Today's Five Best Columns
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Apr 17, 2012 10:28AM ET
The whole Bo Xilai scandal has been something of an object lesson on how not to act when you're part of China's power structure, and as the focus moves to Bo's son, Bo Guagua, that becomes even clearer for the college set.
Apr 17, 2012 10:09AM ET
Julian Assange sounds downright chipper when he's introducing his new talk show, The World Tomorrow, an unlikely but fertile opportunity for the Wikileaks founder to stay in the public eye, even as he's still under house arrest in England.
Apr 17, 2012 9:56AM ET
It isn't polite to generalize but let's face it: West Africa has a coup problem.
Apr 17, 2012 8:43AM ET
There are more embarrassing things Secret Service officials could do than paying for the services of 11 Colombian prostitutes. You could, like these guys allegedly did, do so while bragging about protecting Obama and then create a ruckus when the bill arrives.
Apr 16, 2012 4:57PM ET
It looks like the 11 Secret Service agents and officers currently on leave in the Colombian sex scandal have been stripped of their security clearances in addition to being suspended from work, at least according to a CBS report sourced to an unnamed "law enforcement official."
Apr 16, 2012 3:40PM ET
In today's tour of propaganda, Kim Jong Un gives a winning smile, Chinese media does damage control, and Anders Breivik sobs after watching his own propaganda film.
Apr 16, 2012 1:23PM ET
For five years starting July 1st, Jim Yong Kim will be the president of the World Bank meaning the United States continues its streak when it comes to installing its citizens at the top of the global financial institution.
Apr 16, 2012 12:32PM ET
The Taliban's brazen 18-hour offensive is over and now NATO and Afghan officials are scrambling to figure out how the insurgency struck at the heart of Afghanistan's capital.
Apr 16, 2012 12:13PM ET
The Associated Press on soldiers in the melting Arctic, The Texas Tribune on uranium mining, Christian Science Monitor on solar panels in Germany, The Washington Post on saving the seahorse, and The Guardian on the drought in England
Apr 16, 2012 9:57AM ET
The UN observer mission in Syria began its work in the country Monday, but according to accounts on the ground, the envoy i looking at a war zone, not a ceasefire.
Apr 16, 2012 9:03AM ET
Reuters' scoop revealing a possible motive in the alleged killing of Brit Neil Heywood in China also offers a glimpse of how difficult reporting can be in a nation where information is so tightly controlled by the government.
Apr 16, 2012 5:12AM ET
The trial of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik got underway in Oslo today, with the defendant admitting that he killed 77 people last July, but that he was acting in self-defense and doesn't recognize the authority of the court anyway.
Apr 15, 2012 11:00AM ET
Employing a small army of suicide bombers and gunmen, the Taliban unleashed a multi-tiered assault today that targeted Afghanistan's foreign embassies, parliament and NATO headquarters.
Apr 14, 2012 8:22AM ET
Update 11:28 a.m.: The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a measure that would send 30 unarmed military personnel to monitor the truce. However, violence on Saturday -- Reuters reports that at least six have been killed, while the Associated Press reports the death toll at nine -- suggests that the truce is unraveling.
Apr 13, 2012 6:03PM ET
How do you make every antarctic explorer before you grind his or her teeth with chilly frustration: Discover something major while just looking at satellite photos of the frozen continent and not actually going there.
Apr 13, 2012 12:37PM ET
James E. McWilliams on sustainable meat, The Guardian on the DMZ in Korea, The New York Times on solar energy, ClimateWire on the Mississippi Delta, and National Geographic on India's rickshaws
Apr 13, 2012 12:01PM ET
Well, that didn't last long. Although Syrian forces seemingly respected the U.N.'s ceasefire, there are now reports of protesters being shot dead.
Apr 13, 2012 10:39AM ET
It can't surprise anyone that Julian Assange picked M.I.A. to provide the soundtrack for his new talk show, The World Tomorrow, seeing as how the rapper already released her own Wikileaks-inspired mix tape back in 2010.
Apr 13, 2012 10:16AM ET
Soldiers have arrested Guinea-Bissau's prime minister and interim president, power in the country's capital was shut off, and the country's state radio has been compromised which would be in keeping with the recent history of what The Associated Press refers to as a "tiny, coup-prone African nation." The country has seen six coups or attempted coups since the 1980s.
Apr 13, 2012 10:06AM ET
As the official Chinese press rushes to condemn disgraced Communist Party official Bo Xilai, the official party newspaper sounds like it's coming perilously close to doing actual investigative work into political corruption -- a potentially dangerous pursuit.
Apr 13, 2012 9:56AM ET
Nobody can quite figure out why North Korea, a country that instinctively lies to its people, admitted to the embarrassing failure of its rocket launch this morning.
Apr 13, 2012 8:50AM ET
In your potentially troubling environmental news of the day, there are only two states in the U.S. that aren't experiencing "abnormally dry" or drought conditions, meaning that the country is the driest its been since 2007.
Apr 12, 2012 6:12PM ET
The narrative of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound is getting another revamp, and this time, bin Laden's youngest wife doesn't get shot in the leg.
Apr 12, 2012 3:51PM ET
An Associated Press story that ran Thursday morning told the tale of a North Korean press bus that took a wrong turn into a part of Pyongyang usually shielded from reporters.
Apr 12, 2012 1:09PM ET
Sometime between now and Monday, Pyongyang will launch its "Unha-3" rocket some time between now and Monday, but it will have cost hundreds of millions of dollars and tons of food to make that happen.
Apr 12, 2012 10:48AM ET
In today's tour of state-run propaganda, Iran's propaganda outlet suddenly cares about propaganda, Egyptian state media enters the presidential race and China's People's Daily files for an IPO.
Apr 12, 2012 10:10AM ET
The city of Lille, France, is shocked—shocked!—to learn that prostitutes may have been operating out of its beloved Hotel Carlton, the once-discreet destination now synonymous with the case that saw Dominique Strauss-Kahn accused of aggravated pimping.
Apr 11, 2012 2:00PM ET
All eyes will be on Syria tomorrow as the country promises to "cease all military fighting throughout Syrian territory as of 6 a.m."
Apr 11, 2012 12:20PM ET
The New York Times on the U.S.'s energy boom and the fate of nuclear energy, The Guardian on bees, AccuWeather on icebergs, and the Associated Press on seals
Apr 11, 2012 12:11PM ET
Syria has "promised" the United Nations that it will stop fighting tomorrow, and we'd believe them if, oh yeah, they weren't Syria.