Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 9, 2012 11:51PM ET
A small town in southern Italy found itself with out a municipal government on Tuesday, when the Italian government literally sacked its entire city council due to its mafia connections.
Oct 9, 2012 7:23PM ET
There's a new Klout professor in town. Ryan Thornburg is basing twenty percent of his students' grades on how much they can raise their Klout score. Unfortunately for the kids, that means they're shooting blindly into the ether and hoping for the best. So far, it's barely working.
Oct 9, 2012 5:46PM ET
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu picked a great time to call for an early election. He's practically been campaigning for a month now.
Oct 9, 2012 3:22PM ET
Nobody knows what's in the head of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, but if his government's recent exterior design flourishes mean anything, Communist decor is not his cup of tea.
Oct 9, 2012 3:12PM ET
When it comes to book publishing, not all countries are created equal, as this distorted map of the world by the International Publishers Association based on publishing market size shows.
Oct 9, 2012 1:16PM ET
One of the reasons U.S. Navy SEALs were able to so skillfully execute the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound last year was a CIA training facility in North Carolina that mirrored the architecture of bin Laden's actual compound in Pakistan.
Oct 9, 2012 12:57PM ET
Just hours after the Mexican Navy said they killed Heriberto Lazcano, the leader of the infamous Zetas Cartel, a state prosecutor has now said that Lazcano's dead body has been stolen.
Oct 9, 2012 12:17PM ET
The Higgs boson discovery didn't win the Nobel Prize in Physics this year despite being the sexiest and perhaps the most significant physics discovery in the last 50 years. You might even be asking yourself why and pondering the meaning of life now that the Nobel jury didn't recognize the God Particle. Don't fret, we've got some answers.
Oct 9, 2012 10:20AM ET
North Korea finally broke its silence on the U.S. agreement to allow South Korea to produce missiles capable of targeting all of North Korea and the announcement is vintage Pyongyang.
Oct 9, 2012 9:42AM ET
Malala Yousafzai wrote about the Taliban banning girls education in Pakistan for the BBC in 2009, is the subject of two New York Times documentaries, and was the winner of Pakistan's first National Peace Award in December. On Tuesday, on her way home from school, she was shot in the neck and head by Taliban gunmen in a premeditated attack.
Oct 9, 2012 9:06AM ET
Libyan soldiers have surrounded Ansar al-Sharia, the Islamist militia suspected of killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Steves and three other Americans, but say they are in desperate need of back up.
Oct 9, 2012 9:03AM ET
The Mexican Navy claims to have killed the founder and leader of the Zetas drug cartel: Heriberto Lazcano, known El Lazca or "The Executioner." They key word here is "think" as authorities are in the middle of numerous forensic tests to make sure the guy they killed is the guy they say they killed.
Oct 9, 2012 7:35AM ET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew in the lion's den on Tuesday, visting Greek leaders in Athens where protesters came out in force to tell her exactly what they think of Germany's role in the eurozone.
Oct 9, 2012 6:38AM ET
The Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the United States, who both made unique advances in quantum optics, allowing scientists the first chance observe quantum particles in the physical world.
Oct 8, 2012 11:52PM ET
On Monday, the Mexican navy announced the capture of a suspected Zetas cartel leader who has his fingerprints on everything from jail breaks to the murder of American jet-skier David Hartley in 2010.
Oct 8, 2012 3:13PM ET
Before Gangnam Style came along, it was the international viral video everyone was talking about.
Oct 8, 2012 12:34PM ET
In his speech today at the Virginia Military Institute, Mitt Romney skewered President Obama for his his foreign policy leadership but failed to outline significantly different policy positions.
Oct 8, 2012 10:46AM ET
The State Department insists it didn't cut corners on security in the run-up to the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, but a former U.S. security official in Libya is doing his best to torpedo those claims.
Oct 8, 2012 10:14AM ET
E. J. Dionne Jr. on the moral hole, Bill Keller on end-of-life care, Mark Buchanan on social influence and the market, Eric Posner on drone wars, and Buzz Bissinger on voting for Romney.
Oct 8, 2012 7:40AM ET
Iran says its offshore oil and gas platforms have been targeted for cyberattacks in recent weeks, but that they managed to successfully repel the attempts to bring down their drilling stations.
Oct 8, 2012 6:11AM ET
Shinya Yamanaka of Japan and John Gurdon of England have been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, kicking off a big for the most-coveted awards in the world.
Oct 7, 2012 11:35PM ET
Once again, Venezuela has elected Hugo Chavez as its president. That means the country's won six more years of fun tweets, questionable foreign policy and, perhaps, a narrow escape from civil war.
Oct 7, 2012 10:55PM ET
In a report due out Monday, U.S. lawmakers say the federal government should block a impending merger between two of China's largest telecom companies. Why? Obviously, they must be spies.
Oct 7, 2012 12:04PM ET
South Korea can now produce missiles that can reach all of North Korea as part of a new deal with Washington that's a response to the North's own growing weapons stockpile.
Oct 6, 2012 1:19PM ET
Paolo Gabriele, the 46-year-old former butler to the Pope, is going to serve his 18 month punishment for stealing confidential documents in the safety of his Vatican City apartment.
Oct 6, 2012 12:04PM ET
Intrigue in the Middle East! Israeli officials are currently trying to figure out where a drone that flew into their airspace on Saturday morning came from. They shot it down just to be sure.
Oct 5, 2012 3:56PM ET
A sexy little rumor (for physicists) has popped up on the internet just days ahead of when the committee is expected to announce the Nobel Prize on October 9: the Higgs boson team might not be a shoe-in for the win, as a theory on "quantum teleportation" emerges as a contender.
Oct 5, 2012 1:13PM ET
Beekeepers in Ribeauville, France, were puzzled about why their bees were producing honey that came out green and blue ... until they found a biogas plant processing Mars candy waste some two-and-a-half miles away.
Oct 5, 2012 12:51PM ET
While world powers try to simmer tensions between Syria and Turkey, Turkey's still heating things up. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan issued a stern warning to Syria Friday, saying "we're not far" from war, in a speech before a crowd in Istanbul.
Oct 5, 2012 7:57AM ET
Jake Tapper of ABC News has uncovered an email that seems to question Washington's support for the the security of the diplomatic efforts in Libya.