Today's Five Best Columns
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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.
May 7, 2012 8:26AM ET
In news that will make you want to shut the blinds, go back to bed until next week ... there's disturbing news out of South Korea that since August, officials have found over 17,000 pills filled with human flesh, in particular the placentas and ground up bodies of dead Chinese babies.
May 7, 2012 6:01AM ET
This weekend's surprising election results may have permanently upended Europe's plans for economic reform as voters are making it clear that they are sick of austerity.
May 6, 2012 6:18PM ET
Between 20,000 and 100,000 people, depending on the report, clashed with police in Moscow on Sunday to protest Vladimir Putin's upcoming presidential inauguration.
May 6, 2012 4:06PM ET
Francois Hollande has defeated Nicolas Sarkozy to win the French presidential election, BBC reports.
May 6, 2012 11:07AM ET
On Friday we reported that there's no reason to be afraid of the supermoon. The worst thing it was going to do was flood your Instagram feed. These pictures, taken by professionals, are pretty cool though.
May 5, 2012 2:17PM ET
After ten hours of debate, the Connecticut senate passed a bill with a vote of 21-13 early Saturday morning that would legalize the sale of medical marijuana.
May 5, 2012 12:00PM ET
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the 9/11 mastermind, and four co-conspirators were brought in front of a judge for an arraignment on Saturday, and things went about as well as one would expect.
May 4, 2012 5:42PM ET
Saturday will bring us a supermoon, an astronomical phenomenon during which the moon is both full and at its closet point to Earth in its orbit.