Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 24, 2012 3:07PM ET
The Obama administration came under fire on Wednesday after Reuters and Fox News reported that internal State Department emails revealed that an Islamic militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the Benghazi attacks on social media platforms, but this afternoon, Hillary Clinton fired back saying U.S. intelligence isn't based on random Facebook posts.
Oct 24, 2012 2:31PM ET
Los Angeles Times on other countries fracking, Frontline on climate skeptics, The Guardian on the oil spill's damage to whales. McClatchy Newspapers on climate scientist suing conservatives, and Grist on a California state senate race.
Oct 24, 2012 10:33AM ET
A mysterious explosion leveled an ammunition factory in Sudan last night, but the Sudanese government is now claiming the building was bombed by Israeli warplanes.
Oct 24, 2012 9:21AM ET
About 125 million people are at risk of getting sick from toxic pollution says the very first World's Worst Pollution Problems study—the first study to track the global health burden that industrial pollutants have on people.
Oct 24, 2012 7:30AM ET
Saudi Aramco, the world's most valuable company, was recently hit by a nasty computer virus and the U.S. says Iran is to blame for it.
Oct 24, 2012 6:51AM ET
The United Nations envoy to Syria says Bashar al-Assad has agreed to cease fire during the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday, but will he honor it?
Oct 23, 2012 9:06PM ET
Scientists and bureaucrats alike are very concerned about the Dead Sea, that super salty, religiously famous lake that lies on the border of Israel and Jordan. It's shrinking at an alarming rate and nobody knows what to do.
Oct 23, 2012 6:24PM ET
The Roman police force is on the lookout for defiers of the law, the law being: Eating and drinking at historic sites. Thou shalt not do it, capisce?
Oct 23, 2012 2:12PM ET
If your colleagues were sentenced to jail for failing to predict the future, you'd probably be upset too. On Tuesday, some of Italy's top scientists resigned from the government's disaster agency to protest the manslaughter conviction of seven seismologists for failing to predict the devastating earthquake in L'Aquila in 2009.
Oct 23, 2012 10:20AM ET
Qatar doesn't make sense. On one hand, the tiny Gulf country has the highest per capita emissions in the world and has more gas and oil than it knows what to do with. On the other, it's a pioneer in the Gulf's green building movement (yes there is a green movement in the Gulf) and be the first top oil producer in history to host the U.N. Climate Change Conference in November.
Oct 23, 2012 10:10AM ET
Peter Beinart on George W. Bush policy, David Brooks on poll addiction, Roger Cohen on Muslim Brotherhood, Charles Lane on the postal service, and Richard Vedder on college education.
Oct 23, 2012 9:14AM ET
It may be the biggest break in the international manhunt for the Benghazi killers and it's all thanks to social media.
Oct 23, 2012 6:18AM ET
A Soyuz rocket is lifted off from Kazakhstan this morning carrying three new astronauts to their temporary home on the International Space Station.
Oct 23, 2012 5:56AM ET
Bashar al-Assad has offered general amnesty for all crimes committed in Syria before today, provided those crimes don't actually have anything to do with the country's ongoing civil war.
Oct 22, 2012 9:52PM ET
Without any trace of pomp or circumstance, Russian authorities sent the two members of Pussy Riot still in custody to a couple of far flung prison colonies on Monday.
Oct 22, 2012 12:56PM ET
The L'Aquila earthquake devastated central Italy in 2009, killing over 300 people. But an Italian judge's decision to convict seismologists for failing to predict the quake flies in the face of basic science.
Oct 22, 2012 11:40AM ET
Could ladies be as cheating-prone as their husbands? Could this be because of "gender equality"? There's some recent research indicating that "unfaithfulness among wives may be approaching that of husbands."
Oct 22, 2012 11:08AM ET
Antoni Dobrowolski, a former Polish teacher arrested by the Gestapo in 1942 for teaching underground lessons to students, died on Sunday at the age of 108, according to a Polish official speaking with the Associated Press.
Oct 22, 2012 9:55AM ET
On Monday, sporadic violence in Lebanon broke out in wake of the Friday assassination of Wissam al-Hassan, a top Lebanese security official and longtime critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Oct 22, 2012 9:17AM ET
Just days after a report surfaced that Fidel Castro had a stoke and clinging to life and right after Cuban Vice President Elias Jaua gave us his shaky evidence of Fidel Castro being alive, state-run Cuban media published an op-ed signed by Castro today, telling everyone to keep calm, carry on, and check out some cool photos of Fidel Castro in a garden being undead.
Oct 22, 2012 6:34AM ET
Intelligence agents in Jordan have arrested 11 men they say were planning a serious of suicide bombings using explosives smuggled in from Syria.
Oct 21, 2012 11:58PM ET
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's grasp on popularity continues to slip, as the judiciary officials reject the Iranian president's request to visit the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.
Oct 21, 2012 10:13PM ET
On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI canonized Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American Saint, and six others in front of some 80,000 people at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.
Oct 21, 2012 6:29PM ET
Fidel Castro is alive, apparently. Venezuela's former vice president Elias Jaua produced this photo of the former Cuban President on Sunday in an attempt to dispel rumors Castro's health is failing, or worse. Some thought he was dead.
Oct 20, 2012 6:36PM ET
The New York Times' Helene Cooper and Michael Landry report Iran has finally agreed to sit down for the first time for one-on-one negotiations with the U.S. over their controversial nuclear program. But the White House is denying it.
Oct 19, 2012 10:00AM ET
A massive car bomb exploded in Central Beiruit today, killing at least eight people in an attack that may be tied to the growing strife over the situation in Syria.
Oct 19, 2012 8:09AM ET
Doctors in England who are treating 14-year-old Pakistani girl Malala Yousufazai says she is fully awake and is able to stand up and write, showing more encouraging signs of a full recovery.
Oct 19, 2012 1:17AM ET
Kim Han-sol is the 17-year-old Millennial grandson of Kim Jong-Il and judging from this video interview he managed to turn out pretty normal. Han-sol was interviewed by former United Nations Under-Secretary General Elisabeth Rehn for a Finnish television station.
Oct 19, 2012 12:06AM ET
One of the main suspects in the attack on U.S. consulate in Libya recently sat down for drinks with the New York Times' David Kirkpatrick and trolled the Obama administration hard with his conflicting version of what went down during the attacks.
Oct 17, 2012 4:37PM ET
The standard line of thought is that movement to cities correlates with more wealth, but while that works for developing countries in Asia, it doesn't apply to Africa, as these charts from the World Bank's World Development Report show.