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May 29, 2012 5:16PM ET
If you think PBS and the CIA have nothing in common, you're wrong.
May 29, 2012 3:09PM ET
U.S. military officials are scrambling to dismiss a report that U.S. Special Forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about the regime's underground tunnels.
May 29, 2012 11:54AM ET
He may have helped find the world's number one terrorist, but Pakistani doctor Jamil Afridi has been smeared, tortured, starved and improperly prosecuted in the weeks and months following his arrest, according to a handful of new reports.
May 29, 2012 11:29AM ET
This is the worst trend ever: Afghan police say yet another poisoning attack at a school -- the fourth this year and the second in a week -- has put 160 female students in the hospital as Taliban militants try to keep women from getting an education.
May 29, 2012 10:06AM ET
Attacks on journalists are, unfortunately, not terribly uncommon in Russia, so it's weird that a radio presenter recently embroiled in controversy would comply with an anonymous midnight text asking him to come outside, where he was stabbed 20 times.
May 29, 2012 9:43AM ET
The first tangible international consequences of the Syrian massacre in Houla are beginning materialize.
May 29, 2012 8:40AM ET
In what seems to be the only way we find out about who might be the second most powerful man in the al-Qaeda terrorist network, the U.S. is claiming that they've killed Sakhr al-Taifi--al-Qaeda's supposed second in command.
May 29, 2012 6:11AM ET
A 5.8-earthquake has killed at least eight people in northern Italy, a little over a week after another deadly quake hit nearby Parma.
May 28, 2012 2:52PM ET
An 11-year-old boy was able to survive the massacres in Houla, and he told the Guardian how pro-regime militia men killed his family, and how he managed to escape.
May 28, 2012 10:21AM ET
While it hasn't hit our Spat Watch level just yet, tensions between Greece and the current head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, are starting to heat up.
May 28, 2012 9:15AM ET
A man was able to break into Tony Blair's session with the Leveson Inquiry on Monday and accuse him of committing war crimes in Iraq and getting paid millions of dollars by JPMorgan Chase.
May 27, 2012 7:32PM ET
The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Sunday afternoon to discuss what the next steps would be for the international community, and to hear directly from the head of the U.N.'s observer mission in Syria.
May 27, 2012 5:01PM ET
The West has been hoping to convince Iran to reduce their nuclear development, but announcements the country made on state television Saturday show they have no sign of slowing down.
May 27, 2012 10:28AM ET
The massacre in Houla is starting to seem like it could be the final straw in Syria, as international pressures are mounting and everyone seems to be running out of patience with Bashar al-Assad's regime.
May 26, 2012 12:26PM ET
A new report says that Iran has enough uranium on hand that it could build up to five nuclear missiles, if it really wanted to.
May 26, 2012 11:42AM ET
Chen Guangcheng's worst fears have been all but realized: a lawyer for Guangcheng's brother, Chen Guangfu, who also escaped house arrest, says he went missing Friday evening.
May 26, 2012 10:30AM ET
Violence in a small village in Syria has left around 100 people dead, including a least 25 children, and has put serious doubts on the supposed effectiveness of the U.N. monitors.
May 25, 2012 6:35PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda: America has an inferiority complex with China, Syria overcomes its challenges and a propagandist reveals himself.
May 25, 2012 3:29PM ET
If you endured beatings, intimidation and arrests to bring about the end of a dictator's 30-year reign only to decide between his former crony and an Islamist to take over the country, you'd be upset too.
May 25, 2012 12:40PM ET
It's like the Vatican's own real-life version of Clue: the mystery of who leaked Vatican documents, including papal letters, has been a scandal for months, but on Friday Vatican police made an arrest, and it turns out they think the butler did it.
May 25, 2012 12:31PM ET
Invisible Children, the group behind the viral video phenomenon Kony 2012, has been vilified for its "white savior complex," evangelical donor base, financial record, particularly $1 million on travel expenses, over-simplified message and hipster do-nothing-ism.
May 25, 2012 11:15AM ET
Fugitive penguins. Monkeys on a plane. Presidential pot smoking. Just in case you don't have enough surreal news to think about today, try this little gem: Silvio Berlusconi enjoyed a sexy "Burlesque version of President Barack Obama."
May 25, 2012 9:45AM ET
This should give you pause if you're thinking of working in Chinese finance: A Singaporean banker has just been released after nearly three months in detention, and ordered to stay in China for another year, because she worked for a client who fled the country as a fugitive.
May 25, 2012 9:31AM ET
Traffic jams, rush hour--yes these concerns not only apply to the upcoming holiday weekend, but also to the highest mountain in the world. The only difference being that on Mount Everest, those inconveniences could totally kill you.
May 25, 2012 8:50AM ET
All good things come to an end, right? For those of you enchanted by the story of Tokyo's escaped penguin from March, we have the sad news today: zoo officials caught the flightless bird last night.
May 25, 2012 6:35AM ET
Israeli intelligence says there is evidence that Syrian rebels poisoned several top officials in the Syrian government, including the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad.
May 25, 2012 5:57AM ET
The candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood and the last prime minister who served under Hosni Mubarak will do battle in a runoff election next month to determine Egypt's next president.
May 24, 2012 6:09PM ET
The big news out of Europe yesterday was a rush to plan B: Greece's exit from the eurozone. But today, almost in unison, the markets and the politicians are swinging the pendulum in the other direction.
May 24, 2012 4:14PM ET
Anderson Cooper scored the first in-depth interview with Chen Guangcheng since the blind Chinese activist arrived in the United States last weekend, and the first thing in CNN's teaser for tonight's show is Chen's absolute relief at just being able to go outside.
May 24, 2012 3:46PM ET
Like any city, El Paso, Texas, makes goofy, oversimplified tourist maps for visitors, but in 2010 it oversimplified the map so much that it deleted its violence-plagued neighbor to the south, Ciudad Juarez.