.
Jul 25, 2012 6:53PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda: Iran spots a spooky trend in America, China cleans up its flood coverage and a propaganda legend dies.
Jul 25, 2012 5:02PM ET
On the campaign trail, Republicans are using national security leaks to attack President Obama. But reporters may be the ones who ultimately suffer from this summer's leak hysteria.
Jul 25, 2012 2:10PM ET
It's completely fascinating that, in a time when our laptops can give us a close-up satellite view of nearly anywhere on earth, scientists could just be discovering a geologic feature the size of the Grand Canyon.
Jul 25, 2012 11:18AM ET
We have our first winners at the 2012 Olympics! Click here for this and other updates this afternoon and throughout the Olympics.
Jul 25, 2012 10:15AM ET
Voula Papachristou is currently Greece's Triple Jump champion, and will go into the record books as the first Greek Triple Jump champion to be dismissed for the Olympic team for tweeting out racist remarks against Africans.
Jul 25, 2012 8:51AM ET
Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart explored the issues facing London as it plans for the 2012 Olympics. The long list includes: security shortages, walk-outs of border control, transportation problems, and summer storms.
Jul 25, 2012 8:29AM ET
Two, have apparently become Un. But just who, exactly, the Supreme Leader of North Korea married is sort of a mystery.
Jul 25, 2012 5:55AM ET
In response to increased fighting near its border with Syria, Turkey has closed all its official border gates between the two countries.
Jul 24, 2012 7:09PM ET
We learned today that the Aurora mass shooting is as big a story around the world as it is in the U.S., but the reaction is not. A headline in Norway's largest newspaper captured the disbelief in other industrialized countries in the wake of the tragedy: "Stricter Firearms Is a Non-Issue Even After Massacre."
Jul 24, 2012 4:55PM ET
While the images from James Holmes' court appearance, and his mugshot, were naturally plastered on papers throughout America, the international press also took notice.
Jul 24, 2012 1:51PM ET
Syria's public position is that it won't use its chemical weapons unless some outside state attacks it, but a Reuters Insight piece on Tuesday included the scary detail that the regime there was close to using them on rebels two weeks ago, but Russia stopped it.
Jul 24, 2012 6:38AM ET
Prosecutors in Britain announced today that eight people, including former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, will face criminal charges for their role in the News International phone hacking case.
Jul 24, 2012 6:17AM ET
A fundraising campaign launched by the Saudi royal family on behalf of the people of Syria generated more than $32 million worth of donations in one day.
Jul 23, 2012 1:26PM ET
In cleaning up London's graffiti for the Olympics city authorities threaten to squelch the work one of its biggest celebrities, the street artist Banksy, but on Monday the secretive graffiti artist showed he wouldn't be deterred from creating Olympics-related art.
Jul 23, 2012 1:06PM ET
In the latest chapter of Michele Bachmann's dabbling in Muslim McCarthyism and failed attempt at connecting Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton aide and Anthony Weiner's wife, to the Muslim Brotherhood has a funny twist: The Muslim Brotherhood is calling the claims ridiculous.
Jul 23, 2012 9:27AM ET
Yes, it's basically the start of our and your work day, but we're already itching to procrastinate on The Guardian's latest and very nifty interactive feature: "Could You Be a Medallist?"
Jul 23, 2012 9:06AM ET
The Syrian foreign ministry claims that the military would never use its stock of chemical weapons "inside Syria," but let the world know that it could definitely bring them out if a foreign country tries to interfere in its civil war.
Jul 23, 2012 5:51AM ET
A series of bombings and gun assaults across Iraq has made Monday one of deadliest days of the year in Iraq, with at 82 people dead and more than 130 injured, and those numbers are likely to rise.
Jul 22, 2012 6:21PM ET
A new study estimates that the "global super-rich elite" are hiding at least $21 trillion in tax havens like the Cayman Islands. And that number is just cash, like real dollars, and doesn't account for real estate or property that would bolster a rich person's net worth.
Jul 22, 2012 12:08PM ET
Some Iranians are facing the wrath of the country's "morality police" for dressing in ways they deem aren't Islamic enough, usually because they're pairing their traditional hijabs with stylish jeans or a fancy jacket.
Jul 20, 2012 6:36PM ET
It appears Kim Jong-un's consolidation of power this week was far more turbulent than outsiders were led to believe. How much more turbulent remains subject to dispute.
Jul 20, 2012 4:24PM ET
As more details surface about the suicide bomber who killed six people in an attack on Israeli tourists Wednesday, the Obama administration's refusal to blame Iran remains a mystery.
Jul 20, 2012 2:28PM ET
Despite the speed that information travels these days, tangible products still must be shipped. This map shows the beautiful tangle that the commercialized shipping routes make in our globalized world.
Jul 20, 2012 12:28PM ET
How could NATO get supplies out of Afghanistan in time for the drawdown? A shipping container worth of gear sent every seven minutes, all day, every day.
Jul 20, 2012 11:14AM ET
Cool discovery of the week: scientists have found a massive aquifer in northern Namibia, the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, and even though its water is 10,000 years old, it's still way safer to drink than the country's other options.
Jul 20, 2012 10:19AM ET
As President Bashar al-Assad's regime teeters on the brink of collapse, military planners in the Middle East and the United States are projecting worrying scenarios of the regime's disintegration.
Jul 19, 2012 6:21PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda: North Koreans dance for their Supreme Commander, the war on women comes to Zimbabwe and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issues his vaguest threat yet. We begin in Pyongyang.
Jul 19, 2012 3:35PM ET
Earlier today, the Pentagon released a declassified document from September 2002 justifying the Iraq War, and boy is it a doozy.