Today's Five Best Columns
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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.
May 24, 2012 3:25PM ET
After the arrest of a yakuza boss for his alleged role in supplying workers to TEPCO’s Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Plant, we are learning the details of how Japan’s nuclear industry relied on organized crime.
May 24, 2012 2:22PM ET
The Pakistani press does not share the outrage of U.S. lawmakers at the 33-year prison sentence of the doctor who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden. In fact, Dr. Shakil Afridi, charged with running a fake vaccination clinic to collect bin Laden's DNA, should be glad he wasn't executed according to some Pakistani dailies.
May 24, 2012 2:00PM ET
One thing the United States can do to persuade Pakistan to rethink imprisoning a doctor who helped find Osama Bin Laden is to issue strongly worded statements; another is to cut military aid.
May 24, 2012 12:11PM ET
In one of the more disturbing trends you'll hear out of Greece: More and more people are withdrawing their life savings from banks they think are unsafe ... only to see all that cash swiped in a spike in home burglaries.
May 24, 2012 9:28AM ET
It's not often we learn about the secret world of government-paid hackers, but when we do, it's fascinating to see how they they leave their mark.
May 24, 2012 7:24AM ET
A brother of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has escaped house arrest and made his way to Beijing, potentially setting off another diplomatic crisis like the one sparked by his younger brother's quest for asylum.
May 23, 2012 3:36PM ET
From Wall Street to Brussels, the people with a stake in Greece's financial future are making plans for its exit from the Eurozone.
May 23, 2012 3:33PM ET
Now that the Secret Service agents fired for that whole Colombian prostitution scandal are fighting their terminations, we're learning a lot more about how and where they party.
May 23, 2012 1:33PM ET
The stakes loom large as six world powers meet in Baghdad today to agree on curbing Iran's nuclear program
May 23, 2012 11:29AM ET
As stunts go, planning to jump out of a helicopter, fall 2,400 feet, and land safely without a parachute seems like just about the craziest.
May 23, 2012 10:10AM ET
Everyone's a critic, apparently. Displeased by South African artist Brett Murray's controversial semi-nude portrait of President Jacob Zuma, two men, a middle aged white man and a young black man, defaced it with paint Tuesday.
May 23, 2012 9:14AM ET
Just when you thought the Secret Service prostitution scandal would fade away, director Mark Sullivan will get to talk to a Senate committee today about his fired agents' new claims that they didn't do anything unusual for the "secret circus."
May 23, 2012 8:05AM ET
You'd think helping find one of the world's most wanted terrorists and America's number one enemy would make you a hero. In Pakistan, those actions make you a treasonous criminal.
May 23, 2012 6:01AM ET
Egyptians are patiently contending with long lines and equally long ballots to cast their votes in the first free presidential election in the nation's history.&nbs
May 22, 2012 5:30PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda, the Brian Williams of China has some explaining to do, a Photoshop fail has no explanation, and a U.S. congressman wants to repeal a ban on domestic propaganda.