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Oct 4, 2012 1:51PM ET
Tadamasa Goto, former boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi Goto-gumi crime group, has agreed to pay ¥110 million, or $1.4 million, to settle the lawsuit filed by the family of Kazuoki Nozaki, who was murdered by members of the organization in 2006.
Oct 4, 2012 10:09AM ET
It doesn't seem to make much sense: At the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the State Department reduced the number of security guards on the ground just as reports of security threats at the compound increased dramatically accoridng to two new reports by CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson and Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake.
Oct 4, 2012 9:50AM ET
The hunt for Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the inspiration for Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," has brought archaeologists to a basement of a Tuscan convent, where they hope to find a human skull that matches Mona Lisa's face.
Oct 4, 2012 6:06AM ET
The Turkish Parliament is debating a bill that would authorize military action inside Syria's borders as it continues to trade shelling with its neighbor.
Oct 3, 2012 7:26PM ET
Mapping the planets of our solar system is usually best left to NASA, but don't tell that to Foursquare or Google. The two tech companies both have extra planets mapped.
Oct 3, 2012 6:41PM ET
A group of nine high-profile Julian Assange supporters are still trying to get money back they put up when Assange was arrested by British authorities and they expected him to be extradited to Sweden.
Oct 3, 2012 3:40PM ET
The civil war in Syria has taken one step closer toward a regional war as Turkish artillery fired on targets in Syria today, according to a statement by Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Oct 3, 2012 2:27PM ET
In a report that's frankly difficult to believe, Vanity Fair says President Obama intended to put Osama bin Laden on trial in federal court if the Al Qaeda leader had survived the Abbottabad raid last May.
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.