Today's Five Best Columns
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Jul 13, 2012 1:03AM ET
When Nicolas Sarkozy left office, most thought French politics would become way less interesting without him and his beautiful wife, Carla Bruni. The Hollande family are proving to be quite capable of filling the hole with some serious family Twitter drama, though.
Jul 12, 2012 5:53PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda: Iran gets whimsical about its navy, China disses Hillary, and Russia slashes its propaganda outlets.
Jul 12, 2012 5:34PM ET
It's commonly known that it's not really a great time in Greece what with its debt and austerity measures, but don't tell that to 2 percent of Greeks, who think their country's finances are a-OK.
Jul 12, 2012 12:47PM ET
A regional German court's ban on circumcision has been met with agreement by Jewish and Muslim organizations united in denouncing it.
Jul 12, 2012 12:39PM ET
There's a fascinating tiff brewing between Japanese and U.S. diplomats after Hillary Clinton reportedly corrected a State Department official who referred to women drafted into prostitution by the Japanese during World War II by the widely used term "comfort women," asking that the Department instead call it like it is and say "enforced sex slaves."
Jul 12, 2012 10:24AM ET
Baghdad might not be able to get power to all its residents, but its PR machine has an hit upon an effective way to sooth some people's frustrations about their powerless, hot, summer misery: Katie Couric.
Jul 12, 2012 9:25AM ET
Well this is terrifying: Apparently two Mexican new agencies were peppered with gunfire and grenades this week--the thanks they get for reporting on an organized crime ring.
Jul 12, 2012 9:01AM ET
Nawaf Fares, Syria's ambassador to Iraq, has defected to the opposition and is now urging the army to turn its guns on President Basahr al-Assad's regime.
Jul 12, 2012 8:40AM ET
Congratulations are in store for judo competitor Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar for being the first female athletes that Saudi Arabia will send to the Olympics.
Jul 12, 2012 6:02AM ET
A group of close to 30 climbers were hit by an avalanche on one of the most popular routes up the French Alps, killing at least nine climbers and leaving several more missing.
Jul 11, 2012 5:12PM ET
President Obama's recently signed executive order outlining emergency control of the Internet didn't get much attention in the U.S. but it's spooking foreign journalists.
Jul 11, 2012 1:43PM ET
If the berets and double-breasted young Republican look that the U.S.'s Olympic athletes will be wearing during the opening ceremony in London aren't doing it for you sartorially, we'll give you one more reason to hate these things. Ralph Lauren had these duds made in China--just like four years ago.
Jul 11, 2012 11:54AM ET
Reports out of Yemen say a suicide bombing attack on police cadets in the capital of Sanaa has claimed the lives of at least eight and wounded 15 others, suggesting that Sanaa may be becoming al Qaeda's favorite suicide bombing target.
Jul 11, 2012 10:11AM ET
I'll Have Another, the horse that looked to be on track for a Triple-Crown victory this year if not for an apparent last-minute injury, has a history of ailments, according to The New York Times, which is bad news for the Japanese stud farm that bought him for $10 million.
Jul 11, 2012 9:28AM ET
It's obviously a relief that Thailand pardoned Joe Gordon, a U.S. citizen who translated parts of a banned biography, The King Never Smiles, about Thailand’s King Bhumibol on his blog.
Jul 11, 2012 8:58AM ET
China has finally decided to support Kofi Annan's efforts in Syria, now that he's calling for action the United States doesn't like—mainly because it may involve Iran.
Jul 11, 2012 8:12AM ET
Let's face it, the biggest and most important physics discovery in the past 30 years is old news. So let's move on to the next sexiest physics mystery, who exactly is going get science's biggest prize for the Higgs boson discovery?
Jul 11, 2012 8:09AM ET
As the Spanish government finishes negotiating the terms of its European bailout, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced a new round of tax increases and spending cuts meant to satisfy the European powers who are rescuing them.
Jul 10, 2012 10:30PM ET
We've been busy gossiping about Kim Jong-Un's new lady friend, who may or may not still have a husband and child, but we've also quietly wondering how Disney would respond to Kim using, like, all of their characters for a stage show. The answer: they're thrilled.
Jul 10, 2012 2:45PM ET
Egypt is embroiled in a volatile power struggle and there's no telling who will back down.
Jul 10, 2012 1:33PM ET
It seems that South Korean intelligence sources have figured out who exactly that mystery woman showing up with Kim Jong-Un at all his important events. Her name is apparently Hyon Song-wol, but North Koreans know her as the illustrious front woman of the Bonchonbo Electronic Music Band.
Jul 10, 2012 11:34AM ET
Wikipedia found success with its 24-hour blackout in January to protest U.S. anti-piracy legislation, so it's trying the same technique in Russia where a bill promoted as a curb on child pornography threatens to create an Internet blacklist.
Jul 10, 2012 10:12AM ET
It's a good thing Kim Dotcom is becoming a popular "cult hero" in his adopted home of New Zealand, because for now it looks like he'll be stuck there at least until March of 2013 as his extradition hearing has been delayed.
Jul 10, 2012 9:25AM ET
The rewards for heroically foiling a hijacking attempt are many and fleeting, from fame to gratitude to hero status, but in China there's more: Cash, apartments, and cars.
Jul 10, 2012 9:09AM ET
In one of the more amusing and intriguing stories of Chinese censorship, it appears state-run China Central Television just couldn't decide whether or not Michelangelo's David was classified as porn, so they decided to pixelate the statue's famous junk.
Jul 10, 2012 6:53AM ET
Almost 10 years to the day after its creation, the International Criminal Court handed out its first-ever prison sentence on Tuesday, giving a 14-year jail term to former Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga.
Jul 10, 2012 4:12AM ET
Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, who fought for France in World War II as an epically awesome secret agent with the British, died this spring at 88. Drawing from two recent obituaries, one in today's New York Times and the other in The Telegraph, we bring you highlights from the life of one of the world's most fascinating men.
Jul 9, 2012 11:17PM ET
Nabeel Rajab, activist and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was sentenced to three months behind bars on Monday, for posting a tweet that criticized Bahrain's prime minister, Prince Khalifa bin Sulman al-Khalifa.
Jul 9, 2012 9:38PM ET
Egypt's parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni announced today that the lower house of the assembly will meet at noon on Tuesday. The announcement was made one day after Egypt's new President Mohammed Mursi ordered the assembly to reopen, defying the military council's decision to dissolve it last month.
Jul 9, 2012 4:51PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda: China pooh-poohs democracy, the BBC gets in the hacking business and Syria flexes its muscles.