Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 3, 2012 1:21PM ET
In one of the more powerful testaments to the destructive power of suicide bombings, Syria's state news agency released the above photo from an attack in Syria's second city Aleppo today.
Oct 3, 2012 11:07AM ET
Riot police armed with batons and tear gas confronted money lenders and shopkeepers in Tehran today as worries about the failing rial have lead to anger and street protests.
Oct 3, 2012 9:53AM ET
Nearly 50 pilot whales inexplicably beached themselves on a south-eastern island of Savu, Indonesia, over the past two days. Forty-three of them have died and many will now meals for the island's locals.
Oct 3, 2012 7:25AM ET
An Italian bar owner climbed onto the roof of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican last night and unfurled a giant sign protesting against the Italian government and the European Union's plans to rescue his nation from financial ruin.
Oct 3, 2012 6:15AM ET
Three large explosions tore up a central square in the city of Aleppo this morning, where the government and Syrian rebels have staged some of the fiercest fighting of the war in recent weeks.
Oct 2, 2012 6:02PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored terrorism: Syria's media takes a rare jab at an ally, a Chinese propaganda film enters the U.S. 2012 race, and Iran cracks down on the media.
Oct 2, 2012 5:51PM ET
Dominique Strauss-Kahn dodged rape allegations for the second (third?) time in a year when French prosecutors today stopped pursuing charges he allegedly raped a prostitute in a Washington hotel room. Unfortunately for DSK, he's still got a small list of sex scandals on his plate.
Oct 2, 2012 4:41PM ET
U.S. intelligence officials are putting the final touches on reports about the militants suspected to be involved in the attack on the Libyan embassy that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others.
Oct 2, 2012 2:37PM ET
Just one week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu literally drew a red line on Iran's nuclear program, Iran is threatening to dash passed it if negotiations with major powers fail.
Oct 2, 2012 10:55AM ET
It's a great day for democracy in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, but a not-so-great day for flamboyantly pro-American president Mikheil Saakashvili, who conceded defeat for his ruling party on Tuesday.
Oct 2, 2012 10:36AM ET
Eugene Robinson on which Mitt will debate, Todd Moss on Obama's Africa failure, Roger Lowenstein on high-frequency trading, Jeffrey Goldberg on Obama's Middle East policy, and Mallory Factor on public union "official time."
Oct 2, 2012 9:42AM ET
It's a grim morning of news from the Afghan war. While hopes are fading for a peace deal with the Taliban, deadly "insider" attacks threaten to force an early retreat of NATO forces before 2014.
Oct 2, 2012 6:38AM ET
The State Department has officially removed all government personnel from the Libyan city of Benghazi, closing the consulate building and possibly ending any chance of a on-site investigation of the attack there.
Oct 2, 2012 5:09AM ET
Two passengers boats collided in the dark in the waters off Hong Kong last night, sinking one of the vessels and killing at least 36 people.
Oct 1, 2012 11:44PM ET
Things aren't going so well for Iran on the economic front, lately. On Monday, the country's already suffering currency, the rial, plummeted in value and landed at a historic low.
Oct 1, 2012 4:15PM ET
In a hopeful sign, a YouTube video published last week shows American journalist Austin Tice alive after being captured by armed militants.
Oct 1, 2012 1:12PM ET
On Friday the news of a certain study was making the Internet rounds, pleasing an array of people who seemed to take it as support that all this "feminism" and "gender equality" stuff was a bunch of bunk, that women should really be in the kitchen, doing housework, if they expected their marriages to remain marriages and not head toward divorce post-haste.
Oct 1, 2012 12:07PM ET
Ikea's Saudi Arabian catalogue looks like any other Ikea catalogue—weird beds with names you can't pronounce, merchandise that looks way better in photos than it will in your living room—except for one thing: there are no women.
Oct 1, 2012 10:49AM ET
Last month we wrote about a shocking stat reported in some British newspapers: there are just 100 adult cod left in the North Sea. But the BBC News Magazine reports on just how wrong that information was. The number is more like 21 million.
Oct 1, 2012 9:44AM ET
Tariq Ramadan on Arab democracy, William D. Cohan on the SEC's craziness, Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr. on affirmative action, Howard Kurtz on Romney's negative narrative, and Noah Feldman on human rights law.
Oct 1, 2012 9:17AM ET
Just when everyone thought the tribulations of Pussy Riot were coming to an end, the all-female punk collective slings a curveball.
Oct 1, 2012 6:40AM ET
A Iranian cameraman who came to New York as part of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United Nations last week is reportedly seeking asylum in the United States.
Oct 1, 2012 6:06AM ET
A suicide bomber wearing a police uniform attacked a NATO unit on foot patrol Monday killing 14 people in the latest deadly assault on the beleaguered coalition.
Sep 30, 2012 11:54PM ET
A lot went wrong at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, but according to new interviews with the staff, the staff should've been better prepared.
Sep 30, 2012 9:08PM ET
The head of Reuters' Tehran bureau chief Parisa Hafezi could be looking at jail time after a special media court found her guilty of "spreading lies" with a February video about Iranian women in martial arts training.
Sep 30, 2012 12:14PM ET
After Iranians were enraged over the government's decision to block Gmail last week, Iran thinks it has found a way to keep everyone happy. Iran will introduce their own domestic version of Gmail that will totally be just as good.
Sep 30, 2012 11:02AM ET
There was yet another green-on-blue attack in Afghanistan on Sunday in which two Americans and three Afghans were killed. The death of a U.S. soldier brings the total number of troop deaths in the Afghan war to over 2,000.
Sep 30, 2012 10:18AM ET
Saudi-owned news agency Al Arabiya are touting a massive leak of Syrian intelligence documents, and their first leak alleges to show Russia was the one who ordered Syria take down the Turkish fighter jet in June, and for Syria to kill and dispose of the pilots.
Sep 29, 2012 5:25PM ET
Keeping with the pacified spirit of the country since the attack on the U.S. embassy, the Libyan government coordinated an arms collection drive over the weekend. Hundreds of Libyans returned weapons in different cities across the country, including three heat seeking missiles and a tank.
Sep 29, 2012 4:19PM ET
Yemen's president is so in love with the fleet of drones the U.S. uses in his country that he thinks they're more advanced than the human brain.