Today's Five Best Columns
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Jul 10, 2012 4:12AM ET
Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, who fought for France in World War II as an epically awesome secret agent with the British, died this spring at 88. Drawing from two recent obituaries, one in today's New York Times and the other in The Telegraph, we bring you highlights from the life of one of the world's most fascinating men.
Jul 9, 2012 11:17PM ET
Nabeel Rajab, activist and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was sentenced to three months behind bars on Monday, for posting a tweet that criticized Bahrain's prime minister, Prince Khalifa bin Sulman al-Khalifa.
Jul 9, 2012 9:38PM ET
Egypt's parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni announced today that the lower house of the assembly will meet at noon on Tuesday. The announcement was made one day after Egypt's new President Mohammed Mursi ordered the assembly to reopen, defying the military council's decision to dissolve it last month.
Jul 9, 2012 4:51PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda: China pooh-poohs democracy, the BBC gets in the hacking business and Syria flexes its muscles.
Jul 9, 2012 3:31PM ET
Now that Higgs boson discovery afterglow has faded, what are physics fans going to talk about? Well, the Nobel Prize for starters.
Jul 9, 2012 3:13PM ET
If North Korea had a Page Six, they'd be all over the news that Kim Jong Un has been spotted twice now with an unidentified lady friend by his side. South Korean media—and maybe a few would be Mrs. Kim Jong Un's—are desperate for an answer: Is she his wife or sister?
Jul 9, 2012 2:09PM ET
This was supposed to be a banner year for Saudi Arabia's Olympic team as women were allowed to compete for the first time, but on Monday the Saudi press reported none had qualified for the competition because none had participated in the qualifying events.
Jul 9, 2012 10:02AM ET
In any other country, we'd wager that the late Abdus Salam would be a national hero: He's a Nobel laureate in physics and laid the groundwork for the biggest physics discovery in the past 30 years--the Higgs boson. That isn't the case in Pakistan, where he's been wiped from textbooks and history for not being fundamentalist enough.
Jul 9, 2012 9:56AM ET
In a rare interview with German TV, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed the idea that he and Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi have anything in common, but we can help him think of at least a few things.
Jul 9, 2012 9:28AM ET
Among Kim Jong Un's priorities as North Korean leader are establish the nation as an intercontinental nuclear threat and organize a stage show featuring his favorite unauthorized Disney characters. He's succeeding in at least one.
Jul 9, 2012 9:06AM ET
Days after an Al Jazeera investigation found traces of radioactive polonium in the belongings of former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, this conspiracy theory has jumped into legitimate, diplomacy-threatening territory with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly approving Arafat's exhumation.
Jul 8, 2012 5:28PM ET
There's a disturbing new video of Taliban forces in Afghanistan shooting and killing a woman at point blank range for allegedly committing adultery with two Taliban members.
Jul 8, 2012 10:42AM ET
Doctors have discovered their first lead in figuring out what is causing the deaths of an alarming amount of children in Cambodia.
Jul 7, 2012 11:53AM ET
On the same day that reports of violence in Syria is spilling to its neighboring countries, Kofi Annan admitted that the U.N.'s efforts to bring peace to Syria have failed.
Jul 7, 2012 10:18AM ET
Ten years can change a lot. In the ongoing effort to build a relationship with Afghanistan, Hilary Clinton said the country is officially America's newest ally.
Jul 6, 2012 3:23PM ET
If you're looking for ways to avoid sunburns on this very hot not-quite holiday weekend, Reuters photographer Aly Song snapped some shots of a fairly radical method employed by some beach-goers in Qingdao, China Friday: Nylon face masks.
Jul 6, 2012 2:11PM ET
Not that this makes the news of 22-year-old journalist Armando Montano's death in Mexico City any less sad or offers any closure for his family and friends, but the Mexico Attorney General's Office believes he died by accident.
Jul 6, 2012 12:37PM ET
While we're riveted at the idea of someone possibly poisoning Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat with radioactive polonium and implications this could have on the already strained Israel-Palestine conflict, we have a smaller question: Why is Suha Arafat holding onto her late husband's old underwear?
Jul 6, 2012 11:27AM ET
There's disturbing news out of Cambodia, where the World Health Organization has ramped up its efforts to figuring out the mystery disease that has, so far, claimed the lives of at least 61 children in the country.
Jul 6, 2012 11:19AM ET
You can't sue god or mother nature, so Belgium tourism officials want to do the next best thing: Sue the people who forecast the weather.
Jul 6, 2012 10:04AM ET
How's this for patriotism? It turns out that the sun had its own celebration with a solar flare that makes that San Diego inferno look like a sparkler, peaking on July 4, because obviously the center of our solar system loves the U.S. of A.
Jul 6, 2012 8:43AM ET
China caught up with the rest of the world this week by eliminating a 14-year ban on blood donations by lesbians. Most gay men, on the other hand, are still not welcome to donate.
Jul 6, 2012 5:50AM ET
At a meeting of the "Friends of Syria" in Paris, French François Hollande and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered some of the strongest threats so far against Syria and the nations that are supporting its dictator.
Jul 5, 2012 5:25PM ET
Add this to your list of reasons not to get arrested in India (or maybe to get arrested if you're an adventurous druggie): If you get interrogated, you just might find yourself shot full of sodium pentathol in order to elicit a confession.
Jul 5, 2012 4:00PM ET
An independent Japanese commission that investigated last year's nuclear disaster at Fukushima released its findings on Thursday, putting the blame for the disaster squarely on the shoulders of the Japanese government and the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).
Jul 5, 2012 10:43AM ET
The last official word in the crash of Air France flight 447 says malfunctioning sensors misled pilots who didn't understand they were in a stall, causing them to fatally pull the plane's nose up, instead of down.
Jul 5, 2012 10:06AM ET
Six people were arrested in Greater London on Thursday as part of a possible terrorist plot "involving Islamist extremists, with potential UK targets," according to The BBC.
Jul 5, 2012 9:38AM ET
Yes, the nuclear disaster at Fukushima was sparked by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, but a Japanese parliamentary report said Thursday the disaster that followed was man-made, and suggested more plants were susceptible.
Jul 5, 2012 9:01AM ET
While we're no doubt excited about the 2.4 million e-mails from Syrian politicians, officials, and companies that WikiLeaks says it's releasing today, we're more interested in exactly how anyone will find any juicy stuff in an ocean of documents.
Jul 5, 2012 7:27AM ET
The bodies of two Turkish air force pilots who were shot down by the Syrian military last month have been found with the help of Robert Ballard, the undersea explorer famous for discovering the wreck of the Titanic.