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Jun 21, 2012 9:58AM ET
In what appears to be the first defection of its kind, a Syrian fighter pilot has landed at a military base in neighboring Jordan Thursday and has requested asylum, according to Jordanian officials.
Jun 21, 2012 8:59AM ET
Publicly, the Obama administration opposes "further militarization" of the conflict in Syria. Covertly, the CIA is helping direct powerful weapons purchased by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to Syrian opposition fighters.
Jun 20, 2012 4:49PM ET
Here's a novel way of fighting the drug war: Allow the government to sell weed directly to citizens and use the profits to rehabilite addicts.
Jun 20, 2012 1:25PM ET
We still aren't sure what or who to believe about the health of Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. His lawyer now says that yesterday's "clinical death" was just a bathroom fall, and it looks more and more like yesterday's drama was a great scheme to get Mubarak into a hospital and avoid a life sentence in prison.
Jun 20, 2012 9:41AM ET
This morning, Julian Assange is surrounded by London police who want to arrest him and fawning fans who wants to defend him, but there's no easy way out for the WikiLeaks founder.
Jun 19, 2012 11:44PM ET
Vladimir Putin got along swimmingly with reporters at his press conference after Tuesday's G20 meetings. They got along so well, in fact, that some reporters cheered him when the interview was over.
Jun 19, 2012 5:29PM ET
Reports of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak being "clinically dead," have been debunked, but he's currently being kept alive on life support and some are saying his condition is going downhill. Crowds have gathered in Tahrir Square waiting for updates about his condition.
Jun 19, 2012 5:11PM ET
World leaders may have twisted Angela Merkel's arm into submission.
Jun 19, 2012 4:58PM ET
An artist is counting down the years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds left of her biological clock in hopes of inspiring discussions about fertility for everyone.
Jun 19, 2012 3:20PM ET
Held under house arrest but celebrated as a truth teller, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange followed the lead of Chen Guangcheng today as he sought political asylum in Ecuador's embassy in London.
Jun 18, 2012 5:41PM ET
Our post on Egypt's military takeover brought out one fatalistic view of the Arab Spring.
Jun 18, 2012 3:30PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda: lady astronauts have it hard, Egypt TV smears Tahrir Square activists and Saudi Arabia mourns the death of a crown prince.
Jun 18, 2012 1:05PM ET
Some call it a military coup, others call it the death of the Arab Spring but however you want to label it, the sweeping new constitutional powers obtained by Egypt's ruling military is a troubling development.
Jun 18, 2012 9:03AM ET
It's the biggest diplomatic event of the week and it's going to be awkward.
Jun 17, 2012 5:37PM ET
Radiohead were supposed to play a concert in Toronto's Downsview Park on Saturday, but the show was cancelled after the stage collapsed and killed the band's drum technician.
Jun 17, 2012 4:40PM ET
Pro-bailout parties in Greece have taken a little over 40 percent of the vote in the election on Sunday, calming global fears of a Euro exit, if they can form a government.
Jun 16, 2012 2:35PM ET
Japan's Prime Minister ordered two of the countries nuclear reactors to resume operations on Saturday, the first time the country's used any of its 50 working nuclear reactors since the meltdown in Fukushima.
Jun 16, 2012 12:17PM ET
Aung San Suu Kyi was award a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her non-violent protests and efforts to support democracy in Bruma. On Saturday, she finally accepted her prize in Norway more than 20 years later.
Jun 16, 2012 10:57AM ET
The U.N. announced they're suspending the activities of their team of monitors tasked with implementing the failing six-point peace plan in Syria on Saturday.
Jun 15, 2012 1:39PM ET
The Chinese government is having a difficult time convincing people that a Tiananmen Square dissident who, after 21 years of imprisonment, was left blind, mostly, deaf, and unable to hold a spoon to his mouth would be dexterous enough to make a noose out of bandages and hang himself.
Jun 15, 2012 11:20AM ET
The happy partnership between Germany and France on the European debt crisis turned unmistakably sour this morning.
Jun 15, 2012 11:17AM ET
File this under your feel-good Friday news: Shortly after officials banned 9-year-old Martha Payne from taking pictures of her sometimes-gross school lunches and posting them on her blog, Scotland's Argyll and Bute Council reversed their decision to censor Payne's photos.
Jun 15, 2012 10:06AM ET
As The New York Times Andrew Jacobs reports, there's one gigantic drawback to being one of China's lucky, power-wielding officials: Any misstep could land you in the shuanggui, a system of secret torture complexes complete with simulated drowning, cigarette burns, and sleep-deprivation.
Jun 15, 2012 9:02AM ET
If the tale of a mystery boy who'd wandered into Berlin out of the German woods last September after supposedly living in caves for five years seemed incredible to you, you've got good judgment.
Jun 15, 2012 6:03AM ET
Nearly twenty years after a deadly nerve gas on attack on the Tokyo subway, police in Japan have tracked down the final remaining fugitive from the group that was responsible.
Jun 14, 2012 11:44PM ET
Officials in Britain have seen what's going on with the rest of the Eurozone, and have cut a deal worth an estimated £80 billion to make sure they don't become the next Spain.
Jun 14, 2012 5:19PM ET
Wikipedia and its gigabytes of data, when analyzed properly, can give you a pretty comprehensive visual overview of the history of world since 1800.
Jun 14, 2012 4:01PM ET
We were entertained by the President of Estonia's somewhat overwrought reaction last week to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman's mild estimation of Estonia's economic recovery, but now it just seems like Krugman is baiting the excitable Toomas Hendrik IIves.
Jun 14, 2012 1:44PM ET
The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg posted the first part of his sit-down with former Israeli President Shimon Peres, and got him to expound a bit on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, or as Goldberg irreverently describes him, "the person who may be [Peres's] favorite Jew in the world."
Jun 14, 2012 12:32PM ET
Let's count the fun ironies in this story about Nicklas Bendtner, a soccer player for Denmark who's in trouble for pulling down his pants while celebrating a goal during a Euro 2012 match against Portugal.