Today's Five Best Columns
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Sep 27, 2012 10:57AM ET
For the fifth straight day, around 1,000 Nigerian women taking the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca are stuck in Saudi Arabia airports because of a rule that says they must be accompanied by men.
Sep 27, 2012 10:53AM ET
After failing to pressure President Obama into drawing a "clear red line" on Iran's nuclear program, Benjamin Netanyahu is going it alone.
Sep 27, 2012 10:37AM ET
Michael Doran and Max Boot on intervening in Syria, Ezra Klein on the undecided voter, Debra Saunders on the myth of Obama's obstacles, Charles M. Blow on what is known, and Steve Coll on football's future.
Sep 27, 2012 9:42AM ET
As world leaders deadlock over what to do about Syria at the United Nations summit in New York, the war-torn country has experienced one of the bloodiest days of its 18-month civil war.
Sep 27, 2012 8:58AM ET
Paging Dan Brown. After 35 years of research, a Swiss group is presenting what they say to be is an original version of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece.
Sep 27, 2012 8:22AM ET
Mexican police announced they've arrested one of the most wanted drug traffickers in the nation, the second major bust of a cartel leader this month.
Sep 27, 2012 6:40AM ET
It took quite some time for senior administration officials to admit what they appear to have known all along, but both President Obama and Hillary Clinton have begun to acknowledge that the September 11 attack in Benghazi was the work al-Qaeda linked terrorists.
Sep 27, 2012 12:43AM ET
China was serious when they said Ai Weiwei had to pay over $2 million in tax fines. That's why they dismissed an appeal from Ai Weiwei on Thursday and upheld the original decision.
Sep 26, 2012 10:33PM ET
Around the same time as Julian Assange was criticizing the U.S. to a selection of leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, the Sydney Morning-Herald released a new report revealing the U.S. government considers Assange and Wikileaks to be 'the enemy."
Sep 26, 2012 1:02PM ET
It took a long time for the Obama administration to admit an Al Qaeda link to the attacks in Benghazi on Sept. 11, but according to a new report in The Daily Beast, U.S. intelligence officials knew al Qaeda was involved within a day of the attacks.
Sep 26, 2012 11:44AM ET
In a signal that journalists are being targeted by both sides in the civil war in Syria, a pro-regime Iranian reporter was killed by sniper fire apparently from rebel soldiers.
Sep 26, 2012 11:32AM ET
A Hong Kong tycoon is very upset that his daughter is a lesbian, so he's doing what any father would do and offer $65 million bounty to any man than can woo her away from her lesbian ways.
Sep 26, 2012 11:23AM ET
He was warned not to use any "inflammatory rhetoric" for his final speech to the United Nations as president of Iran, but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad isn't a big fan of following orders.
Sep 26, 2012 10:01AM ET
The Obama administration has soothed concerns about its Predator drone program by assuring that foreign governments give "full consent" before drones drop Hellfire missiles on unsuspecting targets on their territory. Turns out, though, that's not always the case.
Sep 26, 2012 7:48AM ET
Greek workers are staging a day-long general strike in Athens today that has paralyzed the country and lead to increasingly dangerous confrontations with police.
Sep 26, 2012 6:15AM ET
Back-to-back bombs hit a major military compound in the center of Damascus on Wednesday, setting fire to the country's main military compound and leading to a gun battle that has raged for hours.
Sep 25, 2012 9:33PM ET
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the Associated Press that his country is finally going to do something about the Syrian conflict, which would be more encouraging if he hadn't made a similar promise before.
Sep 25, 2012 3:16PM ET
What does manufacturing semiconductor testing devices have to do with the raging global popularity of "Gangnam Style"? We have no idea, but because D.I. Corp. chairman Park Won-ho is also the father of international horse-dancing king Psy, there has been a run on the stock.
Sep 25, 2012 1:53PM ET
Britain's prime minister David Cameron has recently used the word butch in a sarcastic fashion to describe a Labour party leader as not good at his job, i.e., not masculine enough. What can we learn from this?
Sep 25, 2012 10:53AM ET
China is making big headlines today, on our site and in newspapers, for the launch of its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. But to add some perspective to China's latest military gain, we've updated a chart to reflect the new naval status quo.
Sep 25, 2012 10:05AM ET
China's first aircraft carrier entered service on Tuesday, but since it still has no planes aboard, the only primary use of the vessel is a signal of China's growing naval might.
Sep 25, 2012 9:00AM ET
In address to the UN General Assembly, President Obama will defend the First Amendment values of the United States in wake of the riotous uptick of anti-American protests caused by the anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims.
Sep 25, 2012 7:24AM ET
A school in Damascus that has been turned into a military base was hit by a series of bombings today, as a new report details the shocking abuse suffered by children caught in Syria's civil war.
Sep 24, 2012 10:02PM ET
Mahmoud Ahmadenijad had more than one sinister moments when he sat down with reporters at the Warwick Hotel on Monday.
Sep 24, 2012 6:13PM ET
In today's world tour of state media: The violent poetry of the Taliban is compiled in a book, Vietnam cracks down on "anti-state propaganda" and Iran follows suit. We begin in Afghanistan.
Sep 24, 2012 5:37PM ET
Budget forecasting may be an imperfect art prone to lots of error, but when researchers looked at how forecasts and reality measured up, the errors ran mostly in one direction.
Sep 24, 2012 3:24PM ET
It's not unusual for reporters and press flacks to exchange strong words, but it is unusual for them to go deep-six nuclear on each other—and that's exactly what transpired between longtime Hillary Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines and BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings in a radioactive e-mail exchange published today.
Sep 24, 2012 1:47PM ET
When Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Pussy Riot had spent enough time behind bars, it raised hopes that they could be released at their next court hearing on Monday, Oct. 1. But in a new interview from prison, the band does not sound all that hopeful.
Sep 24, 2012 10:51AM ET
Pakistan was willing to devote a national holiday to protesting the film Innocence of Muslims but calling for the producer's assassination is a step too far, apparently.
Sep 24, 2012 9:58AM ET
It will likely be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's last big speech on the international stage this week, and United Nations organizers are terrified he's going to go out with a bang.