Today's Five Best Columns
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May 11, 2012 10:08AM ET
Chen Guangcheng has good reason to fear for the safety of his family, as his nephew has already been charged with a crime that it's not clear ever happened, and could face the death penalty.
May 11, 2012 9:09AM ET
Wouldn't you throw one too if, say, you had to hear how much "fun" Anders Breivilk had when he killed your loved ones?
May 11, 2012 8:44AM ET
As the focus of the Leveson Inquiry shifts from phone hacking to the relationship between journalists and politicians, former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks described a friendly relationship with David Cameron that also sounded pretty awkward.
May 11, 2012 8:05AM ET
In today's tour of state-run propaganda, China's media pounces on Melissa Chan, North Koreans get a taste of the real world and Syrian media goes X-rated.
May 11, 2012 5:54AM ET
Intelligence services in the United Kingdom are now getting pulled into the story of the foiled airline bomb plot as it's been revealed that the mole who infiltrated al Qaeda in Yemen was actually a British citizen.
May 10, 2012 3:29PM ET
It's starting to look like the U.S. got had in its dealings with China over the release of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng.
May 10, 2012 12:44PM ET
Following two explosions that ripped the face off a Syrian intelligence building comes a brazen allegation: That Syrian security forces carried out the attacks themselves.
May 10, 2012 11:51AM ET
According to Germany's Der Spiegel, German police shot only 85 bullets in all of 2011, a stark reminder that not every country is as gun-crazy as the U.S. of A.
May 10, 2012 10:32AM ET
TOKYO -- The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which had been a bastion of cronyism and corruption even before the triple meltdown at its Fukushima Daichii nuclear power following the March 11 earthquake, has today begun the process of being nationalized by the Japanese government.
May 10, 2012 10:12AM ET
Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who also served as British Prime Minister David Cameron's communications director, is giving testimony in the Leveson Inquiry, where he's very good at avoiding substantive answers.
May 10, 2012 10:08AM ET
Much has been made of the parents of POW Bowe Bergdahl, who criticized President Obama's efforts to free their son this week and spearheaded their own efforts to release him from his Taliban captors. But what's less publicized is one of the major impediments to their son's release: Senator John McCain.
May 10, 2012 9:02AM ET
Blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng has said he fears reprisals against his family once he leaves China, but now it looks like the Chinese government decided not to wait for him to go before starting in on what Chen calls "crazy retaliation."
May 10, 2012 6:14AM ET
Both the Syria government and opposition forces blame the other side for two huge bombs that went off in Damascus today, underscoring once again the failure of the U.N. cease fire.
May 10, 2012 5:37AM ET
Debris from the Russian "demonstration" plane that disappeared over Indonesia yesterday has been found on the side of a mountain, where it apparently crashed in heavy fog.
May 9, 2012 2:59PM ET
There's a new French president, and with him, a new French First Lady. But—shhh—they're not married.
May 9, 2012 2:21PM ET
She may be America's Tea Party darling but Congresswoman Michele Bachmann can now run for public office in Switzerland.
May 9, 2012 1:54PM ET
Remember that delicious "hell hath no fury" story about an angry dentist in Poland who pulled out all of her ex-boyfriend's teeth? You may be shocked to learn that it didn't really happen.
May 9, 2012 10:12AM ET
It's difficult to exaggerate the value of the sting operation that foiled Al Qaeda's latest underwear bomb plot.
May 9, 2012 9:58AM ET
A bundle of new discoveries on a rocky hill in Israel may upend the community of Biblical historians struggling to understand Judah in the time of King David.
May 9, 2012 8:11AM ET
There's some troubling news coming from Indonesia this morning where a Russian airliner, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, carrying 44 people has disappeared off the radar during a demo flight near Jakarta.
May 9, 2012 7:58AM ET
Cartoonist Lisa Benson on the president's reelection strategy.
May 8, 2012 3:26PM ET
There's a perfectly rational explanation for why a U.N. nuclear inspector was killed in Iran today but it's much less intriguing than the conspiracy theories spreading online.
May 8, 2012 9:39AM ET
Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't wasting any time capitalizing on his electoral victory.
May 8, 2012 9:27AM ET
There's news coming out of Iran today that's tailor-made for conspiracy theories: According to The Associated Press, officials have confirmed that an IAEA inspector has died and another was severely injured in a car accident in central Iran.
May 8, 2012 9:18AM ET
It's the first time China has expelled a foreign correspondent in 14 years, so whatever Al Jazeera English's Melissa Chan did to have her visa denied, it must have been pretty monumental, right?
May 8, 2012 8:45AM ET
Amphon Tangnoppakul won't be able to serve his 20-year sentence for insulting the Thai queen over text message. Reports on Tuesday say the 62-year old has died in jail.
May 8, 2012 6:19AM ET
In a surprise twist for Israeli and Middle East politics, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formed a unity government with a rival political party, solidifying his power and delaying elections for at least another year.
May 7, 2012 5:02PM ET
In today's tour of worldwide propaganda, Cuba's elderly thank Castro for their longevity, Syria's elections are a huge success and "gay propaganda" in Russia receives its first fine.
May 7, 2012 4:28PM ET
Somewhere, secretly, some American spies deserve a pat on the back and a hero's high five for thwarting an Al Qaeda bomb plot that was supposed to bring down a United States-bound plane.
May 7, 2012 8:54AM ET
Here's something to think about: Vladimir Putin was sworn into office today, and if the Russian President completes his six-year term, he'll be Russia's longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin.