Today's Five Best Columns
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Jul 16, 2012 6:36AM ET
North Korea's highest-ranking military officer has been officially relieved from all his duties due to an unnamed illness, but many observers of the new regime doubt the official story.
Jul 15, 2012 6:25PM ET
Egyptian protesters were a bunch of schoolyard bullies to Hillary Clinton on Sunday when they threw tomatoes and shoes while chanting "Monica! Monica! Monica!" at her.
Jul 14, 2012 5:47PM ET
Syrian activists claimed yesterday of a new massacre in Tremseh, where pro-regime forces allegedly killed 200 residents of the small village with tank and helicopter fire. New reports suggest the town was filled with poorly armed opposition forces who brought knives to a tank fight.
Jul 13, 2012 5:16PM ET
Vladimir Putin is a well-documented badass, and badasses don't show up on time to work meetings when they could be drinking with their biker buddies instead.
Jul 13, 2012 3:18PM ET
We won't call it cosmic justice but it does make you wonder: On Wednesday, an Egyptian journalist died on live TV while defending Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Jul 13, 2012 12:06PM ET
The New York Times had a pretty exciting story on its hands about a London trial featuring a expletive-laden on-field argument between soccer stars Anton Ferdinand and John Terry, but the paper's high standards turns a NSFW cluster-cuss into the most sterile argument ever.
Jul 13, 2012 11:53AM ET
The 2007 explosion at a Syrian chemical weapons plant still taints that country's safety record when it comes to its chemical weapons, so the news that it's breaking them out of storage is, well, disturbing to say the least.
Jul 13, 2012 11:16AM ET
Hot on the heels of uniting Germany's Jewish and Muslim communities under one common cause, Cologne's circumcision ban has found another enemy—the German government.
Jul 13, 2012 10:38AM ET
So, did you hear the big news that Saudi Arabia is finally sending women to to the Olympics? If you live in Saudi Arabia, there's a good chance you didn't.
Jul 13, 2012 9:36AM ET
The Opening Ceremonies are two weeks away, but organizers of the London Olympics are already taking heat over what could turn out to be the Games worst nightmare — a gigantic hole in security.
Jul 13, 2012 9:02AM ET
The Mexican cartels' tunnels under the U.S. border keep getting better and better—at least for the cartels.
Jul 13, 2012 5:43AM ET
Pro-government forces in Syria are accused of killing more than 200 residents of a small village near Hama, in what may the worst single incident of the 16-month uprising.
Jul 13, 2012 1:03AM ET
When Nicolas Sarkozy left office, most thought French politics would become way less interesting without him and his beautiful wife, Carla Bruni. The Hollande family are proving to be quite capable of filling the hole with some serious family Twitter drama, though.
Jul 12, 2012 5:53PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda: Iran gets whimsical about its navy, China disses Hillary, and Russia slashes its propaganda outlets.
Jul 12, 2012 5:34PM ET
It's commonly known that it's not really a great time in Greece what with its debt and austerity measures, but don't tell that to 2 percent of Greeks, who think their country's finances are a-OK.
Jul 12, 2012 12:47PM ET
A regional German court's ban on circumcision has been met with agreement by Jewish and Muslim organizations united in denouncing it.
Jul 12, 2012 12:39PM ET
There's a fascinating tiff brewing between Japanese and U.S. diplomats after Hillary Clinton reportedly corrected a State Department official who referred to women drafted into prostitution by the Japanese during World War II by the widely used term "comfort women," asking that the Department instead call it like it is and say "enforced sex slaves."
Jul 12, 2012 10:24AM ET
Baghdad might not be able to get power to all its residents, but its PR machine has an hit upon an effective way to sooth some people's frustrations about their powerless, hot, summer misery: Katie Couric.
Jul 12, 2012 9:25AM ET
Well this is terrifying: Apparently two Mexican new agencies were peppered with gunfire and grenades this week--the thanks they get for reporting on an organized crime ring.
Jul 12, 2012 9:01AM ET
Nawaf Fares, Syria's ambassador to Iraq, has defected to the opposition and is now urging the army to turn its guns on President Basahr al-Assad's regime.
Jul 12, 2012 8:40AM ET
Congratulations are in store for judo competitor Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar for being the first female athletes that Saudi Arabia will send to the Olympics.
Jul 12, 2012 6:02AM ET
A group of close to 30 climbers were hit by an avalanche on one of the most popular routes up the French Alps, killing at least nine climbers and leaving several more missing.
Jul 11, 2012 5:12PM ET
President Obama's recently signed executive order outlining emergency control of the Internet didn't get much attention in the U.S. but it's spooking foreign journalists.
Jul 11, 2012 1:43PM ET
If the berets and double-breasted young Republican look that the U.S.'s Olympic athletes will be wearing during the opening ceremony in London aren't doing it for you sartorially, we'll give you one more reason to hate these things. Ralph Lauren had these duds made in China--just like four years ago.
Jul 11, 2012 11:54AM ET
Reports out of Yemen say a suicide bombing attack on police cadets in the capital of Sanaa has claimed the lives of at least eight and wounded 15 others, suggesting that Sanaa may be becoming al Qaeda's favorite suicide bombing target.
Jul 11, 2012 10:11AM ET
I'll Have Another, the horse that looked to be on track for a Triple-Crown victory this year if not for an apparent last-minute injury, has a history of ailments, according to The New York Times, which is bad news for the Japanese stud farm that bought him for $10 million.
Jul 11, 2012 9:28AM ET
It's obviously a relief that Thailand pardoned Joe Gordon, a U.S. citizen who translated parts of a banned biography, The King Never Smiles, about Thailand’s King Bhumibol on his blog.
Jul 11, 2012 8:58AM ET
China has finally decided to support Kofi Annan's efforts in Syria, now that he's calling for action the United States doesn't like—mainly because it may involve Iran.
Jul 11, 2012 8:12AM ET
Let's face it, the biggest and most important physics discovery in the past 30 years is old news. So let's move on to the next sexiest physics mystery, who exactly is going get science's biggest prize for the Higgs boson discovery?
Jul 11, 2012 8:09AM ET
As the Spanish government finishes negotiating the terms of its European bailout, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced a new round of tax increases and spending cuts meant to satisfy the European powers who are rescuing them.