Today's Five Best Columns
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Sep 28, 2012 9:19AM ET
It's been 17 days since the deadly attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the scene of the crime is still too dangerous for a proper FBI investigation.
Sep 28, 2012 9:03AM ET
These days the price of a standard civilian hit-job can run as high as $2 million. That’s not the price to get the job done―that’s the price if one of your underlings gets caught. The whole inflationary spiral started with one dumb yakuza stiffing McDonald’s on the price of a cheeseburger in Kyoto a few years ago.
Sep 28, 2012 6:44AM ET
Disgraced party leader Bo Xilai has been charged with numerous crimes related to the death of British businessman Neil Heywood, and has been dismissed from the Chinese Communist Party for his actions.
Sep 28, 2012 5:58AM ET
Gunmen stormed a prison in the Iraqi city of Tikrit this morning, killing 12 guards and freeing more than 90 prisoners.
Sep 28, 2012 12:01AM ET
We know Canada as our rather large, well-meaning neighbor to the north, but is the country really the world's contraband farmer's market underneath the overly polite demeanor and funny sweaters?
Sep 27, 2012 5:50PM ET
Cyberattacks are happening constantly across the globe, and now you can see what that looks in real-time with this map by the Honeynet Project that shows so many attacks, it looks and feels like it's straight out of an apocalyptic war movie.
Sep 27, 2012 4:41PM ET
The whole point of drawing a "red line" for one's opponents is to send a clear signal when enough is enough. Unfortunately, for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the chart he used today for his "red line" on Iran's nuclear program was kind of confusing. Here's why.
Sep 27, 2012 1:03PM ET
The most anticipated address at the United Nations today is the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is expected to issue an unusually specific ultimatum to Iran regarding its nuclear program.
Sep 27, 2012 12:44PM ET
When the U.S. troop surge wound down in Afghanistan last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slapped a positive gloss on the operation, saying it succeeded in "reversing the Taliban momentum." While some anti-war critics questioned that outlook, one of the most damning assessments of the surge's efficacy now comes in the form of a chart by NATO itself.
Sep 27, 2012 11:54AM ET
Leaving no form of warfare unexplored, Syrian forces employed a teenage form of warfare and sent out a text-message blast to phones across the country that said "Game Over" on Thursday, reportedly the bloodiest day of the country's 18-month civil war.
Sep 27, 2012 10:57AM ET
For the fifth straight day, around 1,000 Nigerian women taking the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca are stuck in Saudi Arabia airports because of a rule that says they must be accompanied by men.
Sep 27, 2012 10:53AM ET
After failing to pressure President Obama into drawing a "clear red line" on Iran's nuclear program, Benjamin Netanyahu is going it alone.
Sep 27, 2012 10:37AM ET
Michael Doran and Max Boot on intervening in Syria, Ezra Klein on the undecided voter, Debra Saunders on the myth of Obama's obstacles, Charles M. Blow on what is known, and Steve Coll on football's future.
Sep 27, 2012 9:42AM ET
As world leaders deadlock over what to do about Syria at the United Nations summit in New York, the war-torn country has experienced one of the bloodiest days of its 18-month civil war.
Sep 27, 2012 8:58AM ET
Paging Dan Brown. After 35 years of research, a Swiss group is presenting what they say to be is an original version of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece.
Sep 27, 2012 8:22AM ET
Mexican police announced they've arrested one of the most wanted drug traffickers in the nation, the second major bust of a cartel leader this month.
Sep 27, 2012 6:40AM ET
It took quite some time for senior administration officials to admit what they appear to have known all along, but both President Obama and Hillary Clinton have begun to acknowledge that the September 11 attack in Benghazi was the work al-Qaeda linked terrorists.
Sep 27, 2012 12:43AM ET
China was serious when they said Ai Weiwei had to pay over $2 million in tax fines. That's why they dismissed an appeal from Ai Weiwei on Thursday and upheld the original decision.
Sep 26, 2012 10:33PM ET
Around the same time as Julian Assange was criticizing the U.S. to a selection of leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, the Sydney Morning-Herald released a new report revealing the U.S. government considers Assange and Wikileaks to be 'the enemy."
Sep 26, 2012 1:02PM ET
It took a long time for the Obama administration to admit an Al Qaeda link to the attacks in Benghazi on Sept. 11, but according to a new report in The Daily Beast, U.S. intelligence officials knew al Qaeda was involved within a day of the attacks.
Sep 26, 2012 11:44AM ET
In a signal that journalists are being targeted by both sides in the civil war in Syria, a pro-regime Iranian reporter was killed by sniper fire apparently from rebel soldiers.
Sep 26, 2012 11:32AM ET
A Hong Kong tycoon is very upset that his daughter is a lesbian, so he's doing what any father would do and offer $65 million bounty to any man than can woo her away from her lesbian ways.
Sep 26, 2012 11:23AM ET
He was warned not to use any "inflammatory rhetoric" for his final speech to the United Nations as president of Iran, but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad isn't a big fan of following orders.
Sep 26, 2012 10:01AM ET
The Obama administration has soothed concerns about its Predator drone program by assuring that foreign governments give "full consent" before drones drop Hellfire missiles on unsuspecting targets on their territory. Turns out, though, that's not always the case.
Sep 26, 2012 7:48AM ET
Greek workers are staging a day-long general strike in Athens today that has paralyzed the country and lead to increasingly dangerous confrontations with police.
Sep 26, 2012 6:15AM ET
Back-to-back bombs hit a major military compound in the center of Damascus on Wednesday, setting fire to the country's main military compound and leading to a gun battle that has raged for hours.
Sep 25, 2012 9:33PM ET
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the Associated Press that his country is finally going to do something about the Syrian conflict, which would be more encouraging if he hadn't made a similar promise before.
Sep 25, 2012 3:16PM ET
What does manufacturing semiconductor testing devices have to do with the raging global popularity of "Gangnam Style"? We have no idea, but because D.I. Corp. chairman Park Won-ho is also the father of international horse-dancing king Psy, there has been a run on the stock.
Sep 25, 2012 1:53PM ET
Britain's prime minister David Cameron has recently used the word butch in a sarcastic fashion to describe a Labour party leader as not good at his job, i.e., not masculine enough. What can we learn from this?
Sep 25, 2012 10:53AM ET
China is making big headlines today, on our site and in newspapers, for the launch of its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. But to add some perspective to China's latest military gain, we've updated a chart to reflect the new naval status quo.